The sudden drop in temperatures has had an effect on sport at numerous waters but at Lingmere Fishery sport is still excellent, with big mixed bags falling every day.
The complex is situated on the Wirral, close to the Irish Sea meaning that winter temperatures are often a touch warmer than those further inland, making for some great cold weather sport.
Mirror and common carp are plentiful on the fishery’s two lakes but they have taken a backseat of late with impressive hauls of skimmers, F1s, tench, ide and barbel making the headlines in nets to 50lb.
Both waters are home to a variety of species but it is the Match Lake which has been the main focus. Pole fishing fanatics have managed to keep the bites coming via a number of approaches, with big F1s to over 5lb falling frequently to baits fished up in the water between 9m and 13m out. Use a 6mm banded pellet and feed a few 4mm offerings every few seconds to keep a constant trickle of bait going through the water. Those in search of barbel have presented big beds of maggots or casters either down the edge or at the bottom of the nearside ledge 5m out. Specimens to over 7lb have been landed this year so make sure you are geared up properly, using a hooklink of at least 0.14mm diameter.
Down on the Pleasure Lake the F1s are still very active in the open water areas although the bigger carp – which run to over 20lb – are taking Mainline Cell boilies and or large lumps of meat presented tight to the islands. Lingmere Fishery is a truly mixed haven and when the float disappears it is impossible to guess what is attached to the other end.
The Match Lake is only open for day-ticket anglers on Monday, Tuesday and Fridays. The fishery also offers novice anglers tuition on-site, if required.
Tip: Try flavouring your maggots with Krill to add scent to the bait to help pick out the bigger barbel and keep the bites coming.
Price: £7 one rod, £9 two rods.
Contact: Call 0151 6777911 or visit www.lingmere-fishery.co.uk
Location: Lingmere Fishery, Lingmere Cottage, Lingham Lane, Moreton, CH46 4TB.
Facilities: Café, tackle shop, parking, toilets.
Rules: No more than 2kg of groundbait per session, all fish must be netted.