From junction 14 of the M25, head west towards Datchet and Poyle. Go straight across the first roundabout with the banks of the reservoir to your left. Continue past Coppermill Road on your left and cross over the river bridge. After 50 meters, turn left into the fishery through a pair of double gates. Follow the track, cross the hump-back bridge and bear right into the main Horton Complex.
The Horton Boat Pool, situated on the Horton complex, is a small but very secluded specialist catfish Gold venue where anglers have the chance to fish for true British bred fish, not imported specimens. This is one of only a handful of lakes in this country set out just to be an exclusive venue for this sought-after species. Fishing on the Boat Pool for the catfish can be hectic at times, although as a rule the fishing is very steady, when on average between three to five fish are regularly caught each week, although during the summer months catches of up to 20 fish per week is not uncommon.
The fish chop and change their preferences from live baits to dead baits on and off throughout the year, so it’s always good to be ready to change tactics at any time. Takes can come to a myriad of different set ups and baits which include natural fish baits to pellets and even boilies. A lot of the regulars tend to fish with two rods rigged up with live baits and the third rod out using pellets or boilies. This gives them the added chance if the fish are playing hard to get.
Present in good numbers are specimen perch, currently approaching 4lbs, which make for an added distraction when the cat fishing gets tricky.
The lake also holds a good head of large bream, tench and carp; these can be a little trying to get in contact with due to the heavy line rating that is ruled on this venue. Due to the safety of the catfish we have made a rule that the minimum line rating is 18lb breaking strain, suitable for catfish but a little conspicuous when trying to temp wary specimen bream and tench! Also, you must be in the possession of a 50”landing net at all times, even if you are setting your stall out for bream or tench.
A large unhooking mat is also essential and we have also made a ruling that mats must be at least 6 feet long or two mats used, and these must be of an acceptable thickness. This is due to the size and proportions the catfish are growing to. The Boat Pool now contains three catfish over 60lb, up to 82lb+ and also holds a fantastic head of 30, 40, and 50lb fish, with a good number coming through in the low-double and 20lb area.
People who join the Boat Pool also get to use the facilities on site; these include the toilets, showers and Horton fishing lodge. The latter has all the usual facilities, including a cooker, microwave and fridges etc. We do not supply cooking implements such as cutlery or crockery and ask that the anglers bring their own. However, there is a constant supply of tea and coffee and good company, though a donation to the tea fund is always welcome.
Within a few minutes’ walk there is a public house which supplies very good pub food and there is also a small corner shop which seems to stock everything that you could wish for in terms of supplies required on the bank. The bailiffs on the Boat Pool are very helpful and will always advise on rigs and unhooking catfish, but remember if you are unsure of anything please feel free to ask. There always seems to be a tendency to fish to the middle of the lake, but the bailiffs’ tip for this venue would be to not forget the margins.
In its pleasant surroundings with fantastic angling opportunities and on-site facilities, the Boat Pool at Horton is certainly a very exciting and worthwhile venue for the angler wanting something slightly different from their fishing.
Perch 3lb 8oz.
Roach to 2lbs.
Rudd to 2lbs.
6 acre Lake
1st April - 31st March
2 rods from 01 March until 31 October. 3 rods from 01 November until 28 February
Bait Boats Allowed
A full list of Gold venue rules is issued to every member.
Bait boats are not allowed.
Species and Fishery Records
There are currently no records at present
Latest Associated Article
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