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Our guide to Monk Lakes, the Dorset Stour, and hot fish­eries to head for

BIG weights are the name of the game at Monk Lakes, but once au­tumn ar­rives the carp aren’t the only species to dom­i­nate – the un­touched shoals of sil­ver fish play a ma­jor role in catches.

All the lakes on the Kent com­plex are home to a mixed stock, but it is Match Lake Two and Bridges Lake that are in par­tic­u­larly good form for nets of bar­bel, ide, tench and chub. Nets over 100lb are still re­quired to frame here as other venues be­gin their cool weather slow-down.

On Bridges the Method feeder is a sure-fire win­ner. Pel­let or mini boilie hook­baits will pick out the big­gest fish, with no more than a 25m chuck re­quired to land amid a shoal of hun­gry tench and bream.

Over on Match Lake Two, shal­low fish­ing on the long pole will help you avoid the F1s, mir­rors and com­mons.

Use cast­ers or mag­gots around 18ins deep, con­stantly lift­ing and drop­ping the rig ev­ery 10 sec­onds and feed­ing at the same rate. Ex­pect ide and chub over 4lb to turn up, with a 0.12mm hook­link and a size 16 hook suit­able for the job.

Put away the carp-crunch­ing tackle and use a lit­tle fi­nesse at Monk Lakes this week to see the sil­ver side of this top-class com­plex. PRICES: £10 for one rod

CON­TACT: 01622 833 332 or visit www.mon­klakes.co.uk

LO­CA­TION: Monk Lakes, Sta­ple­hurst Road, Mar­den, Kent, TN12 9BS

RULES: No fixed rigs, no braided main­line or lead­core

FA­CIL­I­TIES: Café, tackle shop, toi­lets, park­ing

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