Mid­lands Focus on Bod­ding­ton, River Wye, and great week­end swims to try

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This 65-acre reser­voir of­fers qual­ity angling for carp that run to over 20lb and av­er­age around 10lb. The fish­ing can be chal­leng­ing at this time of year but it is cer­tainly re­ward­ing, with cast­ing a long way of­ten nec­es­sary to put you in touch with the fish.

A hy­brid feeder is the best way to reach the re­quired dis­tance, and us­ing spe­cialised rods and reels will help you to achieve this.

A long and pow­er­ful rod will help you to punch a feeder out, and a reel with a large spool al­lows your line to peel off the spool with ease.

A low-di­am­e­ter main­line can also help you achieve ex­tra yards, and some­thing around 5lb break­ing strain should be about right. how­ever, it is im­per­a­tive that you use a shock-leader when us­ing low-di­am­e­ter main­line to avoid crack­ing off.

in terms of bait, use mi­cro pel­lets in the feeder and hair-rigged mini-boilies or wafters on the hook.

More spe­cialised big-carp fish­ing tac­tics can also work on this wa­ter, and us­ing small PVA bags can re­sult in a busy day’s fish­ing.

There are also some crack­ing roach in this venue that are of­ten over­looked – how­ever, with a spe­cialised ap­proach it’s pos­si­ble to en­joy some fan­tas­tic sport. Feed a few balls of ground­bait laced with cast­ers and dead mag­gots and fish the

same baits over the top.

Loose-feed­ing mag­gots and caster can help to re­ally get the fish com­pet­ing, how­ever it’s some­times bet­ter to sim­ply fish over your ground­bait. LO­CA­TION: Near By­field, Northamp­ton­shire, NN11 6XU CON­TACT: 07740 534891 or 01582 843454 PRICE: Week­end ticket, £7 one rod, £11 two rods, £4 con­ces­sions

It’s rocky here, so bring your plat­form.

Bod­ding­ton carp run to 20lb-plus.

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