RIVERS & CANALS

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

IF YOU’RE af­ter a spec­i­men cru­cian, then Godalming Angling Club’s Marsh Farm Fish­ery is ar­guably the best venue in the UK to catch one on.

It is home to the pres­ti­gious, mem­bers’ only John­sons Lake, which has pro­duced two Bri­tish record cru­cians of 4lb 10oz in the past.

How­ever, if you’re not a mem­ber of Godalming AC, there are three other lakes open to day-ticket an­glers.

Here’s a break­down of what’s on of­fer: lake plus a lake de­signed for begin­ners and fam­i­lies are here. Head to the King­fisher Lake if you want to catch ghost carp and mir­ror carp to 14lb. The near shelf is a nat­u­ral pa­trolling route for these fish and is the best place to start off on pel­lets and corn. Fish up in the wa­ter if the fish start to show shal­low. Con­tact: 01398 331169 Post­code: EX16 9BU This 3.5 acre lake has three is­lands and is stocked with truly spec­i­men-sized fish. You can ex­pect to find true cru­cians to over 4lb, along with tench to 10lb-plus, roach and rudd to 2lb-plus, as well as perch to 3lb and chub to 4lb.

Most pegs here of­fer a chuck to an island and around 1.3m of wa­ter in front. How­ever pegs 7 and 8 boast a small sunken island in front of the main island. The mag­got feeder or pole fished here with cast­ers, corn or bread­punch will score bites all day long. Richard­son is sim­i­lar to Har­ris, with three is­lands the main fea­tures to tar­get. Pegs 7-13 all have sunken is­lands around 10m out.

Worm, caster and mag­gots will draw in the fish when pot­ted in with hemp. Fish a worm head, dou­ble mag­got or corn for cru­cians to 4lb-plus, tench to 10lb, roach and rudd to 2lb, perch to 3lb and also bream to 5lb. ca­pa­ble of pro­duce de­cent catches on ei­ther wag­gler or long-range feeder tactics. Baits such as corn, worm, pel­lets and mag­gots will all get bites. Con­tact: 01252 336333 Post­code: GU11 2PT might show, too. Mixed bags on Bot­tom Lake are also show­ing to corn and mag­got hook­bait. Feed­ing lit­tle and of­ten is the key to putting a big bag of fish to­gether here. Con­tact: 07958 938153 Post­code: EN9 2BJ The small­est of the wa­ters, Hill Pond is just over half an acre and was de­signed as a coach­ing pond. It has a depth of 1m.

The cru­cians go smaller here than in Har­ris or Richard­son, but a fish of over 3lb is still a catch of a life­time for many an­glers. There’s also perch to 3lb, tench to 8lb as well as roach, rudd and gud­geon for match weights. Mag­got over ground­bait is a killer tac­tic. Bob Nudd’s typ­i­cal Marsh Farm haul. min­utes to catch carp to 8lb. Con­tact: 01805 804360, Post­code: EX19 8PP

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