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Carp are still feeding strongly across the lodges. Also superb silver fish action. Catches to 60 lb dominating on the Canals. Tactics? Try pole with maggots and casters over loosefeed to draw in the quality roach. Soft, 4 mm and 6 mm pellets will also do the business.
Church Gardens Fishery
Where? Lea Gate, Harwood, Manchester, BL2 3ET. Day tickets £8. Tel: 0161 339 8584. What’s being caught? Carp to 8 lb, as well as endless roach and skimmers. The place comes alive at dusk.
Tactics? Pole with corn and big bread punch can tempt the carp. Try maggots on a pole at mid-depth at first, or a slider float on rod and line, for the roach and skimmers.
Hall Lane Fishery
Where? Hall Lane, Wigan, Lancashire, WN8 7BD. Day tickets from £7.
Tel: 07766 141388.
What’s being caught? Carp, with up to 70 lb match weights recorded. Afternoon to dusk sessions are best.
Tactics? Feed several spots within your swim, and try corn, soft pellets and red maggots.
Where? Johnson New
Road, Hoddlesden, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 3NN. Day tickets £5. Tel: 01254 777278. What’s being caught? Mild conditions can trigger bream to 3 lb to feed, as well as plenty of pleasing roach and perch. Catches to 20 lb on a good day. Tactics? Use an open-end feeder with worms and groundbait to attract the bream.
tickets £7. Tel: 0151 677 7911.
F1s and carp to 10 lb. Catches of over 50 lb possible with a little persistence. Try by the margins and the islands.
Tactics? Pole or a light feeder with pellets.
Mere Lane Fishery
Where? Mere Farm, Mere Brow, Tarleton, Lancashire, PR4 6JU. Day tickets £6-£7.
Tel: 01704 821269.
What’s being caught? The Coarse Pool is delivering quality roach, bream, perch, rudd and a few golden orfe. Catches to over 20 lb, especially on mild days. Tactics? Give pole or feeder a go, with maggots at first, then keep adding pellets or corn for better samples later on.
Old Hough Coarse Fishery
Where? Mill Lane, Warmingham, Cheshire,
CW10 0HQ. Day tickets £6-£7. Tel: 07976 381996.
What’s being caught? Jamie Hughes bagged an incredible 176 lb to win a recent match here on Upper Benbo. Carp to 6 lb still dominating.
Tactics? Pole and pellets with corn or maggots as a back-up. Using a light feeder is handy if it’s blowing strongly.
Where? Bradshaw Lane, Greenhalgh, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 3HQ. Day tickets £8. Tel: 01253 836224. What’s being caught? Barbel to 7 lb from East Lake, together with chub to 4 lb and ide to 3 lb. Quality carp responding very well on all of the waters, with never-ending skimmers and ide. Tactics? Take plenty of bait to loosefeed, and there’s no great need to fish far out. Use bunches of maggots or casters on the hook, or pellets.
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