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Old 08-26-2009, 09:26 PM
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Default Lathom Fisheries, Burscough, West Lancs

Address - Lathom Fisheries, Warpers Moss Lane, Burscough, West Lancashire, L40 4AJ
Tel: 01704 893914
SatNav L40 4AJ
Ticket Prices - 5 adult, 4 concession.
Stock - Mixed coarse, including carp, bream and tench

Lathom Fisheries may not exactly be the most picturesque venue, but it is certainly productive. There are four lakes, all in close proximity to eachother, making it easy to switch from one to the other should you so choose.

All are well stocked with a variety of fish including Carp to 30lb, Tench to 7lb, Barbel to 6lb and Roach to a magnificent 3lb. There are also Bream, Orfe, Chub, Rudd and Perch.

The specimen fish are in Pool 2. It's 8' deep on average, and contains carp to 30lb as well as barbel, bream, tench, perch and roach.

There is a cafe and also male, female and disabled toilet facilities. Car parking is situated right next to the lakes offering easy access for all anglers including disabled anglers.

Barbless hooks must be used at all times and keepnets are only allowed during matches.

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Old 08-26-2009, 10:07 PM
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The first choice you have to make when you arrive at Lathom is which lake to fish. You can see all four as soon as you get out the car, and all are within casting distance of the car park!

I opted for pool 3, simply because I had my lad with me and juniors were not allowed on the other lakes. Pool 3 is well stocked with all kinds of fish, but there’s nothing of any substantial size in there, making it ideal for the young angler cutting his teeth.

Knowing there was nothing big in there, I opted to go with the whip and fish the margins. I fished chopped worm sitting just on the bottom to start with, and immediately pulled out a small crucian. A couple of minutes later, I was into my first ever barbel, a magnificent specimen that must have weighed at least an ounce!

My step son had caught a couple straight away too, a small orfe and a tiny common. I’d been loose feeding hemp into my swim, and pretty soon it began to pay off, as the little fish were driven away and the carp moved in. The swim was literally teeming with fish, they were falling over themselves to get to the bait.

To avoid the smaller fish, I decided to put a whole worm on a 14 hook, and pretty soon I was pulling out a carp virtually every time I put the pole out. There were also a few goldfish in there, and a nice Golden Tench of about a pound.

I switched to pellet, feeding 4mm halibut pellets and using 8mm ‘Hali Hookers’ on the hook, and the carp couldn’t get enough of them either. As soon as the feed hit the water the carp were on them, and with so much activity around the float the worry was fish getting themselves foul hooked.

It was all a bit chaotic, so I decided to have a little go with the feeder rod in the hope of catching a proper barbel or maybe even a chub, but again it was just the ravenous carp jumping on the bait as soon as it settled on the bottom. After a while I switched to the waggler, and fished pellet up in the water. There was no problem getting bites, but I was finding it difficult hitting them for some reason.

A switch to bread flake rectified that, and that also seemed to attract a slighter better standard of fish. They really went nuts for the bread, and I would have loved to have tried a bit of floating crust to see if I could have tempted some of the bigger fish in there. Unfortunately floating crust on the hook is not permitted, (neither are boilies or open ended feeders incidentally) and having seen the way they went crazy for the crusts I threw in it’s easy to see why.

To be honest, it was too easy and I must have caught between 60 and 70 fish. More importantly, my step son caught 20 odd, which is what you want when you’re just starting out. If it’s constant action you want, then pool 3 is ideal.
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On my second visit to Lathom I fished on the pool immediately to the left of the car park. I think it's pool 1 but I'm not sure. Anyway, the bailiff told me that it had a good head of babrbel in there, and given that I'd never caught one before (other than the tiddler I bagged on my previous visit here) I thought I may as well give that one a shot.

I baited two swims close in with punched luncheon meat, one to my left and one to my right. I was going to start by using meat on the hook too, but I found some pop up boilies I'd bought a few weeks earlier, so decided to give them a little go first. After 15 minutes without any bites, I was about to switch to meat when I saw this huge mouth right by my feet. It was a ghost or koi, around the 10lb mark I'd guess. It was feeding on seeds that had blown into the water and gathered by the reeds in my swim.

I was fishing in the corner that the wind was blowing into, so there were a lot of seeds, and floating dog biscuits drifting across, and I soon noticed another two large carp also feeding on the floating offerings. I dropped a couple of pop ups in, and they were soon snapped up. I removed the bomb from my rig and free lined the pop up close in, but they weren't interested so I put the bomb back on, switched to meat and reverted to the original plan A.

It didn't take long to hook my first fish, and it was a barbel of about a pound. For the next couple of hours I was catching regularly, mostly barbel but with a few crucians and F1's mixed in. I'd read a lot about how hard barbel fight, but I was surprised at how strong they actually were, especially as they were only small ones.

I lost one fish that felt like it was a decent size, but it was probably a carp. Anyway, early in the afternoon I decided on a change of approach, and instead of fishing close in I cast out around 20 yards. Within a second or two of the bait settling on the bottom, the rod tip went round and I was into a barbel of around 2lb.

Another cast, another second or two and I was in again. In 10 casts I had 8 fish, and 2 missed bites, and the longest I had to wait was around 10 seconds. It was unbelievable. I'd been getting plenty of bites close in, but clearly the larger head of fish were further out as the action was instant, whereas I had to wait a little while for bites close in.

By the end of the day I'd pulled in 32 barbel, 2 crucians and 4 F1's. Nothing of any real size, but most of the fish were between 1-2lb with the biggest being around 3lb I'd guess.

I caught a few on soft halibut pellets, but the action was much slower on pellets and it was the meat that was really producing. I thought about giving corn a go to see if I could tempt a decent carp, but maybe I'll do that next time, when I plan to give pool 2 a crack and see if I can hook one of the big carp or barbel that can be found in there.
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