By Darren Reed
The last seven days has been extremely hard on the rivers and drains, with heavy rain and strong north-easterly winds conditions making it diffcult for all concerned.
The conditions didn’t favour the anglers who did brave the elements.
During a quiet week, the odd predator angler ventured out during the weekend, but sadly there were blank catches reported from them, too.
On the positive side, the best weight recorded during October was a net of more than 230lb with bream and tench providing the bulk of this huge river haul.
Hopefully the tench and bream will show during the John Russell Memorial Match, which will be pegged through this secret hotspot.
The match will this year take place on KLAA’s Ten Mile Bank, between the Windmill Bridge and Church Farm.
John was a regular on this stretch of river every Saturday for more than 40 years, come rain or shine.
It will take place on Sunday, November 18, and entry will be £10 with an optional £5 super pool.
All funds raised from the match will go to the local Royal National Lifeboat Institute
For more information on the match, please contact Chud Harris on 07506 703161 or 01553 767424.
Dredging has finally started on the Old Bedford, at Salters Lode, to remove the silt that has built up over recent years.
Many anglers will be glad to see the river restored to its former glory days.
On the still waters, although things have quietened down at Tottenhill, Shepherd’s Lake has still continued to perform well.
Despite the adverse weather, there have been plenty of silvers showing.
Roach to 10 ounces have also featured in catches, while rudd, chublets and small skimmers to 10oz have also been making an appearance.
Whip, waggler and pole have all found the fish when using pinkie and maggot on the hook.
Loose feed has been reaping the rewards, rather than fishing over an initial bed of ground bait.
The venues of Ken Hill, Bear Lake and Queen’s will close on November 24.
These will then stayed closed for the remainder of the season.