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Fishing In Lincolnshire

What do the Hurricane, Spitfire, Lancaster, Mosquito, Stirling, Halifax and Wellington have in common? Apart from being World War Two bombers and fighter aircraft, they also happen to the names of seven beautiful lakes in Lincolnshire's Bain Valley Fisheries.

Nestled in the idyllic rural village of Tattershall Thorpe, these seven lakes were originally quarry pits and are teaming with some of the choicest specimens for the budding angler. Up to 11 feet deep (the Spitfire is actually 13 feet), these lakes are positively bursting with Mirror, Common, Ghost and Crucian Carp, not to mention Rudd, Roach, Ide and Tench galore.

The Mosquito contains Trout only and is well stocked with not only Rainbows and Browns but with elusive Blue Trout, which rumour has it that nobody has yet caught! Older or disabled anglers will be pleased to discover that there's parking at peg available on every lake, and if you fancy a little night fishing, there's a caravan club with pitches for five caravans, too.

There is more to fishing in Lincolnshire than Bain Valley. There's plenty of other superb fisheries to choose from; like, for example, the tranquil beauty of Caistor Fisheries in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Caistor's four ponds (A D) are alive with Mirror, Common, Crucian and Fantail Carp, Brown Trout, Tench, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Chub, Barbel and Ide (not all species are available in all ponds, though).

Pond B has 20 pegs, numbers 19 to 4 of which can be floodlit (by arrangement) if you fancy a little night fishing. With its well-equipped caravans (sleeping up to six), hot and cold food, shower, toilets and laundry, and its location just 2 minutes drive from the pretty market town of Caistor, it's the ideal setting for a fishing holiday.

If you're still fishing for more reasons to go fishing in Lincolnshire, move a little further around the Lincolnshire Wolds and you'll come to the gorgeous 5 lake, 100 peg complex of the appropriately named Woodlands Fishery, all 12 acres of which sit serenely on the edge of a natural valley, just five minutes by foot away from the village of Spilsby.

All lakes come with 4-foot by 3-foot flagstone platforms for easy access, and there are specially adapted pegs for wheelchair users in Oak Lake and Elm Lake. The fishery welcomes club match bookings, and bed and breakfast facilities are amply available in Spilsby. Hot and cold drinks are available on site, as well as a well-stocked tackle shop and toilet facilities. Urban stress will melt away with the first line that you cast.

With good fishing also available in the Rutland, Pitsford, Grafham and Alton Water reservoirs owned by Anglian Waters, as well as the two generous, tree-lined lakes of Mill Road Lakes, brimming with big Carp, Tench, Rudd and Chub, what more reason do you need to pack your car and go fishing in Lincolnshire.




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