Blake Hall Lake (40 pegs) reigns supreme if you’ve got pellets in your carryall, with 3mm & 6mm Blake Hall own brand for feed, but you can put whatever type on the hook you prefer. Two pints, which equals 2 bags and two quid, sold on site, will do any angler well for a day’s fishing. Feed to catch up-in-the-water at about 2½ft depth, looking to catch chub, carp and barbel at this time of the year. If you fancy the open-end feeder, then position yourself opposite one of the 4 islands dotted on the lake, using (imperative this) a long tail, with banded or hair-rigged pellet and Silly Bait or Dynamite Swim Stim GB and caster feed along with pellets. Hall Pool (30) is predominately smaller fish, with loads of roach to 10oz that gobble up loose fed caster on either pole or waggler tactics, and ‘pasties’ that can’t resist corn and caster fished on the pole. Day tickets are £5 adults, £4 concessions and £3.50 for ‘herberts’. There is a fully licensed bar serving up the odd shandy, plus grub and hot drinks all day, toilets, a new tackle shop with fresh bait and you can park immediately behind most of the pegs … can’t be bad.

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