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The lakes are open to the weather, so choose an area to fish in com­fort.

three large wa­ter sup­ply reser­voirs in a 15-acre site of­fer great sport in wild coun­try­side. There are no plat­forms or spe­cific dis­abled fa­cil­i­ties, but there are ar­eas with very short walks to the bank from the on-road park­ing. Sport is pre­dom­i­nantly from sil­ver fish, in­clud­ing bream to

4 lb, perch to 2 lb, roach to

1 lb 8 oz, with a few gud­geon. TAC­TICS: for sil­ver fish nets, use a short pole or wag­gler with loosefed mag­gots. Throw a small ball of ground­bait in ev­ery ten min­utes or so, to keep the fish lined-up and on the bot­tom. Adding some hemp to the loose­feed will also en­cour­age the fish to stay down on the deck. A bet­ter stamp of fish will come to cast­ers, for those who are pre­pared to build a line pa­tiently. Dur­ing coloured wa­ter con­di­tions, a grain of corn can pro­duce some very big roach. An open-end feeder packed with a sweet crumb works for bream and skim­mers. There is no need to cast much be­yond 10 m, where the depth drops steeply down to the max­i­mum 40 ft. Due to sud­den drops, most an­glers fish slightly along the bank to one side; there are rocks in the edges and the fish feel safer with this bit of cover. An ad­ven­tur­ous an­gler may want to try feed­ing chopped worm and fish­ing a lob­worm to try to tempt one of the elu­sive perch. Like­wise, a drop shot­ting ap­proach could throw up a bonus fish. TICK­ETS: £7 a day; £5 after 2 pm, from the visi­tor cen­tre be­fore fish­ing. Bar­b­less hooks only. No nights. Food out­lets on the ma­jor roads nearby. En­quiries on 0845 1550236, or 01669 621368 (Lake Ranger) or see www.nwwa­ter­side­parks.com GOOD SWIMS: choose a swim with a gen­tle rip­ple in front, which will let skim­mers set­tle and feed bet­ter.

LO­CAL TACKLE SHOP: Ul­ti­mate Fish­ing Sup­plies, 72 Der­went Street, Chop­well, NE17 7HY. Tel: 01207 560931. LO­CA­TION: leave New­cas­tle on the A69, head­ing west, to­wards Cor­bridge for 4 miles. Turn right, onto the B6318 Mil­i­tary Road, and con­tinue through Har­low Hill for three miles. At the cross­roads, turn left onto the B6309, where the reser­voir visi­tor cen­tre is on the right, after 200 yards.

SAT NAV: NE15 0QA.

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