It might be get­ting colder, but no-one seems to have told the fish at Grange Park...

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

SOME fish­eries strug­gle un­der new own­er­ship, but Mess­ing­ham’s Grange Park Fish­ery is thriv­ing.

It’s 8am, and driv­ing down the track to­wards the café you en­counter a build­ing full of peo­ple en­joy­ing break­fast and draw­ing pegs for their match.

Look a bit fur­ther and you’ll dis­cover four well-main­tained lakes, al­ready crowned with an­glers who beat the traf­fic to sam­ple the early morn­ing sport.

It’s at this mo­ment you re­alise you made the right de­ci­sion in choos­ing to fish Grange Park, as it’s a huge hit with match­men and plea­sure an­glers alike – show­ing that a change of own­er­ship doesn’t al­ways af­fect the pop­u­lar­ity of a great fish­ery.

It’s easy to see why an­glers flock here, as re­cent match weights across all four pools are top­ping 100lb, made up of F1s, carp, gold­fish, cru­cians and ide.

A whole range of tac­tics works here, and some an­glers are even catch­ing shal­low on casters and pel­lets. One man who made the most of this ap­proach re­cently was Brown­ing-backed match­man James Hall.


Fish­ing peg 25 on Heron Lake, James set up in­tend­ing to fish hard on the deck – but the fish had other ideas.

“I started with a top-2 plus two sec­tions on the pole with a 6mm banded pel­let and fed 4mm pel­lets,” James told Angling Times. “I had a few fish on this rig, but they came up in the wa­ter ex­tremely quickly, so I soon switched to a shal­low rig at around 12ins with a 4mm pel­let in the band.

“It wasn’t long be­fore I was catch­ing cru­cians, F1s, carp and gold­fish at a rate of knots. The fish come really shal­low in these lakes and I ended up fish­ing just 4ins deep to catch them!”


While the shal­low line was hot James kept a mar­gin swim fed in hope of some late ses­sion lumps on 6mm banded pel­lets.

With 40lb of mixed fish caught shal­low it was then time to switch to the mar­gins, and the ac­tion was in­stan­ta­neous. Said James: “I caught some bet­ter fish down the edge from the off, feed­ing and fish­ing 6mm pel­lets. Corn and meat can also work really well for this tac­tic, al­though right now pel­lets and mag­gots tend to bring a bet­ter re­sponse, and I would al­ways fish these in a match. “Over­all I had around 60lb, and as I only fished for four hours I’m con­fi­dent I could have dou­bled that in a com­pe­ti­tion.”

So if it’s a 100lb net of cold weather fish you’re look­ing for, make sure Grange Park Fish­ery is at the top of your list this week­end.

PRICES: Adults £5 a day, £4 af­ter 4pm, con­ces­sions £4 CONTACT: Alan on 07970 671943 or 01724 764828 LO­CA­TION: Grange Park Fish­eries, Sands Farm, But­ter­wick Road, Mess­ing­ham, N Lincs, DN17 3PN RULES: Bar­b­less hooks only, fish­ery own pel­lets only, no float­ing baits, no cat or dog food, no float­ing poles, no lit­ter, all nets to be dry be­fore use FA­CIL­I­TIES: Park­ing, toi­lets, tackle and bait shop, café


James Hall’s 60lb net in four hours.

All four lakes are pro­duc­ing 100lb match weights.

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