On my travels last weekend I called into Aston Fisheries, situated just off junction 31 of the M1.
It takes about half an hour’s driving from Chesterfield town centre, S26 5EP will sat nav you close.
The first fishery you come to is Aston Springs, an absolutely lovely place, heavily stocked and with great facilities, but my destination for the day was Aston Park Fishery, a little further up the track.
I first met the fishery owner Alex Mitchell, back in 2003 at Doncaster, when we both took our angling coaching qualifications. Since then he has created an absolutely stunning fishery which he is planning to expand.
Set in over 20 acres of parkland there are four lakes, all with plenty of parking and good access to safe, secure pegs. All are heavily stocked, with some big carp for the specimen hunters, but even better - a good head of silvers - ideal for winter fishing.
What’s even better still - Alex has installed aerators to keep all the lakes ice free – a boon to desperate fishermen this time of the year.
Anglers have been travelling from Barnsley and Doncaster to wet a line during the recent big freeze, so money well spent for Alex.
The fishery hosts quite a few well-attended matches. Check out the website for further information and availability if you are into the match scene.
A few carp have been turning up in the winter matches, a six or seven pounder certainly edges you towards a winning position.
Anglers in a sheltered corner of Stable Lake were catching roach, perch, skimmers and gudgeon - with maggot and worm proving to be the best bait.
The Lantra Lake has an island running down the middle, so all anglers have a feature to fish to. It’s stuffed with ghosties, tench, orfe, bream, rudd and even brightly coloured goldfish! It’s ideal for youngsters to catch their first fish. With a purpose-built café and bait bar on site, this is a superb fishery well worth a visit.