THE NORTH’S BIGGEST BAGS
‘The fishing is as good on here as it’s ever been’ is what Fishery owner John Blundell said about the venues Trio Lake recently, a lake where you need 250lb to win a match at the moment, making it arguably the most prolific venue in the North-West this year.
The 60-pegged lake is available for day-ticket anglers and offers fish a chuck action with tonnes of mainly F1’s and mirror carp. A sunny day is the best time to visit this water as the weights really go up when the fish come shallow. You can catch them by loose-feeding pellet on the pole and fishing pellet over the top. The fish average around 2-3lb so something like 0.12mm 3lb mainline should suffice with white hydro or 11 hollow elastic on the pole. Fishing the slop, which is essentially over-wetted groundbait, also works well here, especially in the margins with pellet on the hook. When the fish are on the deck however, the trick is to plumb up, find a nice feature that’s not too deep, say 6ft, and cup in pellets, fishing with pellet or meat over the top on the pole. Around 8m out should be fine.
There are other lakes at Blundells which are also fishing well at the moment. One of them is Hawthorne Canal (12 pegs). The water has a good mix of stock including carp, tench and bream. However, it is the skimmers making the headlines on here and these can provide an excellent, fun days sport with nets to 40lb. To catch these simply fish the pole or waggler on the deck with a 4mm pellet over the top of a bed of cupped-in micros in 5ft of water.
TIP: Plumb up carefully on Trio as there are many underwater features such as sunken islands at around 8 and 14m which are fish holding features.
Prices: £6 a day or £5 concessions, £1 for every extra rod
Facilities: Toilets, café local to fishery
Contact: 01617 752124 www.hamiltonsweb.co.uk
Location: Moss Side Farm, Prospect Lane, Rixton, Warrington,WA3 6EJ
Rules: No floating baits, barbless only, no keepnets, no feed boilies, groundbait in moderation