ARDLEIGH RESER­VOIR, COLCHESTER, ES­SEX

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

This large sheet of wa­ter of 120 acres has fea­tured heav­ily in the angling press over the years, first mak­ing a name for its large head of bream and its phe­nom­e­nal roach sport. Al­though the blessed cor­morant has taken its toll on the redfin stocks, you can still en­joy a fan­tas­tic day’s angling here. You won’t need any­thing too com­pli­cated, ei­ther – a rod ca­pa­ble of cast­ing a 50g feeder will be ideal for the long-range work of­ten re­quired. Us­ing a tra­di­tional mix of ground­bait, chopped worm and caster, while fish­ing one of the lat­ter on the hook, should re­sult in plenty of bites from bream. You’ll also dis­cover the odd very large tench here, and some mon­ster carp that could take some se­ri­ous ded­i­ca­tion to land – ideal if you’re af­ter a chal­lenge. Con­tact: 01206 230642 Post­code: CO7 7PT

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