jerry bridger

Ex carp fishing magazine editor and good friend of Carpworld magazine Jim Foster caught this stunning near-20lb mirror from the Stalking Swim whilst on a recent Birch Grove session with Carpworld’s Production Manager Gaz Hood. A bottom bait fished over a handful of pellets tight in the margins was all that was needed to get the bite.

The famous Birch Grove is an exclusive 5-acre carp fishing lake set in Shropshire. Tim Paisley controls the water and during the months of June to October, the water is rented on a weekly basis to parties of up to four carp anglers who have exclusive use of the lake and the facilities. Whilst we have many requests from anglers for day tickets or weekend availability, the minimum letting period is 7-days.

Throughout the months of November to April Birch Grove is home to a small winter syndicate of 10 members, which are split into two rotas, both fishing one week on,
one week off.

The water can be a challenging one but Birch is simply a lovely place to visit. Birch Grove is well stocked with both mirror and common carp and some of the latest captures recorded from the water have included numerous 20s and an increasing number of 30lb+ fish.

birch grove catch pictures