Mirrors and commons keep the spirits up

Commercials have continued their generally impressive form and provided periods of great glee for youngsters in their now completed school summer holidays.

Small rudd have been obliging on lots of pools but the popularity of mirror and common carp of two or three pounds which are happily stupid or unwary enough to take a wide variety of baits close in to the edge, have been great enthusiasm boosters.

At Broome the attractive B Pit with its islands and broad expanse, showed what an excellent club match venue it can be when treasurer Ian Moore won the Bungay Cherry Tree AC match on the pole with 24lbs 1oz of small fish.

Second weight was Paul Dean with 17lbs 6ozs and there were six double figure bags coming on both the waggler and the feeder, including a fine 1lb 10 zs roach.

With much of the prolific weed dragged out this quiet wild water by day-ticket standards, it offers a huge range of choice with the Central Kidney Pit a fine carp water and its square D Pit holding the biggest of fishes and an enormous hatch of fry in all four pits.

At Topcroft Fishery the consistent Veterans' match results have been recently graced with the re-appearance of good sized skimmer bream, which has has been good news, but topping the bill was a pleasure angler's 24lbs mirror carp during the week.

Still weedy with a lethargic flow the Upper River has remained difficult to get the better of.

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With fish again shoaled up just underneath the surface in huge numbers at both ends of the Falcon Meadow, Ellingham and Wainford, in between these ends, it remains almost bare of fish.

This continues to raise de-oxygenation fears with seven readings taken hovering around 4-5 on the EA scale in the central areas, which can dictate fatalities below 3, and a 'best' reading of 9. Choked with weed that uses the precious oxygen overnight, only rain will improve this as at times there is no fresh water running over Ellingham Weir at all.

The tidal waters have remained positively brilliant with lovely coloured rudd feeding on the drop and 6' – 8' dace showing well also.

Pleasure outings coinciding around the top of the tide have given a really good three hour with skimmers, but low water at the turn has required patience until the flow picked up again.

Red maggots have been good but those who did not discount the humble plain white wrigglers have discovered the better bream prefer them in groups of three on the hook. A slowed down float presentation has made it the gentle art indeed.

The River Chet begins to come into its own now as the reduced boat traffic is less turbulent to its comparatively narrow width.

Once below the outfall from Hardley Flood the depth increases from 5-6 feet until at Nog Dam, a couple of hundred yards from its confluence with the Yare, has good colour and it makes 10 feet.

Great plump roach roaming in from the Yare on higher water times have provided two to three hours of good sport.