Spawning sees roach show well in Waveney

A surprise second spawning took place on some parts of the Upper Waveney around Bungay with roach busy at the side.

Possibly this accounts for much of the poor results in the Upper River so far this season where perch and chublets alongside dace have fed fairly well but little else.

The Beccles margins which are packed with fry only an inch or so long, is more good news for the tidal areas which are performing well at the moment.

The Suffolk Bank all the way down into North Cove has produced plenty of bream up to 3lb with a 30 gram feeder on a weakened up flow giving the best after the tide has just turned.

Down near to the Bell Inn at St Olaves the boat anglers moored near to the confluence of the Hadiscoe Cut and the River have located the resident shoal of big bream.

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Pre-baiting for each of three days with six or seven loaves and fishing huge bits of flake produced an 11lbs 3ozs beauty on his first cast for Monty Hall from Lowestoft.

Over the next three days three bags of bronze bream nearing 150lb were taken by himself and his mate.

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Steve Lane the Environment Agency Fisheries Officer reports that there has been a run of lamphreys reported up the River from the sea, and feels that this may well be what was recently seen by Scott Waldren at Ellingham reported here earlier.

Commercials continue to give good value for money with the carp well set on the feed and the all-powerful pellet producing well fished near or just on to the bottom.

This handy, clean and convenient bait in small canisters for the hook and hard sinkers to throw in makes preparation almost zero.

Broome Pits with its wide choice and plenty of acres has been good in its B Lake with roach and rudd feeding up in the first layers of water to five to six feet deep whatever the depth of the swim and the same applying to the central Kidney C Pit.

An angler from Norwich, Alan Dowdary, using a pellet waggler drew a few smiles for his first fruitless two hours fishing at distance.

But when the carp left cover as the sun dulled over, it was fish after fish from 2lbs to 12lbs surging about the lake giving a great account of themselves.

Big carp present in the complex have been slower to feed but quite visible on the prowl in B Pit near the narrow neck's far trench and out on the popular weedy shallow tongue of D Pit.

Bailiff Barney reports Paul Luland from Lowestoft landed a 39lb 1oz common this week, and another angler a 10lb 3 oz tench from A Pit.

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