Historic carp waters you can fish now!

Historic carp waters you can fish now!

The shifting scenery of modern carp fishing means plenty of important venues that have witnessed historic captures are now accessible to the general public.

Here’s the pick of the bunch...

1) Redmire Pool, Herefordshire

Redmire: still magnificent

Redmire: still magnificent

The altar at which most carp anglers would love to worship.

This tiny farm pool shaped the history of carp fishing for decades and still holds a special attraction.

The popularity of this venue, which no longer contains any monsters, means getting a session depends on a Glastonbury-style phone booking system on a single day each year (usually January).

www.redmirepool.biz or 01989 770703

Stu Harris with a current Redmire common

Stu Harris with a current Redmire common

2) Yateley Pads Lake, Hampshire

A Yateley Pads Lake 30

A Yateley Pads Lake 30

To carp anglers who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, Yateley was the centre of the universe.

The Pads Lake is available on an exclusive basis all year round.

www.yateleyangling.co.uk or 01252 878994

3) Elsons, Northamptonshire

Elsons still produces big carp

Elsons still produces big carp

We traced Elsons' history

We traced Elsons' history

When it was known as ‘Duncan Kay’s Mid Northant’s Fishery’, Elsons once held the British record with a spawn-bound 55-pounder. You can read more about that capture here.

It's now part of the Stanwick Lakes complex, holds fish to 40lb and is fishable on a day ticket.

www.stanwicklakesfisheries.com or 07974 300015

4) Sally Walsh’s Dam, West Yorkshire

Once home to a huge Yorkshire-record common of 49lb 3oz, this Barnsley AA club water is cheap as chips (£14 for 24 hours) and open to all.

07874287521

5) Billing Aqaudrome, Northamptonshire

Another water made mythical by pioneering carpers in the early days, the lakes on this holiday park are available on day tickets and still contain big carp.

www.billingaquadrome.com

6) Horseshoe Lake

This 90s powerhouse is still full of scaly mirrors and available on a day ticket if you join the rejuvenated Carp Society for £25 a year.

Contact: www.horseshoelakelechlade.com or 01367 253959

7) Cuttle Mill, West Midlands

Fish it while you can!

Fish it while you can!

Established as a carp water since the 1970s, Cuttle Mill remains open despite the spectre of the HS2 rail link threatening its long-term future. Fish it while you can.

Our in-depth guide to Cuttle Mill can be viewed here.

www.cuttlemill.co.uk

8) Marlborough Pool, Oxfordshire

A view across historic Marlborough Pool

A view across historic Marlborough Pool

This well-managed and affordable club water was one of the first places to ever see a hair rig when Len Middleton and Kevin Maddocks graced its banks in the 1970s.

www.allianceao.co.uk or 07914 768947

9) Warmwell Lakes, Dorset

This holiday park was a key part of the carping landscape in the 1990s thanks to its giant common, Herman, which went over 50lb.

The fish are much smaller now but it’s still open to anglers.

Contact: www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk or 01305 854216