Bream and tench showing as anglers look to finish season in style

A few bream and tench have been showing on the Relief and Cut-Off channels as the season gets into i

A few bream and tench have been showing on the Relief and Cut-Off channels as the season gets into its final furlong. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Archant

A few bream and tench have been showing on the Relief and Cut-Off channels as the season gets into its final furlong.

While this campaign won't be remembered for the quality of its river fishing, that big shoal of slabs which was knocking about around Downham Market on the Relief last time around could still end things with a bang – if anyone manages to track them down, of course.

Anglers have also been struggling on the Ouse – normally a favoured venue at the back-end of the season. Perhaps if more people fished it things might improve.

Elsewhere the stillwaters are still showing the way with carp nudging 20lbs and plenty of chub pulling anglers' strings on the Shepherd's Lake up at Snettisham. Maggot has been the going bait of late.

Carp to double figures have also been showing on the nearby Bear Lake, with maggot and method feeder the winning combination on this shallow doughnut of a water.


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A few mild days and nights can really bring the fish on the feed on there at this time of year, with spring finally around the corner.

Method is also the way to go on a brim-full Springside Lake for carp to 9lbs.

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High water table means water levels are well up after all the recent rain, so a little care is needed when using all the platforms.

Tottenhill Pit off the A10 also seems to be waking up a little these days, with one angler banking carp of 19lbs and 17lbs in a single trip and a few bream showing.

Catches are improving on most of the lakes at Nar Valley Fisheries, near Pentney, as the final month of its season gets under way.

The carp in Lake Geneva – the largest of the group of pits – are now showing regularly.

The water has produced fish from 10lbs to 28lbs of late but there are hopes the larger fish will soon become active.

More sheltered Fenn Lake has been this winter's most consistent venue on the syndicate complex, with carp proving to be the main attraction through the colder months.

Most anglers have added to their season's tally and this month's best fish so far is a superb 31lbs 8oz mirror.

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