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Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

AN­GLERS PAR­ADISE, HALWILL, DEVON

The Nir­vana day-ticket spec­i­men cat lake holds fish to well over 60lb. As many as four fish to 54lb 8oz have been taken in the same ses­sion, many bites com­ing in day­light. Use a qual­ity fish­meal boilie or meat on a sim­ple run­ning rig. The El­do­rado day-ticket wa­ters also hold cat­fish reach­ing over 46lb. Con­tact: 01409 221559 Post­code: EX21 5XT

feed­ing well. Fish close to the lily pads or tight to the is­land with bot­tom baits for commons and mir­rors to 29lb 8oz. Small bags of pel­lets or crushed boilies with a scat­ter­ing of 20-30 free­bies should bring bites. The carp in Daugh­ters Lake are also worth fish­ing for, with fish into the low twen­ties be­ing banked reg­u­larly in the warm weather on sur­face baits or zigs. The resident cat­fish in Tus­cany Lake have been caught re­cently up to 61lb 5oz. Lun­cheon meat, pel­lets or sea dead­baits just off the mar­ginal shelf have been the tac­tic for these giants. Strong tackle is re­quired to tame them. Con­tact: 07710 656041 Post­code: RH7 6HL

MELBURY RESER­VOIR, BIDE­FORD, DEVON

A wide spread of high­qual­ity boilies on the bot­tom will work in the cooler weather, but when the sun is out sur­face fish­ing can be pro­lific. For the plea­sure an­gler, good mixed bags of roach, rudd, bream, and big perch are pos­si­ble. These can be caught on var­i­ous tac­tics, with the shal­low cor­ners be­ing the more pro­duc­tive area. Con­tact: 01288 321262 Post­code: EX39 5PW

SHIPLATE FARM FISH­ERY, WE­STON-SU­PER-MARE, SOM­ER­SET

The canal-style West Pool and Hawthorns are cur­rently in fine form. Nets weigh­ing to 139lb 12oz have been caught. The stock is mainly carp but skim­mers, tench and cru­cians are also present. The far shelf of these lakes can be very pro­duc­tive when tar­geted or the pole or Method feeder. The main lake is pro­vid­ing ex­cep­tional carp sport. One an­gler had 27 dou­ble-figure carp to 18lb off the sur­face on dog bis­cuits. If the carp are not on the top they can be tempted on small bags of pel­lets or wafters. Con­tact: 07895 852162 Post­code: BS24 ONY

TODBER MANOR, STURMINSTER NEW­TON, DORSET

The ac­tion has been hec­tic

on Todber Manor’s Ash and Home­ground lakes. A re­cent match of 13 an­glers saw no fewer than 11 weights over the 100lb mark, with the win­ner net­ting 242lb 3oz from peg 84. Carp have been show­ing to meat and pel­let on the pole or the Method feeder. There have also been nets of sil­ver fish reach­ing 69lb 12oz, in­clud­ing some big bream. The best way to tar­get these is to fish cast­ers on the pole at 4m-5m range.

Con­tact: 01258 820384

Post­code: DT10 1JB

VIADUCT FISH­ERY, SOMER­TON, SOM­ER­SET

Camp­bell and Cary Lakes re­main in fine form with reg­u­lar 200lb bags of carp be­ing caught on bomb and pel­let. The warmer weather has also cre­ated chances for num­bers of fish to be caught in the up­per lay­ers. The big­gest weight this year of 397lb was caught by an an­gler mug­ging fish off peg 124 on Camp­bell. As the tem­per­a­ture cools in the evenings the mar­gins have been the place to put a bait, with pole fished meat on a 5m or 6m line keep­ing the bites com­ing. Sil­ver fish are also re­spond­ing to the meat ap­proach, but pole fished cast­ers, worms and mag­gots have ac­counted for the bet­ter bags of fish in nets weigh­ing up to 62lb.

Con­tact: 01458 274022

Post­code: TA11 6LJ

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