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Bury St Edmunds Angling Association's veterans fished their latest match at Water Lane Reservoir and it ended with another win for Jack Wetherill, following his joint-first the week before at Barrow Lake.

Chris Boughton

Angling in West Suffolk

By Chris Boughton

Bury St Edmunds Angling Association's veterans fished their latest match at Water Lane Reservoir and it ended with another win for Jack Wetherill, following his joint-first the week before at Barrow Lake. Jack is a hard man to beat at Water lane and his 26lb 4oz of carp, the largest weighing 9lb 8oz, was way ahead of Mike Stavely who was second with 6lb 8oz, and third-placed Chris Boughton with 6lb 2oz. The next veterans' match is at Middle Reservoir, where Jack will be going for his hat-trick.


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Another angler on a hat-trick is Malcolm Spear: on Sunday at Barrow Lake, he added the Pageant Cup, to the Seeley Rose Bowl he won in April, which means after only two matches he has a substantial lead in the association's Martin Shield match series. This time he weighed in 14lb 14oz of carp, closely followed by Chris Boughton with 14lb 8oz and Ron Hubbard with 8lb 4oz. Malcolm pole-fished paste tight to the reed bed on peg 18, with his largest carp tipping the scales at 7lb 12oz. The next of the association's club matches, and the third of the six-match Martin Shield series, will be at Barrow Lake on Sunday, July 12, for the Ron Plampin Cup.

For any local angler wanting to fish the association's waters, membership can be obtained via Tackle Up in Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury Angling Centre. The association has three lakes - Barrow Lake, Water Lane Reservoir and Middle Reservoir - and 10 miles of bank access on the River Blackbourn and the River Little Ouse at Redmire. The lakes can be fished all year round but the rivers are in close season with fishing starting again on June 16. Full details about the association's membership and its waters can be found on its website. Anglers also need a current rod licence, obtained via the Environment Agency's website or at any Post Office. Agency bailiffs have been checking licences on local waters this month.

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Hinderclay Lakes continues to deliver impressive match results. On Sunday the open match on Spring Lake was won by Warren Wright from peg 21A, with 81lb 13oz. His catch included carp, crucians, skimmers and tench. Roy Garraty was in the frame again with a second place weight of 64lb 3oz from peg 18 and next to him on peg 19 Charley Wright netted 42lb 14oz.

If you would like your local angling stories or match results included in this column, please email them to: westsuffolkangling@live.co.uk

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