Our huge Where to Fish sec­tion will put you on the fish this week­end.

Stun­ning bags from Tork­sey stretch

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THERE are few rivers to match the mighty Trent when it comes to ac­tion-packed fish­ing – and this sea­son is no ex­cep­tion.

One of the most in-form sec­tions of this pop­u­lar Mid­lands wa­ter­way is the rel­a­tively short day-ticket stretch at Tork­sey, in Lin­colnshire.

This lit­tle-known fish­ery, sit­u­ated be­tween Lin­coln and Ret­ford, Notts, has been pro­duc­ing some stun­ning bags of fish since mid-June.

The beauty of this stretch is that hav­ing cast out, you never know what will make your tip fly round next. The venue is alive with pretty much ev­ery river species that swims.

How­ever, it is the bar­bel pop­u­la­tions that re­ally thrive here, and this fish­ery will pro­vide even in­ex­pe­ri­enced whisker an­glers with the op­por­tu­nity to lock horns with a new per­sonal best. It’s far from a one-bite-a-ses­sion kind of venue, as there are plenty of smaller fish to keep you busy dur­ing your visit and en­sure you have a good day’s sport.

Along­side the bar­bel there are huge shoals of bream and hy­brids. These can of­fer an ac­tion-packed day in them­selves, and an­glers of­ten go home af­ter net­ting 50lb bags.

One an­gler who reg­u­larly fishes for them here is Bag ‘em Baits­backed match­man Paul Hardy.

“This is a great sum­mer venue, where you can tar­get ei­ther bags of sil­vers or big spec­i­men fish like carp and bar­bel – and the price of the day ticket makes it great value for money,” he said.

“Be­ing tidal, the river rises and falls here dur­ing the day and flows quite pow­er­fully, so Tork­sey has be­come a known

feeder fish­ing wa­ter. You can catch on the float if you choose a peg with some slacker wa­ter, but even the skim­mers and hy­brids, which av­er­age around 1lb, are caught on the tip, so leav­ing your pole at home is not a bad idea.

“The good news is, you don’t need to cast out far here. Be­ing lo­cated on the bend of the river, the deep­est part (around 15ft) can be found just a few rodlengths out from the bank,

mak­ing fish­ing easy. Sport can be quite hec­tic when the fish re­ally go on the feed and there are big pike and carp for those who pre­fer them to bar­bel,” said Paul. PRICES: £4.50 a day on the bank plus a £1 park­ing fee CON­TACT: Lo­cal tackle dealer The Tackle Shop, 01427 613002 LO­CA­TION: River Trent, Tork­sey Lock, off Ne­wark Road, Tork­sey, Lin­colnshire, LN1 2EJ RULES: No fires, no lit­ter, no live­bait­ing

Lo­cal an­gler Keith Butcher with a nice dou­ble-fig­ure bar­bel from the stretch.

Worm and caster is a top feed choice.

Use heavy feed­ers to com­bat the pow­er­ful flows.

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