I can recommend a cracking little Tarn but you'll have to cross the Border to Cumbria to get to it.
It's called Skelsmergh Tarn near Kendal.
A club called Kendal and district angling club have it.
You can get day tickets but if you can make it there a good few times, it'd be worth buying the £40 annual permit.
They also have another couple of waters that contain Tench, the newly acquired Atkinsons Tarn and a Stretch of canal.
Getting back to Skelsmergh.
This is a stunning natural tarn set in a SSSI, it's circular in shape and quite deep.
It holds Tench and Perch, both of which grow to good sizes,
I've been told the Tench go over 10lb and I've had them myself to over 8lb.
It fishes best in May and June when the the thick lillies which surround the tarn start emerging.
The tarn has a real Mr. Crabtree feel about it, especially when you see the tip of your float sat amongst the most ridiculous amount of fizzing you are ever likely to see. Don't be fooled by these bubbles though, they're not a guarantee you will get a bite. If you are lucky enough to hook one, you've then got to land it. These fish give a brutal fight and often stitch you up in the lillies, I even had my Mk IV Drennan Tench Float rod snapped by one of these fish
The best day I had was six fish landed, three lost and countless missed bites, that was an exceptional day though.
The tarn is best fished from first light in warm, muggy, dull, damp conditions. I rarely fish past 9am as the bites become so few and far between you really have to keep your concentration up to hit them. I guess from that time you could target the Perch with worm if you want a full day's fishing, you'll still have the chance of hooking a tinca that way too.
Setting your float to the correct depth is also a dark art, it's very silty with lots of water cabbagy type weeds on the bottom, your float can be sat amongst a jaccuzzi of bubbles and not move, then it can slide under once the bubbles have gone and catch you out unawares. Get it right though and the rewards are great, the fish are a beautiful deep dark green and in great condition.
Can't say any more than that really.
Edited by wellyphant, 08 March 2017 - 10:47 AM.