A Guide To Fishing In Essex
Thinking of fishing in Essex? Why not start with the biggest fishing club in the county the Billericay and District Angling Club. This colossus of a club offers access to now fewer than 30 superb lakes as well as stretches of the River Blackwater, Pant, Roding, Stour and Wid.
Most of the club's waters (including the rivers) contain Carp, but there's a pleasingly unpredictable mix of other species to be found, too. Typical venues include the two Armigers Lakes in Thaxted, both of which are stream fed and host generous quantities of Carp, or the 9 gravel pits constituting the Southminster Fisheries. Pits 1, 6 and 8 are home to specimen Roach, Perch, Tench and Carp, whilst you'll find plenty of Crucian Carp and Tench in pits 2, 4 and 5.
Even with the spectacular variety of waters on offer from this club alone, fishing in Essex has even more to offer the intrepid angler. For instance, the three delightful venues controlled by the .Becmain Angling Society Some of these waters are ideal for beginners and children.
Valence Moat in Dagenham (previously known as the Dagenham Lake) is close to a populated area and provides many local young anglers with their first experiences of casting a line a bagging a catch. It's a breeding pond for Roach but also holds Tench to 4 lbs and Carp to 14lbs. As with many Essex venues, it's a day fishing water, offering dawn to dusk angling for £3 (children under 16 pay only £2).
The Society also controls the beautiful Harwoods Hall Lake, situated on the site of an eleventh century Manor House in Upminster. Stream fed, the lake is home to a variety of fish including Eels, Tench, Roach Rudd and Bream, but Carp are the most numerous. Some very crafty and elusive Pike also glide through its waters. Nearby you'll find Pea Lane, a former gravel pit, which has been extensively reworked by the Society to include several swims hosting hefty Carp, Tench, Perch and Roach.
Finally, the Society also controls Garnish Hall Lake, three acres of gleaming water packed with Carp, Bream, Crucian Carp, Roach, Rudd and Gudgeon (you have to take out membership to fish here, though).
Southend-on-Sea offers further angling delights in the form of the Parks Angling Club, which controls the only two lakes situated wholly within the Borough's confines.
Priory Lake had its origin as two ponds dug 800 years ago by monks from the nearby Priory. Today, it's one impressively sized lake, four feet deep on average and boasting 18 swims. You'll find tench averaging 4lbs, Pike and Carp in the mid twenties and eels to 3 lbs. As it's located in a beautiful 30-acre park with loos and children playing facilities, it offers a good family day out, too.
Shoebury Lake was once a sandpit in the 1930s, but today it's a mature, tree lined lake of 2 acres with plenty of lily pads. Be warned: despite the high stock levels, the Carp in this water are very canny and are not easy to catch. There's a good head of Tench in the lake, along with Roach, Rudd and Perch. You might even come across the occasional exotic locals have used the lake to provide new homes for unwanted pet fish!
Fishing in Essex provides the keen angler with some superb day waters and is well worth a visit or three.
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