Waveney Valley: Roach in fight with perch for your bait

More water in the river increased its flow and washed out a lot of the floating duckweed beginning to clog upstream areas.

The first decent bags of roach have begun to show nearing double figures around Bungay, but hungry and highly-coloured perch are the quickest to the hook bait and a show of eels making a comeback if maggots or worms are presented near to, or on, the bottom.

Those trying hempseed on the hook have begun to see success for a few prime, fat red-finned roach at the Bungay Cherry Tree's Falcon meadow.

Broome Pits continues to give good sport, with Bungay anglers Ian Moore and Colyn Taylor finding 30lbs of roach on the long pole. These bags came from near to one of the islands in the enigmatic B Pit with its vortex flows and strong surface drag to be beaten for a successful presentation.

Beccles continues to provide the very best of sport for the river enthusiast trotting the float or holding back on the pole with 3 grams down the line.

Waggler fishermen, too, have had some 25lb bags on bronze maggot with some substantial groundbait lightly balled in, and hitting a run through nearly in the centre flow.

The feeder-men fishing further out with red maggots and red groundbait, have found the skimmers, particularly at Worlingham off the new stagings which are proving popular.

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On towards the Club water at North Cove half a mile downstream, and a few monster bronze bream were taken going well over 8lbs off boats moored up for their holidays at the quay head.

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