Plenty of fish to be had despite frosts

The first frosts soon put a clarity into the water which pulled down some bags but not the winning weights on the River where fish have begun to shoal up tighter now.

The first frosts soon put a clarity into the water which pulled down some bags but not the winning weights on the River where fish have begun to shoal up tighter now. The Fleece waters are fishing well in selected swims as it is at the Cherry Tree's Falcon Meadow and Wainford Maltings. Upstream at Brockdish on the Diss & District AC water, the roach are concentrating in the low pegs of the wooded area but another shoal is in residence up nearer to Sileham Church. With so few fishing the Harleston Club's marvellous miles of River stretches whilst they are besotted with carp, it has been hard so far to establish where the best roach shoals on their stretches are holed up.

Small Commercials have had a down turn in feeding spree's of carp but skimmers and quality bream have been coming to the fore.

Perch appeared less affected than most of the shoal species with double figure bags still coming from within sight of the main Beccles Road Bridge.

Big chub have had their appetites sharpened up by the colder weather and at Homersfield Bridge and the meadow below running into the Fleece Water there, a bag of five beauties topped nearly 30 lbs with the best fish a hefty 6 lbs 10 ozs to Colin Mayer from Stowmarket fishing right under the bridge.

Bungay common rewarded roving anglers well for chub too along the Target stretch running up to the Pink House. Here it was caster and giant hemp from the tin loose fed heavily and fished on the pole that gave Saxmundham angler Peter Warbey 35 lbs of fish between 10 ozs and 3 lbs 10 ozs. None of his fish came to a moving bait in the first hour but soon took a static bait presented with two grams for stability in the 8' deep swim to overcome the shower of golden leaves floating on the surface in this picturesque Suffolk County AA venue. Day tickets are available from Reade Sports in the Bungay Market Place.

For those anglers in some number who are making the cry that they cannot get hold of any decent casters that are neither white, burnt, dead or smelly, Waveney Angling's offerings in a sealed bag are amongst the best local casters available. Annoyed anglers claim both casters and maggots in the vicinity have generally become smaller and smaller each season and they are nothing like what they originally were when a size sixteen would fit inside a chrysalis easily. Fishermen on holidays have found Tackle shops around the Severn or Trent still has the size still maintained, however freshness is still the main key to success while fish are finicky.