A Day on the Lakes … Pollawyn

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Pollawyn is perhaps the most well known of all the White Acres lakes being one of the original pools, and scene of many a good catch down the years.

An unusual shaped 55-peg lake with three arms and an open water area plus islands Pollawyn can be a demanding water at times but a very rewarding one too.

A day at Pollawyn
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A day at Pollawyn

These days pellets play an important part in a successful day on ‘Polly’ with banded pellet fished shallow working well over regular loose fed pellets.With the match fishing pressure lifted it provides arm-aching pleasure angler action yet it’s not all big carp. Fantastic roach sport can be had from virtually every swim if you feed casters or maggots on a little and often basis and fish no more than 6 metres out. Expect plenty of bream, skimmers, some tench and the odd very big perch too.

All the family at Pollawyn
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All the family at Pollawyn

Don’t forget your worms either, they can be a great alternative bait.The High Bank is always popular with regular visitors and it’s not hard to see why. When News Reel visited we stumbled across Mick Robins down from Swindon playing a nice carp on the pole. Mick like so many anglers was enjoying success on banded pellet up in the water catching carp after carp. Yet the most noticeable thing was the amount of families fishing together, father, mother, son and daughter groups were dotted around the lake.

Happiness at Polawyn
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Happiness at Polawyn

One such family, the Newman’s from Sheffield were all having a go. Dad Les had enjoyed success on the feeder before our cameras arrived and had to rely on son John to catch a fish for us! It wasn’t just the fellers having a go as mum Tracey and daughter Heidi were all fishing.David Reeves a CNC operator from Rugeley, Staffs. was enjoying a carp haulin’ session on peg 21 with corn and pellet while in the 50s another family the Lindleys from Doncaster were having a great time.

In the low numbers Warrington based George and Tom Culling were still thinking about their 200 lb joint haul at Bolingey the previous day while it was nice to see the Pittaways from Birmingham, Rose, Bernard and Linda, all enjoying themselves.So it’s far from being about serious match fishing with the pleasure angler coming first on ‘Polly’.

A family day out at Pollawyn
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A family day out at Pollawyn

The feature packed lake offers plenty of nooks, crannies and fish holding areas for truly exciting angling and with carp to double figures, bream to a slab-sided 5 lb, tench topping 5 lb, perch to 3 lb and crucians to 3 lb plus hoards of roach, hybrids and skimmers it’s not too hard to keep your float dipping under.

Depths range from 3 feet in the margins to 8 feet off the high banks. Careful plumbing is needed as some pegs have shallow bar in them and finding these is often the key to success.The contrasting nature of this lake calls for a versatile approach with most pole and running line styles of fishing all effective in the right swim. Big 100 lb weights are not uncommon so strong tackle must be used. No 14 or 16 elastic with 4 lb to 6 lb hook length. You could easily enjoy your best ever days angling here – many anglers have!