Pleasure anglers have the pick of the hot-spots on the Nene
WITH the new season just a few days old it’s been hard to get a full picture of what the start has brought us in terms of catches on the rivers and drains.
As it all got underway in midweek there have not been that many anglers taking the day off.
That should all change at the weekend though and with next to no matches booked along the whole of the River Nene from Oundle down to Peterborough, pleasure anglers have the pick of all the noted hot-spots.
I have heard that bream and tench were caught at Oundle on a swimfeeder with red maggot and worm taking nets to 25lb.
Elton produced a couple of big barbel but as always with the specimen hunters it’s hard to get too much detail just yet.
Wansford and Stibbington saw plenty of small fish catches and I would expect both to be well worth a visit at the weekend as there is a tinge of colour at the top end of the river above the city.
I was surprised to see that there was no one fishing the Milton Bridge area, that could also be worth a try over the next week.
The Orton Locks area is sure to be very busy with anglers trying to tempt some of the big barbel that have made the few pegs just below the locks so popular over the past few years.
I know of one or two anglers that caught skimmers and bream below the locks and anglers have also reported bream showing on the city embankment, most falling to a groundbait feeder approach.
If you are heading for the River Welland spend a little time picking your pegs - look for good colour because that’s where the bream are sure to be.
Hot-spots are usually above Crowland Bridge on the bends, right upstream then going towards the Deepings, even as far as the Folly mouth.
The fen drains have got off to a good start. Ramsey Narrows produced, there were skimmers and the odd tench from Bodsey Bridge and Exhibition Bridge also produced some reasonable sport.
There have been no really big weights from the Twenty Foot Drain yet but a couple of big shoals were spotted so prospects look really good if you can locate them.
Small fish were showing in good numbers on Whittlesey Dyke and better still on Cock Bank.
Glassmoor Bank will be worth a try for bream and tench with an early start giving you the best chance of a big weight fishing worm and caster.
On the North Level, Black Dyke got off to a cracking start with most anglers reporting plenty of bites. There were also reports of decent sport along the main drain.
Stillwaters are sure to produce the goods. Decoy has been in fine form recently as has Kingsland.
Northey Park rarely lets you down and for a day’s surface fishing Eldernell could well be your best bet.
Some big fish have been taken from Railway Lakes on the deeper of the two pools, the shallow pool is best for the pleasure angler.
Weston Lake and further out Lake Ross to the north of the city should also be in form for carp anglers.
Ferry Meadows has had a much better month and although the weed looks as if it’s going to be a problem once again, anglers have reported good weights of bream.