ANGLERS using simple pole and feeder tactics have enjoyed a sensational few weeks of angling on Britain’s reservoirs, with bumper bags of silvers banked at natural venues across the country.
The most impressive weights came from Devon’s 80-acre Upper Tamar Lake, where competitors fishing the recent festivals enjoyed a bite-a-chuck action to record huge weights of roach, skimmers and perch.
One angler tapping into the venue’s incredible autumn form is England Feeder Team member Michael Buchwalder, who netted around 300lb of silvers over a seven-day period.
“Over the week I fished five matches and two pleasure sessions and must’ve had a bite every time I cast out my feeder or lowered in my pole rig,” he told us.
“Dean Barlow and I won the two-day pairs contest with 171lb 13oz of mostly skimmers and roach on the pole and feeder short, but later that week I managed to win the three-day Graham West feeder festival with a combined total weight of 156lb 7oz.
“The fishing was unbelievable! I’ve fished many natural waters across Europe but none of them come close to carrying the numbers of fish that Tamar has.”
On the other side of the country the action has also been hectic at Kent’s Bough Beech Reservoir, with plenty of 30lb bags of roach being taken in matches, but it’s Llandegfedd Reservoir in Wales that’s been rivalling Upper Tamar Lake in the big bag stakes.
The 174-hectare Welsh water produced a 164lb haul of bream and hybrids in August, but sport has continued to flourish.
David Healey, who organises matches on the venue, said:
“Two years ago nobody really coarse-fished Llandegfedd but after extensive lobbying of Welsh Water, which owns the fishing rights, we’ve opened up access and increased the venue’s popularity with coarse anglers.
“Last week a match was won with 68lb of hybrids and another angler had 45lb of roach. I’ve seen pleasure bags of bream and hybrids to 260lb, but we’re just scratching the surface of the reservoir’s potential.”