West & Fens Fishing: Tantalising glimpse of what the waters hold

Roach and bream are starting to shoal up for spawning on at least one of our lesser-known rivers, where a friend saw an enormous concentration of silver fish grouped around a bridge.

There were roach among them he confidently put at over 2lbs, showing the river concerned still holds some incredible fish for those who are prepared to go looking for them.

Of course, the shoals will have long dispersed by the time the Glorious 16th comes around. But spawning time can provide a tantalising glimpse of what a water holds if you know where to look.

Elsewhere, things are waking up, with a few bigger fish on the move as catches improve.

Carp are the mainstay of the action as the water warms and they start feeding aggressively.

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Fish to low doubles have been visiting the bank at Shepherd's Lake, Springside and Tottenhill over the last week or so. Swims around the island seem to have the edge on Shepherd's, where corn or pellet on the pole or waggler have been scoring. Sunday, May 12, will be an interesting day at Springside, when Lynn AA stage their first open on the water. The draw will be at 8.30am, fishing 10am-3pm. Tickets £12, call Darrell on 07801 028085 to book. With roach and rudd also on the feed and a few tench showing, it might not be an all-out carp or bust contest.

Bream as well as carp have been showing at Tottenhill, with pellet and method feeder combo doing the damage.

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