MOOR MONKTON POOLS,
MOOR MONKTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE
DESCRIPTION: three pools – Front Pool, Cyprio Pool and Match Pool – spanning around three acres in total, each capable of producing carp bags topping 200 lb. Owned by Leeds & District ASA, species include carp to doubles, F1s to 1 lb 8 oz, skimmers to 3 lb, roach to 10 oz, perch to over 3 lb, a few tench to 4 lb, ide to
1 lb and catfish to over 20 lb. TACTICS: Front Pool is the most prolific, but the same tactics work across all three of the fishery’s waters. In summer, use waggler or pole and banded pellets while flicking 4-6 mm pellets over the top. Pellets presented on the bottom will score as the water cools, as will corn. Paste over fishmeal groundbait and hemp is also a good method in the colder months. Try a Method feeder to the gaps in the islands with a pellet or corn hook bait. If the carp are not feeding, try tempting the other species, especially roach, skimmers and perch. Roving with a drop shot or a jig is a good method for the fishery’s perch.
TICKETS: £7 a day; £4 for members. Individual Leeds DASA yearbooks are £57 adults; £29 concessions. Yearbook holders can then buy a £16 Moor Monkton Pools Permit that will allow them to fish all year at Moor Monkton. Tel: 0113 224 9721.
Visit: www.leedsdasa.co.uk GOOD SWIMS: any corner pegs, or in the channel running through the islands on the Front Pool.
LOCAL TACKLE SHOP: BobCo Fishing Tackle,
4b Torre Road, Leeds, LS9 7QL. Tel: 01132 499943. LOCATION: travelling on the A1M, exit at J47, heading east on the A59 towards
York. Cross over the River Nidd at Skip Bridge, and after approximately two miles, turn left onto Church Lane, signposted Moor Monkton village. After about 1 mile, turn left into the fishery car park. SAT NAV: Y026 8LA.