Fishing Gravel pits

These are the water-filled lagoons which remain after the land has been quarried for gravel and sand. They vary in size but some of them are very large. Some gravel companies landscape the area when gravel extraction has ceased but other lagoons are left until vegetation appears naturally. The gravel pits are usually stocked with roach, rudd. Bream, tench and carp. Tew clubs actually stock gravel pits with predators but pike and perch usually find their way in.

Gravel pits are the most difficult of all waters to fish. The main reason for this is because the depth is so uneven. Unless you were fortunate enough to see the workings before they were flooded, it can take many hours fishing to discover the shallow and deep areas. A number of gravel pits are very deep indeed and the deepest areas are seldom very productive. In the deepest water very little insect or crustacean life, on which l he fish feed, will thrive. The contours of the bed can be roughly determined by looking at the changing colour patterns of the surface.

The deeper areas will appear dark blue or green. The water in a gravel pit is usually very clear but in windy conditions the windward side will become coloured as the waves wash in silt from the bankings. The bottom of a gravel pit is usually gravel and hard clay. Some pits are very irregularly shaped with lots of small bays and inlets. Fish location in these areas is easier than in the vast expanses of open water. Try to locate shallow ledges along-side deeper water. Weed will not grow in very deep water, so fish alongside weedbeds. Most lakes are shallowest towards the banks but gravel pits sometimes drop away into very deep water close to the bank. Once you find the areas of shallow and deep water, gravel pits can produce some excellent fishing.

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