I thought I would turn my attention to the House Pool today. I have noticed there are quite a large number of pleasure anglers that visit Woodside to fish either Woodside Pool or Island Pool only to find they're not available because of matches. But, instead of fishing the House Pool, they get back in their cars and drive away

This latest blog entry will hopefully help demonstrate to people the standard of fishing they are missing out on by ignoring this immature but prolific pool.

I arrived at Woodside at 06:10 and began setting up straight away, despite my mum's best efforts to try and make me have some breakfast before I started The fish were already pretty active and moving around in the upper layers, probably due to the heavy rain we'd had over night freshening things up.

I would be fishing the pole today at approx. 8-9 metres. I had two plans of attack. One top kit was set-up to fish the bottom about an inch on with banded pellet on the hook. I was using a number 12 elastic to 4lb 12oz mainline and a 3lb 6oz hooklength. The hook of choice was a reliable B911 in size 18. The float was a 4 x 14 with the majority of the shot about a foot from the hook with three no.10 droppers.

The second top kit was also set-up with a number 12 elastic, this time to 3lb 6oz line straight through to a size 18 B911. The float was a small dipper cocked by three no.8 shot. If the fish come up in the water during the session, I would switch to this rig and fish approx. 18 inches deep.

I started off on the deck with 6mm pellets feeding 4mm. I was more or less straight into a small Carp of about 8oz, followed shortly by a small tench and a few half decent Roach. However, the more loose feed that went in, the more apparent it was that the fish were up in water (as I had first suspected) and it would be far more productive to fish up in the water.

As soon as I came up in the water (still on pellet) my catch rate increased dramatically. I soon discovered that the fish were huddled under a bed of lillies just to my left and swimming out to pick off the loose feed before dashing back under the pads. I shallowed right up to about 8 inches below the surface and kept a steady stream of pellets going in. Within an hour the fish were competing for the bait so much so that there was absolutely no need to strike. The fish were taking that aggressively, they were hooking themselves. Within the next hour I took about 20-25lb of 1-2lb Commons, Mirror and F1's.

However, this came to an abrupt stop. The wind picked up and blew in a breif but fairly heavy shower. This seemed to cool the water a little and drove the fish back down. I opted for the deck rig again and continued on the pellet (although switched to sweetcorn every now and again), but struggled to keep the fish coming at the same rate as before.

Thankfully, the wind died down and the sun came out again, which saw the fish return up in the water. It seemed they had wised up to the pellet in the meantime though (or had their fill picking up what of the loosefeed on the bottom) and having hooked but pulled out of a number of bigger fish as the session wore on, the pellet went very quiet. It was at this stage I decided to fish small cubes of meat up in the water, but a little deeper than with the pellet. The bites at first were a little slow to develop, but by the end of the session, the bites were just as aggressive, if not more so, than they had been on the pellet. The fish were of a better stamp as well

Despite the slow couples of hours mid-session, the last hour or two saw me capture an estimated 40lb with a very nice bonus Koi Carp weighing 12lb exactly that put up a fantastic fight on the pole!

The fish were still coming right until the end of the day, including some proper lumps that unfortunately proved too much for the size 18 hook. Had I have been able to carry on as long as I wanted to, I would've easily broken the 100lb barrier and had I have landed the bigger fish I hooked, I can confidently say I would've exceeded 150lb. In the end, I finished with just over 80lb of Carp, Rudd and Roach in 5 hours. Not bad!

Still a thoroughly enjoyable day with a cracking Koi Carp to boot. The Carp, incidently, is the largest caught from the House Pool to date and is a PB on the pole

So, if both Woodside and Island pool are not available, don't ignore the House Pool!

There are Carp to 12lb, Barbel to 11lb 2oz with 7-8lb fish caught regularly, some nice Ghosties to 8lb, Grass Carp to nearly 10lb as well as some quality Roach and Rudd. There are even Golden Tench to be had if you are lucky enough to drop on them! It's a real lucky dip of a pool - you never know what you're going to hook into next!