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Suffolk Water Park - Open Matches

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  • Suffolk Water Park - Open Matches

    The first Suffolk Water Park Open match of the year will be held at the Suffolk Water Park on Match Lake 1, Easter Sunday, 8th April. The venue is just off the A14 west of Ipswich at junction 52. Follow the brown tourist signs with a picture of a golf hole flag on it. The post code is IP8 4JS. To book in, ring 01473 832327. Draw will be at 8.45am at the fishing lodge. Fish 10 - 3. 2 nets required, one for fish over 2lb, the others for silvers and fish less than 3lb. Entry will be limited to 36 anglers so book in early. You can drive to each peg for unloading tackle and leave your car behind most.

    I have been pleasure fishing over there the last couple of weeks with some friends and we have caught well on each occasion. Mostly carp to 8lb with the average about 2lb with a reasonable number between 2 1/2lb and 4lb. Best weight was approaching the ton but no nets are allowed in pleasure sessions so it is difficult to say exactly. Someone reportedly had 56 carp last week and that would have been well over the ton. My best catch in a 5 hour session has been 36 fish.

    Most anglers have been fishing the causeway bank (pegs 21 to 32) but there have been fish caught all around the lake. 2 weeks ago, it was all feeder work, but this last week, fish are coming readily to the pole. You don't have to go too long either, 5 metres is ample WHEN PLEASURE FISHING. I suspect with a match on the fish will move away from the bank until later in the match when they will come on the inside.

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    And now to brag :--

    Well, it was like the curates egg, good in parts! The wind affects this venue and with the wind in the North East for a fortnight the weights have been coming from the south west corner of the lake. That is where people started catching this morning, Pegs 3, 5 & 6 all had a few fish. However as the South Westerly wind got up, the fish moved to my end of the lake and after a couple of fish on the tip, at about 12.30 I started to catch on corn down the margin to my left. I had about 20 fish in the end and the biggest 2 went 15lb on the scales. My margin swim was about 2'6" deep next to some reeds and I lost about 5 fish which may have been foul hookers. Certainly one was as I had the scale to prove it.

    I won the match with 65lb 9oz from peg 18 and Scott Douglas of Daiwa Cleveland the next round from me on 22 came third on the same tactics but he didn't really start catching until 1.30pm. We were both fishing towards pegs 19 - 21 in the corner so for a pleasure session, that is where I would go.

    2nd today was Richard Fuller on peg 26 with 24lb 3oz, all on the feeder with either maggot or sweetcorn on the hook. 4th was Colin Provins with 18lb 3oz.

    Most people had a fish or two and a number of large fish were lost including myself. If you want to fish the pole then Black Hydro is recommended and 0.15mm line. If everything that was hooked by the anglers around the lake had been landed then the results would have looked very good. There are no real snags to be honest it is just the power of the fish that seem to fight ridiculously hard.

    Anyway give it a try and if there is any breeze then try to fish into it.

    There are matches going to be held every weekend on either the Saturday or the Sunday on either Saturday or Sunday The next few dates are shown below :-

    Saturday April 14 M2
    Sunday April 22 M2
    Saturday April 28 M1
    Sunday May 6 M1
    Saturday May 12 M2
    Sunday May 20 M2
    Saturday May 26 M1
    Sunday June 3 M1
    Saturday June 9 M2
    Sunday June 17 M2
    Saturday June 23 M1
    Sunday July 1 M1
    Saturday July 7 M2
    Sunday July 15 M2
    Saturday July 21 M1
    Sunday July 22 M1 and M2 Vince Morgan Memorial
    Sunday July 29 M1

    Places are limited so prior booking is advised. Please ring me, Richard Watson, 07781 953310 for availability.

    Evening matches with a 6pm draw and fishing 6.30 until 9.30 will begin on TUESDAY May 29th and will run for 8 weeks with the best 6 of the 8 matches to count. It will be conducted on a total weight basis that worked so well for the River Yare this last summer.