- Watersmeet Angling Centre -
Location in South West:
Hartpury, nr. Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Tel: 01452 700358 or via form on website
fishing available to residents only. No day tickets.
accomodation, bar, restaurant, disabled friendly
bread, maggots, casters, worm, sweetcorn, boilies, paste, cheese
Only an hour from Birmingham and two hours from London, Watersmeet can be found on the main A417 Gloucester to Ledbury road at Hartpury. Anglers travelling from the North or Midlands will find it easiest to take the M5 and then Junction 2 off the M50. Heading south towards Gloucester, Watersmeet is about 10-15 minutes down this road on the right.
Those approaching from the South or from London along the M4 should take the M5 northwards and come off at Junction 12 or 11a. Take the Ring Road around Gloucester, heading north west on the A417. Watersmeet is on the left five miles out of Gloucester.
Take a traditional oak-beamed country freehouse pub with real ales and guest beers, a separate restaurant and blend the two on a 10-acre wooded site with some of the best carp and tench fishing for miles around and you have the recipe for the Watersmeet Hotel and Angling Centre
at Hartpury in the heart of Gloucestershire.
Coarse fishing at Watersmeet is available to residents on three coarse fishing pools:
At two acres in size, Main Pool is the largest of the three Watersmeet lakes and is well-known locally for its large head of double-figure Carp [to 30lbs]. It has also been a renowned tench water for many years with the largest verified specimen currently standing at 9lbs 8oz. Other species presnt are pike [to over 20lbs], roach [to 1lb 8oz] and rudd which provide plenty of sport on the surface when the bigger fish aren't feeding. Boilies fished on the bottom are the most commonly used bait for the carp whilst early in the season floating crust is also very effective. Stalking and margin fishing are also very effective.
Holding many tench and bream [to 10lbs], plus a good head of small carp, this pool is surrounded by lush vegetation and trees. It has an even depth of between three and four feet and provides excellent sport. Recently stocked with about 4,000 roach and rudd, it is ideal for the pole, although those going for the bigger tench may prefer to stay with the rod. A lot of carp are caught on the shelf whereas the tench and bream stay more in the deep water. Most popular techniques for the large tench and bream are fishing on the bottom with bread, maggots, casters, worm or sweetcorn all being extremely effective. Other baits such as cheese and pastes also work well.
Developed as a general coarse fishery, Front Pool contains carp into double figures, some good tench and bream plus a good head of roach and rudd. The easiest of the three pools to fish, it is particularly suited to fishing the sliding float on the rod although the favoured technique is to fish the ledge which runs about three feet out from the bank where the depth is about three-and-a-half feet before the banks shelves steeply to the bottom. Don't fish too light.
fishing strictly for residents only
night fishing allowed.
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