Tooting Common Pond
This pond is a clean spot that rewards the patient angler. As one of Britain’s biggest ponds, it’s teeming with life that’s ready to be caught. On previous trips, I’ve caught catfish, carp and a 15lb pike (one of my best to date). Avoid the pond during school holidays and be sure to park up for the day the fishing is free, and you only need a small bit of bait to catch a corker or two.
In West Drayton, there are around five acres of waters to explore. On a good day, you can find carp, tench, roach, bream, rudd and perch roaming the waters. You’ll need a season ticket to get going but the fishery regularly has offers if you bring along a friend.
You never know what you’re going to come across in Fairlop Waters. Easily reached from Fairlop underground station, there’s a 3.5-acre lake and a huge 38-acre lake in the main boating area, where you’ll see fishermen reeling in 30lb carps and 20lb breams on a good day. You’ll need a long-range rod and ample patience for success.
If you’re in south-west London, Shadwell Pool in Barnes is the place to go. One of my top spots during the summer months, the two-acre pond is full of perch, rudd, bream, roach and carp. Day tickets cost £10; if you’re a local, a season ticket works out at around £90. Barnes has its own angling society too – ideal if you’re new to the game or want to meet likeminded blokes.
A little further out in Lingfield, Surrey, Beavery Fishery is another great spot. There are ten lakes to choose from – Snipe Lake is the oldest and one of the best commercial lakes in the country. It’s 2.5 acres in size and carp only. If you want to try competitive match fishing, head to Maze Lake where carp reach up to 10lbs. You can also hire chalets on site for a very reasonable fee of £20 per night.
For more information, check out LeeGreenAnglingClub.org.uk