Catch ’em while you can

Anglers Mail - - Where To Fish -

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.

Fairhaven Fish­ery

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.

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