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8 oz-1 lb range, dace to 4 oz, with occasional larger chub to 3 lb showing on the early pegs below the lock, the high bank peg at the car park, and the shallows bend downstream. Pegs near the A14 bridge upstream of the lock rated for skimmers to 2 lbplus, quality perch and eels. Tactics? Waggler with maggots or casters for the chub on the downstream section, loosefeeding little and often.
Half a pint of each is ample for a good day’s sport in the current, clear water conditions. Overfeeding will kill a swim stone dead. Likewise when feeding groundbait with chopped worm and maggots very sparingly for skimmers on the upstream length.
Where? Stamford to Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 8EN. Day tickets £5. Deeping St. James AC membership £30. Tel: Ray Richardson on 07766 038987.
Clear water conditions are making fish hard to tempt, but chub to 3 lb-plus are possible on early morning or dusk sessions on the Several Fishery, High and Low Locks stretches. Roach, dace, bleak, perch and pike also feeding.
Link legered bread, worm or cockles for the chub. Float fished maggots and pinkies for mixed bags. Light lure tactics tempting larger perch and jack pike. Tel: 01733 202230.
Venue pro Jon Whincup recommends the following lakes for day ticket visitors: Beastie for carp to doubles, peg 24 best. Barbel from pegs 6 and 20. Skimmers to 2 lb and smaller carp everywhere. Willow peg 25 for mixed bags of everything with fins! Yew peg 12 for carp averaging 8 lb. Barbel possible on Cedar pegs 14 and 15. Tactics? Maggots and soft pellet hook baits on a pole, or small Method feeder or bomb recommended. Loosefeed regularly on the smaller lakes, but stick to accurate beds of bait for feeder work on the larger waters.
Donington Brick Pit
Where? Donington, Lincolnshire, PE11 4XA. Day tickets £5. Tel: 07790 300594. What’s being caught? Bream to 5 lb, carp to doubles, rudd, roach, occasional barbel and tench are the targets at this well-established lake, where a float-only rule is enforced. Tactics? Long pole or waggler with red maggots, worms, corn or casters at full depth or dragging bottom by a couple of inches, loosefeeding little and often over a modest portion of groundbait. Never ignore the margins, though, as quality fish can be caught at close range beside reedbeds.
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