Angling in West Suffolk
The Bury St Edmunds Angling Association Veterans' section fished their second match, following a six-week winter break, at Barrow Lake, in bitterly cold conditions.
Angling in West Suffolk
By Chris Boughton
The Bury St Edmunds Angling Association Veterans' section fished their second match, following a six-week winter break, at Barrow Lake, in bitterly cold conditions. Half the lake was frozen over and the ground was rock hard, with an overnight covering of snow making it a tricky journey with their tackle to each peg. The snow and sleet stayed away for the match but in the brisk easterly wind it was not a day for the faint-hearted, especially as the air temperature was barely zero. However, despite the challenging weather the roach responded and Mike Stavely picked up his second consecutive Veteran's win at the lake with 6lb 4oz of small roach. Mike fished the pole at 11m, on peg 18, drip feeding pinkies via a small pole pot and alternating between single and double pinkie on the hook. With six matches left to fish in this year's Veterans' Winter League Series Mike is now challenging strongly for the Malcolm Pryke Shield. Across the other side of the lake to Mike on peg 7 Ron Hubbard had 4lb 12oz of roach also taken on pinkie and 11m pole. But for me the star of the match was Ray Fayers who was totally unfazed by the arctic conditions despite being in his 80th year and having to contend with a large drifting sheet of ice in front of him, making his swim almost unfishable. If any Bury AA member is interested in fishing these friendly weekly Thursday matches they should call the club's Match Secretary Keith Smith on his new number 07804 101067. More information is also available on the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association web site.
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