on 16 top feeder venues

The swim­feeder is the tac­tic of the mo­ment. Here are some ace river and still­wa­ters fish­eries that re­spond

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

THERE is no hid­ing from the fact that feeder fish­ing is more pop­u­lar now than ever be­fore. The grow­ing num­ber of big match events de­signed for an­glers who like to fish them is a re­flec­tion of the pop­u­lar­ity in this style of angling.

But know­ing which venues are suited to the feeder is not al­ways easy.

As part of our feeder fish­ing spe­cial, Angling Times has put to­gether some of the na­tion’s top venues, from rivers to reser­voirs, which are just ideal for this re­ward­ing tac­tic… RIVERS

RIVER AVON, STRAT­FORD-ON-AVON, WARKS

Head to the ‘Rec’ and fish the pegs op­po­site the boat moor­ings along­side the Shake­speare Theatre. Cast tight across with a ground­bait feeder to catch bream to over 7lb. Con­tact: Bai­ley’s of Warwick, 01926 491984 Prices: £3 on the bank, Leamington AA

RIVER DON, BRAMWITH, S YORKS

A great deal of the tidal Don is ideal for feeder fish­ing. Re­cent re­ports from this stretch are of an­glers catch­ing some big bream to 8lb-plus us­ing ground­bait feeder tactics with red mag­gots on the hook. Con­tact: Paul’s Fish­ing Tackle, 01709 862558 Prices: Free fish­ing

RIVER SEV­ERN, BRIDG­NORTH, SHROP­SHIRE

The day-ticket Golf Course stretch fishes well for chub and bar­bel all year round. Take a few pints of mag­gots and keep fill­ing a block­end feeder, cast­ing it to­wards the mid­dle of the river. The big­ger fish will even­tu­ally find your feed. Con­tact: Mid­dle Sev­ern Angling, 01746 769070 Prices: £4 from Mid­dle Sev­ern Angling, Bridg­north AS

RIVER THAMES, OX­FORD, OX­FORD­SHIRE

Folly Bridge is a great feeder fish­ing venue due to its width and depth. Mov­ing down to the Cher­well mouth you can bag up on bream and chub by fish­ing ground­bait feeder tactics. Con­tact: Top Tackle, 01865 201020 Prices: £8 on the bank or £5 from lo­cal tackle shops, Ox­ford DAA

RIVER TRENT, HOLME, NE­WARK, NOTTS

The renowned Holme Marsh swims are per­fect for feeder fish­ing where bar­bel and bream are the main quarry. Head to the pegs in the 70s op­po­site the wil­lows and cast two-thirds of the way across. Con­tact: Work­sop DAA, 01909 486350 Prices: £4 a day on the bank, Work­sop DAA

RIVER WEAVER, NORTHWICH, CHESHIRE

The stretch in the town cen­tre by the River Dane mouth has al­ways been great for feeder fish­ing. A sim­ple ground­bait feeder rig with worms or mag­gots will see you catch plenty of skim­mers and roach. Con­tact: Northwich AA, 01270 662487 Prices: £5 a day from Vale Royal Angling, Northwich AA

RIVER YARE, BRAMERTON, NOR­FOLK

The Com­mon is a great bream venue, even in win­ter. Fish into low light us­ing a ground­bait feeder and ex­pect slabs weigh­ing as much as 10lb. Con­tact: Angling Di­rect Nor­wich, 01603 400870, Prices: Free fish­ing STILL­WA­TERS

BOD­DING­TON RESER­VOIR, BYFIELD, NORTHANTS

Cast around 50 yards out with a Method feeder for carp to dou­ble fig­ures. Even in the depths of win­ter an­glers can catch up to 10 carp in a ses­sion us­ing this tac­tic. Long casts some­times re­quired. Con­tact: 01908 302556 Post­code: NN11 6UD

CHARD RESER­VOIR, CHARD, SOM­ER­SET

Most matches are won here with triple-fig­ure nets of bream but you can eas­ily record 30lb of roach. Cast a ground­bait feeder off the dam wall to get plenty of bites from both species. Con­tact: 07704 632077 Post­code: TA20 1RR

DE­COY FISH­ERIES, WHIT­TLE­SEY, CAMBS

Pegs in the 20s on Beastie are the fly­ers in win­ter for carp and F1s. Fish a small Method or pel­let feeder tight to the is­land or the aer­a­tor around 30 yards out. Con­tact: 01733 202230 Post­code: PE7 2AD

HERON­BROOK FISH­ERIES, ECCLESHALL, STAFFS

The Stafford­shire venue has been The War­wick­shire Avon at Strat­ford is a crack­ing Win­ter bream stretch. in scin­til­lat­ing form of late with some huge nets to 200lb in both match and plea­sure ses­sions. Head to ei­ther the Is­land or Match Pool for top feeder sport. The pel­let feeder works well at this time of year for carp, sil­vers and F1s. Con­tact: 07879 441282 Post­code: ST21 6LX

MANOR FARM LEISURE, HARVINGTON, WORCS

Wind­mill Pool is ideal for pel­let feeder fish­ing as there is plenty of space and an is­land to chuck to. This lake is heav­ily stocked with carp to 20lb, tench, roach, perch and bream. Best baits are mag­got and corn. Con­tact: 01386 870039 Post­code: WR11 8PA

MEAD­OW­LANDS FISH­ERY, RYTON-UPON-DUNSMORE, W MIDS

Both the ground­bait and Method feeder can be used to good ef­fect

on Lamb­s­down Lake. Fish­ing the ground­bait ver­sion short works well for the shoals of skim­mers that are present here, whereas fish­ing a bit fur­ther out with the Method feeder will see you catch carp to 10lb. Con­tact: 01216 030127 Post­code: CV8 3EG

PACKINGTON FISH­ERIES, MERI­DEN, WAR­WICK­SHIRE

Molands Lake is ideal for pel­let feeder fish­ing for F1s and carp. Tar­get the is­land off what they call Scare­crow Point and you won’t go far wrong. Keep the feed­ers small to pre­vent spook­ing the fish. Con­tact: 01676 522020 Post­code: CV7 7HF

SOUTH­FIELD RESER­VOIR, DON­CASTER, SOUTH YORKS

A haunt of Eng­land Feeder Team man­ager Tommy Pick­er­ing, South­field is fish­ing re­ally well at the mo­ment with bags of bream top­ping 50lb. Open-end feeder fish­ing is the way to go here. Kick­start your ses­sion by in­tro­duc­ing around five large feed­er­fuls of ground­bait and take it from there, with red mag­got on the hook. Con­tact: 07946 382882 Post­code: DN14 9AD

SWINSTY RESER­VOIR, HARROGATE, NORTH YORKS

Re­cently opened to coarse an­glers, Swinsty is full of trout, bream and roach. Set up on the Pin­fold Lane bank and fish the ground­bait feeder if you want to catch the big­ger slabs. The reser­voir is also full of big perch which can be tar­geted us­ing block­end feed­ers with mag­gots. Con­tact: 07754 505434 Post­code: HG3 1SU

Tommy PIck­er­ing with a typ­i­cal South­field bream.

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