Our guide to Monk Lakes, the Dorset Stour, and hot fisheries to head for
BIG weights are the name of the game at Monk Lakes, but once autumn arrives the carp aren’t the only species to dominate – the untouched shoals of silver fish play a major role in catches.
All the lakes on the Kent complex are home to a mixed stock, but it is Match Lake Two and Bridges Lake that are in particularly good form for nets of barbel, ide, tench and chub. Nets over 100lb are still required to frame here as other venues begin their cool weather slow-down.
On Bridges the Method feeder is a sure-fire winner. Pellet or mini boilie hookbaits will pick out the biggest fish, with no more than a 25m chuck required to land amid a shoal of hungry tench and bream.
Over on Match Lake Two, shallow fishing on the long pole will help you avoid the F1s, mirrors and commons.
Use casters or maggots around 18ins deep, constantly lifting and dropping the rig every 10 seconds and feeding at the same rate. Expect ide and chub over 4lb to turn up, with a 0.12mm hooklink and a size 16 hook suitable for the job.
Put away the carp-crunching tackle and use a little finesse at Monk Lakes this week to see the silver side of this top-class complex. PRICES: £10 for one rod
CONTACT: 01622 833 332 or visit www.monklakes.co.uk
LOCATION: Monk Lakes, Staplehurst Road, Marden, Kent, TN12 9BS
RULES: No fixed rigs, no braided mainline or leadcore
FACILITIES: Café, tackle shop, toilets, parking