Badshot Lea, Aldershot, Hampshire
OS Map Reference: SU 682 489
Postcode: GU4 9LQ
Water Type: Canal Style Custom Fishery
Designation: General & Match Water
Size: 0.7 acres
Maximum Depth: 6 feet
Head Bailiff: Mr. A. Loten
Deputy Bailiff: Mr. M Hurdle
Local Surrey Police: 101
Tench, Roach and Chub
Kings Pond has been developed as a water that will provide productive sport for our younger anglers and has already become a firm favourite with many of our members, whatever their level of experience.
This pretty little 16 peg fishery in the Badshot Lea Complex was a great success in the 2007-8 season. Lush green grass swims have lily pads on both sides and vegetation on the far bank. Generous stockings provide good sport in all seasons.
Hundreds of 8-10 once Crucians, loads of beautiful green, golden Tench to 2 lb 8 oz for the summer and autumn. Hundreds of Roach, Chub and Roach/Bream hybrids to 1 lb 8 oz for colder months. More accomplished anglers will catch huge bags of fish because it offers easy sport for our less experienced members and will be used to train and coach our juniors in float fishing. The downside to this popular venue is that you might have to get up early to secure a peg.
The recent addition of stillwater Barbel to this venue will make a welcome alternative to the normal run of fish and should prove a challenge on light tackle.
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This venue is almost always fished with the pole or waggler and gives great sport from the smaller species, although the odd Tench or Barbel can prove very exciting on light tackle.
Frequent additions of small quantities of pellet or maggots is the preferred technique with the bulk of the fish patrolling the drop off to deeper water about 6 feet from the edge.
Every swim has lily pads both sides and vegetation on the far bank with lush green grass swims making it a picturesque little water.
The stockings have been generous to provide good sport for all seasons and hundreds of 8-10 ounce Crucian Carp: green and golden Tench to 2 lb 8 oz and Roach, Chub and Roach/Bream hybrids to 1 lb 8 oz and even some fingerling Barbel.
Whilst the more accomplished anglers may usually catch the larger bags of fish on this venue because it has been designed to offer easy sport for the less experienced members and to train and coach our Junior Members how to float fish, the less experienced can still have a great day with plenty of smaller fish up to 2lb, but generally around the 4-10oz mark at present; though the Chub are showing up to 10oz and the Barbel already increasing in weight to about 4oz and giving a good account of themselves on light gear, it will be interesting to see how much weight they put on this year.
You may wish to arrive early to get a peg, especially at the weekends.
Farnham Angling Society Record
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- Barbel may be retained in keepnets.
- Please ensure that the gate is locked at all times, even if it was open on your arrival.
- Night fishing is allowed, but we must stress that junior members are not permitted to fish at night without an accompanying AND adjacent SENIOR MEMBER. (see bye-law 4.r)
"Just writing to say a huge thanks to Farnham Angling for once again supporting a handful of our cubs scouts in a fishing session at Kings pond last weekend. I’d fished the venue about two weeks before and found it unusually slow. However despite very bright very hot conditions we had a great session last weekend. None of the cub scouts who fished had fished before. So it was a real pleasure to me and the other 2 scout leaders involved to see them catch their first fish. Still using the simple whips donated two or three years back, the Perch & Roach were very obliging to our 9 & 10 year old anglers.
All of the young anglers caught fish, and really enjoyed the day. A few could not make it on the day, but this event keeps me on my toes, and probably worked better for the smaller numbers. I find this a great way to work with the lads, and introduce something new and fun into what we do with our older Cub Scouts. Thanks once again for this great opportunity, and if you have a slot available for a similar session next year, please pencil us in.”
Very many thanks, Jeff Atkins (1st Finchampstead (Badgers) Cub Scouts)
Dave Benton helps Imi at Kings Pond whilst supporting the Parity for Disability charity
I received the following email from Alison Cooper, the Executive Director of Parity for Disability on 9th August 2013, having previously agreed to a request from Dave Benton that he had received a call for help from the charity.
Dear Honorary Secretary,
I am writing to send our sincere thanks for allowing us to use your facilities yesterday, Thursday 8th August.
Parity for Disability runs an activity scheme for disabled teenagers during the Easter and summer school holidays when the young people choose what they want to do and we try to make it happen. This summer one teenager said she'd love to have a go at fishing. After much ringing around without any luck I was directed to your organisation and saw Dave Benton's contact details. He couldn't have been more helpful from the outset and agreed to meet us at Badshot Lea with everything necessary. The session was a resounding success; Imi had an amazing afternoon and was extremely pleased with her achievements.
Dave really pulled out all the stops and was so generous with his time and expertise.
Thank you so much for helping to make this happen, it makes such a big difference.
Executive Director Parity for Disability
Following the success of the day, the Executive Committee have agreed to provide 4 x complimentary permits to Parity for Disability for future use at the Badshot Lea Complex, 2 for the disabled and 2 for their helpers, so that they may arrange further angling days in the future as they wish.
Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary on behalf of The Executive Committee
This year 1st Finchampstead Cub Scouts once again had the opportunity for some of our older cubs to have a go at angling. Six of our older cub scouts (aged 9 or 10) were given the challenge of fishing a 4 meter whip to see what they could catch. Thanks to Ian Gray, Farnham Angling Society’s Honorary Secretary made the day possible, and what a great day we had.
This year we used a keep net to be able to show the cubs how many fish they could catch with their efforts combined. We were kept cool by the many showers the day threw at us, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the cubs in the slightest. Setting up the whips to fish just on the bottom was soon completed with the help of the leaders. And floats were very soon in the water.
It wasn’t long before the first shouts of excitement came as the fish of this great little pond obliged. Many of those taking part had not fished before, but I’m sure they are now hooked for life! Roach with the odd Perch were the first species to come to the nets, follow by great joy and the odd Crucian Carp started to show.....Read More....
Eight Cubs from 1st Finchampstead Scout Group had a simply fantastic days fishing on Kings Pond. Most of the boys (aged 8 to 10) had never been fishing before and having arrived by mini bus we were excited at the thought of a great day’s fishing. We were met by Ian Gray, the Secretary of Farnham Angling Society who had helped make the day possible with the support of the Environment Agency who had supplied us with whips and pole float rigs, bank sticks and ‘Fishing Introductions Packs’ for the boys and with Farnham Angling Society providing the venue, pellets and groundbait, landing net handles and some terminal gear for the cubs to practise making up their own float rigs for the future. Read More....
Off Lower Weybourne Lane, Badshot Lea,, Hampshire
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From the roundabout (Shepherd and Flock) at the eastern end of the Farnham by-pass take the exit road sign posted Aldershot after 200m take the 2nd exit on the mini-roundabout sign posted to Badshot Lea and Trading Estate.
Pass Sainsbury’s superstore on your right, go straight across another mini-roundabout and continue about a mile to traffic lights.
Turn left into Lower Weybourne Lane. After about 0.25 miles turn right into the car park, immediately before the railway bridge and the Sea-Cadet hall.
Alternatively, approaching from the direction of Farnborough on the A325, turn left at Heath End between the Royal Arms public house and the petrol station.
Proceed down the hill, straight across the cross roads, and continue until you pass beneath the railway bridge and past the Sea Cadet hall on your left.
The car park is then immediately on the left.
A further car park is now available with access from the A324 Lower Farnham Road, the new car park has been built next to the existing pedestrian access gate to the Small Pond.
All parts of the Complex can be reached from the car parks. The waters can also be reached from Boxalls Lane along a footpath parallel with the railway line,