Land drains are dotted all other the fens and can hold some surprises. They are very mysterious and moody. I really enjoy the challenge of these. I tend to fish these more in the winter for the pike, although they can produce some lovely tench and roach in the summer.
Most land drains are free, but there are a few that belong to angling clubs
They range in depth and sizes. Some can only be a few inches deep, and some can be three to four foot. Even the tiniest of drains can hold some surprises.
Because a lot of land drains are out in the middle of nowhere, you have to be very careful, as some banks can be very steep.
Another thing, always abide by the key rules below:
- Always make sure you check with the farmer whose land they run through first, before fishing them.
- If you find any that have public footpaths and bridleways running along side them, keep to them, don’t venture off them.
- Some land drains can be extremely private, and don’t allow fishing at all. Please don’t ignore any signs that highlight this.
If you break these rules, expect a visit from an angry farmer, or even a police officer.
Now the safety bit is done, now to the exciting fishing tips!
Baits And Methods
For the bream and tench, waggler tactics will do with maggots and hemp.
Going After The Pike
When trying for the pike, I tend to stick with leap frogging tactics. I usually start at the pump basin and work my way down. I only tend to fish for a max of half hour per swim. They tend to do best when there is a bit of flow and some colour caused by the running pumps.
Baits And Methods
If there is a bit of colour, use smelly, oily baits like sardines,herring and mackeral.
As for tackle, I use a standard pike float setup. Sliding ledger tactics can also produce.