The Beech Pool at Boldings Fishery is a popular fishing spot that caters to both match anglers and pleasure anglers. It features 30 comfortable pegs, providing ample space for fishing. One of the key attractions of the Beech Pool is its central arm, which curves gracefully into the center of the pool. Peg seven, also known as ‘The Point,’ is particularly renowned among regular visitors as a “pressure-peg,” where anglers fish with an audience of fellow competitors.
Anglers can expect a diverse range of fish species in the Beech Pool, including carp (commons, mirrors, and hybrids), tench, roach, rudd, bream, and barbel. Among them, the largest recorded fish in the pool is a carp known as ‘Wide-Load.’ While relatively short in length, this fish has gained fame for its remarkable width across the back. During its most recent official weighing on the match scales, Wide-Load tipped the scales at an impressive 25lb 4oz.
However, Wide-Load’s reign as the largest fish in the pool may soon be challenged. In January 2012, angler Dave Pritchard, a regular participant in open matches, caught a pristine common carp weighing 24lb 6oz from Beech 3. This fish, longer and more slender than Wide-Load, still has the potential to gain more weight and become a formidable contender. Anglers are encouraged to try their luck in catching these impressive specimens and enjoy the thrill of the chase.
Whether you’re a match angler seeking competition or a pleasure angler looking for a varied catch, the Beech Pool at Boldings Fishery promises an enjoyable fishing experience with the opportunity to encounter some impressive fish. Happy hunting to all anglers venturing onto the Beech Pool!