Waveny Valley: Commercial fisheries hit holiday boom

Commercial fisheries had a boom over the holiday period in spite of the showers and it was bag up with a vengeance for those who opted to arrive early in the day at most venues.

At Broome Kidney Pit, fishing in the first four feet of water, whatever the depth, produced some fine sport. In three hours 14lbs of roach and rudd, full of colour and fighting fit, whipped down the float in a fit of exuberance to feed on loose fed bronze maggot.

Into the swim zoomed perch to the pound, occasionally alongside the odd hybrid bream/roach. For the easily satisfied using simple techniques this provides an excellent experience ground for young and developing anglers, but be wary for those who do not swim, for on the narrow path side between the two lakes it is deep within a metre of the edge.

For those with a bit of patience and just hankering after two or three good fish, the A Pit beside the car park has given up some beautifully coloured and weighty tench. These Tincas, with green flanks edged with bronze are a delight to catch.

Feeding within five metres of the bank, a size 14 and a touch of sweetcorn can produce a big bream or too as well and this week has been no exception; the method has been the same for Marsh Trail's B Lake near to the tiny islands.

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Big baggers have headed past Hedenham towards Hempnall to locate Topcroft Lakes where the carp have started to feed really close in towards the end of the day. The feeder too has produced well out, with worms the favourite.

Aldeby Lakes has a wide variety to choose from, offering some of the best shady swims around in a setting where the birds sing and wildlife in the soft land and woody trees abound, not far from the river. Some good bream reside in the bottom lake, but the bigger carp, some reaching the craved for 20 lb mark, are present in others.

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• The River has continued to look good with a bit of extra water to push things along, and the first of the water cabbages are beginning to show their crinkled underwater leaves.

Strands of streamer weed tentatively plot out the path for their later profusion in areas where the flow is compressed and the brighter green of Milfoil clumps are beginning to hold the spawn washed off the gravels.

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