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London & South East Taking steps to bag up at Tring “

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I visited Finch Farm near Maidenhead in Berkshire to fish the Anaconda Stream for bream. I lightened off to try out my new SPRO 13 ft Tamas Walter light match rod with

a small three No.8 pole float with two maggots on a size 16 fine wire hook on a 0.12 mm

Cralusso hook length. Feeding in two balls of green groundbait and six maggots on top I caught good slabs from the off. Day tickets are £10. Call Mick Delaney on 07990 525642.


crucians, barbel and golden tench are still being caught. The Main Lake has

The Anaconda Stream at Finch Farm produced some good bream for Bill.

YOU’LL need a ladder to fi sh Wilstone Reservoir on the Tring complex, as the water is so low that it’s diffi cult to get down the concrete bank to net the fi sh! But the rewards at this Hertfordshire venue are great with perch to 5 lb 13 oz plus the odd tench topping 9 lb. Red maggots with a feeder appears

to be the top method with worms a good standby. As the season progresses and the perch put on even more weight before spawning there is a realistic chance of a British Record. Day tickets are £6 for one rod, £10

two. Dick Pilkinton has all the latest on 07796 178313. Despite some very low and clear

conditions the CALPAC section of the River Kennet at Padworth in Berkshire has produced a new venue record with a 16 lb 8 oz barbel. Although in the bright, clear

conditions the fi shing has slowed

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down legered hair-rigged boilies or pellets has sorted out a few big fi sh including chub to over 5 lb particularly late evening. Some roach, dace and chub with some cracking little brown trout are showing to trotted maggot. This is a CALPAC members only

water with details of membership from John Bygrave on 02087 779489. The Match Lake on Sumners

Ponds, Barns Green near Horsham in West Sussex is in terrifi c form with the match of a recent event weighing in 212 lb of mainly carp backed up with lots of 100 lb-plus catches. The carp have packed on weight,

the better fi sh running to well over 20 lb and doubles relatively common. Some nice barbel and odd tench are also showing with pellet, meat or cat food the top baits. The new Ribbon Lake is a carp-free lake where bags of 30 lb of silvers with

Thorpe Lea Fishery, Egham, Surrey. Barry Shaw and his girlfriend Jennifer enjoyed a couple of days’ fi shing at Thorpe Lea Fishery. They had these two 17 lb-plus mirror carp on legered hair-rigged Mainline Cell pop-up boilies with plastic corn. They also had another fi ve double- fi gure carp between them. Venue latest: 01784 492182.

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River Bourne, Chertsey Mead, Surrey. Steve Dedman says this 3 lb 6 oz brown goldfi sh is the fattest fi sh he’s seen! He caught it on double caster over hemp on a size 18 hook, 3 lb line 2 lb bottom under a stick fl oat. Venue latest: 01932 242377.

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recently produced a 33 lb 8 oz carp with a good

number of big 20s. Perch to

3 lb 8 oz are coming out on maggot and worm together with plenty of skimmers, bream and the odd chub. The Small Pond is yielding mainly

carp to double-fi gures on the Method feeder with some quality roach and some chub. This is a caravan site with good

holiday accommodation in lakeside lodges. Excellent on-site café serves hot food including breakfasts. Day tickets are £8 one rod, £11 two plus concessions. Contact number is 01403 732539. Lakes Christine and Pepper, the two specimen lakes on the Cottington complex at Sholden near Deal in Kent, are fi shing very well. Gary Bicker has broken the lake record on Lake Pepper with a mirror of 41 lb on a halibut pellet. There has been a good number of

30s including upper 30s caught with Dave Goodyear fi shing CC Moore Live

System for lumps of 37 lb 8 oz and 31 lb 12 oz.

Lake Christine has produced a few 30s, the best being a specimen mirror of 31 lb to Angie Kitch with loads of big 20s with Alan Farley making a 14 fi sh catch on the CC Moore Live System with the best at 28 lb 2 oz. Kevin Lee used Cell boilies to land eight carp including a 26 lb common and a 26 lb 2 oz. Alder Lake has fi shed

exceptionally well with a 48-hour pairs match being won by Neil Rivers and Mark Ward with 276 lb 11 oz. Black Lake is fi shing very well for

silvers. The Match Lake is on form with weights of 80 lb winning whilst Elliott Lake has given slightly lower winning weights.

Day tickets are £8, under-16s on

the general lakes, but Lake Christine and Pepper are £20 for 24 hours and £35 for 48 hours. Advance Booking is advised for the specimen lakes. The site has most facilities,

including a well-stocked tackle shop on-site. Call 01304 380691. Despite the weather turning much

colder the Stew Pond near Epsom in Surrey is giving good results with legered hair-rigged corn and mini boilie working very well. It’s not only carp to over 20 lb but

also lots of bream to about 6 lb that are coming out. Good koi and ghosts are an additional bonus. The small waggler is working well

but slowly corn is taking over from pellet and paste with bream plus carp with quality redfi ns now showing up in greater numbers. Day tickets are £5 on the water or

free to CALPAC members. Get further details of CALPAC membership from John Bygrave on 02087 779489. The Specimen Lake on the A12

Cuton Lakes at Chelmsford in Essex with Specimen Lake is still giving carp

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