Where? Froghall, Staffordshire, ST10 2HQ (parking and access). Day tickets (canals only) £4, from Jayne’s Tackle, TF1 1DT, or AA Tackle, ST16 3GB or Ian’s Tackle, ST19 5NZ. Potteries AS membership £35.
Tel: Peter Dale on 01782 312133 or 07799 953197.
What’s being caught? Stuffed with dace from 8-10 oz, and roach from 8 oz to 2 lb, the better roach later in the day. Perch to over 2 lb, chublets, chub to 2 lb, a few tench, and carp to 10 lb about.
Tactics? Stick float, waggler or pole with bread punch, casters and maggots for a fish a chuck. Worms for the perch and a few tench.
Where? Waggon & Horses pub section, Botterham Locks to Bumble Hole Lock, Wombourne, Staffordshire, WV5 0AB (parking and access). Day tickets £2.50, from the bailiff on the bank or local tackle shops, nearest Gordon Beddow Fishing Tackle & Pet Supplies, WV5 8DX. Wolverhampton AA membership £15. Under-16s free.
Tel: 01922 413491.
What’s being caught? Bream around 2 lb, lots of skimmers, plenty of chub to 3 lb, stacks of chublets, big perch nudging
3 lb and crucians just over
1 lb. Also pike to 10 lb. Dudley’s Steve Broome (Dynamite Maver Midlands) topped a day of the festival with 29 lb 2 oz of caster and worm-tempted chub, perch and skimmers, on peg 28. Tactics? Pole with casters and red maggots for the roach and bream. The perch can’t get enough lobworms and chopped dendrobaenas. Chopped worm, red maggots and casters over hemp for the crucians, chub and chublets. Pinkies over groundbait for a good skimmers catch. Shop-bought, frozen deadbaits for the pike. really well. Carp to 19 lb, bream to 5 lb, plenty of skimmers, barbel to 8 lb, chub and tench to 4 lb, roach and ide. The tench go to 6 lb on House Pool.
Tactics? Pole or rod and line both work. Maggots, pellets, worms, casters and corn effective for all species. Floating baits allowed on Horseshoe Pool only.
Chorley Springs Fishery
Where? Chorley, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS15 4LR. Day tickets for general coarse lakes £6; Specimen Pool and Runs Water £7. Night fishing by prior arrangement.
Tel: 07564 999582.
What’s being caught? Good surprises coming out. A 3 lb perch was caught on the Top Pool, with carp from 1 lb to the mid-teens, bream to 3 lb, skimmers, chub to 4 lb, tench to 6 lb and quality roach to
2 lb. A good all-round water for mixed catches. Excellent sport on Middle Pool with carp to
12 lb, big perch pushing 3 lb, roach, F1s and tench of 1 lb and a few goldfish. The Bottom Pool is 14 ft deep, and has carp to 24 lb, tench to 8 lb, lots of bream to 3 lb, good roach to 2 lb and a few barbel to 4 lb. A 25 lb
8 oz common came out of the Specimen Pool, with plenty from 3 lb to 21 lb. On the Runs Water, carp to 12 lb, F1s to 1 lb, bream to 2 lb, roach to 1 lb, rudd and lots of little tench showing well. Tactics? Pole or rod and line. Bread on the surface has been producing well on the Top Pool for carp and chub, or floating bread on the sheltered Bottom Pool. Non-stop action with maggots for the silver fish. Corn, pellets and paste working well, or luncheon meat (on the hook only). Groundbait in feeders and pole cups only. Worms attract the bigger fish, especially the tench. Boilies and white pop-ups doing well for the bigger carp of late.
of 20s have come out. Huge shoals of quality roach, 40 lb hauls not uncommon. England angling coach Mark Hutchinson had 40 carp in a 24-hour session. Tactics? Carp gear with 18 mm krill boilies and Mainline Cell doing the damage for the carp. Fish a pole or waggler with corn for a big roach catch. No floating baits allowed.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes
Where? Trout and Carp Lakes, Ashover, near Chesterfield. Derbyshire, S45 0LQ. Coarse Lake, Old Tupton, S42 6AZ. Day tickets: Carp Lake £8 two rods; £9.50 three rods; Coarse Lake £5.50 one rod; £7.50 two rods, on the bank. Night fishing by prior arrangement.
Tel: 07976 306073.
What’s being caught? Unbelievable sport all over the Coarse Lake, carp anglers banking fish in the mid-teens. Pleasure anglers catching lots of roach to 1 lb, skimmers, small carp and F1s of 8 oz with a few bigger ones. Night anglers on the Carp Lake getting all-night action with carp of 12-17 lb and a couple of 20s. Most carp 9 lb to 22 lb 8 oz with lots of 15-18 lb coming out.
Tactics? Float fished corn and pellets most productive for all species on the Coarse Lake in less windy conditions. Feeder when it’s windy for really good catches. Boilies attracting the larger carp. On the Carp Lake, boilies and fruit flavoured pop-ups doing the job. On the Carp Lake, you have to work for the fish. Floating baits allowed, but no zig rigs.
Spring Heath Fishery
Where? Lower Heathwaen, Knockin, near Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8DA. Day tickets: Ecclestone Lake £7 one rod; £9 two rods; Blurton Carp Lake £9 two rods. Log cabins, caravanning and camping.
Tel: 01691 682746 or
What’s being caught? Very disabled and family friendly. Eccleston Pool has given carp to 19 lb, crucians and specimen perch, both nudging 4 lb, tench to 7 lb and bream to 5 lb 8 oz.
Big perch to 3 lb 8 oz, bream to 4 lb 8 oz, roach and rudd both over 1 lb, golden orfe to 4 lb and crucians to 3 lb 8 oz coming out of Blurton Pool. Nettings in October will move stock around. Tench, bream and crucians going from Eccleston to Blurton, and mid-doubles carp on order for Eccleston in November.
Tactics? Pole or rod and line work well on both pools. Floating bread attracting the big carp.
The crucians and perch are after worms. Tench and bream coming to pellets. Corn and maggots productive, too, or 10 mm Robin Red boilies. All baits and methods work, with regular baiting to bring in the larger fish. Blurton is an excellent water to practise fishing for silver fish.