Location: Take the A1079 from York towards Beverley and Hull. Travel for approximately 11 miles passing Pocklington Industrial Estate and the Gliding School on your left. Then look for the brown and white signs for the caravan park and fishery which is a turning on the right. This turn-off is virtually opposite the Yorkway Motel. After turning off the way is clearly sign-posted.

Address: Lakeside, Bielby, Near Pocklington, York, YO42 4JP

Contact: Mr R. Smith Phone 01759 318100

Lake: This is approximately 6 acres with a few islands. It is very much a mixed fishery holding; common, mirror, grass and crucian carp with roach, rudd, chub, dace, perch, bream, tench and ide. Many of these fish run to specimen size.

The fishery opens at 7a.m. and closes at 9 a.m. or dusk whichever comes first. Fishing is only allowed from designated pegs that are well set out and cared for. Like many fisheries there is a barbless hook rule and groundbait by feeder only rule. There is also a no boilie rule.

Day tickets cost 5.

The caravan park has electrical hook-ups with a purpose built shower and toilet block.

Prices. Low season 6.50 per night rising to 8.50 per night in the high season and bank holidays. Awnings are charged at 1.00 per night with electrical hook-up at 1.50 per night. This is a well kept site with much to offer.

A days fishing at Lakeside

We were the first to arrive at the fishery when it opened at 7a.m. I decided to fish a swim that I knew was slightly deeper than the average as I wanted to catch some of the bream in the fishery. These run to a good size and are well worth catching.

I plumbed the swim to find a shelf that was about 20ft out and about 9ft deep. I opted for a 20ft rod rather than the more popular pole favoured by many of the local anglers. I thought that by using this I would stand a much better chance of landing any bigger fish that could turn up.

I tackled up this rod with an Ariel centre pin loaded with 31b b.s. line. I used a Preston Innovations pole float with 3 number 4 shot placed 2ft from the size 10 hook with a number 6 and 8 shot spaced out between the bulk shot and hook. The float was set at 9ft and the hook baited with two sweet corns.

I started off fishing 20ft out and had no bites for the first hour. Then the bream moved in, picking up some of my light loose feed. I hit the first bite and found myself giving line as a rather hard fighting bream moved off. After a rather spirited fight, I landed a nice bream of just under six pounds. This was followed by another bream of 61b 2oz and then by another two good bream.

I then saw a good crucian close in. My float gave a slight dip that I struck to hit a nice crucian that was just a fraction under two pounds. That was followed by another two good sized crucians. Then I went for another half an hour without a bite.

The next bite produced a tench of between two and three pounds that was followed by a nice 8oz rudd. Two similar sized tench followed before the swim went dead for another half an hour. I had a couple of bites after this that produced a three pound ghost carp and a slightly bigger mirror carp. It was now lunch time and we packed up for a pub lunch and to continue with our holiday.

Well, what about Virginia? She had moved up the far end of the lake where the wind was blowing in to fish close in with a large lump of trout pellet paste on a size 6 hook. Virginia had caught regularly but her fish were eleven carp and four tench. The carp were mainly about four pounds whilst the tench were similar sized to mine.

We had both had good catches but had not caught the full spectrum of fish in the water. Other anglers on the water had caught chub, perch and ide. Ide are surface feeders and, I suspect, responsible for some of the bites that I missed as the bait dropped through the water.

Since then Virginia and I have returned to catch a whole range of species. This is a truly mixed fishery with excellent potential that would require several visits to master, as there are so many diverse species present that require different techniques to catch.