Why you should visit Kingsland reservoir, Coates, Cambridgeshire

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Description. Two established privately owned ‘carp’ reservoirs and a highly successful Silver Fish Reservoir which is popular all through the year make up this well respected fishery. The Carp Reservoirs contain carp of all sizes to 25 lb, they average 7 to 14 lb, also present is a smattering of roach and rudd. The Silver Fish Reservoir houses tench to 7 lb, chub to 4 lb, bream, orfe and a handful of barbel to 3 lb, crucians run to 1 lb 8 oz and the rudd to around 1 lb.

Tactics. On the Carp Reservoirs conditions dictate, but carp do show to pole or waggler fished pellet, corn or paste. Other options are to fish any of the listed baits on a basic feeder or Method feeder. On the Silver Fish Reservoir, the float scores well with chopped worm and caster for bream and skimmers. Chub and rudd show to a ‘slow drop’ rig with maggot or caster hook baits. Crucians and tench can be caught close in to single grains of corn, maggot or a soft pellet.

Good swims. Fish into a warm wind if you can.

Tickets. Adults £6, OAPs and under-16s £4. Tickets from the bungalow (stable door) on the way in, before fishing. Fishing 8am to half an hour before dusk only. Clubs and groups welcomed. Fish over 4 lb must be returned immediately. Keepnets are supplied if needed. Barbless hooks only. No nuts or boilies. Food outlet nearby.
Toilets. Enquiries: 01733 840312. Anglian byelaws. Open all year.

Local tackle shop. F. Wade & Son, Old Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 9EH, tel: 01733 565159. Sheltons of Peterborough, PE2 8EX. Tel: 01733 565287.

Location. From Whittlesey take the A605 towards Wisbech. Go through Coates and when you reach the sharp bend turn right onto March Road. The fishery entrance is 400 yards further on, on the left.

Sat nav. PE7 2DE.

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