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Here I’m describing the places where I fish most often rather than venues that I have visited just once or twice.

In this way I can provide photographs to give you an better idea what each place is like.

My diary actually lists all the venues that have diary entries. These are shown as links on the right of the diary page. After each link name there is a number in brackets. This represents the number of times that I have visited the venue, each visit having a separate entry in the diary.

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  •  View from the west bank

    View from the west bank

  •  Autumn view from the south bank

    Autumn view from the south bank

  •  Across lake to NE corner

    Across lake to NE corner

  •  Looking along east bank from NE corner

    Looking along east bank from NE corner

  •  Across lake from south bank

    Across lake from south bank

  •  Across lake from SW corner

    Across lake from SW corner

  •  View from SW corner

    View from SW corner

  •  Sunrise from SW corner

    Sunrise from SW corner

  •  Early morning mist in the NE corner

    Early morning mist in the NE corner

  •  View from north bank towards east bank

    View from north bank towards east bank

Fields End (http://www.fieldsendfishing.co.uk)
My local lake where I ‘got back into fishing’. It’s a lovely smallish lake with a good head of carp. There is also a good stock of crucian carp that are great fun on lighter tackle, if you can hook them! Unfortunately bigger carp have a habit of taking the bait so if the tackle’s too light you’re in trouble. There are also good tench, barbel, roach and perch.
Unfortunately the expansion of the caravan site over the past few years has turned it into a much busier place, and sometimes it’s difficult even to find a pitch. So recently I have been seeking quieter venues.
  •  Summer - clear and overgrown

    Summer - clear and overgrown

  •  Summer - the shallows

    Summer - the shallows

  •  Stalking the shallows

    Stalking the shallows

  •  A deeper pool

    A deeper pool

  •  Winter

    Winter

  •  In spate

    In spate

  •  Winter sunset

    Winter sunset

  •  May 2018 - pre-season visit

    May 2018 - pre-season visit

River Welland - Stamford
As a youngster I stayed with my aunt in Stamford and have always had an affinity with the town.
The Welland is my type of river. Small, overgrown and with alternating shallows and deeper glides. I stalk the chub but by all accounts there are also some very big perch in the stretch.
It’s challenging to fish, with high banks and thick summer vegetation, but I find this sort of fishing very satisfying.
The chub normally take the bait with a bang, so if you can see them, and don’t scare them, there’s a good chance of success.
  •  Pump Pond

    Pump Pond

Block Fen (single picture only)
This water is one of a number managed by the Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society (CFPAS).
It’s very local to me and I have fished the small pump pond a number of times. This small pond is by the ‘A’ lake and has, or at least did have, some large carp in it.
I only have one photo, which is of the corner of the pond where I captured the carp shown in the Best Fish section of this site. Landing fish from this heavily reeded corner required a fair bit of muscle to be applied. A fine judgement between success and breakage.
  •  South bank

    South bank

  •  South bank

    South bank

  •  South bank

    South bank

  •  South bank - overgrown pitch

    South bank - overgrown pitch

  •  South-east corner

    South-east corner

Fen Fly (including a coarse lake)
I joined this fly fishing club that also had a coarse lake on site that was rarely fished. It was wildly overgrown and a joy to fish compared with the overly manicured commercials. Unfortunately some over zealous maintenance dragged out much of the natural cover on the fishable south bank, the other banks being quite difficult, in places steep and tree laden.
This, along with the expense, and the fact there was a no return policy on the trout lake (I don’t kill fish!), caused me to leave the club. Regrettable, but I couldn’t justify the cost.
  •  Micky Mouse Pool

    Micky Mouse Pool

  •  Match Pool

    Match Pool

  •  Figure of Eight Pool

    Figure of Eight Pool

Docklow Pools
In 2010 we stayed at Docklow Pools for a couple of weeks. I fished mainly in the late afternoons and evenings as we were out and about during the day.
It’s an impressive complex with well kept lakes. Some are reserved for residents but I actually preferred the Micky Mouse Pool, which is a day ticket water. It was quite expensive especially as I needed to purchase a weekly ticket to fish the reserved lakes, fine if you were to fish all day every day, but not just for the evenings.

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