The Middle Level is by far my favourite drain. It starts off as the Sixteen Foot Drain then becomes the Middle Level when it reaches the village of Three Holes. This is where Pophams Eau joins it. From here it runs all the way down to Wiggenhall St Germans where it empties out into the Tidal Great Ouse. I tend to fish it from just outside Outwell down to the village of Magdalene.
It is in it’s best form in the summer months. Expect very large bags of bream, skimmers and tench.
Best Methods and Bait
As this drain is very deep, I tend to stick with the quiver tip and use ground bait cage feeder. The ground bait I use is very sweet, and mixed with hempseed and use double red maggot at the business end. The middle or just off the drop off seems to produce for me every time. As for the conditions, it is best fished when overcast. Can be very clear. I really recommend you give this drain a go.
Pike And Zander
The pike and zander fishing can be hard, but when you get into them, they are usually very nice fish.
Baits And Methods
Standard float and ledger methods work wonders here with sea baits or course. Try to fish in the middle or near bridge supports. The margins can also hold some surprises.
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