Waveney Valley: Sweetcorn looks bait of choice

Commercials have been all the rage with plenty of visitors eagerly handing over their hard-earned in the hope of catching something.

Although the drop in temperature slowed things a little the sport is more than reasonable at most venues with obliging common carp still showing a preference for sweetcorn grains fished exactly at the bottom after precise plumbing.

The humble white maggot has worked well in most of the well coloured waters and a range of presentations of it were successful.

Best fish have come from bunches of three but some carp anglers on the Harleston Pits have done well with huge bunches of seven or eight threaded on the hook and just slightly popped up from the bottom with a piece of foam.

There's good news at Fritton Lake as they have brought down last year's prices.

A bargain �6 full and �4 concession for OAP's, make this large and enigmatic venue an attractive challenge.

Within its deeps dwell some incredible perch, and bream over 10lbs reside there too. The carp are of a wild and untamed strain that need all the guile of an original hunter and it's difficult to estimate their potential size in a rich natural habitat. Plenty of small roach, which feed close in on the right day, respond to a bit of groundbait.

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Spinning for pike produced bags of 10 – 15 jacks and there are double figure females present too. Then there is the opportunity to plumb the reedy bays and the central bowls which can reach 16', but shifting silty pockets on a westerly wind can be confusing. Telephone (01493) 488288 for further details.

Twenty-one anglers entered the Marsh Trail Festival with top Suffolk Star Mal Runacres taking the honours. He scored three points with 108lb 13ozs; second was John Catchpole on four points with 72lb 6ozs. In two days of fierce competition Gary Button was third overall with seven points and 76lbs 8ozs.

• Suffolk County AAA junior section organiser Mark Brewster has a full book of fixtures for the youth and women elements of the county match fishing teams. First up are four teams of six in the Junior National Event being held at Lindholme Lakes at Epworth near Doncaster on Saturday, June 30.

Now well established among the country's top junior teams from their 2011 successes optimism is high although it is difficult to compete against the highly sponsored tackle teams from the Midlands.

If any club or local business can help out with donations and funding contact Brewster on (01449) 613686 or 07759024440, and e-mail mark@thebrewsters.f9.co.uk