Huge Broome bream have visitors smiling

WAVENEY VALLEY: It was a great week for those able to get out and about with their gear, as most species fed well, bringing a smile to more than a few faces.

Broome Pits have been a popular location and B Pit produced some fine fat roach edging near to the 2lb mark on the pole at 12 metres, using red maggot. The Kidney Pit has fish feeding well up in the water. The small A Lake is settling down nicely, with some huge bream caught, as reported by proprietor Tom Harbinson. But it is expected to be another four weeks before the big tench move on to the freshwater mussel beds and begin to feed strongly. Tom says the Central Pit is up for more restocking next week.

Fritton Lake opens on April 2 for fishing. True leviathans of several species abound in this vast inland water, unconnected to tidal influences. American servicemen fishing lures throughout the autumn took a number of specimen perch on the 3lb mark, and are convinced 4lb perch are present. Their pike catches invariably went into double figures of highly coloured jack and female esox, bearing on their flanks an attractive green hue and ranging between 4lbs and 12lbs. After April the big bream knocking around 10lbs remain in a roving shoal and follow the shifting silt bands and troughs moving along the length by gusty winds. Lord Somerleyton's lake is centuries old, and stretches two miles and a bit to a road the other side of Bunker's Hill, where Water Authority still waters drift for a mile. This enigmatic, 150-acre water is comparatively narrow, at about 80 to 100 yards. Depths are variable and up to 16ft in places, with some shallow bays, but the bigger fish tend to inhabit the deeper water.