Cherry Tree expand area

It has been another good week on the river with big bags coming out of a number of venues but the heavy downstream water giving the best. At Worlingham Marsh Lane, across the Railway Line, swims have been at a premium, but early anglers have not just had bream to 8lb and quality roach to the pound on the feeder.

It has been another good week on the river with big bags coming out of a number of venues but the heavy downstream water giving the best.

At Worlingham Marsh Lane, across the Railway Line, swims have been at a premium, but early anglers have not just had bream to 8lb and quality roach to the pound on the feeder. Seven different carp, both commons and mirrors, came out to feeder anglers ranging between 7lb and 19lb. With even bigger fish streaming off uncontrollably the boilie boys are now targeting the area.

St Olaves Bridge and Haddiscoe now have the water and fish feeling warm to the touch at last. The big bream shoal has been hungry with holiday makers taking over 100lb from their boats. Big bunches of red maggots on a 2oz feeder has worked well, but the shallow area near the main road bridge of the Cut has responded to the running line with double figure bags of roach up to 7 in and loose feed.

At Ellingham and Shipmeadow, Bungay Cherry Tree AC boast some fine fishing but, trout are not expected. Having had several weighed in during matches over the last year or so they are not unknown - but a bag of two brown trout of around 2lb and a 4lb rainbow is something to write home about if you are pole fishing worm as was the case over the weekend.


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With the future in mind, the Cherry Tree committee have endorsed secretary Mark Casto's bold move in snapping up more tidal water. The early stretch at Dunburgh up to the Boat House from the steps down the hill area has wonderful autumn form, and in recent years returned to something of what it was in the winter days of the Angling Times League - once a 40-peg area.

With Cherry Tree controlling these parts of the bank and seeking to open more swims, it is looking the best since Harleston, Wortwell and District gave up the stretch around 20 years ago. Additional parking has been arranged further up the road. Day tickets will be available from the tackle shops and the water regularly bailiffed. Just to show it off for a spot of summer fishing, Mark Casto took 30lb of bream on his first outing fishing a light feeder mid-river.

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