While UK temperatures have soared, sport at Viaduct Fishery has been equally as hot with impressive match weights across the venues five lakes. Last week Adam Wakeling recorded the highest UK Champs match weight ever with a huge 239lb on this venue, in a match that saw 70 anglers average over 100lb in weight across four of the lakes.
But it’s not just carp making the headlines at Viaduct with bags of skimmers on Spring Lake (27 pegs) reaching 90lbs. As a pleasure angler you can target these fish by fishing the pole or wagglerat around 9m, using a 4 or 6mm banded pellet over a bed of 4mm or soaked micros, feeding a few helpings via a small pot or catapult every cast. These fish go to 5lb and with plenty of carp to 27lb in this lake theres no need to fish too light. Use 0.14mm mainline with a puller bung in your pole in case you do hook one of the lakes beasts. This lake is the complex’s specimen water, with a huge head of carp from 15-25lb so if you want to catch one of these, fish a lead with big 12-16mm pellets tight to the island.
For a net of carp over 200lb head to Lodge Lake (21 pegs) where the corner pegs have loads of over-hanging trees which are worth fishing under with the pole for carp to 15lb. They average around 8lb in here and can easily be caught in good numbers using the pole with pellet or meat, feeding little and often. If its lumps to 20lb you want, there is Cary Lake (36 pegs) where a straight lead approach with an 8 or 11mm pellet at around 40 yards should provide plenty of action, as will the pole with paste.
Small balls of soaked micro pellets make excellent feed for skimmer bream
For skimmers try fishing a little past your feed where you’ll find the better stamp of fish but also get more positive bites on a regular basis.
Prices: £7 for one rod, £9 for two rods. Concessions and evening tickets also available.
Contact: Call 01458 274022. Visit www.viaductfishery.com
Location: Cary Valley, Somerton, Somerset TA11 6LJ
Rules: Barbless only, no nuts or boilies, no braid or fixed rigs, no lines over 12lb
Facilities: Clubhouse, tackle shop, café, toilets, Norwegian lodges