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Cob House Fishery – Wyatts Pool

on January 17, 2012

Although Cob House Fisheries has been around for many years, it’s recent expansion as a fishery and as a place to go for a family day out in Worcestershire has transformed it into one of the leading and most interesting day-ticket venues in the Midlands.

To be found just off the B4204 between Worcester and Martley just three miles from Worcester, the fishery offers angling on eight waters of varying size and character with one fly-only stillwater trout pool.

Three of the lakes are old, well established Victorian pools with lush bankside vegetation, overhanging willows and heaps of features to fish to. The newer pools are obviously less developed but are already throwing up cracking weights and good catches for pleasure and match anglers alike.

In addition, the fishery is heavily committed to developing angling amongst youngsters and has a thriving Junior Angling Club and well-established schools’ angling education programme. It offers tuition to anglers of all ages and abilities through approved ADB coaches and is pleased to be associated with ‘Get Hooked on Fishing’.

Cob House is a leading breeder and supplier of coarse fish to fisheries throughout the UK, as a result of which all its stocks are pure ‘home grown’ and in pristine condition.

Although there are few rules, anglers must use the fishery’s own landing nets which are supplied. Keepnets are also supplied for matches. The maximum hook size which can be used is Size 8 and fish must not be handled in cloths.

Only one rod is allowed whilst fixed rigs, semi-fixed rigs or floating poles should not be used. For baits, boilies, nuts, beans, pulses, cat food and surface baits are not allowed and halibut pellets and tinned meat should be used only on the hook.

Only Cob House Fisheries’ own loose feeder pellets should be used at the venue and these are available at £1.00 a pint from the on-site Tackle Box shop at Cob House.

In addition to offering pegs for club matches, Cob House also holds regular Saturday Open Matches at a cost of £15.20. The draw is held at 9.00am in The Tackle Box and anglers interested in taking part should telephone 01886 888517 to book or call in at the shop. There is also an affordable Wednesday Open Match which has a £10.20 ‘all-in’ fee.

All told, Cob House is an interesting venue in that it offers a variety of sport from fishing for silvers and smaller carp on newly built pools which are already throwing up good catches to fishing for bigger fish in well-established Victorian pools which are full of character and quality fish.

Wyatts Pool

Offering a total of 30 pegs, all of which are suitable for disabled anglers, Wyatts Pool opened at the end of March 2009 and shortly afterwards exploded onto the Cob House match scene when Scott Jones claimed a new venue record of 394lb 4oz whilst fishing an open competition on the new water.

One of the main features of Wyatts Pool is that it provides extensive wheelchair access all around the water thanks to a new track which also connects to more pegs and a teaching platform on Laurel Pool, another teaching platform and one peg on the Chestnut trout pool and 10 pegs on Jade’s Island.

Wyatts is stocked with plenty of fish, mainly Cob House’s own strain of home-bred common and mirror carp which range in size from just 1lb to over 5lbs. In addition, there are several much bigger fish to add to the excitement plus a small number of roach to 2lbs and similar sized bream.

Wyatts is already proving popular with small club matches and throws up regular winning match weights of 200lbs.

How to get there…

Cob House Fisheries can be found on the B4204 to the west of Worcester. Travelling north or south on the M5, leave the motorway at Junction 7 and follow the A440 and signs for Bromyard until you come to the A44, again signed Bromyard.

Continue following the A44 and take the first right, signposted for Lower Broadheath and Elgar’s Birthplace. When you come to a set of crossroads turn right and continue on to the T-junction where you need to turn left.

This takes you onto the B4204. Follow this road through Lower Broadheath until you reach Cob House Fisheries on the left.

If travelling from Bromyard, turn left to Knightwick after crossing the River Teme and when you reach Martley turn right onto the B4201 towards Worcester. Cob House Fisheries can be found about three miles from this junction on the right.

Fishing Rules

Fish Welfare

  1. Barbless hooks only. Maximum size 8.
  2. NEVER handle fish with cloths or rags of any kind.
  3. Use only landing nets and unhooking mats supplied by Cob House Fisheries CHF).
  4. All fish to be lowered back into the water (or keepnet during matches) via the landing net supplied.
  5. All fish remain the property of Cob House Fishery and any removal of fish is deemed theft and will become a police matter. NO FISH TO BE INTRODUCED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
  6. ALL RODS TO BE ATTENDED AT ALL TIMES WHILST A BAITED HOOK IS IN THE WATER. DO NOT leave rods with baited hooks on the bank where ducks etc. may eat the bait.
  7. No fixed or semi-fixed weights or feeders, including elasticated method feeders. All ledgered weights and feeders are to be free running on the mainline.
  8. All fish to be unhooked in landing nets provided – held off the ground – or use a CHF unhooking mat provided.
  9. Sensible pole elastics please, you shouldn’t need more than a 14 or 16 on any of these pools. No Bullying of fish.
  10. No ‘yank and bank’ margin type poles.  Max 16m Pole Limit.

Hook baits and loose feed

  1. High oil pellets (trout, halibut etc) and tinned meats to be used as hook bait only – no loose feeding.
  2. CHF supplied fishery own pellets and Marukyu pellets only to be used as loose feed. You may use commercial hook pellets and paste. If you make your own paste, please make at home using tap water or make up on the bank using water from our fishing pools. Do not bring bait made up at other fisheries for bio-security reasons.
  3. Maximum 2kg ground bait.  No nuts, beans and pulses, dog or cat food. Loose Feeding bait limit – 8 pints max.
  4. ONLY Marukyu Boilies purchased from Cob House to be used on site no other Boilies allowed.
  5. Surface baits may be used only on the Victorian Pools and by prior arrangement only and will be at the discretion of the management staff and subject to suitability of tackle and ability – please speak to a member of staff.



  1. All anglers require an Environment Agency Rod Licence and must produce it to anyone requesting to see it.
  2. Prince Albert Members MUST carry their photo ID cards at all times. If you fail to do so, or if you have no photo attached, you will be charged a day ticket or be asked to leave the fishery.  Fishing on the Victorian Pools Only.
  3. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  4. No dogs allowed to accompany fishermen, except for guide dogs for the blind or ‘hearing’ dogs for the deaf.
  5. No floating poles. Float rigs only to be used on poles and the float must be attached at least 6 inches from the pole tip.
  6. No cupping in with a second pole whilst fishing with the first.
  7. No fishing beyond half-way to the next occupied peg.
  8. Priority to disabled anglers on all the specially designed pegs at all times where there is not a match on the pool.
  9. The management does not accept responsibility for personal injury or loss or damage to property on the premises.  We expect you to fish from the bank, platforms are used at your own risk.
  10. The management reserves the right to check persons, property and vehicles at any time.
  11. Vehicles are parked at your own risk.
  12. Anyone deemed to be in breach of the rules will be asked to vacate the premises and may be liable to fines in accordance to displayed signs, refused return to the premises and reported to other fisheries.
  13. We reserve the right to amend the rules as we see fit, without notice.
  14. Photographs may be taken and used for promotional literature and website promotion. We will only take pictures of children under 16 with the express permission of their parent/s.


  1. All fishery, tackle and bait rules shown above apply to matches.
  2. All nets are supplied. DO NOT use your own nets or put CHF nets in bags of any kind. NO STINKBAGS ON SITE.
  3. Do not put stones or other weights of any kind in keep nets.
  4. Min 2 keepnets per angler.  60lb Net Limit with a max of 75lb.  Anything over 75lb will not be counted.
  5. Silverfish / small carp (under 2lb) to be put in separate net with limits as per No 4.
  6. Tackle or bait not to be transferred between anglers or spectators after the start of a match.  No extra bait will be supplied after the match has started.
  7. If you are running late for an open match, please let us know and we will draw a peg for you – no angler will be allowed to draw after the specified draw time.
  8. DO NOT ROLL FISH DOWN THE KEEPNET when weighing in – all keepnets have pull handles to draw the lower rings up through the upper ones for ease of fish removal. If you require a member of staff to instruct you on this, please ask.
  9. Use only CHF weigh sling and unhooking mat when weighing in.
  11. Angling Trust rules apply and organizers / owners or management staff’s decision is final.
  12. Anyone found not adhering to any of these rules will be asked to leave the site immediately and no refund will be given.

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