Crack­ing cru­cian away from crowd

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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.

Cause­way Lake

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.

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