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Ospey

At three-quarters of an acre in size and with 14-pegs, Osprey is popular with anglers because of the large number of common and mirror carp it holds between 6lbs and 16lbs. The biggest to come out in 2006 was a 25lbs 11oz common taken on luncheon meat from Peg 3 in July.

There are also a few leather carp which run to 14lbs plus a head of tench between 2lbs and 4lbs, although these are not often caught.

With some lovely roach and rudd between 2oz and 1lb 8oz, bream averaging between 1lb and 2lbs but running to 5lbs and plenty of perch, there are plenty of fish for anglers to go at.

Backed by trees and bushes along the bank which runs next to the stream and with plenty of bankside vegetation, Osprey is more secluded than Kingfisher with a variety of pegs.

The end pegs, Pegs 1 and 14 and 7 and 8, are again the shallowest with beds of lily pads in summer offering features for the fish. As a result these are usually the most popular pegs with depths in summer as shallow as 18 inches to two feet making it easy pole or waggler fishing.

The remainder of the pool has a shelf running about two feet out into the water before the banks drop to about six feet in the middle.

Techniques and baits for fishing Osprey are largely much the same as for Kingfisher with most anglers opting for the pole, waggler or durface fishing with bread or dog biscuits. Some anglers, however, opt to fish the deeper water in the centre of the lake using an Arlesey bomb and waiting until their rod bends round before striking!

Most popular general baits are pellets, yellow sweetcorn, luncheon meat, maggots and casters with summer anglers also finding that prawns, Peperami anbd tinned meat balls work well.