It's looking good for the summer

Chris BishopWEST NORFOLK AND FENS: The sun's shining, the water's warming up and one or two Shepherd's Port anglers are already looking at investing in some bigger scales. Things are going from strength to strength up at Lynn AA's Snettisham outpost, with Steve Wheelan putting 100lbs of carp, bream and bits together on Shepherd's Lake.Chris Bishop

The sun's shining, the water's warming up and one or two Shepherd's Port anglers are already looking at investing in some bigger scales.

Things are going from strength to strength up at Lynn AA's Snettisham outpost, with Steve Wheelan putting 100lbs of carp, bream and bits together on Shepherd's Lake.

With several other 50lbs weights reported things are looking good for the summer.

Ditto Queen's (Stanton's) Lake, where the bream have switched on, with slabs from 6 to 10lb reported. A few carp have also been joining the party to double figures.


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One or two very large carp have been sighted in the shallows at the far end of the lake nearest the sea defences, yet it's not really a water the carpers frequent.

Otherwise the car park end, near the corrugated iron hut, seems the favoured spot. If this is where the bait's going in, it's probably where the bream are going to congregate - that and the fact the wind often blows into this corner.

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Nearby Ken Hill Lake looks more like a canal and is in fact a remnant of a waterway which existed prior to the 1953 floods re-arranging the banks and some of the channels and marsh creeks behind them.

Rudd and tench do well in this shallow, reedy environment. Unlike the nearby Heacham River, it's technically a stillwater so you don't have to wait until June 16 to fish it.

There are one or two surprises lurking in some of the creeks and bits of water which thread south from Heacham to Snettisham, some of which are accessible - big eels being one.

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