Catch ’em while you can
ALTHOUGH daylight hours are shortening and night-time temperatures falling significantly, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch lots of fish, particularly on densely stocked commercial venues.
It should also be the case that natural venues will continue to produce decent catches, but the fish may be starting to shoal up a fair bit now as winter approaches.
However, they will also be keen to pack on some fat reserves to see them through.
The long, hot summer that we enjoyed (or endured) has certainly left a huge legacy of new fish in our rivers. There are untold numbers of fry visible in the margins even
Trent and Mersey Canal Where? Whatcroft Road, Cheshire, CW10 ONB. Canal & River Trust Waterway Wanderers tickets £20. Tel: 0303 0404040. What’s being caught? Certainly worth a session, especially in the late afternoon, for bream to 2 lb, hybrids to 12 oz, as well as perch, roach, gudgeon and skimmers. Catches to 10 lb.
Tactics? Try pole with punch at first, then casters or maggots later in the session. Redworms will also find you some better quality fish here.
Fish on into the evening for success at this time of year. now, so let’s hope that in three or four years time we will start to see an abundance of new fish being caught.
Where? Croston Road, Farington Moss, Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 6PN. Day tickets £7. Tel: 07734 413311. What’s being caught? This pleasant-looking, small venue is still producing some quality carp to mid-doubles, and one or two tench.
Tactics? Try float fishing with meat or corn over a modest bed of loosefed pellets. Target your baits close to features, but don’t fish too lightly, 6 lb main line being sensible, to a size 12 barbless hook.