Choose carefully to find those slack spots

WEST NORFOLK & THE FENS: With little remaining of the season, it would take a braver man than me to start making predictions about where best to see out the rest of it. The rivers are hammering through after the weekend's deluge.

With little remaining of the season, it would take a braver man than me to start making predictions about where best to see out the rest of it.

The rivers are hammering through after the weekend's deluge. But slacker spots that aren't going through like the Zambezi could well hold some hungry fish of all species.

The Little Ouse has been cheering up a few anglers, with roach, dace and chub showing on this shallow, fast-flowing river.

Its' bigger brother has been a struggle, with a few bits and pieces being caught on the usually favoured winter pegs downstream of Modney Bridge.

The pike have been conspicuous by their absence - a 24lb fish a few weeks back could be the season's best from this stretch.

I'll put my hands up now and admit I've more or less forsaken running water this season, spending much of my time on gravel pits of all shapes and sizes.

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A few fish were reported from Pentney over the weekend, with one angler taking four to 18lb in the downpours. Anglers were struggling on Monday in much more favourable conditions, apart from a flurry of jacks from one of the smaller pits on the complex.

Many are asking where the zander debate will go next. Let's be clear on one front - those seeking to preserve this fine sporting species don't want to see it introduced to the Broads.

It's a different story in the Fens, where they've had 50 years to find their niche. Has the roach and bream fishing suffered since? Of course not. It's debatable whether they've impacted on the pike and perch either.

There are no zander in Scotland, but those who fish up there could soon face a new obstacle in the form of a ban on camping on some loch shores.

This will affect both locals and visiting anglers, including those from this part of the world who make the long trip to the Bonny, Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond each spring.

The Pike Anglers Club is lodging objections. Just imagine what a ban on casual camping would mean for zander fishing in the Fens - or even river carp anglers.

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