Where? Monk Lakes, Staplehurst Road, Marden, Kent, TN12 9BS. Day tickets £10 for one rod. Tel: 01622 833332. What’s being caught? Pike anglers can expect fish to over 20 lb. There are also some good pike in some of the lakes here. Tactics? Deadbaits, such as sardines, smelt and mackerel, are best, but keep an eye on the river, because coloured water is not good. If possible, arrive when it’s fining down.
Where? Chertsey Meads, Surrey. Free fishing. Tel: Apollo Angling on 01932 355100. What’s being caught? This tiny tributary of the Thames will start coming into its own now, as good shoals of roach, some to over 2 lb, will start to show, along with a few chub, barbel and pike.
Tactics? Stick float and small pieces of bread or maggots for the roach. Lures for the pike. Barbel after dark. Where? Scours Lane, RG30 6AX, to Caversham Bridge, RG1 8DB, Reading, Berkshire. Free fishing. Tel: Alan at Thames Valley Angling on 01189 428249. What’s being caught? Perch, dace and roach from the Promenade, with bream, chub, occasional big carp around the island and pike throughout. Tactics? Pole at 10 m and maggots for mixed bags, feeder up against the island for the bream and chub, and lures for the pike and perch around the bridge and the downstream end of the island.
Where? Ravensbury Park, London Road, London, SW4 6AP. Free fishing. Tel: Caterham Angling Centre on
What’s being caught? Deeper, fast runs are full of silver fish, including big gudgeon, dace and roach. A few barbel, chub and carp through here, too.
Tactics? Trotting maggots will produce plenty of silver fish, but