Location: Bury Hill fisheries are situated just off the A25 Dorking to Guildford road and is sign posted on the right when travelling from Dorking. It is a brown tourist board sign. The fishery is less than 1 mile from Dorking town centre.
Address: Bury Hill Fisheries Estate Office, Old Bury Hill, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 3JU
Phone number 01306 877540 Fax 01306 877545 Web site www.bury-hill-fisheries.co.uk Email BHFishery@aol.com
Fishery: There are three lakes on site totalling over 17 acres. There is a 12.5 acre tree-lined estate lake with a wooded island, nature reserve and feeder stream running alongside.
This lake has the most advanced aeration system ever built at a commercial coarse fishery. This uses two giant corkscrew pumps to shift over 7 million gallons of water a day into a holding pond above the main lake. This water flows back into the lake down an artificial weir and man-made stream to re-enter the lake at three outlets along the island bank. This system has encouraged all species to move, feed and grow in both strength and weight. Even in the hottest days of Summer the fish normally feed well in this re-oxygenated water.
This lake is a traditional mixed fishery with a large head of carp, tench, bream, roach, perch, rudd, crucian carp, pike and zander.
Milton lake is a three acre lake that has really started to mature.
It is well stocked with crucian carp, tench, roach, rudd and other species. However its reputation is as an outstanding crucian and tench water that has produced 2001b pleasure catches. On my visit I had well over 1001b of crucians and tench. There are thirty wooden platforms each fitted with a fixed unhooking mat. The banks are well landscaped and often reed-lined. A very attractive small lake.
The third lake is the smaller Bonds lake at two acres. This has a large head of carp with tench and roach. This is not a 'big' carp venue, with the best at about ten pounds but it regularly produces 1501b plus match weights.
Ticket prices; Adult day £9 for one rod and second rod at an extra £4.
Juniors, OAP's and physically disadvantaged at £6 per day. Juniors
must be 15 years or under.
Evening tickets are available from 5pm or the last 4 hours of light at
£4 per rod.
Season tickets for one or two rods are available at £120 and £145
respectively. A special predator ticket is available from the 1st October to
the 14th March at £85.
The main lake has fibre glass punts available for fishing at an extra £5 per person. I used one of these for a feature due to be published later in the year. Again it produced a bag of well over 1001b.
Access for the physically disadvantaged is good. By prior notice, arrangements can be made to allow anglers with access problems to drop their tackle off at their peg by car.
Tuition: Bury Hill has a terrific range of courses available including Gardener "Big fish" days. Details of dates and prices are available from the fishery. These are very comprehensive courses covering most aspects of our sport, ranging from carp fishing to predator fishing.
Corporate days can be arranged. Contact the fishery for further details.
Club matches and group bookings. Although these are welcome, numbers are controlled to maintain the quality of fishing. The boathouse has facilities for holding match draws and barbecue facilities can be arranged for contests and group bookings. Further details are available from the estate office.
Other facilities. The boathouse has its own ticket office, bait and tackle shop, ladies and gents toilets (kept spotlessly clean) and café, serving breakfasts. I found the full breakfast excellent and terrific value for money. It was a good meal that set me up for my days fishing.
This fishery has without doubt terrific facilities which are difficult to cover in the space of this article. I expect that I have missed out on certain aspects but I will be writing other features on the venue and hope to cover the predator fishing in detail at a later date. This again I know is remarkable.
Finally I have visited Bury Hill twice this season and on each visit had well over 1001b of fish. Certainly in my opinion, an exceptional commercial fishery.
A days fishing at Bury Hill Fisheries
I opted to fish Milton Lake on the Bury Hill complex because I wanted to catch a nice bag of crucian carp. I arrived when the fishery opened up at 7.30am to be greeted by the owner, David De Vere. David told me that the lake had fished well all week and advised me to look for a swim with nearby reeds. The fish were close in and taking a variety of baits.
I walked down to Milton Lake to find peg 3 was vacant. This looked absolutely ideal as there were reeds close in. I fed the swim with casters before setting up my tackle. This consisted of a 12ft Harrison float rod with an Ariel centre pin loaded with 21b b.s. line. The terminal tackle consisted of a small Preston Innovations pole float holding 4 number 8 shot. I placed three of the number 8 shot about 18 inches from the hook with another number 8 shot about 6 inches from a size 14 Preston pinched barbless hook. The bait was to be two casters.
I had seen rudd intercepting my caster feed so I was not surprised when the first cast produced a nice plump rudd of 6oz. I then increased my feed rate in an attempt to feed off the rudd. This tactic worked fairly well as I only caught another 8 or 9 rudd in the session. However some of these were nice fish ranging up to 10 oz that would have been useful in a match, but I was after the crucians.
I then noticed that I was getting very shy bites that were barely moving the float. I knew these were crucians and struck at every movement of the float no matter how slight it was. The result was that I started to bag up on crucians. At one stage I had ten crucians in ten casts, then missed a bite to follow through with another eight crucians in the following eight casts. It was getting hectic, the sport although continuous was in surges of crucians followed by tench, further followed by another run of crucians. The bites never appeared to slow down or stop. In fact sport was so good, I really had to force myself to stop and take the photographs to illustrate this feature.
Virginia was also having a hectic session with the crucians and tench. Every time that I looked round she was landing another crucian or tench.
I had crucians up to 21b 10oz with plenty of others over two pounds whilst Virginia had crucians up to 21b 4oz. We both caught plenty of tench but I believe that Virginia had the biggest, that was about 41b 12oz.
We decided at noon to go back to the cafe for a breakfast (which was excellent) and again met David De Vere. We told him of our catch and he gave us permission to use our landing net as a keep net for half a dozen fish for a photograph. Keep nets are only
allowed on approved matches by special permission.
We returned to our swims to fish on and found the fish just as keen to feed as when we left. I quickly caught 6 fish for the photograph and kept on catching, up until 3pm when we decided to make our way home before the traffic on the M25 built up. I had easily passed the 1OOlb mark and Virginia was not that far behind me.
Conclusion: This is a terrific fishery that has so much to offer anglers. I doubt that in the space of this article that I have done justice to the venue and will be back there fishing for other species over the next year.