Heav­enly match day at Haven

Anglers Mail - - Where To Fish -

IVISITED the fan­tas­tic Haven Fish­ery, in Stain­forth, near Don­caster, for an An­gling Star writ­ers re­union match.

The pa­per no longer ex­ists, but for­mer ed­i­tor Jim Bax­ter tries to keep every­one in touch by hold­ing these matches once a year.

I made a few phone calls and dis­cov­ered that it was full of big carp, but also had masses of sil­ver fish.

Due to the cooler nights we have been hav­ing, I opted to play it safe, fish­ing for the sil­ver fish with a worm-and-caster ap­proach, be­fore tar­get­ing the carp in the mar­gins later on.

The plan half worked, as I man­aged to put 50 lb of sil­ver fish onto the scales, along with five carp for 30 lb, to give me 80 lb-plus and sec­ond place.

The match was won with a

chopped worm for the bream and perch.

New Junc­tion Canal Where? Low Lane Bridge, Kirk Bramwith, Don­caster, South York­shire, DN7 5SR. Day tick­ets £4. Don­caster & Dis­trict AA mem­ber­ship £25.

Tel: Stain­forth An­gling Cen­tre on 01302 846623.

What’s be­ing caught? Lots of small roach and perch feed­ing all along the canal, dou­ble-fig­ure bags com­mon­place, with a few bet­ter skim­mers. Good perch and pike snap­ping at hooked fish as an­glers bring them in, so worth a go for preda­tors. Tac­tics? Short pole, 5 or 6 sec­tions, with mag­gots or pinkies over ground­bait for plenty of bites from small fish. Long pole with hemp and tares or bread punch to try to pick out some bet­ter roach. Lures for the pike and perch.

Stain­forth and Keadby Canal Where? Kirk Bramwith, near Don­caster, South York­shire, DN7 5SW. Day tick­ets

£4. Don­caster & Dis­trict AA mem­ber­ship £25. Tel: Stain­forth An­gling Cen­tre on 01302 846623. fan­tas­tic bag of 177 lb of carp to 17 lb by for­mer Leices­ter Likely Lad John Es­sex.

John fished for carp all day with pel­lets and paste on a top kit and two sec­tions, feed­ing plenty of 6 mm pel­lets – an out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

There wasn’t the head of carp in the area where I drew, as the 30 lb bags ei­ther side proved, so I was never go­ing to come close to John, what­ever I’d done.

My plan to tar­get the sil­ver fish en­sured that I en­joyed a fan­tas­tic day’s fish­ing and fin­ished best of the rest.

The Haven Fish­ery is only avail­able to sea­son ticket hold­ers, and is lo­cated by Stain­forth Grey­hound Track, DN7 5HT.

Ring 01302 350403 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

What’s be­ing caught? Roach, perch, skim­mers, hy­brids and a few big chub. Good mixed bags com­ing to mag­gots, with bet­ter qual­ity roach on hemp. Tac­tics? Pole with mag­gots and pinkies over ground­bait for mixed bags. Ground­bait feeder with a bit of chopped worm to the far bank for the skim­mers and perch. Some good chub re­ported on lures from the ‘Wil­lows’ stretch

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