FREE LINE 03 - Page 97

It hasn’t taken long for the Big Carp
Promotions team to get their first
lake review booked in and bound for
the pages of our brand new free
digital carp magazine, and we really
do have a hidden gem of a fishery
for you to look at this December.
Westfield Fishery is a very under
the radar complex and is situated
just off the M40 near the town of
Marlow in Buckinghamshire, very
easy to reach but far enough off the
beaten track that you feel
completely tucked away from the
outside world. The fishery is run by
Karl Price with the venue
comprising of a lake and long
stretch of river both of which he has
loved and fished from when he was
a boy. Karl is an angler at heart and
since taking over the running of the
fishery a number of years ago he
has managed to retain its closeness
to nature without it becoming an
overly commercialised lake. He has
tried not to encroach on the
surrounding natural feel, but still
include all the qualities and
amenities you would expect from a
high-end modern day fishery. The
lake itself is about three and a half
acres in size with about a mile long
stretch of river on one side, it is all
extremely peaceful with only the
sound of the wind in the trees, the
sight of kingfishers swooping low
over the lake and the Red Kite
hawks soaring high above; Karl has
definitely created a top quality
fishery here.
The excitement starts to build the
moment you turn off the main road
and you arrive at the coded
padlocked main gates, then after a
short drive though a tree lined track
you arrive at the secure car park
and lodge, where Karl and his family
live on site, available should any
problems occur. Westfield Fishery
has around twelve swims but,
unless you have exclusively booked
the whole lake, Karl’s ideal number
is only eight anglers at any one
time, allowing a good choice of
swims, with easily enough water to
fish without encroaching on other
anglers. There is a track running
alongside the lake where you can
drive to the back of your swim and
unpack your gear. The swims are
amply spaced, enough that you’re
not too far from friends if you feel
the need to be social or just far
enough away from any anglers
already fishing; a two rod limit is in
place as Karl feels this will only help
increase your chance of a bite and
lessen chances of disputes over
fishing boundaries on the lake. With
the angler in mind the lake has a
very sensible layout and apart from
one double swim on the fishery, all
other swims are positioned on one
side which allows most anglers
access to the far side untrodden
bank, littered with coves, holes and
overhanging trees, all offering great
cover for the carp to hold up
thinking there are safe. Our best
advice, once you arrive at the lake


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