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By Chris BoughtonA report came in this week from an angler who had an interesting pleasure fishing session at peg 22 on Reed Pool, at Hinderclay Lakes.

Chris Boughton

Angling in West Suffolk

By Chris Boughton

A report came in this week from an angler who had an interesting pleasure fishing session at peg 22 on Reed Pool, at Hinderclay Lakes. He started his session fishing at 10 metres out by a reed bed, looking for the lake's large tench and carp, but after two hours without success decided to go after the roach instead. This was approached by fishing four metres to hand, close in, straight out in front of the swim using a no.10 medium elastic in his pole, just in case the bigger fish muscled in. He had been steadily catching roach from 4oz to 12oz on soft pellet when the float went under and as he lifted into the fish, expecting another roach, about nine metres of stretched elastic went off in the opposite direction out into the lake. Anyway, after an entertaining encounter the no.10 elastic was more than a match for the fish and a 15lb mirror carp found its way into his landing net. In all he spent two hours fishing for roach and had 45 fish for a total weight of about 15lbs which added to the carp gave him 30lbs overall. The impressive roach catch, in only two hours, highlighted that Hinderclay is not just a big fish venue.

There is no stopping Jack Wetherill at the moment and he duly won his third consecutive Bury St Edmunds Angling Association's Veterans' match last week at Middle Reservoir. It was a windy, overcast, cold day but that did not deter Jack who had another comfortable win, this time with 39lb 5oz of carp and bream from unfancied peg 18; well Jack did not fancy it anyway! His largest fish, a mirror carp, weighed in at 12lbs. A long way behind in second place, with three bream for a total weight of 9lb 12oz, was Chris Boughton followed by Ron Hubbard with a mixed catch of 8lb 6oz.

The Heron Angling Club fished the second match in their annual ten match series, for the Mike Brown Shield, on Saturday on the Shop Lake at Hilgay. Despite his recent poor health Tony Boughton, the Paste King, recorded an impressive win with 31lb of fish all caught close in on the pole under an overhanging tree, with his best fish a carp of 14lb. In second place Lee Williamson had an equally impressive mixed bag of smaller fish, mostly skimmers, roach and rudd totalling 29lbs, followed by Darren Lenzini with a crucian catch of 22lbs. Lee and Darren used long pole tactics. The full match result can be found on The Bury St Edmunds Angling Forum which can be accessed via the Association's web site.

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