Try two-lake water on a day ticket

This week I am featuring a big fish water run by CFPS called Block Fen Fishery, Mepal.

For several years most anglers thought that this was a syndicate water when in fact it’s open to all on a day ticket. There is also the chance to get a season ticket too though, the annual membership runs from March 15 to March 15 the following year, and offers fantastic fishing and real value for money.

The new season club books are available now and the club have been able to maintain the price for over five years but, reluctantly, they have to increase it this season. New prices are: Adult £30, OAP and Disabled £13 and Junior £10. They have held the price of Junior membership to encourage youngsters.

Early purchase is advised, from: CFPAS Ltd. Membership, 27a Villa Road, Impington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 9NZ

Day tickets are available in advance at just £4 or £5 on the bank from the bailiffs.

There are two lakes at around 20 acres each, large former gravel pits.

One pit is shallow and coloured whilst the other is clear and weedy. The “B” pool is the clear one which holds huge carp, the main attraction

The “A” pool tends to hold more colour and although it also holds some big carp it also has a huge head of many other species too.

As the season progresses the carp go from mussel flavour or fish based boilies to sweet flavours. There are fish to 30lb but average 15lb. Lads do fish the margins with pole and pellet.

What is good is that you can catch carp on surface baits here, a really exciting way of fishing.

If you prefer to fish for rudd and roach the better fish come to caster with hemp, regulars have also caught well on hemp when the conditions have been settled. The rudd go to 2lb, the roach nudge 1 ½ lb plus in bags to 30lb. There are also some good bream in the lake to 7lb with a ground bait feeder and double caster or worm and maggot the best line of attack. The trouble is the carp move in and push out the bream, particularly through the warmer months. 

Among the rules are up to two rods as per EA licence.

Directions: take the A142 to Mepal, turning off the main road at the roundabout sign posted to the left for Block Fen and the fishery is on your right after about 500 yards.

Rookery Waters

A fishery that has grown in stature in recent years is Rookery Waters at Pidley. I fished it recently just after the cold spell of weather and was very impressed. The small fish in the Jay Lake were fighting fit and ready to feed on red maggot, small pellet and sweetcorn.

It’s yet another fishery that are relaxed about rules. Those that are in place are sensible and look after the fish and the fishery without hindering the fishermen. Jay Lake is a cracking snake shaped pool.

Ideal for club matches, indeed I saw weights into three figures on really good days. Bigger fish are to be had on the Magpie Pool, with a pellet and paste approach well worth a try, particularly in the margins.

For those that are after a few really big fish then perhaps the Rook Pool is the one for you.

Day tickets are £6 and £4 for Juniors, fishing is from 7am-7pm. Please make sure you have read the rules before fishing and like all our waters in the area it’s barbless hooks unless stated.

Directions: From March take the A141 towards Huntingdon then

Turn right on to B1040 towards Pidley, After passing Pidley Church turn left into Fen Road next to village pond

Rookery Waters is 2.5 miles down Fen Road and is signed along Fen Road

Rookery Waters, Rookery Farm, Fen Rd, Pidley, Cambs, PE28 3DF. 01487 822980 or 07765 400697.

Townsend Lakes

Sport is picking up with the Cuckoo Canal Pool producing a cracking weekend match which saw Hot Rods star Ricky Young catching a fine 180lb 10oz. Drawn on peg 34 Ricky fished the pellet down the middle and in the margins for a run a way victory.

Runner-up was fishery boss Colin Begbie with 75lb 10oz taken on sweetcorn and maggot followed by Allan Owen with 69lb 12oz.

The fishery are now running regular weekend opens.


Another water running into form, as last weekend saw Dave Priestly taking the top spot with a level 66lb from peg 5 on pole and pellet from the margins. Keith Westerby was a close second on 61lb 5oz followed by Matt Ayers on 56lb 1oz.

There is a match on Good Friday to be fished on the Trev’s pool and another on Monday on Snake Lake.

l The Tydd Gote AC AGM is on Tuesday, April 17, at 7.30pm at Leverington Village Hall.