Turnford Complex – Boot Pit


Broxbourne EN10 6EY, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

As part of the popular Lea Valley complex presented by the Turnford Angling Consortium, Boot Pit has quite a history. The spot actually got its name from when it was two waters that were combined to, of course, look like a boot.

This is now a five acre spot, with plenty of lily cover in the summer. There are plenty of features, including shelves in the lake. There are 42 swims on this site, with depths varying across the water. They range down to a few feet near the bars to nearly 15 feet in other areas.

The stock was increased in 2002 thanks to the Consortium, with 6,000 small carp added. Two years later, stock was added again in the form of 80 carp. Fingerling carp were added in 2007, while February of 2008 saw the addition of 1,000 roach and rudd from Fishers Pond.

There are two purpose-built swims for disabled anglers.

What size do the fish go to?

The original carp in Boot Pit are weighing in over 30 pounds, with other stock boning up at 10 to 20 pounds. Tench weigh in at eight pounds and bream go as high as six to seven pounds.

There are pike in Boot Pit amounting to almost 30 pounds.

What tactics work well?

Anglers like to fish the swims closest to the car parks because of their proximity, but the fish are biting more on the opposite bank where the deep gully is.

Casting to the back of the lily pads on the opposite bank also turns up good results.

Correct feeding is integral, with adapting bait strategies a must.

Is parking available?

There is a car park near Boot Pit.

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