All posts by Brian Coakley

I have fished since the tender age of 8, brought up on local waters such as The Bridgewater canal, Town park lake and Weston angling waters. As time progessed I started fishing further into the North West, and lapped up the abundant opportunities the region has to offer. A match fisherman at heart, I will always set up pole, feeder and waggler, and so long as it's a fish on the other end, I'm a happy man. 'Im very approachable and usually have a spare cup and some coffee if anyone fancies a chat on the bank' so if you see him out and about, take him up on the offer and have a natter!

Bank Holiday Mixed Bag

 A quick return to Lloyds Meadow Badger lake taking the chance to fish it as usualy its booked up for matches on the Sunday or I’m in work and as it happens we had a special on the Trigonella range for the bank holiday so with a little tweaking I took full advantage of it!

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A warm day with a left to right wind and a clear sky  and not much ripple on the water greeted us as well as plenty of varied wild life loving the immaculate looking lake pruned to perfection giving each peg features close in and across to the island.

My idea today was a relaxed session involving plenty of chat with Stu and Danny and to get a few fish in the net.

Feeding the trigonella micros soon got the small carp in the swim and as previous visits I had noticed how quick these little terrors were putting on weight and giving a great fight on light elastic and taking double maggot!

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slopping up the pellets and feeding heavy brought some realy good Bream and quality roach.

A couple of pegs down Stu was bagging up but using the waggler to get some good ide and carp fishing shalla on the waggler as well as getting led a merry dance on his pole line from some hard fighting carp.


As the day drew on I took a break from the pole and got the feeder rod out chucking it across to the island were I had been firing in 8mm trigonella pellets, using trigonella 8mm wafters with micros in the feeder this method was a hit catching me a good stamp of carp!

For the next couple of hours the wind picked up and we had a little rain but the bigger carp came on the feed and the trigonella wafters were doing the business for me.

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Another top day fishing at my favorite venue comfy pegs , plenty of choice of features on all the pegs , lots of parking and clean toilets all this adds up to relaxing quality fishing in a super safe environment

my advice for Badger is walk around see if the fish are moving if they are get on them pegs, at the moment the fish are not holding up in any particular place.

Pellets and maggots seem to be the go to bait at the moment and  knowing how much to feed.

As usual great hospitality from Danny and Sarah always good to catch up and hear the latest goings on at the fishery.

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Arena Lake at Larford…..SSP

Probably the least fished of the 3 lakes at Larford but wow I think we would all love to have this at the bottom of our garden!  No fixed pegs with a high bank on one side and a bank that enters the water on the other side letting you stay protected from the wind if you choose so.

Today was the day I tried out Feed+SSP.  My SSP had been glugged in Trigonella for near two weeks now and smelt delicious!

on the waggler and bomb rods feeding 8mm trigonella pellets

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Not using this bait before it was a bit of a learning curve for me so I started off on 15″ hook lengths on both waggler and bomb and a size 16 hook with a bait band on, the shape of the SSP suits the band perfect, firing in 2/3 pellets every 30 seconds soon got the carp turning on them but it took about 30 minutes to get my first fish.

A few more were netted whilst we still had cloud cover keeping the feed going in which was keeping the fish very competitive in my swim

Swapping over to the bomb casting in over the feed from the waggler kept the fish coming still feeding 2/3 pellets and casting regular

This session was going great I was firmly into my groove my feeding pattern was steady and the cloud cover was dictating my method of fishing

The fish were of a really good size not going below 4lb but fighting like fish twice their weight.

The highlight of the day was a stunning Common carp just over 16lb caught on the pole using the SSP this took me over 20 mins to get in from a swim I had been feeding with several large balls of ground bait and glugged small pieces of meat.

Finding a flavor that suited the venue I was  fishing and then adding it to SSP really worked a treat for me today and as I mentioned before they were all good size carp plenty of them knocking on around 10lb, this product excites me because it seems to have possibly filtered out the smaller carp and the bream and has so many variants whether it be bomb, waggler or even the pole.  Still a bit more tinkering to get the finished product but until then its been a pleasure!

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Showing his Dad how it’s done!

My 8 year old son has been asking for weeks “when are we going fishing Dad” followed up with “I always catch more than you Dad” so the weather had warmed up and we headed off to Lloyds Meadow my go to water knowing its safe surroundings and family friendly pegs on Kingfisher and Heron lakes

Simple approach of a feeder rod and shalla pole rigs using corn and dumbbell shaped Mussleberry red boilies

Feeding quite heavy to start with on the pole brought Lucas plenty of small carp

When I got the chance I caught a few myself

Through out the day as well as eating all the packed lunch Lucas caught steady mainly using the feeder rod swapping his hook baits around to keep the fish  interested

Not one moan about the weather , not one shout out “are we going home soon”but the shout out was a proud one as far as I was concerned ” when are we going again Dad “

A really enjoyable day for me watching Lucas catch fish with help from me only to net and un hook,fishing doesn’t have to be expensive for the kids to do in fact when you have got some gear together were else could you go and spend a full day for the price of a day ticket which is between £5-£8 at most places

Thanks for reading and if you want any more information about my blogs , bait and tackle used please contact me

until next time from myself and Lucas its been a pleasure

Lloyds Meadow for a few hours …why not


A decision made at 5am when I couldn’t go back to sleep and the weather was decent seen me pop off to Lloyds Meadow and take the opportunity to fish Badger lake, having had a few good sessions throughout the winter I was intrigued to see how the newly introduced stock carp had come on in 4 or 5 months.

It was like the weather was teasing me as soon as I got my gear settled on the peg the rain came and stayed for the most of the short session I was there.

After a short but helpful chat with Danny the order of the day; keep the feed going in little and often fishing 8m out in about 6ft of water with 3 light rigs to fish 3 different depths as needed when the bites cool off, no margin swim today with being a short session but on the feeder I chose 8mm trigonella pellets on the band with trigonella feed pellets.

The fish were wanting it feeding micros and red maggots and swapping round corn and maggots on the hook brought plenty of small mirror carp which certainly have doubled in weight in such a short time.

Fishing light and shalla brought some great Ide and roach and with another rig fishing over depth brought some realy good crucians, skimmers and perch.

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Meanwhile the feeder line had been a bit quite for the bigger fish, so I came away from the island and went into the deeper water which brought instant fish several carp between 6-8lb all on the trigonella 8mm banded pellet.

A short session on the impressive badger lake seen me catch plenty and use plenty of bait, no wonder these fish are putting on weight so quick, not so many big fish today for me but the local knowledge has put right for my next visit, the quality of the roach and ide is very impressive throw in with that the crucians and tench and you can get yourself a right good mixed bag.

until next time its been a pleasure

Afternoon delight after the frost bite!

Milton Green is a beautiful course fishery with four pools set in 6 and half acres with very well stocked pools  which is 6 miles down the A41 from Chester .

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A frosty morning greeted myself, Dave, Michael, Dave H and Callum, not a ripple on the water or more worrying no fish moving about, so we spread ourselves out around the lake but kept within ear shot for the usual banter.

Dave C had a great start with a chunky mirror caught down the channel on corn.

Else were round the lake it was a slow start for us all apart from Dave H who was picking off some feisty F1’s and fat looking mirror carp as well as loosing a few that just didn’t stop running.

Me I was having a none productive morning, several baits and methods tried on the feeder and the pellet waggler brought me no fish not even a bite, after speaking to Nigel the owner he said the frost we have had won’t be helping but it will pick up in the afternoon as the day warms up, just keep putting the feed in and the fish will come he said.

First person to get into the afternoon fish was Michael, fishing to the far side with sweetcorn  and feeding trigonella flavored pellets , these we hard fighting fish and gave a great battle on the pole.

1-30 and I was still struggling for a fish but the wind had picked up and the sun was out, changing over to pellets in my feeder and corn on the hook and fishing into open water were the wind was causing a ripple on the water and my first fish ripped my tip right round it was a beauty.

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Fishing to some pop ups on a small puddle chucker float 3ft deep were I had fed 1 pint of hemp brought me quite a few crucians of a decent size.

Swapping over quite regular from my 24g  guru feeder to float brought me a steady flow of fish for the rest of the day into the early evening.

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Plenty of bait tried today which usually on another venue and day brought the fish, today it was quite evident the frost had slowed down the fish feeding in the morning, as the day went on the fish came on the feed and they seemed to fancy the flavor the trigonella micros and sweetcorn.

Yes I was worried a bit after a few hours catching no fish but neither was anyone else to any note, so I made a few changes stayed focused and it paid off
until next time Its been a pleasure Brian.
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Carp and plenty of them

This trip out to Rufford Meadows Fisheries had been a must go to  in the fishing diary for a while and after great reviews from a few of the lads from Fishing in the North West it was the Sunday crew’s time to give it a go, bit short on bodies this week so it was down to myself, Dave H, Mike and Callum to do our best on a new venue for us all.

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Under new ownership the venue has been tidied up with new footpaths,trees cut back, toilet facilities and Neil has said this is just a start with plenty more improvements to follow.

Not the biggest of venues but one of the deepest I’ve fished which involved some preparation work at home making pole rigs up  then cutting them back to suit using 0.8 and 1g floats and getting the shot bulked up to get the bait down to the bottom quick,also I prepped 3 guru elasticated feeder with various hook patterns.

Choosing the widest part of the venue gave me good scope for my feeder,using a 24g Guru elasticated feeder filled with trigonella soaked micros and dead red maggots and banded 8mm trigonella pellets and hook bait

Once I found my spot I clipped up and put in 10 feeders full of pellets to boost my swim ,and the bites started to come,each bite or take ripping my tip round not always resulting in a fish, The first part of the day brought me fish from 2.5lb to 5lb but these fish fought like fish twice their weight

2 pegs down from me Dave was off to flyer fishing into the deep water on his pole about 8m out getting into Carp,tench and decent silvers,later on his margin swim brought him some really good carp and plenty of crucians

Michael and Callum were further down on a narrower part of the lake which seemed sheltered from the wind but still with enough ripple to give the fish confidence to feed shalla,fishing feeder and pole the lads were also having a great day using Aurora pop ups to the far side between the rushes and sweetcorn close in the margins both using micros soaked in trigonella as feed

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A harsh change in the weather brought strong winds and a threat of rain but one thing that stayed the same was the fish were still hungry, my second net of the day seen the stamp of fish stay the same with  few bonus bigger ones

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Nets drying off and it was time to get in the margins,white hydro wasn’t enough to stop some of these carp bolting off,feeding plenty of micros and dead reds using pellets and hook bait made for a frantic last couple of hours for us all with the bigger fish moving in for an afternoon feed

I went with a plan to fish the pole but ended up using the feeder most of the day. Dave next to me fished the pole most of the day and Callum and Mike chopped and changed all day but the one thing we all had in common was we all caught over 100lb of carp each backed up with some great silver fish which tells me this is going to be a venue that will fish well all year round,it doesn’t strike me that this is an easy venue to fish as other people round the lake were catching but not as prolific,this venue looks like every peg will produce fish if fished correctly and the right quality bait used

I will be returning pretty soon and beefing up my tackle for a crack at some of the bigger fish we seen cruising round and take it from me they looked around the 20lb mark if not bigger

big thanks to Neil for his very kind hospitality and sharing his knowledge on the venue

until next time as always its been a pleasure, Brian


Not just fish liking Beechwood baits fine offerings


Clipped up for Success

Continuing my quest to visit at least 10 new venues in 2017. Today I turned up at Rosemary Wood fisheries to fish Island pool

Today was a day when reading most social media sites most of the talk by anglers was about the weather and how bad it was

Having loaded my car up with all my gear the weather dictated to me that it was going to be a rod day so feeder and waggler

With a strong left to right wind and a decent cast to the islands I decided this was a day to clip up using a 35g feeder casting in front of me and letting the wind draw the feeder into its resting position more like a golf shot

Bait for today ended up being straight forward 6mm trigonella and excelsor pellets from Beechwood Baits and a tuna and krill groundbait with added hemp

After a few casts and finding my range the fish started to show

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The Bream were certainly winning the fight to get to the bait 1st

If I got tighter to the Island then carp won the battle to the feed but this was hard even though clipped up the wind was still causing problems

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The weather was by now terrible and my only option was to stay on the feeder,which to be honest was a no brainer because the bites and the fish were none stop, they were loving the feed being presented to them

A visit from Beechwood Baits promotion manager Barry Smith as well as recording my short video biograpghy for the Beechwood baits web site he  timed it just right to help me out with my keepnet , as it happens it did take two of us to get it out of the water

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My second half of the day seen more carp caught

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on the day I also caught 9 Ghost carp

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the weather was bad but the fishing was great,accurate fishing resulted in building up a few nice nets of fish I think this was down to the amount of feed going in one particular area, although clipped up I did move it left and right not leaving it not letting it settle for more than about 1 minute,I cant wait to go back here and get the pole out and give it a proper go on the waggler I’m sure it will be another great days fishing

thanks for reading , if you get chance pop over to the Beechwood Baits web site and have a look round see what the bait is all about, meet the team behind developing the bait, there is all kinds of links to our blogs and you tube channels,good luck and tight lines and until next time its been a pleasure


Sunshine on a Rainy Day

A change of plan seen the Sunday crew turn out at Mescar fisheries

Each one of us talking up how we was going to fish it and what baits we was going to use

I chose to start off with with a hemp based feed with micro’s and dead red maggots for my feeder mix with added hemp oil,for hook bait I had 10mm triggonella pink pop ups and original hard hookers,6mm trigonella pellets ,musselberry reds bandums and a new bait I’m trying out which for today was a 8mm monster lobster pellet all in all a nice menu from Beechwood Baits and  Cheshire particle

Bright sunshine and no wind didn’t realy help with my planned approach for today but I suppose I cant complain with all the bad weather we have had the last few sundays

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Casting approx. 30m into open water with the feeder using various hook lengths from 2″ -6″, it took a while for the feed to settle in but the fish came steady until round about 12 o’clock mainly decent bream ( all my bream today were caught on trigonella 10mm hard hookers )

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The particle/pellet mix seemed to be holding the bream in my swim

Whilst waiting for my tip to go round it was a good chance to be pinging some pellets in priming my pellet waggler swim,although no fish turning on the pellets I decided to give it ago when the wind picked up and the sun went back behind the rain clouds lurking,using a small 3g crystal waggler approach as previous weeks brought me a nice chunky carp caught on 6mm trigonella pellets on a band but not much came along after that

The next couple of hours bites came hard to come by for all of us, this could of been down to the quite abrupt change in the weather,the sunshine had gone for good and was replaced with dark clouds and wind then soon the dreaded rain

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A couple of pegs away Stewart Rusling Youth Team Co-ordinator at Beechwood Baits was kick starting the afternoon off in style and along side him Dave was getting some nice carp aswell

By now everyone seemed to be getting into the carp Michael and Callum having a few aswell

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Switching tactics I now opted to start fishing under a large overhanging tree were I had been feeding on and off all day,sticking with the 6mm trigonella pellets as hook bait I started to get into the carp

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It seems like we have maybe turned a corner with the weather we will get bad days but hopefully with the days being longer and warmer it should mean more fish with the right tactics and bait,stay patient and don’t be scared to try something a little different if bites dry up remember you “Get more out of what you put in “, thanks for reading and tight lines until next time its been a pleasure

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It’s Sunday, and we go fishing!

After a week of really awful weather and the aftermath of storm Doris we was wondering was it going to be worth it ……. A brief chat to the lads and our minds were made up “it’s Sunday and we go fishing” was the answer, so off to Lloyds Meadow to fish Kingfisher which was a new venue to a couple of the lads and six months since I dangled a line here.  Winds up-to 47 mph and rain on and off made this to say the least a challenge!

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Lloyds Meadow Fishery has four lakes, Heron is the top lake and it provides quality fishing (one island), Kingfisher also provides quality fishing and is believed to contain the biggest carp at the fishery (2 islands), Fox is the smallest of the 4 lakes with a central island to fish to and Badger is the biggest lake.

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Pegged out on opposite sides of the two islands we all opted for a rod and pole approach to swap round as the weather dictated.  I went straight in on the method feeder with micro pellets and groundbait with 8mm trigonella pellets on a bait band after a few reports some good carp had been taking bigger pellets.  This allowing me to slowly set my pole up and get some feed in and give it time to settle, this didn’t prove to be very productive so after about an hour I went onto the pole about 8m out were the lake was at its deepest about 6ft, shot bulked to get the hook bait down to the bottom pretty quick and trying to get good presentation in very strong winds.

The fish I caught today came steady once I got a regular feeding pattern going in my open water swim, this consisted of dead red maggots and casters and every half hour a large ball of micros mixed with groundbait.  The only time I changed tactics was when the wind became to strong to use my pole, then I put the feeder out into the deeper water just off the island, the bites were slower but a few fish were caught.

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Stu and Robert were fishing to the left of me using similar methods and the weather was playing a big role how they also presented their bait and chose their swims.

Over on the other side of the lake fishing under the bushes Michael and Callum each bagged a double figure carp to go with some of the silvers they were catching, which on light tackle took some time for them to get them in, these were caught on trigonella hard pellets on a band

Today the fortune favoured the brave and we were lucky enough not to lose any tackle or suffer any damage in the high winds, this is my favourite fishery in the North West and plenty more visits are planned, big thanks to Danny and Sarah the fisheries owners who go out of their way to always make us welcome and to use keepnets for our review.

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Thanks for reading, if you want more information on any of my blogs please use the contact form, tight lines Brian.

Until next time, its been a pleasure!

The team take on Sephton Farm Fisheries 

Sephton Farm Fisheries is a well established commercial fishery, situated in beautiful countryside surroundings near Ormskirk and is popular with anglers from the Southport area and the North West of England. Occupying an almost un-disturbed rural farm location on the outskirts of Holmeswood, the fishery is set over 4 acres and houses two lakes, Two Islands Lake and Willow Lake. Both are open all year round for Carp fishing, Coarse & Pleasure fishing and are also available for match bookings.
Berry House Road
L40 1UG
Tel: 01704 893178

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Today as for the previous week for Barry this was about trying some different methods, pegs and baits on a fisheries which was new to us so myself and Stewart chose an island each as a feature which left us a gap of four pegs between us and an aerator right in the middle of the islands, these pegs were  vastly different in depths as we found out when plumbing up and casting the feeder in, leaving the waggler rods as Barry covered this last week


So let’s go back a week first…….Barry’s plan of attack was to target the open water towards the aerator fishing a loaded crystal waggler , fishing at various depths but a steady feeding of maggots and plenty of re-casting this seen him catch plenty of roach,skimmers and a few bonus carp in the upper layers of the water,this kind of fishing is all action none stop to get it right because of your feeding pattern and choosing the right amount of bait to feed so to try it on a winter’s day on new venue was a brave move that paid off


Ok back to today were we was led to believe the weather had warmed up , well it hadn’t the swirling wind that seems to be following me from venue to venue and rain for most of the day made fishing hard for most of the 10 lads who were out fishing today
My plan was a small Preston dura feeder casting towards the aerator also these let me me to change hook lengths when needed and my pole lines were concentrated towards the island,not to close thought because of over hanging branches, bait well I’m starting to phase out the maggots and get back to pellets and corn which is starting to reflect on my tray, today I had 4mm and later on 8mm pellets soaked in trigonlla glug,along with a mixture of corn,maggots,pinkies and casters for the hook,my feed was micros mixed with Old Ghost green ground-bait


The getting of fish in my net  for me wasn’t frantic but lots of bites and the same stamp of fish being caught whether it was on the pole or the feeder changing hook baits when the bites did cool off still hoping though that the next bite could be one of those bigger fish that were showing around the lake,for me its wasnt to be Bream,skimmer’s,perch,roach.hybrids,and some small mirror and common carp were the fish for me today

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Four pegs down  Stu was having to cast quite a bit further out to the side of his island and to deeper water using the same feed as me but on the hook he was using artificial maggots and excelsior pellets as hook bait,this proved a lethal combination on the day catching carp and bream steady all day finishing off with a great net of fish….well done Stu
elsewhere round the lake Ian had bagged himself a 9lb carp and a 2lb perch with some skimmers,but the other lads seemed to be struggling with the odd fish here and there


Already planning my next visit to this venue knowing the pegs as I do know will change my approach  but not my bait

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This is a venue that is under some renovation work improving the pegs and introducing more water , no doubt this will be a stunning water in the summer and a really good venue to fall back on in the winter,this is my second new venue of the season with more to follow until our next trip out its been a pleasure………if you are after any information would like to come out fishing with please message me through the contact form thanks