Graham and top match ace Pete ‘pools fodder’ Rice run the on-site tackle shop (tel: 01926 842188) and take all the match bookings. Bottom Pool (29 pegs) holds carp to 20lb, and after bagging-up on pellet during the day (TNTBF’s own brand only for feed), catching big skimmers on the pole line or feeder, a visit to the corners and two islands come the evening could result in a biggie … and bread is the top bait for these beauties. Odd barbel to 9lb, usually found roaming by the islands, might find your hookbait at any time, then they swim straight into the snags and wave goodbye … serious ‘broken pole territory’ this! New Pool (44) is going to be maggots and pellets fished at just 2 metres up and down in the water for loads of small F1s and roach. Canal (24) is another 2m job for carp to 10lb, roach, bream, rudd and tench with a second line at 12m out to the island. Pellets and cubed meat are the baits with sweetcorn used as a back-up. Club Pool (24) will see bream to 5lb showing and they seem to prefer pellet and bread baits. Tench to 6lb, carp in the 7/8lb range, roach and chub won’t be far behind the slabs, and for you anti-pole anglers, spraying loads of maggots is your ticket … go on, give ’em a gallon!   Day tickets £7 (that includes the use of a keepnet) with concessions £5 during the week and breakfast is served every day of the week. Don’t forget to have your card stamped as after every five visits to Tunnel Barn Farm the next trip to the venue is free of charge. Contact fishery owner Mike Hamlington for club bookings only on 01926 842975.

Midland Angler

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