With temperatures rising weights have started to soar on the Cotswold’s Ridgeway Fisheries with anglers filling 100lb-plus nets of carp and silvers.
The four interlinking canal pools, known as Walters Lake are where all the action is taking place and with 73 pegs to choose from you won’t be without a swim if you’re a day-ticket angler. What’s more the lake has recently been restocked with thousands of small carp to boost sport even further.
Depths on the canal average around 5ft and thanks to bank erosion the width is now up to 20m in places meaning pole fishing is not the only tactic which can catch fish as anglers have discovered this spring with small method feeders, bomb tactics and even wagglers with banded pellets taking carp averaging 3lb. Fishing the inside ledge at 4-5m and down the edge is also productive with pellets, maggots, corn or meat too. The best anglers here work between two or three lines taking fish from each. A mainline of around 0.12 with black hydro or Preston 15 elastic should be fine for anything you should encounter in here. If you want to concentrate just on the silverfish, which include skimmers and roach, a 40lb bag can be obtained fishing smaller baits down the middle of the track.
Prices: £8 a day, £5 for children sharing with an adult.
Contact: 01285 860412
Location: Ridgeway Fisheries, Wickwater Lane, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UQ
Facilities: Café, toilets, disabled toilets, bait shop (no casters or maggots), accommodation
Rules: Barbless only, all nets to be dipped on arrival, no floating baits, no bite alarms, no boilies, one rod maximum
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