Cherry Tree pond proves to be a class apart

WAVENEY VALLEY: The Cherry Tree's Common Pond has produced some nice roach and rudd of late for its members in the milder spell.

Most satisfying last week for the lads visiting from Bramfield School on an outing with 'Sir' was a perch in excess of 2lb causing great admiration for the captor. On the horizon is a restocking of the crucian carp, which have grown old, been the victims of otters and all but disappeared.

Bales Nursery Fishery provided Middlesex visitor Walter Page with a near 3lb perch and a wonderfully conditioned rudd/roach hybrid weighing 2lb 5oz, and whilst these were the only two fish to take his large garden worms he went away pleased.

Marsh Trail Lakes continues to have up and down days but the up days provide some nice fish and the odd double-figure carp has started to show. A Lake appears to be producing best not far out from the edge whilst C Pit is more productive on the feeder or the long pole.

The clearer water of their B Pit has yet to induce the tench to feed strongly but near to the entry gate a few 4lb fish have turned up.

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The two-day festival is a challenging contest with a round in each of A and C Lakes and in three weeks time it will no doubt take a versatile angler to take the title. Book in on 07913 115610 (inclusive entry fee payable �40).

Tom Harbinson stocked 400lb of carp between 3lb and 8lb this week into his Central Kidney Pit. Regular visitor Dick Larter took eight tench from A Pit on the waggler between 3 and 5lb on worm and maggot.

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Topcroft continues to be a popular venue, especially now their silver fish stocks are becoming firmly established, and a pound roach or a 3lb bream is on the cards. As yet the carp are still not feeding strongly right in close to the bank but the feeder will continue to give the average angler plenty to respond to as the tip drags round followed by a fight with a good curve in the rod. Watch out here for new fishing stands currently under construction.

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