Fisherman’s Valley is very much about the all-round angler. We love our carp and we love our pike but we love everything else that swims. The year divides itself quite conveniently into the three main fishing seasons. Between April and June we tend to major on tench with bream, carp and particularly crucians coming into the reckoning as well. We have some wonderful stillwaters to enjoy for these fabulous species. Once again, you can fish for big tench, those 9 pound plus fish, or have plenty of action on waters where the fish reach seven or eight pounds or so.
Between July and September, we continue to fish the stillwaters, especially for big carp. We’ve had plenty of fish in the 30 – 45 pound range, along with countless pristine fish from 10 – 25. Moreover, we tend to major on surface techniques and float fishing, often right under the marginal vegetation. Wonderful, thrilling stuff in beautiful locations.
The rivers are also an attraction at this time of the year. I like to think my courses down on the River Wye are legendary but up here in East Anglia we have very big barbel, although difficult to locate, some superb summer chub fishing and, of course, the fabled Wensum roach are always threatening a major comeback. Over the last few years we’ve seen a good number of twos and plenty of ones, all suggesting the good days could return.
It’s in the high summer, too, that we might even do a spot of sea fishing, bass and mullet that is, just off the North Norfolk coast. Most of this will be fishing from the beach or wading in crystal clear, knee-deep water. On the right day, in the right conditions, this fishing can be magnetic.
Or we might even try a little bit of wild trout fishing on one of the many tiny chalkstreams that Norfolk boasts. These might not be large fish but you can guarantee plenty of them, all pristine and all in rivers to take your breath away.
Between October and March we are looking at both our predator programme and the peak period for the rivers. The pike really swing into focus from October onwards and those first few sessions can be absolutely dynamic.
But it’s now that the chub and roach are really in fine fettle. I can think of little better than going on a chub quest on a nice, mellow, October day when the river is running with just a tinge of colour.
So there you have it, there isn’t a day of the year when there isn’t something to enjoy and sometimes even marvel at. Our list of big fish on an annual basis can be overwhelming and it’s easy to forget that what we’re really about is fun, comradeship, a teaching experience and lapping in the glories of some of the most wonderful watersides in the world.