THE OLD MILL, ALDERMASTON, BERKSHIRE RG7 4LB
Barbel, Chub, Dace, Roach, Perch, Pike, Bream, Eels and the odd Carp.
£14 at the door, £16 on the bank and £3 non fishing guest.
8am until 7pm
Do not enter grounds under any circumstances before 8am.
Shirts/Tops to be worn at all times around buildings.
Take all litter home.
EA Licence required.
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From A4 north of Aldermaston take A340 towards Basingstoke, After 1 mile turn right into the old mill.
The Old Mill consists of a main stretch of the River Kennet as well as a tributary set behind and a lake to the rear of the buildings.
The river and lake are set in the picturesque grounds of the Old Mill and offers really good fishing whether you are targeting big hard fighting Barbel to the shy biting Dace. But don’t expect it to be easy, many people have bad views about this place for not catching, but on the right day its awesome! We have personally seen Barbel over 13lb and Chub to nearly 5lb caught from here, and there are bigger!
The lawn swims are a favourite on this venue as they seem to produce the bigger Barbel.
The lake at the back holds some big Carp, Bream and Chub, this just what we have seen from walking around the lake.
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Chub to 6lb
Dace to 8oz
Pike to 20lb
Perch to 4lb
Bream to 3lb
Carp to 20lb
TECHNIQUES AND BAITS
For Barbel and Chub, ledgered big cubes of luncheon meat or 14mm pellet to a braided hair works well with either loose fed pellets or PVA bagged pellets.
The Matt Hayes 'time bomb' method is also worth a shot (ground bait feeder with 6mm pellets plugged each end with pellet ground bait).
For the smaller species of the river, trot maggots on a small hook with a stick float for the best presentation.
Always take the time to have a good look up and down the river (with polarised glasses, if possible) to detect feeding fish and gravel patches, and don’t be in a rush to cast in! Bait a couple of areas, if possible, and sit back and wait for the fish to enter the swim before casting in.
This venue can get very busy, especially on weekends, so it advised to arrive early to secure yourself a decent swim.
The river is a really nice place to fish, beautifully looked after and maintained to the highest standard. The fishing is top notch and well known for its huge Barbel and Chub. You can fish either the main stretch running along side the mill or the back water which seems a great place for big Chub.
Its always worth approaching your swim slowly and quietly as the Barbel can bask in the margins in the warmer months.
For the Barbel and Chub I would recommend feeder tactics using a spicy boilie, pellet or meat on a hair rig.
Arrive early to secure a swim as it gets very busy, especially at weekends.
Aldermaston Mill is a simply fantastic venue. As mentioned, the fishery is very well landscaped which makes catching a big Barbel a secondary thing really.
As with all rivers, dont expect every day here to be action, sometimes it can be slow, but patience can generally pay off.
It is always easy to catch plenty of Dace, Roach and Minnows however, on trotted maggot.
But the main focus on this venue for the majority of anglers are the net busting Barbel. It seems that legered pellet and luncheon meat work a treat for a big one. I have personally done well by rolling halibut pellets through the swims, being lucky enough to catch a specimen Barbel. Aiming for the far bank and visible gravel patches works a treat.
The backwater is certainly worth a look in, where roving works well.
By spraying red maggots into likely swims I've had Perch here to 2lb 9oz. And this is also good for hooking a nice Chub.
Apparently, the ponds Carp and Bream are hard to catch (I have not fished it yet) but local knowledge suggests that fish flavoured bait works well, but it can be VERY hard going as the water is usually VERY clear.
A problem with this venue is that it gets VERY busy, especially during the beginning of the open season (there are not many day tickets on the Kennet) so sometimes its almost anglers fishing on top of one another, and especially at weekends. Perhaps bailiffs should set an angler limit to ease conjestion? Then again, one Sunday we went down for a look, expecting it to be packed and there were only 2 anglers in the whole place!
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Last updated: 2012