Middle Level springs into action and Springside dominates for King’s Lynn anglers

Simon Buttery
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The Middle Level has started to show some consistency with good mixed bags reported at the bottom end.

Springside steals the show for the lakes as tench and carp continue to feature heavily in catches reported.

Middle Level, St Marys-Magdalen High Road: The last seven days has produced some rewarding catches for anglers at this end of the level. A catch of five tench to 6lb 8oz has been received from an angler fishing the tip whilst presenting worm on the hook at St Marys.

Nets to 25lb of skimmers have also been recorded at Peppers, bream to 4lb have been showing in mixed nets reported between St Peters and Neepes. Tip anglers have been rewarded when offering, maggot, caster, pellet and worm as a hookbait. Pole anglers are also sharing the spoils when fishing the 6m-11 metre line.

Neepes-Crooked Chimney: Neepes is starting to produce skimmers and small bream on both the pole and tip. Roach are also showing when targeted but pike strikes are becoming common when bringing in small fish. Tench, skimmers and bream to 4lb show at Crooked Chimney on the tip.

Pingle: Bream to 3lb 8oz, tench to 4lb, skimmers to 1lb 9oz and roach have all started to show on the whip for anglers fishing the top end of the Level.

Ten Mile Bank: Anglers reported very hard fishing during the early part of the week with only the odd skimmer and perch recorded, but as the sluice gates opened towards the end of the week and there was flow on the water the Great Ouse sprang into life. A catch of 20lb, mainly skimmers, was recorded from just upstream of the Railway Bridge.

The odd bream, hybrids, roach, perch and tench have all shown in catches recorded. Evening sessions have again seen the more dominant catches.

Two matches were held on the Middle Level during the last week. Firstly on Wednesday 54 competitors from Anglian Water held the annual fishing match at the venue from Peppers-Magdalen High Road.

Conditions were not perfect for the anglers taking part, but nevertheless, as all anglers do, they accept it and carry on.

Results: 1 G.Wakerly 26lb 8oz, mainly bream and skimmers all on the tip fishing single maggot; 2 J.Dale 11lb 12oz; 3 K.Hales 11lb 3oz; 4 A.Warboys 10lb 8oz.

No results have yet been received for Sunday’s King of the Fens.

Springside continues to produce the goods, tench to 6lb showing frequently in catches when targeted, carp to 15lb 8oz showing on the method feeder. All styles of method feeder have been rewarding.

Corn and maize are working well for the larger fish, pellet for the smaller carp, maggot and bread for the quality roach and rudd that have continuously shown on the pole, waggler and whip.

Bear Lake: Dersingham angler Simon Buttery landed this superb 17lb mirror carp during his recent visit whilst fishing paste in the margins.

Multiple catches are being reported from all around the lake, margin and island producing the better quality carp to 10lb. Pellet, corn, meat and dead red maggot are all working well on the hook when using a method feeder or a straight bomb.

Queen’s Lake: An assortment of bream to 4lb 8oz have shown on traditional bream style tactics. Pellet and double red maggot were the more rewarding baits.

Shepherd’s Lake: Bream to 5lb continues to dominate in this lake, traditional bream style tactics paving the way for good catches. Pellet and red maggot again work very well, alternative bait has been corn which has also been rewarding. The odd carp are beginning to make an appearance, roach and rudd can be found close in on the whip and pole. Chub to 3lb has also been recorded.

Ken Hill: Tench to 2lb, roach to 1lb and rudd to 1lb 4 oz have all been reported in catches during the last week.

Whip, pole and waggler have all been used with success when offering corn or maggot as a hookbait.

Tottenhill: Plenty of bream and carp showing from all around the lake. Local rods Jason Stone landed a few carp, the biggest being a 15lb 4oz common, and Ady Boughen also amassed a few carp with his biggest being 14lb 8oz during a recent visit. All caught on the method feeder.

Bream to 5lb 6oz show well on the pole and tip. Top baits this week have been corn, pellet, caster and meat.