Branston Water Park

Final - 02/09/2016

This is a large mature gravel pit of approx 29 acres. All pegs are made for the carp angler and each has their own rules. These can be found on the Burton Mutual web site. There is a good stock of Mirror and Commons, aprox 300. The biggest having been caught at 43lb 8oz. Barbed hooks only and use of leaders inc lead core is allowed.
The bay between the car park and the canal is the deepest area (16’), the depth gets shallower the further you go along the pool with there being only 3’ along the reed beds. There are islands along the middle of the pool.
There are toilets on site. The gates are locked in the evenings but we will have a key to allow people in and out. There are takeaways in the village of Branston right next door.
We are very sorry but practice sessions are not allowed on this water. Fair to everyone then.

  • Size of Lake 29 Acres (approx)
  • Type of Lake Private Fishing
  • Ticket Cost Membership Only - Burton Mutual Angling Assoc
  • Fish Stock Plenty of double figures
  • Biggest Fish 43lb 8oz
  • Features Islands, depth, shallows, reeds
  • Visit Venue Website
Branston Water Park 2020

Competitor List

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Pre Match Report

We find ourselves back at this large mature midlands gravel pit for the second year. The pit is part of a nature reserve and a lovely natural lake to fish. In our televised final last year it was won with three fish, which were all originals over 20lb each. There were 17 fish caught amounting to a total weight of just an ounce under 250lb, which averages out to 14lb+per fish. There is an ongoing stocking program with this water which is part of the Burton Mutual Angling Association. We are looking forward to an equally exciting final this year with maybe something a little bit special for the camera crew. This event is being filmed by Nathan Allen of Pixifly Media to be shown on BT Sport in November this year. Good luck to all the participating anglers.

Branston Water Park Pegging map

Branston Water Park Pegging map

Post Match Report

We started proceedings with the draw at 9am Friday morning. Which was followed by the first hooter at 11am allowing optional baiting and marking to take place. noon saw the start of the match. Just over an hour in and we had our first fish, a small stockie caught by Kevin Durling and partner Paul Butler in peg 3. The next fish followed shortly after and it really was something special. It was a stunning 32lb 14oz original common carp, caught by Ricky Dummer and brother Billy in peg 9. What a start to the final. By 10:30pm we had peg 3 in the lead on 3 fish for 50lb+. Peg 9 were next in line with their big common and they were immediately followed by four other pegs all on a fish each.

Friday night was quiet with no more fish gracing the bank. Saturday morning saw four fish put on the scales but the match was still wide open. Late afternoon saw peg 6 and 7 sharing five fish between them. This resulted in completely altering the look of the scoreboard. Callum Gutteridge and Karl Palmer in 7 were the first to call us with a 21lb 8oz common. Then Darren Pearse and Ashley Izzard next door in peg 6 banked a 24lb 5oz common to get them off the mark and join the other pairs who had fish. Peg 7 then had a double take which produced a cracking brace of mirrors weighing 22lb 10oz and 19lb 5oz respectively. Finally, Darren had their second fish, a fantastic mirror of 32lb 9oz just an hour after darkness fell. The other pairs in contention had not added any further fish to their tally’s as they now appeared to be showing on the back of the wind.

Saturday was a wet night and equally as quiet as Friday. Sunday morning arrived and the weather brightened up. At this point Callum and Karl in peg 7 were in control with their five fish averaging 21lb + each. Darren and Ashley’s brace put them in second 50lb behind. Third was Paul Butler and Kevin Durling who had not seen a fish since Friday evening. The rest of the places right down to seventh there was nothing between. With another fish any of these following pairs could still make a podium appearance behind Callum and Karl, but it was not to be. Nobody managed another run and everything stayed the same. We had two fish less than last year’s final but the total weight for all fish was approximately 100lb more. With he average weight being 18.5lb per fish up by 4.5lb on last year.

It looks like the stocking of new fish has got the original strain feeding well as this year’s results prove we had more originals than stockies. The opposite to last year. This is a great fishery and can only get better with the professional management approach of Burton Mutual AA.

Brian Byford-Cliff Kemp 24lb

Brian Byford-Cliff Kemp 24lb

Josh Winfield 8lb 1oz

Josh Winfield 8lb 1oz

Chris Donovan 12lb 15oz

Chris Donovan 12lb 15oz

Dan Robson 26lb

Dan Robson 26lb

Ricky Dummer 32lb 14oz-Billy Dummer

Ricky Dummer 32lb 14oz-Billy Dummer

Kevin Durling-Paul Butler 27lb 11oz

Kevin Durling-Paul Butler 27lb 11oz

Darren Pearse 32lb 9oz-Ashley Izzard

Darren Pearse 32lb 9oz-Ashley Izzard

Karl Palmer 22lb 10oz-Callum Gutteridge 19lb 5oz

Karl Palmer 22lb 10oz-Callum Gutteridge 19lb 5oz

3rd Kevin Durling Paul Butler-1st Callum Gutteridge Karl Palmer-2nd Ashley Izzard Darren Pearse

3rd Kevin Durling Paul Butler-1st Callum Gutteridge Karl Palmer-2nd Ashley Izzard Darren Pearse