Interesting recent discussion on the CEMEX Angling Forum on reminiscences of fishing for pike in Fleet Pond.
Many years ago I used to fish Fleet Pond (the larger one of the two) for Pike and had some good fun down there with my biggest going to just under 20lbs….
I used to fish Fleet Great for the pike back in the early 70’s. Mainly off the station car park where the tunnels go under the line to Fleet Small. The pike would fry feed on perch then and would gang them up in the tunnel. Watching hundreds of fry climbing the walls trying to get away was a sight to behold. Used to catch the perch on a bare hook with a bit of fluff, leaf, anything really twitched through the water.
I fished it last year – lure fished from a kayak and most of it was 18″ deep over a similar depth of silt. I only tried a couple of sessions, saw loads of fish activity but couldnt get anything on a lure at all.
Anglers who would like to see the fishing experience at Fleet Pond improved might like to know that we (Fleet Pond Society) are about to launch a big campaign to raise mega-bucks to restore the pond’s biodiversity. If we can raise the cash we intend a major dredging programme and include repair and improvement of jetties among other improvements. Support by the fishing community will be welcomed.
Please contact Colin Gray (see About page above) if you would like more information on or would like to support the biodiversity restoration projects at Fleet Pond.
Picture credit: Wikipedia.