Tidal reaches are performing really well

WAVENEY VALLEY: John Barrington Warcup, on holiday from Yorkshire, visited Dunburgh for the first time in 35 years and picked the swim he won an Open match on all those years back.

Impressed with the way his stick float could still obtain a result he soon had a good stone of fish in the net on the red maggot. He was delighted that the Waveney was in its old remembered fine form, but the walk back up the hill, he commented, was a lot slower than the big wicker basket days.

While some nice roach are showing there it is a dominance of good-sized dace to be caught at the bottom of the tide on a fleet flow. Regulars, however, have found either side of the top of the tide produced some nice bream from one to two pounds taking a slowed bait presentation along the far bank with a waggler. Day tickets are available from Local Tackle shops priced at �5 and for a week �10.

At Beccles nearer to the Road Bridge Angling Direct tackle shop report Paul Cooper of Brooke reeled in 29lb of roach in a George Prior match to win, which also demonstrates how the tidal reaches are performing really well.

Colin Howard, vice chairman of the Fleece AC, had a resounding success from his correspondence pursuits to the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority. The large craggy thick trunked willows that had partially collapsed and over the years grown out, blocking over half the river have now been removed. This leaves their water upstream of Ditchingham Dam with the banks in the best condition for maximum fishing availability for over 20 years.

Halesworth Lakes middle lake down at Wisset is now producing fish to 1lb in the margins with Paul Lane topping the Cardinals match with a 56lb catch at just four metres and fishing maggot. Carp from 7lb to 16lb have been showing all over the lake for those fishing away from the bank and getting a bit of distance. Pleasure catches on the match lake pegs 1-22 are topping 100lb regularly with pellet and paste effective for carp to 3lb.

Yaxley is proving popular among the pleasure anglers with fish to 16lb being taken on surface baits. Carp from 1lb to 3lb have boosted a match weights and Graham Howes topped the Eastings match with 53lb 3oz from peg 17 fishing in the reeded margin with a soft paste.

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