Youngsters enjoy the last days of summer break
13:43 03 September 2014
Much of Oulton Broad may suit boat anglers better than bank-bound followers, but there has been plenty of action off St Nicholas Everett Park.
Youngsters have been drawn there to end the summer school holidays with as much enthusiasm as they cast the first lines on warm days.
Small skimmers and obliging perch live not too far out and the abundance of roach in the 3-5 inches class have provided them with excellent sport.
The more serious angler, whether on the long pole or waggler, in between offering advice and having bait cadged off them, have had even better returns as roach to 8ozs and bream nearer to 2lbs are drawn out of the deeper water with a bit of reasonable small-ball groundbaiting.
With a lot of the low and clear water dominating with still a reduced flow it has been the deeper runs on the Waveney around Beccles which have fished best.
Dunburgh for the Cherry Tree, in the wood, has produced several good bags on the feeder with big worms – amongst the generous streamer weed to 40lbs with bream to 7lbs showing.
Cormorants roosting and feeding at Geldeston Dyke pushed a lot of fish up into the Three Rivers bend and the still quite heavy presence of roach seen rising during the evening have been of a good size.
The dace continue to thrive in the stretch from here up to the Locks Pub from the little-fished open marsh, with one or two beautiful rudd around the pound taken too. North Cove has given some really nice quality roach.
The River Chet at its free stretch on the Chedgrave Common has fished tremendously well. This almost Ant-like river further downstream sees fish come upstream from the Yare just a couple of hundred yards away, joining at Hardley Cross, to the road side Nog Dam bank. Fish drawn out of Hardley Flood on low tides, often leaving only inches of water behind, ensure there are real quality bream to 10lbs on the cards.
Diss Mere for the local club members performs fantastically, not just for the large carp seen roving near to the rails in the Town, but these days for bream as well as roach. The beautifully bronzed 1lb crucians have declined from their dominance of the 1980s, but they are still there to be caught with some on the 2lbs mark.