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Poll's top haul

PUBLISHED: 10:25 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 07:49 01 August 2010

First in with a really good bag from Beccles Quay Marina has been Harleston, Wortwell and District AC club officer and Suffolk County AAA chairman, Nigel Poll.

First in with a really good bag from Beccles Quay Marina has been Harleston, Wortwell and District AC club officer and Suffolk County AAA chairman, Nigel Poll.

Fishing just up from the harbourmaster's hut, he put together a bag well over 30lb of prime roach with a few skimmers.

In the few days that both the colour of the water and the tide came together to make excellent conditions, the pole worked to perfection.

The Beccles road bridge area has been the subject of recent successful Environment Agency bailiff visits during which two particular subjects have arisen which they are asking to be highlighted.

Firstly, it is not only taking fish beyond that which is laid down by licensing laws for domestic use, but the bringing and taking away to and from the water of live fish for other purposes.

Rupert Pyatt of the EA offers the number 0800 807060 for anyone to ring to report more either suspicious activities or flagrant abuses.

These include buying and selling of fish, dead or alive, around and under the bridge both sides of the river.

Other incidences are occurring on the uncontrolled by clubs areas both above and below Dunburgh.

Rupert advises that pictures captured on mobile cameras, videos of actions, or recording car registration numbers, may well be better than direct approaches to miscreant participators.

Around Bungay, the turbulent spate of flow soon destroyed ideal conditions for plump roach responding to the caster in the noted winter shoaling areas, but they fed well in out-of-the-way protected areas.

Bungay angler David Narford took a very nice 6lb chub from one of these on the float.

Showing that it has now started to become more established throughout the river, several very attractive rudd to 12oz have shown at a number of spots.

Loddon Quay and the end of Rockland Cut have both had plenty of small fish on the maggot and pole to make an outing worthwhile, but the surprise catches have come from Hardley Dyke.

Here it has seen cucumber smelt, small flounders and several white-lipped grey mullet running up to 3lb make a showing.

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