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The Jack Wetherill bandwagon rolls on with yet another win in the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association's Veterans' summer match series, his fourth in a row.

Chris Boughton

Angling in West Suffolk

By Chris Boughton

The Jack Wetherill bandwagon rolls on with yet another win in the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association's Veterans' summer match series, his fourth in a row. This time it was at Barrow Lake where the fish were in uncooperative mood for everyone, except Lucky Jack who landed 6 carp and an assortment of tench, crucians and skimmers for a total weight of 21lb 15oz from peg 17. Next door at peg 18 Mike Stavely included two carp in his catch of 8lb 5oz followed by Percy Parr who had one carp for 5lb 13oz from peg 1. The crucians, that have been turning up in large numbers, for pleasure anglers, did there usual mysterious match day disappearing act. The Veteran's next match is at Water Lane Reservoir. Some essential bank erosion work is underway at Middle Reservoir and until this is completed pegs 15 to 19 are closed to all anglers. The Association's new web site has a page for both current angling photos and archive photos and they would be glad to upload any that local anglers may have. Please send them to the email address at the bottom of this article. The local angling forum is starting to attract interest and members, and can be accessed via the Association's web site, membership is free.


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Hinderclay Lakes', New Water, also had an off day for last Saturday's open match despite it being a near perfect spring day. Mind you Hinderclay expert James Boughton still had 40lb 12oz of carp, from peg 10, caught on long pole fished in the margin using paste and he did not have a fish for the last two hours of the match after breaking his pole at the number 4 section and having to resort to fishing a light ledger rod instead, for the remainder of the match. It seems the fish were in a fussy mood and wanted the more precise presentation that a pole can offer. There was a good turnout for the match with most of the pegs being used, which probably had an impact on the overall weights, compared to normal. Nigel Stannard was second with 36lb 3oz, also fishing the long pole, just shading Phil Alexander who had 36lb exactly. Hinderclay hold open matches every Thursday and most weekends and may soon launch a summer series of Tuesday evening open matches if there is sufficient interest. To book in for any of these matches or find out more call Stuart on 07787 521851.

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

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