Whilst the recent unseasonal warm weather has meant good carp sport for many anglers visiting commercial fisheries it is still the silverfish sport which is making the headlines at Cudmore.
The Staffordshire venue, which has just been announced as this year’s 2014 Fish O’ Mania Final host, has gone a long way to catering for anglers wishing to catch something other than carp by focusing their recent stockings on species such as roach, skimmers and ide to help provide excellent winter sport. Looking at the results of this year’s silverfish matches at the venue most people would agree that the idea was a good one.
Nets over 30lb have featured on Pool 1 with anglers targeting the skimmers by fishing the pole at around 12m in the deeper water with maggot over groundbait the top tactic. This strip pool is currently being stocked with further helpings of roach and perch to boost catches during the spring.
Another lake in form for silverfish is Drumble. This 33-peg lake has two islands and is around 6-7ft deep. Waggler fished from the pegs on the café side (lodge bank) works well here for roach to 12oz along with odd big chub, which can be caught fishing tight to the island. Pinging some maggots over the top little and often and nudging the float to entice bites is a good idea on here. While for skimmers to 2lb and bonus carp you can beat long pole and pellet.
Prices: £8 a day two rods, £6 for concessions, £20 per night ticket (night only on Avoca, Milo, Tara, Drumble)
Contact: 01782 680919, www.cudmorefisheries.co.uk
Location: Cudmore Fisheries, Pleck Lane, Whitmore, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5HW
Rules: Leads to be free running, no keepnets or carp sacks, barbless only, all baits fed in moderation, no dog, cat meat or nuts, no livebaiting
Facilities: Café, tackle shop, toilets,