West & Fens Fishing: Rodmen braced for consequences of heavy flows

Things have picked up slightly, in the aftermath of some of the most extreme run-offs seen in years in the Fens.

Roach and skimmers have been providing some sport on the Ouse at Ten Mile Bank, while there have also been silvers showing on the recently-dredged Old Bedford, at Salter's Lode.

Talk on the banks is of the as yet untold impact prolonged heavy flows will have on the fish, particularly on the Lower Ouse and Relief Channel.

Will the cocklers start finding coarse fish out on the sandbanks in The wash at low tide..?

In the face of the incredible weather we've seen, the powers that be will doubtlesss say there wasn't much else they could do.

Does anyone remember croys – the artificial reefs they were going to install in the Relief Channel to help safeguard stocks when it had to be run offf hard..?

Elsewhere moves to build bridges between anglers from different cultures are continuing with a predator fishing contest.

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It's being held on Whittlesey AA's stretch of the Twenty Foot on Sunday, January 27, with separate categories for lure and deadbait anglers.

Organised by the Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Polish Anglers Association, there are prizes for the best bag and heaviest fish of the day.

Pike, zander and perch all count, with competitors witnessing each other's catches. Entry fee is £10, plus a fiver day ticket to the host club.

The draw is at Beggar's Bridge, from 7.30-8.30am. Fishing will be from 9am-2pm, with a prize giving and barbecue to follow.

Places can be booked by e-mailing organiser Radoslaw Papiewski at Radoslaw.Papiewski@Anglingtrust.net.

Participants from Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia joined English rods at a similar event on Ten Mile Bank last winter.