Priory Crescent, Southend on Sea, SS2 6, Essex, United Kingdom
Priory Park Lakes is a fishing spot with a lot of history. Once two ponds dug some 800 years ago by the Cluniac Monks from Priory, this dazzling spot is settled in the southeast corner of a 30 acre public park. The two ponds have since been combined into a one acre lake, which is separated by an island in the middle. The island is a bird sanctuary with no public access.
The lake is, on average, four feet deep with eight swims. All swims are available for use by disabled anglers.
The Southend Angling Centre has made some modifications to Priory Park Lakes over the years, appointing the once-muddy spots with more stable grounds. There is a public pathway running perpendicular to the north and south water banks, which means no fishing is allowed in the area.
Priory Park Lakes are stocked with cap, pike, tench, rudd, crucian carp, perch, and some eels.
What size do the fish go to?
Double-digit carp is the norm in Priory Park Lakes, with some fish ranging in the mid-to-high 20-pound range. Pike are found in the upper 20-pound range. Tench are in the neighbourhood of four pounds on average, although some have been discovered around 10 pounds.
Eels are in the three pound range.
What tactics work well?
Serious anglers in the market for tench can usually fetch yields of about 20 to 30 fish in a day. Most baits are proven to deliver the goods, but anglers recommend bread, corn, cockle, and breads. These are also good baits for carp, even as some prefer the boilie.
Fishing with maggots or pinkies yields a good array of small roach and rudd.
What facilities are on site?
Toilets are nearby. If the weather permits, a cafe is available for refreshments. Big playing fields, complete with amusements, a museum, and an ornamental garden, are nearby as well.
Is parking available?
Parking is available near the playing fields.