SOUTH BANK (PEGS 32-93 PLUS UNMARKED PEGS)
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.