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Our Visit to the Fens – jweddup
I had intended to revisit the broads for a bit of roach bream fishing this weekend but the allure of the fens won the day. The mystery moodiness and unpredictability of fens fishing just keeps me interested and a devoted fan.
This weekend was always going to be a challenge with the weather turning very hot. The fishing has been slow starting for many on the rivers so I had to think carefully what to do. I decided, upon good advice from a new friend and the very helpful KLAA bailiffs to try the middle level. Several bags of fish had been had but things were slowing with the hot weather.
I travelled to crooked chimney after persuading a friend to join me. He has come to the fold and joined KLAA as well. We fish right through the winter and nights as well so hopefully will be able to report many more weekends of good catches.
We introduced a little bait ready for the morning start at first light. It was a slow start but eventually both put a good bag of skimmers and hybrids together. A few of the skimmers were a good golden bronze and about 1.5lbs so just about mature bream. Amazingly we were able to keep them on the feed until midday when we had intended to move back to ten mile bank. A very enjoyable session. We both want to return soon with the pole and have another go.
We rested at ten mile until it was cooler and then introduced a little bait. The evening into dark was fruitless with us both deciding to rest for a while ready for first light. I did have a couple of rods out on alarms over night but no activity was had.
The morning was more promising with a quick start and a couple of good bream in the net for me. Several good sized skimmers then followed and 2 more proper bream. Darrell had 2 good bream also and a few skimmers. The roach are yet to show but they were topping at first light and last light so the promise of good roach fishing is to come. Talking of which the middle level was teaming with small fry medium fry and small roach along the length that we walked. A healthy sign.
We were very happy with the weekends fishing. We both had lots of fish and a few good sized ones. The tench are yet to show for us as are the roach but we will be back to try again soon.
I had quite a result today was fishing my local spot on the River Cam. I only decided to go out fishing at 2 this afternoon as the weather had cleared up a bit, anyway the river was packed with rowers it was like the M25!
I was chatting to a fisherman next to my spot and he was complaining about how rude the rowers were, they were causing him havoc! I was thinking about leaving before I had even set up, they were just sitting there doing nothing!
Anyway they did eventually get moving and I managed to get a popped-up sardine out, and only after 15 minutes I had a solid take, the bite indicator dropped back so the fish must of come towards me, I waited about five seconds and struck into it.
Soon as I saw it I knew it was a PB and after a good fight I only just managed to get it in the net and then the net pole snapped!
The hooks literally came off in the net I was so lucky to get it. Anyway we weighed it and it came in at just over 18lb!
Smashed my PB. And I had quite an audience! I think some of the rowers were surprised!. Well first time I’ve been out fishing In weeks and that’s the biggest fish I’ve ever caught right where I used to fish as a kid. It doesn’t get much better!
Lee Chapman, Cambridge
Here are some cracking fenland pike sent to me from Midlands angler Adrian Aldridge – 18/02/2015