Ton-up catches on Springside agenda

Chris BishopWEST NORFOLK AND FENS: Springside Lake is on a roll, with bream and carp nets nudging 100lb reported. Corn is currently the killing bait on this day ticket pit off the Snettisham Bypass, where you can have a cracking day for less than a tenner spent on day ticket, a tin or two of the yellow stuff and a bag of groundbait.Chris Bishop

Springside Lake is on a roll, with bream and carp nets nudging 100lb reported.

Corn is currently the killing bait on this day ticket pit off the Snettisham Bypass, where you can have a cracking day for less than a tenner spent on day ticket, a tin or two of the yellow stuff and a bag of groundbait.

Toby Pepper bagged 14 bream in the 4 - 6lb range, along with a roach of nearly 2lb from Peg 21, fishing corn over Sonubaits F1 Groundbait.

Pole at 9m is one way to reach the slabs, but Alan Rowland also nailed 28 of them on the waggler.


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For the carp, trickle feed down the margins and hold on tight when the float goes under. There are some bigger fish down there among the usual 2 - 4lb samples, with a brute of nearly 20lb out last week.

For silvers, maggot brings a bite a chuck from the numerous roach and rudd. Hunstanton Tackle runs the water and the shop's worth a visit or a call for latest info.

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Summer wouldn't be summer for many anglers locally without a few trips to Shepherd's Port. They've been catching steadily on the Lynn AA complex, with Shepherd's Lake probably the pick of the bunch with bream the mainstay in mixed nets to 50lb. Bear Lake's carp are also on the munch, with some catching up to 20 in a session, while the bigger bream on Queen's Lake have been falling for scaled-down hookbaits like double red maggot.

Pike anglers might still be reeling from last winter's non-event on the drains and rivers, with runs hard to come by and few larger fish reported.

It'll be interesting to see how dredging affects things on the North Level, where the draglines have been busy around the pumps at Tydd.

Will the deeper water create a winter haven for prey and predators?

One stretch of the Ouse which was dredged a few years ago became a hotspot for a season two afterwards.

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