Plea­sure an­glers have the pick of the hot-spots on the Nene

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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