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Fo­cus on six river hotspots and carp lakes to head for this week­end


Miles of river sur­round­ing Ely are fish­able very cheaply. An­gling Times re­porter Jake Ben­son has fished some of the river stretches in re­cent sea­sons: “First you have the river run­ning through Ely town cen­tre, which is free fish­ing. Here you’ll find stacks of sil­vers alongside some huge perch over 4lb. Up­stream from the town is a stretch known as Coop­ers, which is only £10 a year. Bream and tench are of­ten caught here – try a ground­bait feeder ei­ther midriver or down the near­side shelf. “Be­yond that, you’ll find a bril­liant spot op­po­site Roswell Pits, known as Fore Mill Wash. This sec­tion is run by Ely Beet and So­cial Club, and for less than £40 a year you can fish for huge shoals of bream, rudd, skim­mers, roach and tench.” Con­tact: Ely Beet Bailiff, Chris, 07786 575160 Post­code: CB7 4AT


This mile-long back­wa­ter presents a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to stalk chub and bar­bel in the evenings. Jake Ben­son has spent a few hours on the day-ticket stretch and says: “This river per­fectly suits a rov­ing ap­proach, suss­ing out likely spots with a light link leger. Bar­bel and chub of­ten hang around the bridge, and the three swims up­stream are all worth a look. Fish­ing tight to the fea­tures is best, though be pre­pared with strong tackle. I’ve caught most of my fish on paste, though meat, pel­let and boilie also works well. For the chub try trot­ted caster and mag­got. Fish come up in the wa­ter for free of­fer­ings.” Con­tact: Rob Harris, Peter­bor­ough DAA, 07702 440892 Post­code: PE5 7AH


Who bet­ter to tell you where to head here than river mae­stro and Sev­ern ex­pert, Dave Har­rell: “I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend the day-ticket stretches at Bewd­ley run by Kid­der­min­ster DAA. There are some re­ally good shal­low runs through here, where you can catch bar­bel and chub on leg­ered pel­lets, or float­fished mag­gots. Head to faster wa­ter, with a depth of 4ft-5ft. I’ll al­ways sug­gest the Birm­ing­ham AA ticket too, which of­fers loads of the mid­dle reaches in­clud­ing Ar­ley, which is good.” Con­tact: Kid­der­min­ster DAA, 07376 100196 or Birm­ing­ham AA, 07976 886558 Post­code: Bewd­ley Tackle, DY12 2AE


Lo­cal an­gler Jake Ben­son knows sev­eral stretches very well, and says: “Early sea­son I’d be look­ing to get a bend in the rod. The best place to do this is on the Mill Meadows stretches which are full of chub. I’d sug­gest a

rov­ing ap­proach with a light link leger, when cheese and lob­worm have al­ways proved deadly. For roach, head to an area known as the Croft, turn right over the foot­bridge and fish on the wall. Tar­get over­hang­ing bushes on the far side with light float tackle and bread­flake over liq­uidised bread for sport with fish to over 1lb.” Day tick­ets can be pur­chased from the lo­cal tackle shop. Con­tact: Just-Fishin, 01787 313882 Post­code: CO10 1WH


Lo­cal ex­pert Daniel Bry­don, of Wensum Val­ley An­gling, rec­om­mends a few ar­eas on the up­per reaches. He says: “The dayt­icket stretch at the Bridge Inn is per­haps the most pro­lific. Trot­ting will score you chub, dace and roach. Any­where around Ring­land Hills is good for chub, but don’t neglect Nor­wich city cen­tre. Early on, down­stream from New Mills Yard is full of chub, and if you can get past the streamer weed, the quay­side stretch holds bream – locals pre­bait and do very well.” A visit to Daniel’s shop is rec­om­mended prior to your visit. Con­tact: Daniel Bry­don, 01903 929090 Post­code: NR8 6HT


For chub and bar­bel ac­tion, who bet­ter to tell you where to head on the Wye than lo­cal tackle shop owner Woody. He said: “Early sea­son I’d head to the top end of Brein­ton. Fail­ing that, to­wards the town are plenty of fish be­hind the Ten­nis Courts in Bar­ton­sham, and fur­ther down­stream at Holme Lacey Car­a­van Park. If the rivers up and coloured, it’ll be ope­nend feeder work with fish­meal ground­bait, hemp and pel­let. If it’s low and clear, use Black Cap feed­ers with long hook­links and hemp and caster for bait.” A visit to Woody’s shop is highly rec­om­mended, he knows the area bet­ter than any­one! Con­tact: Woody’s An­gling Cen­tre, 01432 344644 Post­code: HR4 0DQ

The peace­ful Nene back­wa­ter at Cas­tor.

A dou­ble-figure Cas­tor bar­bel for our own Jake Ben­son.

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