REDBRIDGE LAKES, WOOD­FORD GREEN, ES­SEX

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

MAK­ING a pil­grim­age to Can­ter­bury this weekend could be well worth con­sid­er­ing, es­pe­cially if you like to stalk chub.

This shal­low and of­ten clear stretch of wa­ter­way is renowned for its fish to over 5lb which are caught con­sis­tently, and it also holds some stun­ning roach to over 2lb and dace to over 1lb. The pegs off St Radi­gunds Street are the ones to head to.

A small amount of gear such as a strong 10ft float rod, land­ing net, un­hook­ing mat and a tub of bait is all you need for a great day’s sport, and it is best to travel light so you can walk and spot the fish.

Some an­glers like to tar­get the chub us­ing light leger gear with bread on the hook, but catch­ing on a trot­ted float while feed­ing mag­gots is more fun. Con­tact: Old Town Angling Cen­tre, 01442 252373 Prices: £5 on the bank, Lon­don AA Sil­ver­fish are al­ways the tar­get at the two Redbridge Lakes so you could pre­sume that match re­sults aren’t that big this week. Wrong! An­glers have been sack­ing-up with huge nets of ide and skim­mers which have been go­ing barmy thanks to the cur­rent weather. Fish­ing shal­low with cast­ers has ac­counted for 40lb bags of both species, with the odd carp show­ing too. Con­tact: 020 8551 5663 or 07774 990 100 Postcode: IG8 8LY

Sim­ply walk the bank, look for pegs with a nice run and feed mag­gots into it reg­u­larly while fish­ing the same on the hook.

You’ll catch three or four qual­ity fish be­fore they start to Most of the suc­cess­ful com­peti­tors seemed to be fish­ing bread­punch. Con­tact: Ox­ford Tackle, 01865 201020 Prices: £5 on the bank, North Ox­ford DAC spook, and this is your sig­nal to move to the next swim. Con­tact: Chris Bite, 07922 059950 Prices: Part of the Fish­ers Green con­sor­tium of clubs, prices may vary

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