Ticket monies will be collected on the bank
A discount is given in summer for anglers starting to fish after 5.00pm
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Non-angling spectators are charged at £1.00 each.
The fishery is open from 6.00am until 9.00pm in summer and dawn until dusk in winter.
Night fishing is not allowed.
Delightfully matured and set is quiet and peaceful countryside on the outskirts of the village of Wolvey, Dave's Pool is a well-established water offering about 31 pegs which give access to open water, fishing the margins or fishing to the tree-clad island.
The spring-fed pool was dug in 1992 and is between six and 12 feet deep in the corner next to the car park rising to between six and eight feet everywhere else.
Easy to fish, the water has a fairly even bottom which rises to about two feet around the small planted islands at the far end of the pool from the car park.
Holding a lot of common and mirror carp around the 7lb to 8lb mark and quite a few between 12lbs and 14lbs which are regularly caught, the pool also holds some mirrors including one which was caught in September 2012 by an angler from Coventry and weighed 32lbs. In addition it is home to some ghost carp to 12lbs.
In addition to the carp there are a good head of roach averaging about 8oz and running to just over 1lb plus some good bream to over 4lbs but which average between 1lb and 2lbs. Of particular appeal to younger anglers are the gudgeon which are easily caught and provide a lot of fun for those new to the sport.
Dave's Pool is a popular venue for small club matches, which are only allowed in winter, and is popular with pleasure anglers on Sundays. Although it has a small following of mid-week regulars, there is always plenty of room for anglers from Monday to Saturday.
Unlike some large commercial fisheries, Dave's Pool is very informal and there are few rules with the exceptions that jokers, bloodworm and artificial baits are not allowed; groundbait should be used only in feeders; keepnets are allowed only in matches; and anglers should use only dry landing nets.
Apart from that the usual rules apply regarding such things as the use of barbless hooks, that anglers should take their litter home with them and that children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Because of its size, the most popular techniques for fishing the water are with the pole and waggler, although floating baits including dog biscuits, bread and floating pellets can prove particularly effective all over the water in warmer weather.
The most popular baits tend to be luncheon meat, bread and sweetcorn for the carp and caster and maggots for the roach.
When fishing for the carp you don't need to go for the latest gizzmos and techniques. These fish are quite readily taken on the pole or waggler although the waggler is probably the better of the two as it gives more control when playing the fish.
If going for the double figure specimens you need to fish at least an 8lb line and a Size 10 or 12 hook, fishing hair-rigged luncheon meat, sweetcorn or flavoured carp meat. Floating baits are also good in warmer weather.
Most anglers going for the bigger fish tend to bait up a swim close to the island with free offerings and samples of hookbait and fish either the waggler or ledger tackle, where possible clipping up their line once they have found the correct distance to avoid overshooting and landing on the island itself.
Fishing close in to the margins can also be particularly successful, especially on warm mid-week evenings when the banks are quieter. This is also a good time to fish floating baits, although this can be done any time that fish are seen taking particles from the surface.
Fishing for the roach and bream is popular with both pole and waggler anglers whilst those wanting to fish the more central parts of the pool at the far end also opt for the swimfeeder packed with groundbait and a helping of maggots, casters and small pieces of whatever is being used on the hook.
If the fish aren't taking on the bottom - where you can be pestered by the gudgeon if using maggots - try fishing up in the water, spraying out a few maggots and casters at regular intervals to keep the fish in your swim and recasting more frequently. Once you get the fish competing for the free offerings be ready for them taking your bait on the drop.
|Temple Farm and Dave's Pool on the Net|
Temple Farm Bed and Breakfast has its own website where further information and photographs of the fishery and accommodation can be seen. The site can be found at www.templefarm.net.
How to get there...
Temple Farm is about two miles from Junction 1 of the M69 north of Coventry. After leaving the motorway, follow the signs for Wolvey on the B4109 until you come to a heavily marked crossroads with illuminated warning signs.
The entrance to Temple Farm is up the slope about 200 yards after this crossroads, just before you come to the T-junction, whilst the entrance to the car park at Dave's Pool is a few yards further on near where the B4109 meets the B4144.
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