Cracking crucian away from crowd
ICOULDN’T believe it when I arrived at Godalming AS’s Johnsons Lake just before it closed on April 15 (until June 16) for my first crucian session of the year and the car park was rammed!
A quick look up the lake and I could make out ten bivvies side by side down one bank, and I was informed that they were Where? Bilsington Bridge to Giggers Green Bridge, Kent.
Day tickets £5.50, must be purchased in advance. Linton AS membership £83 plus a £12 joining fee. Tel: 01622 843516. What’s being caught? Good bags of bream from noted pegs, perch and roach throughout, and tench should start to show soon.
Tactics? Pole with maggots, casters and worm over groundbait producing bream to over 5 lb, with corn coming into its own as the water warms. mostly crucian anglers and that not a lot was being caught.
I prefer my own space, so I decided to head for the opposite bank, where just one angler was fishing, so having no distractions I went about trying to get a few bites.
I wasn’t expecting my crucian rod to produce anything, but half an hour later
bream are caught on feeder tackle, with the pole also having its day, and bags exceeding 80 lb aren’t uncommon.
Where? Park Lane, Whistley Green, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0RA. Twyford & District Fishing Club membership £84 plus a £40 joining fee. a 5 lb tench graced my net, followed by a fish of a lifetime, a crucian of exactly 4 lb!
Three further 5 lb-plus tench came my way, this time to a
Tel: 07968 968438.
What’s being caught?
Known as a difficult venue, but everything grows big, including tench, bream and some huge carp. Great place for dedicated big fish anglers.
Tactics? A very weedy water, so clear spots must be found. The carp and bream move on the wind and show themselves, maggot feeder rod fishing at distance, and by 9.30pm, less than five hours after I’d arrived, I was on my way home smiling like a Cheshire cat.
so keep an eye on the water, using quality, hair-rigged boilies on hinged stiff rigs or Ronnie rigs, and don’t ignore pop-ups.
Earls Hall Fisheries
Where? Earls Hall Drive, Clacton-On-sea, Essex, CO16 8BP. Carp/Cat lake 12-hour day/night tickets bookable in advance at £10 two rods; £15 three rods. Weekends 24-hour tickets only. Tel: 07455 442253. What’s being caught? Three lakes including a carp lake containing some stunning fish to over 35 lb, a cat lake with catfish to 40 lb and carp to 20 lb, and a cheaper match lake.
Tactics? Fishery-own V12 boilies account for most fish. Boilies, pellets and worms for the catfish, and pole or feeder on the match lake.
Frog Island Fishery
Where? Dorking Road, Abinger Hammer, Surrey, RH5 6SA. Day tickets £10; 24 hours £25, by prior arrangement. Tel: 01306 730449 or 07766 326020. What’s being caught? Producing mixed bags of bream, roach, rudd, perch, occasional carp to over 20 lb and tench beginning to feature. Tactics? This small, sheltered, spring-fed lake lends itself to float fishing, and most baits will catch fish, meat and prawns producing better quality ones.