|Dillington Pond from the field side|
Club licences can be purchased from Mark Nicholas at Ilminster Warehouse, Ditton Street, Ilminster, Somerset and the fees are as follows
Adult Licence - £22
Juniors - £8
Concessions - £15
Ilminster AA website - http://www.ilminsteraa.co.uk/
As you drive in from the main road, if you turn left there is parking right by the pond and over on the field side you can drive up and park inside the gate (as long as the ground isn't too wet!).
The main methods are the pole and fishing the whip, with large numbers of roach, rudd and perch, the whip often scores well in matches with weights ranging from 10-20lb being needed to win in the summer. Sorting out the bigger fish is the key to doing well as there are lots of roach and rudd to a 1lb+ and feeding small nuggets of groundbait with caster (or even corn) on the hook should see you get some quality. Chopped worm and caster also does well for the pole anglers with some good sized eels and perch. There have been reports of perch to over 4lb and even 5lb but I can only vouch for ones I've seen and caught, personally I have had them to over three and seen numerous fish of that size caught, Roger Russell had three in a match for over 10lb.
|Roger Russell with three stunning perch|
|Martin Heard with a carp of 8lb 10oz caught during a match|
|Robin Cox with a Dillington bream|
|Graham Field with a couple of nice chub|
During the winter the match weights can vary depending on the temperature but bites can normally be found by scaling down and cutting back on the feed and matches can be won with anything from ounces to 15lb. The pond has several feeder streams and can fish very well after heavy rain as it colours up although too much and the fish shut up shop.
|Martin Heard with a typical double figure net of quality winter roach|
I used to fish the pond a lot and it was one of my favourite venues, I once won seven matches on the trot with weights from 8lb to 20lb caught on the waggler and the pole and the weights were all made up of quality fish, roach, chub, perch and odd bream. But as the pond has matured there has been an explosion of small fish and the matches tend to be dominated by whip anglers catching over 200 fish in some cases and that's not really my cup of tea. Lots of quality fish still feature in catches but very often it's just a case of fishing for bites and hoping some bigger fish show among the smaller fish.
Pleasure anglers enjoy some fantastic fishing with 20lb bags commonplace. I do quite enjoy the fishing during the winter where it's more what I call 'proper' fishing, that is feeding some groundbait and fishing the pole at 10-11.5 metres for quality roach on maggot and caster with double figures needed to frame. Have a look at the link below when I enjoyed a cracking day last December
It's a great place for youngsters to go and they will get bites all day long so if you're after plenty of bites or fancy a go for a specimen perch this is the place for you. There are also plenty of matches which are well attended by a good bunch of friendly lads, if you fancy trying your luck give Steve Parker a ring for all the details.
Also check out these links from matches below,
a win for me and a cracking perch for Leighton Cox
a very tight affair