Bungay to count cost

It was very bad news indeed for the Bungay Cherry Tree Angling Club members at their well attended 61st annual meeting. Broome Pits has been the subject of contention for several months and outraged anglers heard the annual rent demanded by the estate owners was to rise from £540 to £4,000, putting the venue right outside the capabilities of the club in spite of improved offers they made.

It was very bad news indeed for the Bungay Cherry Tree Angling Club members at their well attended 61st annual meeting.

Broome Pits has been the subject of contention for several months and outraged anglers heard the annual rent demanded by the estate owners was to rise from £540 to £4,000, putting the venue right outside the capabilities of the club in spite of improved offers they made.

Control of the water will therefore cease on June 16, with an uncertain future predicted, particularly as the bailifing and day-ticket sales run by the club will cease there. Following on from massive increases in 2006, staged into this year too, this latest blow has shaken the very foundations of the club and membership fees will still have to be maintained at £40 full, with various concessions.

With both Kessingland and Southwold fishing clubs looking at their status, this reflects even further the drastic effect commercialised fishing is having on the traditional and long established clubs.

The Cherry Tree's new water on Earsham Dam, where almost bankside parking is available in the field, has been stocked and working parties are improving the banks. Ian Gosling, the club's long-serving secretary, and his treasurer wife Judy retired from office and were presented with a pair of matching wristwatches and received the first-ever recorded standing ovation from the club. New secretary Mark Casto takes over - backed by the new website he has created for the club, containing a wealth of information on all the waters and a detailed history. The club will put a team in the Second Division National on the Trent again this year.

Quiet Sports Fisheries have been the all-action team for the spring, with big moves on two fronts. At Yaxeley Lake, originally known as Folly Farm, a heavy stocking has taken place with the introduction of crucian carp between a half a pound and a pound and a half, plus common and mirror carp of around the same size in the last week. Trial fishing produced a 70lb mixed bag including tench in just three hours.

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Biggest news is the development of a new fishery in the Halesworth vicinity. With two lakes completed and stocked, work is now taking place on the third and final lake.

Due to health and safety reasons, anglers cannot fish while heavy machinery is working, so the opening date has been delayed. The Wissett development will have 80 pegs.

If as successful as Creeting St Peter, where last week anglers were queueing in the lane waiting for the gates to open first thing, then the prospects when it is scheduled to open in September are good indeed.

This should also take the pressure off some of the other local venues where four matches a week certainly affect the form and quell enthusiasm.

Last minute bookings and details for the Marsh Trail Lakes two-day festival at the weekend, based on points fished a day in each of the two Lakes A & B should be obtained from Richard Bird on 07796 437381. £40 entry.