Father and son enjoy bream blitz

For anglers hoping to bag up with bream and roach on the Broads and tidal rivers, it really was the glorious 16th last Saturday.But for chub and barbel enthusiasts it was the gloomiest start to their new season for many a year, as tropical storms left non tidal rivers in an almost unfishable state of heavy floods which over topped into adjacent pasture land.

For anglers hoping to bag up with bream and roach on the Broads and tidal rivers, it really was the glorious 16th last Saturday.

But for chub and barbel enthusiasts it was the gloomiest start to their new season for many a year, as tropical storms left non tidal rivers in an almost unfishable state of heavy floods which over topped into adjacent pasture land.

Quality bream featured in South Walsham fleet dyke off the main river Bure, where Norfolk father and son Michael and Paul Powley achieved a staggering joint catch of nearly 500lb.

The pair commenced fishing on Saturday afternoon when they caught small skimmers on feeder rigs baited with bunches of red maggots.


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But, come midnight, the first of the hefty specimens came in at 7lb, then during the early hours of Sunday sport was non-stop with the quality slabs, some of them close to double figures.

Michael, from Gertrude Road, Norwich said it was some years since he and his son had fished the fleet dyke on opening weekend and they had ended their long session with aching arms.

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“We fed in liberal offerings of cereal ground bait laced with sweetcorn and maggots, but when we caught only small fish at first we thought we had selected the wrong spots in the dyke.

“However, once the big bream came on early on Sunday morning, we had quality fish almost every cast and ended up with about 70 of them averaging 7lb each, plus three spectacular perch around the 3½lb mark,” he recalled.

Meanwhile, Gorleston angler Geoffrey Brown was boat fishing along the River Bure close to the South Walsham pumping station and his session ended with nearly 80lb of quality bream and roach - mostly caught on sweetcorn and wheat baiting a feeder rig.

On the River Thurne below the Martham boatyard, Martham club member Kevin Poole reeled in quality bream to chalk up a 50lb plus total taken in less than two hours.

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