I regularly fish Fir Tree Farm (Wigan), but usually on Bensons or Nookey Hollow. Turned up on Sunday morning (6am) only to find matches on all ponds but the Spruce Lodge specimen pond. Having never fished this pool, I thought rather than drive to another complex I'd give it a go. I fished from the first peg clockwise from the entry gate,
fishing small cubes of Spam that had been marinading in Piri Piri of a week in the margins on a 16 hook matched with 5lb line thru to a No 14 eleastic, fished over 3mm pellets & hemp (feeding pellets have to bought on site).
First few fish were nothing to shout about, few skimmers, a nice crucian & a couple of reasonable roach. Then the pin prick bubbles started to fizz & the tench took over. Over the next couple of hours 12 tench came to the net with five of the over 5 lbs, the biggest being 6lb 7oz. The session finished of with a large mirror running me ragged for 10 minutes, destroying the swim & snaping me off!
Well what a morning & I was still back at home for 1pm. The pool is bing drained, netted & dug back out to its original depth in a couple of weeks, as the machinary will be on site for excavating Martins new 70+ peg lake ready for next year. Well worth a go before then if you can get there, I imagine it will take a few weeks to settle down again after the fish are put back in after the work. Going to have a wander down on the day it's netted to see what other monster lurk in there!!
Took a couple of photos which I'll add tonight.
A great fishery with nice owners & fellow anglers.