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Wyr­ley and Ess­ing­ton Canal

Where? York’s Bridge to Freeth Bridge, Fish­ley, Pel­sall, Wal­sall, West Midlands, WS3 5AA (ac­cess and park­ing in Wood Lane). Day tick­ets £1, on the tow­path. Cash­mores MG mem­ber­ship £10.

Tel: 07989 700638.

What’s be­ing caught? Plenty of roach and rudd with a few bream to 3 lb, skim­mers and a few de­cent tench and perch. Lots of jack pike about. Tac­tics? Pole with worm and cast­ers in the deeper wa­ter for a chance of a bream, tench or perch. The roach and rudd are re­spond­ing to bread punch three-quar­ters of the way across. Blood­worm and joker for stacks of small sil­ver fish. Cast­ers down the track for a bet­ter stamp of roach. Small lures, dead­baits and drop shot­ting work­ing well for the perch and jacks.

Bar­ron Lodge Fish­ing Pools

Where? Bo­ras­ton, Ten­bury Wells, Worces­ter­shire, WR15 8LH. Day tick­ets £5 for up to two rods. B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion and park­ing for car­a­vans.

Tel: 01584 819990.

What’s be­ing caught? Very dis­abled-an­gler-friendly venue. Lots of carp av­er­ag­ing

4 lb with cru­cians, skim­mers to 2 lb, barbel to 3 lb and chub to 1 lb. Plenty of roach and rudd com­ing out of King­fisher for a good day’s sil­ver fish­ing sport. Tac­tics? Pole or rod and line both good. The most pro­duc­tive baits at the mo­ment are mag­gots, worms, pel­lets and bread punch, for all species.

Calf Heath Reser­voir

Where? Calf Heath, near

Gai­ley, Stafford­shire, WV10

7DJ. Mem­bers only. Black­fords Pro­gres­sive AS mem­ber­ship £25 for one rod from the club sec­re­tary or lo­cal tackle shops, the near­est be­ing Ian’s Tackle, ST19 5NZ. Tel: club sec­re­tary Tom Pon­der on 07813 475038 or Ian’s Tackle on 01785 715744. What’s be­ing caught? Carp to low dou­bles, bream to 5 lb, plenty of skim­mers, roach to 12 oz and lots of small perch. Tac­tics? Open-end and

Method feed­ers with mag­gots, cast­ers and ground­bait for the bream. Pole or wag­gler with mag­gots for the roach. Drop shot­ting work­ing well, or pole with chopped worm close in for the perch. You can catch plenty of carp all around the reser­voir on boilies, 40 m out, along with the bream.

Cud­more Fish­eries

Where? Whit­more, New­cas­tle-un­der-Lyme, Stafford­shire, ST5 5HW.

Day tick­ets £9 for two rods, in­clud­ing the use of a keep­net in plea­sure ses­sions on Suez, Moors, Ed­wards, Panama, Drum­ble, Arena and Milo. Spec­i­men Pools £10 for two rods. Night fish­ing by prior ar­range­ment.

Tel: 01782 680919.

What’s be­ing caught? Lots of carp from 8 oz to 4 lb, F1s to 2 lb, ide and chub to 1 lb com­ing out of Suez, Moors and Panama Canals. Drum­ble and Arena Pools pro­duc­ing carp to 10 lb, tench to 4 lb, ide and chub around 1 lb. On spec­i­men Avoca, Ade­laide, Tara, Milo and Ge­orge’s Lakes, lots of carp av­er­ag­ing 18 lb banked lately, but they go to over 30 lb, 33 lb the big­gest of late. A few cat­fish to 70 lb still be­ing caught. Tac­tics? Pole with mag­gots best on the canal pools now. Feeder with mag­gots, pel­lets and corn ef­fec­tive on Arena and Drum­ble. Carp gear with boilies, pop-ups, big pel­lets and big pieces of lun­cheon meat on the spec­i­men lakes. The cat­fish are go­ing for big pel­lets and dead­baits.

Ju­bilee Pools

Where? Ry­ton-on-Dun­smore, War­wick­shire, CV8 3ER. Mem­bers only. Leam­ing­ton Spa AA mem­ber­ship £36.

Tel: 02476 307898 or

07890 467464.

What’s be­ing caught? Over 20 carp per an­gler in plea­sure ses­sions – a 22 lb and a 25 lb fish out re­cently. Un­usu­ally, bream from 4-5 lb be­ing caught in the shal­low wa­ter near the is­land on Is­land Pool. Lots of skim­mers and perch show­ing well on both pools. There are a few tench com­ing out of Horse­shoe Pool.

Tac­tics? The carp are be­ing tempted on var­i­ous dif­fer­ent flavours of boilies. Bream after bream on feeder on a short chuck to the is­land with mag­gots and ground­bait us­ing red mag­gots on the hook, and no trou­ble with perch. The tench are re­spond­ing to corn. Mostly pole and whip with mag­gots for the skim­mers and perch.

Wig­more Lakes

Where? Wat­tles­bor­ough, Shrews­bury, Shrop­shire, SY5 9DU. Day tick­ets £7 one rod; £9 two rods.

Tel: 07790 637013.

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