Small chub and dace with a few bigger chub if targeted.
Stick float or waggler with maggots best for bites from fish of all sizes. Bread best to pick out the bigger chub.
Where? Elsecar, Barnsley,
South Yorkshire, S74 9BZ.
Day tickets £3. Elsescar Colliery Society annual tickets £30 per rod. Tel: 01226 743933 or
What’s being caught? Bream, skimmers, roach, perch and ide. Bream and skimmer bags to 35 lb with mixed bags to 20 lb of smaller fish.
Tactics? Groundbait feeder with natural baits such as chopped worm and casters producing the best bags, but Method feeder also catching a few. Long pole with maggot, casters and worms over groundbait for mixed bags of all species.
Ferryboat Farm Fishery
Where? Ferryboat Lane,
Old Denaby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 4LB. Day tickets £5. Tel: 01709 588088.
What’s being caught? Both top ponds producing the most consistent sport, with carp, F1s, bream, ide, crucians, tench, roach, perch and rudd making up the bulk of the catches. Despite the cold spell, 35 lb-plus won a recent winter league match, with good backing weights.
Tactics? Long pole and feeder with pellets for the better carp, or with chopped worm and casters for mixed bags. Short pole with maggots or casters for plenty of small fish action.
Where? Ninevah Lane, Allerton Bywater, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 2EW. Members only. Allerton Bywater Victoria AC membership £20, from local tackle shops. Tel: 01197 517519. What’s being caught? Cold water has slowed sport, but a few carp to upper doubles