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Bi Carp Waters
ituated a stone’s thrown
from the M4 motorway,
Reading and District’s
Pingewood Lagoon has
to go down as one of the
noisiest places I’ve ever
fished. In fact the first time I fished it,
a strong wind pushing into me from
the direction of the motorway gave
me a splitting headache. Whether it
was the exhaust fumes or just the
relentless drone of traffic I don’t know,
but that was all forgotten when that
first night the buzzer screamed and a
hard fighting pretty linear mirror
graced my net. Not one of the lake’s
monsters but the Baby Linear was a
very welcome start to my campaign
that lasted off and on for just over
three years.
Pinge, as it is known, is situated the
junction 11 side of the Reading services and is on the eastbound side of
the motorway. At approximately 15 or
(Top) Motorway Point.
(Below) The Brute, 48lb 2oz.
16 acres the lake has a narrow end, a
bit of a channel that opens out to a
big bowl end, which is generally
deeper. The end bank backs onto people gardens, and is known as the Cottage Bank. The opposite end you have
the gravel workings bank, and this
being a fully operational site, the
sound of diggers and trucks clatter
throughout the day. The only time the
lake is peaceful is about 3am, when
only the occasional car or lorry is travelling up the motorway.
Hearing fish jump out is nigh on
impossible unless it’s in the middle of
the night or at your rod tips! The lake,


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