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Spotlight on the best river stretches to try, plus top day-ticket lakes


Mick Smith from Har­risons Hide­away Fish­ing Tackle in Brigg says the day-ticket stretch near his shop is def­i­nitely worth a visit come June 16. He told us: “Ev­ery year an­glers catch plenty of tench from this stretch on worm and caster. You can’t overdo the caster as they re­ally do love it. There is also some bril­liant roach fish­ing. In sum­mer it’s all hemp and tares on the pole or wag­gler. Bread­punch over liq­uidised can also work well. The stretch is stacked full of perch which can pro­vide good sport on worm and mag­got.” Day tick­ets are avail­able from the shop for £5 per day, or £3.50 con­ces­sions. Con­tact: Mick Smith, 07717 536162 or 01652 653940 Post­code: DN20 8PD


If you’re look­ing to run a float through for a mixed bag, a trip to these free stretches is well ad­vised! Lo­cal tackle shop owner Si­mon Loy­ley gave us the nod on a few places to try: “Def­i­nitely head to Ec­cle­ston Ferry for a plenty of dace, roach and small chub. You’ll catch them on the wag­gler or stick float with mag­got, hemp and caster. On the free stretch at Farn­don you’ll again catch loads of sum­mer dace and chub – it’s a touch deeper here, so longer rods may be help­ful. There are also pike and perch in both ar­eas.” Con­tact: Tackle Locker, 01244 345069 Post­code: CH3 5EE


Brad­ford No1 fish­eries of­fi­cer Dave Moore rec­om­mended the Cowthorpe wa­ters for some start-of-sea­son ac­tion. He said: “Be­low the weir you’ll find chub, bar­bel, dace, roach and perch. Those af­ter the bar­bel should tar­get the over­hang­ing trees with leger tac­tics. There are plenty of fish around 3lb which can be caught on Peperami, pel­let, caster or mag­got. The bigger spec­i­mens fall to meaty boilies. There are also some beau­ti­ful dace runs at the top and bot­tom of the stretch where it shal­lows off. Trot­ting a stick float down to the shoals is su­perb fish­ing.” The fish­ing here is run by Brad­ford No1, and is avail­able for no more than £50 per year (con­ces­sions avail­able) along with sev­eral other stretches – a worth­while ticket to have! Con­tact: Brad­ford No1, 01706 526356 Web­site: www.brad­ Post­code: LS22 5EZ


Phil at Ted Carters was a mine­field of lo­cal knowl­edge when asked about his lo­cal River Ribble. He told us: “There are three main stretches to fish early in the sea­son. Down on the lower reaches is a free stretch known as Church Deeps where sim­ple stick float or wag­gler tac­tics will score plenty of roach, dace and the odd chub. The stretch also holds the odd big carp and bar­bel. If you like quiv­er­tip fish­ing, try a ground­bait feeder as part of a mod­ern pel­let and boilie ap­proach to tempt them. The next area, up­stream at El­ston, is renowned for bar­bel and chub, but does re­quire a Wi­gan DAA per­mit at less than £30 a year. Lastly, there is a day-ticket stretch at Ribch­ester. Again, this is pre­dom­i­nantly bar­bel and chub. Tick­ets are avail­able from the town’s Spar shop at £5 per day.” Con­tact: Phil at Ted Carters, 01772 253476 Post­code: Ted Carters, PR1 3BS


An­gling Times sources sug­gest that an­glers tar­get­ing the Trent shouldn’t fol­low the crowds and head straight to pop­u­lar stretches ar­eas such as Cromwell weir, but in­stead should tar­get the miles of ne­glected river down­stream. One of the lesser-fished ar­eas can be found at Torksey, which is ar­guably just as pro­lific. Here you can pur­chase a day ticket on the bank for just £5, and it’s def­i­nitely jus­ti­fied. Fish­ing tra­di­tional stick float tac­tics with baits such as caster, hemp and mag­got will

score a bag of roach, bream, chub, dace and bar­bel – ev­ery time the float sails un­der you don’t know what to ex­pect. Be­ing tidal, the ma­jor­ity of an­glers pre­fer to use leg­ering tac­tics. If so, you should keep it short and tidy down the mar­ginal slope with a ground­bait feeder, which will score plenty of bream and bar­bel. Con­tact: The Tackle Shop, 01427 613002 Post­code: LN1 2EJ


Mark from York Tackle ad­vised that a trip to the stretches in the city of York were well worth a look early-sea­son. He said: “It’s free fish­ing right in the city cen­tre,

and here you can catch over 100lb of bream if you land on a shoal. Tra­di­tional ground­bait feeder meth­ods will score, with baits such as corn, worm or mag­got all ca­pa­ble of win­ning bites. Along with the bream you’ll find plenty of roach and perch, and even the odd big carp – last year some lads pre­baited and caught fish to over 25lb. Out­side the city are sev­eral good sec­tions run by York DAA. Again it is great roach and bream fish­ing, par­tic­u­larly at Ful­ford, Red House and Ben­ing­brough, with larger bar­bel present at Acaster weir pool.” Con­tact: York Tackle, 01904 411210 Web­site: Post­code: York Tackle, YO10 5HD

The Ribble is famed for its bar­bel fish­ing.

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