If you fancy getting on the feeder this weekend and catching a net of big bream, pay a visit to Pottery Pond where anglers are currently sacking up on slabs to over 10lb.
The ancient 5-acre lake is in fine form with most pegs producing fish but for the best bream bags head to the North Bank where casting well out into open water is easier, and that’s where to bream sit. Pottery Pond is not a commercial but more of a big fish natural water which can often be quite challenging but the rewards can be huge with carp to 30lb, tench into double-figures, specimen perch and pike along with odd big roach and crucians.
For the slabs, you may find fishing in the early morning or at dusk are more productive and while a standard groundbait feeder will work, anglers with the best bags have been catching on the Method feeder with small boilies, pellets or worm on the hook, putting out plenty of feed in the process.
The pole can also score well on here particularly for a nice mixed bag of tench, skimmers and roach. Pellets, chopped worm and caster as well as maggot can all work on their day, fishing on the deck in the margins.
HOT PEGS: The spit and the centre of the lake for bream including the North Bank.
PRICES: Pole/waggler/feeder £5; Specimen carp or pike £10 (up to three rods). Night fishing £20 (book in advance).
CONTACT: 01347 810617, 07867 584236, www.potterypond.co.uk
LOCATION: Pottery Lane, Strensall, York, YO32 5TW
RULES: Barbless hooks only, no carp or large fish in keepnets, night fishing only with prior permission.