Snettisham venue is worth a visit

Springside Lake at Snettisham punched well above its weight on the catch front last summer.

Regulars reckon fins can only get better this time around, with bream to 7lbs and carp already starting to show.

Things slowed down slightly at the weekend as temperatures dive-bombed. Just a handful of bream and carp came out, but there were plenty of fish on the move once the sun broke through on Sunday afternoon.

Fishery boss Mick Cornell added bream to the mix, alongside carp and tench last season. They soon started boosting catches, sometimes to the tune of one a chuck when they settled on the feed.

'The tip's been producing the most fish with maggot and pinkies as hook bait,' said Mick. 'But as the weather warms up the carp will become more active and expander pellet and sweetcorn will come into their own.

'A decent stamp of roach and some good tench are also making an appearance.'

Feeder, pole and waggler all have their fans on there. You can have a lot of fun with a float rod and a tin of corn, catching whatever comes along.

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Tench fans found early mornings best. Dawn raids on the margins paid off, with tincas to 6lb or more browsing the reeds.

There are also some cracking roach that go a pound or more in there, which make for a nice surprise when they show up.

Day tickets are �6 on the bank (�4 OAP/junior) for one rod. Call 01485 535141 for venue latest.

Two more sleeps until Lynn AA's stillwaters open. With April 1 the earliest anglers have been allowed to venture on to the likes of Shepherd's Lake and Tottenhill, it's going to be interesting to see how things pan out.

Lynn AA has extended the season to sweeten a slight increase in membership fees for those who want to enjoy access to all of its waters.

If you only fish the rivers and drains, you'll end up paying less and have more water to go out next season – if you can last until June 16 without fishing, mind you.