The last seven days have produced some steady angling on the two big rivers: Middle Level has shown some encouraging form at the bottom and the top end of the level.
St Mary’s-Magdalen High Road has still been the busiest stretch with fish reported.
A tench catch of three fish to 21lb has been reported with the biggest being 8lb 2oz, all being caught on the waggler on the inside line when offering sweetcorn as bait.
Bream to 4lb have shown at the St Mary’s end, roach and skimmers have also been recorded. Sweetcorn has taken the majority of the spoils for the roach, with quality roach to 13oz showing on the pole and waggler. Caster, hemp, pinkie and maggot have also been rewarding. Anglers have also stated that the catch rates improve during and after there has been a flow on the water.
Neepes: Small roach being reported on the pole line.
Pingle: Roach, rudd and small skimmers are showing well on the whip, waggler and pole. Tench to 4lb and perch to 1lb 9oz have also shown in catches reported.
Ten Mile Bank: Starting to show some consistent form in the usual Autumn hotspots, Railway Bridge to Modney Bridge has started to show some consistency with bream to 4lb and skimmers to 2lb showing on both the tip and pole. Roach to 12oz also are showing well when being offered sweetcorn on the hook. Maggot, pinkie and caster are also being used as a hook bait. A slight flow in the water has also helped the anglers.
Wissey Mouth has also seen the odd angler finding quality roach to 10oz on the tip.
Springside: Still fishing very well with carp to 16lb showing on conventional carp-style tactics when offering meat or boillies as a hook bait. Tench to 4lb are also showing in the margins.
Crucian carp have also been showing on lighter tackle when presenting corn and maggot on the hook. Roach and rudd also feed strongly when targeted.
Shepherd’s Port, Bear Lake: A slightly quieter week but five to six fish are still being reported in single sessions. Midweek – catches have been still showing well as the fish have moved back around the island and margins.
Method feeder still produces the better catches when presenting pellet or corn on the hook. Sunday’s James Campbell memorial match was won by Roger Tipple 22lb 7oz, 2nd was Jim Chamberlain 22lb 5oz. Nine anglers fished and the biggest fish on the day was a 9lb 5oz.
Queen’s Lake: An assortment of bream still show when targeted. Bream ranging between 2-5lb showing on bream-style tactics when offering pellet or double maggot as a hook bait.
Shepherd’s Lake: Carp to 13lb 8oz have started to show more frequently during the last seven days, carp-style tactics have been rewarding as four to five carp have shown in sessions during the last week, on boillie or pellet. Bream to 5lb continue to show on bream tactics although the method feeder has also produced bream catches. Corn and pellet score well for the bream. Roach and rudd are showing close in on the whip, top three pole kit and the waggler on maggot and caster.
Ken Hill: Quality roach and rudd are showing on the pole and whip when presenting corn on the hook. Also a few small tench to 2lb.
Tottenhill: Bream and carp still showing but not as frequent. But that’s not down to the fish – not as many anglers are on the bank. Pole works well for the bream, carp tactics and method feeder work well for the carp.