Changing of seasons is really a joy to behold

A whole lake to myself on a sharp spring morning, as a skylarks sang on high.

When I only ever fished for pike, I almost forgot that days like this existed.

I never got to see the changing seasons this close up, as the waterside comes alive again.

Springside's been fishing well, with plenty of bream and the odd carp showing.

Tench are my quarry of choice, having not caught one in what must be nearly 20 years.


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Perhaps it's still too cold for them, I thought after a biteless hour as the wind got up a notch or two and I reached for my fleece.

When the float buried, it was the first of several bream. I say several, because two trips running I've lost count after a dozen or so.

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I'd promised myself a tench, so I left the bream alone on the feed two rod lengths out after half a dozen or so and came in close with a size 12 hook full of corn.

I'd trickle a few grains and pellets under the rod tip from time to time and in a spell when the sun came out and the wind dropped saw tiny pin bubbles – a tenchy sign if ever there was one.

The float rocked and dipped before it nose-dived. Hey ho, another bream. This was followed by another bream, which was followed by – you probably get my drift by now.

The young lad on the next peg was catching two for every one I caught and must have had well over 50lbs.

Regulars reckon after spending the winter in the middle of the lake, they've now come within reach of the pole.

Sea anglers will be represnted on the new Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), it's new chief executive pledged when I met him last week.

It's also carrying out a study with Lowestoft-based CEFAS to find out how much recreational sea angling contributes to the East Anglian economy.

We all know the part freshwater angling plays backed by the Envrionment Agency, which has gone from being a body which polices fishing to one which actively promotes its values both socially and to the environment.

It would be good to see sea anglers get a bit more clout.

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