Catches are putting smiles on faces

WEST NORFOLK & THE FENS: Stillwaters are starting to hit some form, with Snettisham the place to head for.

Both Lynn AA's Shepherd's Port complex and day ticket Springside have been putting smiles on faces as anglers bag up.

Neither are rocket science to fish, with mixed sport the order of the day.

Shepherd's Lake has been producing nets of 50lbs or more, with bream dominating catches. Carp to nearly double figures, tench and silver fish also showing. Corn and mini-boilie on the feeder are scoring.

Bear Lake hasn't really woken up yet. Queen's Lake has produced a few of its larger bream to feeder tactics near the metal hut.

Pellets and corn are the baits of choice on Springside. Keep trickling the feed around a float a rod length out and the fish will soon respond.

Again bream are dominating catches, but carp including a few big old lumps are cruising the margins and occasionally picking baits up.

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It might seem miles off when you're soaking up the rays by a lake, but the river season's barely six weeks away.

Will we see more anglers returning to running water this time around?

Lynn AA, which controls most of the drains and parts of the Ouse and Little Ouse, has an interesting take on the future of fishing.

In this year's permit, a section on club activities reveals its coaches and volunteers introduced 50 new people into fishing last year.

Bringing in young anglers is seen as a vital way of ensuring the sustainability of the club.

Interestingly, the same debate is going on within the Pike Anglers Club, which is also looking to give youngsters more encouragement.