FISHING: LYMM Dam has been fishing really well for pike over the last few days, but there isn't really anything else being caught at this venue, unfortunately.
Fish a dead sea fish like a sprat or smelt on a wire trace to about 8lb line. I prefer to fish quite close in with a pike bung, where you can expect to catch fish to high-single figures.
But if you want to catch the bigger fish then fish either on a free-running drifter float or on a bolt rig or similar on a bite alarm.
If you don't want to target the pike, then try chopped worm and caster next to the marginal reeds, or as far out as you can go.
There are some nice perch to be caught in this water and you may even get lucky and find a shoal of bream. Day tickets sold on the bank for about £3.
Cheshire Fishing at Tattenhall near Chester is fishing better than most venues at present. You can still catch carp of any lake on sweetcorn or maggot.
The silver fish are taking chopped worm and caster before anything else.
Pole or waggler is best but take a feeder rod as a back-up. Over the next few weeks, the regular visitors will start to use bloodworm and joker and, once this starts to be fed in, the fish become very difficult to catch on anything else.
If, like a lot of people, you are not a big fan of bloodworm and joker then a great tip is to dye some squatts a blood red colour (just buy them if you can) and fish either red pinkie or double red squatt over the top.
The fish are really lethargic now, so you can scale down to size 22 hooks and 1.5lb line.
The day tickets are now £5 for winter. Tel: 01829 770041.
Meadow View in Lymm has been fishing quite well for mainly carp on maggot or caster, with the odd fish or two still taking corn and even meat. Fish pole at either six or 12 metres and loose feed regular small amounts.
If this doesn't work then fish a maggot feeder to the middle, but put tape over some of the holes so your maggots can't get out as fast, because a lot of bait can spook fish in the winter months. This simple trick can sometimes be the difference between success and failure.