Furnace Mill hots up to become 'stripey superwater'

Worcestershire's Furnace Mill Fishery near Kidderminster has been stocked with large numbers of huge perch to turn the venue into a stripey superwater.

Owner Ed Brown has stocked more than 60 fish up to 4lb 12oz to cater for the growing number of anglers who want an alternative to carp and to provide even better year-round fishing. The fish have been split equally between the fishery's Mucky Meadow and Furnace pools.

Furnace Mill already had a thriving stock of perch to over 4lb which have now been supplemented with fish which average 3lbs from one of Ed's stock ponds.

In an interview with 'Angling Times' Ed said: "Perch have become an extremely fashionable species with more and more anglers wanting to catch specimen sized stripeys – especially during the winter.

"Whilst most fisheries in my area like to stock carp in their lakes at this time of year I wanted to offer something different as well as give those anglers who can't afford expensive syndicate memberships the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime."

Ed, who is also a fish-farmer, discovered the huge perch when he netted one of his stock ponds and immediately made the decision to introduce them into his lakes instead of selling them on.

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