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Anglers Mail - - Where To Fish -

What’s be­ing caught? Big bream, a few chub and bar­bel with roach, pike and perch. Tac­tics? A feeder cast across the weir is best for the bream, or pole and mag­gots for the roach and perch. Boilies for the chub and bar­bel, and pike on lures and dead­baits. Clay­fields Fish­ery

Where? Clac­ton-On Sea, Es­sex, CO16 9AD (nearby). Day tick­ets £8 one rod; £10 two rods; £12 three rods. Tel: 07866 904116. What’s be­ing caught?

The two easy lakes on this five-lake com­plex are pro­duc­ing plenty of small carp, tench and bream.

Tac­tics? Sim­ple float or feeder tac­tics with mag­got in these two lakes will pro­duce plenty of bites.

Con­naught Wa­ter

Where? Rangers Road, Loughton, London, E4 7QH. Con­trolled by City of London Cor­po­ra­tion. Free fish­ing (no night fish­ing) but you must have an EA rod li­cence.

Tel: Martin Whit­field on

020 8532 1010. More de­tails on City of London web­site. What’s be­ing caught? One of the big­gest lakes in Ep­ping For­est, at ten acres, with plenty of bream, perch, roach, rudd, tench and carp.

Tac­tics? Bream are the dom­i­nant species, so ground­bait, Method or flatbed feeder is best, at dis­tance with mag­gots, corn or small bright boilies.

Falkenvil Fish­ery

Where? Salt­marsh Lane, Hail­sham, East Sus­sex, BN27 2RJ. Day tick­ets for Main Lake, Match 1, 2 and 3 are £8 one rod; £10 two rods; Spec­i­men Lake £15 for three rods, book­able in ad­vance. Tel: 07766 135836. Gen­eral en­quiries on

01323 849057.

What’s be­ing caught? Main Lake has lots of carp av­er­ag­ing 7 lb but up to 20 lb, with bream, chub, roach, perch, tench and bar­bel, the match record is

219 lb. Spec­i­men Lake for some stun­ning com­mon carp to

30 lb, mir­rors to 25 lb and cat­fish to al­most 50 lb.

Tac­tics? No nuts or boilies, so it’s pel­let and par­ti­cles here, and don’t ig­nore the mar­gins, as a light float ap­proach and prawns or a piece of meat could bring big re­wards. The match lakes re­spond to all baits, and most an­glers pole fish. Pan­shill Wood Fish­ery Where? Near Mur­cott, Ox­ford­shire, OX5 2RG. Day tick­ets £8 one rod; £10 two rods; £20 for 24 hours.

Tel: 07740 707795 or

07740 619991.

What’s be­ing caught? Four lakes, all slightly dif­fer­ent, of­fer­ing a range of species. Match weights over 50 lb needed in win­ter to win on Wood and Pans Lakes, and there are carp to over 20 lb in the Spec­i­men Lake.

Tac­tics? Most baits and meth­ods work here, but fish to the is­lands for the carp, and use qual­ity boilies on the Spec­i­men Lake for the big­ger carp.

Yate­ley Pads Lake

Where? Yate­ley Road, Yate­ley, Hamp­shire, GU47 8JQ (nearby). Win­ter 24-hour group book­ing for up to ten an­glers just £80, from Yate­ley An­gling Cen­tre. Tel: 01252 878994. What’s be­ing caught? Home of over 100 carp, with 30 30s, ten over 35 lb, in­clud­ing two 40s, one of which re­cently came out to Gavin Tay­lor at 42 lb.

Tac­tics? Qual­ity hair-rigged boilies such as Cell, Manilla and Citruz all work­ing, but be stealthy, set your traps and be pre­pared to be pa­tient.

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Craig Wal­lis, Venue lat­est: 01444 236493.

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