Waveney Valley: Roach on offer at Mendham

The Upper river started to perform around Brockdish with several good catches reported containing tench between 4lbs and 7lbs on the pole midstream from tiny holes in the abundant weed.

At Mendham Bridge the wide placid water hosts a very substantial shoal of 2-3ozs roach which have given plenty to keep the float angler busy.

Needham Mill with its stream of bubbles along the far bank drew some nice chub in the 4lbs range in to feed and some quality roach made an appearance, but it was scaled down tackle for the best results. The free fishing through the Game Farm at Brockdish and on to the Angles Way footpath is an unobtrusive spot with deep water below the bridge. Parking is only on the road but no great walk is involved. Whilst it is far from usual for bream to be caught from the pool, of late a pair of 7lbs plus fish were taken on static bread.

Whilst 200 yards below with the stream narrowing in the trees it seldom provides a sit down bag of fish, the roving approach can reap dividends for good chub as has been shown this week with a handsome brace of 6lbs 1oz and 6lbs 10ozs on small maple flavoured boilies.

Behind the Harleston, Wortwell & District AC's massive Ocean Pit, the first two meadows in from the road, have produced good specimens this week too. In the runs out of the slow deep bends a great 6lbs 14ozs chub was taken and a perch of 3lbs 1oz, both on large black slugs.

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Bungay Common entered the doldrums in its open aspect swims and the best fish were caught down at target with the woods on the high sloping bank opposite. Beccles and downstream to North Cove remain prolific with Lowestoft's 84-year old George Howard demonstrating age is no great barrier to catching a bag of fish. The fine new stands at Worlingham were his selection for an outing with the pole taking 34lbs of roach, dace, hybrids and skimmers on maggot and an impeccable presentation with 4 grams down the line.

Commercials have been full on again with the Broome Pits' wide variety of swims in its natural setting leading the way. A considerable number of double figure carp from the Kidney C Pit, and B Pit provided outstanding value. The deep square D Pit with the narrow shallow tongues stretching out and festooned with weed play home to some monster sized carp as could be seen browsing with some of their backs out of the water and an estimate by enthusiasts of a 40lbs plus fish seems to be a feasible reality.

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Day ticket venue Halesworth lakes in Suffolk is proving highly popular with all three lakes providing exciting fishing. Ben Carter made the trip from Beccles worthwhile with an 18 carp haul on popped up boilie in the middle lake, his largest fish weighed 18lb13oz. Burgess AC match averaged 43lb per man with top weight of 119lb 2oz provided by Mark Goode. For more information see www.quietsports.co.uk.

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