An historic water with an unknown stock ‘in the Queen’s backyard’ is producing some cracking carp this spring.
A fishing syndicate on the 135-acre Virginia Water in Windsor Great Park has only been in operation since June 2016 and its full angling potential remains to be seen.
Yesterday [April 24], Terry Huxley banked a 37lb 13oz mirror, following in the wake of Iain Jamieson’s capture of a 36lb 12oz linear.
The biggest fish caught so far from the venue, which is part of the Crown Estate and is believed to have been stocked by Donald Leney, is 39lb 8oz.
Another water in the Royal Berkshire park, the 18-acre Obelisk Pond, is also fishable on the £600-a-year syndicate. The two estate lakes date back 300 years.
Both Iain and Terry’s fish came as part of their first action joining the syndicate. Three days after his capture, Iain went on to have an eight-fish haul including two doubles and six 20s up to 28lb 1oz.
The West Sussex angler’s big linear was caught at 120yds on a critically balanced Active Bait Solutions hookbait on a size 4 Gardner Mugga cast at showing fish.
Terry, from Hampshire, caught his 37-pounder alongside doubles of 17lb and 18lb. He used a Sticky Manilla bottom bait on a slip-D rig at 80yds.