Waveney Valley: Bungay’s Ian Moore reaps rewards for all his hard work on new club fishery

The efforts of Bungay Cherry Tree AC to create a new club fishery after the end of its long association at Ditchingham Lake looked a massive task.

However, three years on, with two awards for All Grants complete, and a third special invitation award pending to increase the hard-standing car parking, it is all coming home.

With strong, high, otter fencing at this deep, members only three-acre lake and island, the venue is secure from invasion and thriving. This week the chap who carried out the work as main contractor and committee man, Ian Moore of Bungay, settled down for an afternoon session, and his catch staggered everyone. Not just two bream of a little over 10lb, but weighed, witnessed and photographed by his wife was one of the best from the whole area, scaling in at 14lb 11oz and pictured on their club website.

Angling is a hard task master, but here, for once, the man who has given countless hours and £500 of materials free from his business and own time was honourably and well rewarded. Creating a new best fish for himself and the fishery it was then a topping off with a 6lbs tench.

A canny cast of the swimfeeder in conjunction with sweetcorn worked well and is easy fishing from the excellent stands, with around a third of the pegs capable of being parked at, on this 'ambulant disabled' friendly venue. Waiting on the books for a Spring introduction are £2,000 worth of crucian carp.


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Best commercial fishery for consistent bags has been the reasonably deep Wissett lakes just off the turning by Halesworth police station. The first lake threw up two catches of carp dominated by 2-3lb fish weighing in 100lb in a mid-afternoon feeding spree following a bare three hours on the pole with pellet in the morning. Seemingly with a base built up of softening pellets it was heads down for rummaging around with explosions of silt and bubbles from the bottom and the float hardly able to settle. The far lake, with its dry whispering reedy bay and sheltered rear, has already some signs of new growth and here some weighty bags of bigger fish in the 5-7lb range fed whilst foraging the edges.

Silver fish seem slower to get themselves sorted on most of the venues as of yet, but it is full of hope as the temperatures appear at last to be moving upward and becoming more settled after noon.

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Broome Pits is the best bet here and they had some bream feed from the A Lake nearest to the gate – 8-9lbs was the biggest pair and a decent tench to go with it from the steep bank side but it is only feeder here that works presenting a perfectly still bait with worm cocktails most effective.

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