DUD­LEY NO.1 CANAL, MERRY HILL, W MIDS

Angling Times (UK) - - MIDLANDS -

YOU don’t need to head to your lo­cal com­mer­cial to catch a bag of big rudd and tench this sum­mer – how about try­ing your lo­cal drain in­stead?

The Forty Foot Drain in the Cam­bridgeshire town of Ram­sey is in great form at the mo­ment. This nar­row, Fen­land wa­ter­way, with depths av­er­ag­ing 4ft-5ft, is ide­ally suited to pole an­glers but you may need some strong elas­tics.

To catch your fair share of rudd, tench, bream, perch and the roach shoals that swim in this wa­ter­way you don’t have to be too tech­ni­cal. A 4x16 size pole float fished around 12m out 4.75 acres in area and the depths range from 8ft-10ft. There are also carp to over 35lb to be had on boilie out­fits. The cat­fish have been known to take these baits too so gear up ap­pro­pri­ately with strong hooks and lines. Con­tact: 01842 827812 Post­code: IP26 4JW with a bulk of shot is all that’s re­quired. Pot in some dark ground­bait along with some chopped worm and caster and only re-feed when bites dry up.

Lo­cal an­gler Rob Lin­coln

SHER­WOOD FOR­EST FISH­ERY, MANS­FIELD, NOTTS

HOLMEDALE and Sher­wood Lakes are the wa­ters you need to be fish­ing if you’re af­ter a 100lb bag of carp. A mixed range of tac­tics are work­ing, although the pole is dom­i­nat­ing – fished up in the wa­ter, long, or down in the mar­gins with pel­let, caster and chopped worm hookbaits.

The carp are not the only fish show­ing, as plenty of skim­mers and ide have also been caught early on in matches. Con­tact: 07721316334 Post­code: NG219HL says: “Fish­ing nat­u­ral baits on the hook is a win­ning com­bi­na­tion when feed­ing ground­bait and chopped worm, but more com­mer­cialised baits tend not to work.” The Pine Lake is the place to play the num­bers game. with plenty of small carp to 6lb to be caught. Cast a small cage feeder loaded with damp­ened mi­cros and dou­ble mag­got on the hook to the is­land for a po­ten­tial 60lb bag. Con­tact: 01824 780501 Post­code: CH7 4QX The Link 51 sec­tion has re­ally hit form with dou­ble-fig­ure nets com­mon­place. Most an­glers are catch­ing on the pole with skim­mers, rudd, roach and perch show­ing in catches. Con­tact: Steve Rob­son, 07786 002531 Prices: Free fish­ing, £2 a day from tackle shops soon, Wood­side AC plenty of skim­mers to ground­bait feeder tac­tics fished around mid-river. Ex­pect the odd bar­bel to show too. Con­tact: Work­sop DAA, 01909 486350 Prices: £4 a day on the bank, Work­sop DAA

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