Bennet lands ‘quality’ haul from Lakeside

Stuart Harris shows off his perch
Stuart Harris shows off his perch
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Nick Bennet decided to give Portsmouth DAS Lakeside a try for the first time and was rewarded for his efforts.

Bennet fished at peg 55 from 9am and started off with an inline feeder and bread at distance.

After 60 minutes, and with only one nibble, Bennet switched to the pole.

He fed two swims, both about five metres out, one with liquidised bread and one with his home-made bait.

The bread line he left alone until near the end of the session at 3pm and just kept topping it up every now and again.

Things began to get a little busy and out of his main pole swim he took out 11 carp of 1-1.5lb, 23 carp of 3-5lb and six carp of 7-8lb.

When he ran out of his main bait he thought he’d give the bread line half an hour.

And as soon as he put it in, another carp of about 4lb came shortly, followed by six others, with the smallest being 1.5lb.

‘All I can say is a quality day’s fishing, well in excess of 100lb,’ said Bennet.

A Wallington Bailiff enjoyed a successful trip to Southwick Pool on the ‘Wally’ landing two wonderful chub, both in excess of two pounds.

There are even bigger specimens in the river, along with dace, roach, perch and carp.

The fishing is best from now onwards and the beauty is that the river never freezes.

On Sunday, Stuart Harris travelled the short distance from his home up to Headllands Farm for a day’s perch fishing.

The perch at this venue grow to monster sizes with the chance of that elusive four pounder.

Harris had a great day out, with maggot as bait and using waggler tactics catching a mixture of perch, roach, rudd, bream and carp.

The best perch of the day was a 2lb 2oz sergeant and he even managed to land a few nice carp on just 2.5lb line.

Headlands Farm is a wonderful fishery and fishes well 12 months of the year.

See the Headlands website at for more details.

In the Avon Valley Winter League, at Witherington Farm  Lake, the Inner and Outer canal fished consistently for its mixed fish.

Carp and skimmers won it on Inner for John Taylor.

Andy Ward finished in second place.