A coarse angling mecca
Durleigh is the only one of our reservoirs which is dedicated to dayticket coarse fishing. It's ideal for the angler seeking to catch carp, pike, bream and roach.
With depths of up to 26ft, you can fish from both banks, although there is no fishing from the dam wall itself.
The reservoir is renowned as a superb carp water and while there are a lot of common carp, there are also a good number of mirror carp there to be caught. Between 10 and 20 doubles can be caught in the right conditions.
Durleigh carp love boilies and will respond to accurate baiting, with many fish coming at longer range and being caught from all around the reservoir. In spring and early summer the shallow end can be very good, but as the season progresses and the levels drop they move into the deeper water towards the dam.
Specimen pike are also a big feature at Durleigh and can even exceed the 30lb mark, with a good number of 20s, doubles and jacks also in the water. Pike anglers regularly report 10 or more fish in a day when they are feeding. Dead-baiting is a very popular tactic, but lures can also work well.
In the winter they can be found at the deeper end, but throughout the year you will often see pike activity in the margins all round the reservoir.
The reservoir is also well regarded for its bream fishing with good average-sized fish. Although most bream fall into the 2lb-5lb range, there are larger specimens approaching double figures. There is also an abundance of skimmers from under 1lb and up to 2lb and there are vast shoals of roach that can make up 50lb-80lb nets on their own.
Durleigh fished very well last year with plenty of fish showing. John Keirle won the Carp Masters competition landing 34 fish over a weekend weighing in at 464lb. Dan Hole pulled out 26 carp and came second. The roach and bream fishing also produced excellent results. Match angler Tony Goodland won the Durleigh Festival with 196lb of silvers over the four day event. Notable fish included a 29lb 10oz mirror carp caught by D. Arrowsmith and a 25lb 12oz pike caught by Roy King.
Each year we run a competition for the biggest carp and pike of the season, with £150 worth of tackle vouchers for the winners.
Match bookings are welcomed and the nature of the fishing makes Durleigh a very good venue already popular with a number of clubs and match organisers.
Day tickets are available from the self-service kiosk in the fishing lodge.
Dedicated ranger Paul Martin has more than 20 years’ experience at Durleigh and is a good source of up to date information and who to speak to for match or pike boat bookings.
Durleigh - TA5 2AW
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