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