(three-mile stretch), Staffordshire, ST10 0PN (parking and access at Norbury Junction pub). Members only. Stoke City DAA membership £15. Tel: 01782 818380.
What’s being caught? Chub to 6 lb, bream and perch to 3 lb, roach to 1 lb and a few hybrids to 2 lb 8 oz.
Tactics? Pole with worms over chopped worm and casters down the track for the perch. Casters and red maggots over chopped worm and casters down the track for the bream and stamp roach. Bread punch over liquidised bread at this time of year for the skimmers and roach. Chopped worm and casters to far bank features for the chub. Squatts and pinkies over groundbait three-quarters across for lots of smaller silver fish. Heronbrook Fisheries Where? Slindon, near Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6LX. Day tickets £9 one rod; £11 two rods. Tel: 07879 441282. What’s being caught? The Match Lake is producing carp in the high-teens, with lots averaging 6 lb and some in the 20s, with F1s to 5 lb. Carp to low-teens, barbel to 8 lb, chub to 3 lb, F1s to 3 lb and perch to 4 lb on Canal Pool. Barbel to 8 lb, chub to 5 lb and F1s on Bridge Pool. Carp in the highteens and plenty of skimmers on Meadow Pool. Carp nudging doubles, chub, bream, crucians, skimmers and roach on Island Pool. Paul Brandrick topped Round Two of the 96-peg Heronbrook Teams of Four Winter League with 199 lb 15 oz of carp and F1s on Canal peg 17, and 167 lb was needed to make the top six.
Tactics? On Canal Pool, pole with maggots and pellets shallow down the track. Pole and maggots up in the water has been effective on Bridge Pool. On the other pools, pellets, corn, luncheon meat, casters, maggots and worms all do the business.
Where? Napton on the Hill, Southam, Warwickshire,
CV47 8HX. Members only. Leamington AA membership £38. Tel: 07890 467464. What’s being caught? A few carp to 30 lb with lots from 15-20 lb, and small shoals of double-figure bream. Small shoals of crucians to 3 lb. Perch to 2 lb, roach to 1 lb 8 oz, and lots of small rudd and pike to mid-teens.
Tactics? Long-range feeder with worms or boilies for the bream. Waggler with corn for the crucians, rather than maggots, to get through the rudd. Spinners and float fished or legered lobworms for the perch. Boilies at long range for