SOUTH BANK (PEGS 32-93 PLUS UN­MARKED PEGS)

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

The south side fea­tures 75-plus pegs and plenty of wa­ter to chuck at. Pegs 32-50 are close to the car park, but if you’re up for a bit of a walk some ex­cel­lent fish­ing can be had from the higher num­bers. The early pegs are by far the best for roach, as re­cent match re­sults prove. An­glers fish­ing be­tween pegs 40 and 50 have re­ported nets to 40lb on mag­gots and punched bread over ground­bait on the long pole line. Carp can be caught all along this stretch but an­glers favour the pel­let wag­gler be­tween pegs 70 and 90 over other tac­tics. At around 30 yards out the reser­voir bot­toms out at around 11ft, mak­ing the wag­gler the per­fect tool for work­ing through dif­fer­ent depths. It’s worth us­ing three hook­lengths set at 2ft, 4ft and 6ft to find what level the fish are feed­ing at. Ex­pect 70lb us­ing this ap­proach in sum­mer. A 15-minute walk brings you to the tree-lined swims on the point which of­fer su­perb sport on the bomb and pel­let – 12ft of wa­ter can be found 20 yards out and at this time of year you only need to chuck 10-15 yards to find the fish. Use an 8mm robin red pel­let on a hair rig and ping out 6mm hard pel­lets over it to draw in the fish. Bag ‘em Baits-backed an­gler Alex Dock­erty won the third round of the UK Champs from peg 107 on this bank. He fished the Method, bomb and pel­let wag­gler to take a 140lb net of carp av­er­ag­ing 8lb.

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