Rogue rudd makes day for Kerman
WAVENEY VALLEY: The tidal Waveney continues to prove to be a cracker of a venue right the way down to the House at Boaters Hill, where the indications are the roach are slowly heading up towards the Quay opening on November 1.
However, with the density of the fish in the river it may only be floodwater that eventually draws fish of any size in from the clear clean river at present, with the big shoal now near the main road bridge.
Retired Bungay committee member Geoff Kerman was already well satisfied with his day on the eight metre whip, but when a five ounce rudd popped up in between the roach he felt its pristine condition and sparkling colours made his day even more worthwhile, and during the week another half a dozen showed too. They were once common and are becoming quite rare in the downstream River during the last decade but it is possible this species will make a welcome comeback in the vastly improved Waveney of today.
The Upper River has had a run of bream coming on to feed as the water temperature drops a bit, not in shoaled numbers, but as in pairs and lone specimens.
Wainford Maltings peak of the deep bend in the car park yielded two 7 lb fish on the pole, whilst at the end of that run two miles below, in the free fishing right on top of Ellingham Mill, a pair of bronze beauties weighing 8lb 11oz and 8lb 1oz were landed from the left-hand bank, fishing on the swimfeeder and breadflake.
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For a day out and a change of venue, a look at Hinderclay Lakes south of Diss is a worthwhile trip.
Vastly changed from a decade ago the selection of lakes offers a good range of the more natural commercial fishery and differing sized lakes.
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Double figure carp are a normality in the Spring Lake, but the selection of variegated koi are unique with some fantastically coloured fish in orange and black from the Reed Pool.
In the Spring Lake these days tench are a good quarry and may be caught quite close in.
Bungay Level II coach Douggie Wingrove showed there are plenty of perch and smaller fish for juniors before switching to match sized carp.
Note that there is no need for smelly nets on the way home as you can even use the Fishery's own landing nets provided.
Any club requiring fish to be purchased that are going to be introduced to their waters, since March 09 requires registration with the CEFAS Fish Health Inspectorate.
This is free and may be done through the internet and the details are as follows: Wendy Friendship, Aquatic Trade and Technical Advice Team Fishery Registration Officer, Cefas, Weymouth Laboratory, Barrack Road, The Nothe, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8UB. Tel: 01305 206633. www.efishbusiness.co.uk, email: Fish.Health.Inspectorate@cefas.co.uk.