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The goosey

Description of the water & species

Much maligned by matchmen, the Goosey is probably the most enigmatic of all the OCFA waters. It can be divided into four parts. 

Before you get to Goosey bridge there is a narrow section known as the Pensioner's. There is room to park for half a dozen cars literally yards from the river. Large numbers of fish can be caught here but they are generally on the small side. However this does lead to many pike frequenting that stretch and under Goosey bridge and pool, shoals of perch also patrolling the area.

The main river goes from opposite the Weir and continues, separating Goosey island from Emberton Park. Most of this water is deep, measuring at least twelve feet in some places and many a specimen hunter has recorded a personal best predator from this stretch.

Connecting the main river to the back water is an area known as Rushie. It was named thus because the water used to rush through but over the years nature has been unchecked meaning that large parts are currently overgrown and unfishable. The OCFA committee recognised this area as one of our foremost projects and over the next two seasons we hope to return Rushie to its former appearance. Chub still inhabit this part of the river and hopefully our planned work will lead to them being caught in their former numbers.

The back water used to be the main river prior to the construction of the Weir. Like Rushie it has a small area that the committee has designated for clearance work which will increase the flow of the river. However the back water still holds many fish with the season's biggest tench and perch coming from here in recent years.



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Parking at the Goosey provides your with two options. Firstly you will need to head to postcode MK46 5BH on Weston Road. Once here you can either park in the lay-by next to the children's play area or drive down Goosey track itself. The track down to the Goosey is between the play area and ‘The Beehives’ house close to the opposite of Dagnall Road. 

Should you decide you don’t want the walk, you can drive down the track to a small parking area next to the river. This is at your own digression as it does become quite muddy and bumpy, especially in the winter.

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