Hard to believe but we’re just starting our 4th consecutive dry day Pike fishing on the Norfolk Broads! Bad weather forecast tomorrow but for now we’re making the most of it, let’s hope the #Pike do to!
So February’s already arrived and with it only 6 weeks of the current river season now remain and believe it or not the first 2 days of February is dry and not only that but the sun’s actually appeared in the sky – whoopee !!
This post is a bit of a miss mash of things as regular follows will have noticed I haven’t managed to add many posts lately, partly because there hasn’t been a great amount to write about and partly because laziness has set in again – see I admit it…lol
Anyway January 2014, well to be honest it has been a total disaster for us up on the Norfolk Broads, it seems that it has almost never stopped raining or blowing a gale all January, good news is the heavy duty “Lea Cotten” waterproofs have been severely tested and shown to be well worth the money, suppose if there good enough for trawler men then they’ll do us fine! Whilst our river systems have remained well inside there banks they have had a fair bit of colour and muck in them as would be expected, almost every time we have had more heavy rain then the colours flooded back in. Strange thing though is that some parts of the main river systems have remained pretty clear but in truth it hasn’t made the Pike down in those parts feed any better than in the coloured water! Some of the Pike have shown themselves to be very fat, couple this with the lack of pick-ups and twitchy takes it does seriously make us think that maybe our Broadland Pike are going to spawn early – no evidence yet on the spawning areas we know of but it is a definite possibility.
OTTERS & THE NORFOLK BROADS
Sure by now that you will understand my point of view on the dreaded Otters that now abound in the Broadland river systems, I think this Winter I have seen more Otters on a daily basis on all of our waterways than ever before! From the quiet back waters of the River Ant to the middle of Norwich on the Wensum they are everywhere. Other anglers both up on the Broads and around the country are now showing more and more concern of this top predator, there is now a on-line petition set up by Richard Bracey so that as caring anglers we can show the relevant authorities our genuine concerns on this serious matter. If you haven’t come across it or haven’t had time to sign it the link is here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/59529 it only takes a few minutes to complete so please if you care about the future of our sport please take a short time to sign this, it already has over 4000 signatures add yours and lets see if something can be done before its to late!
LATE SEASON AVAILABILITY
Now the rains has seemingly stopped, well for a while any way, it could be a bumper end to this season, we only have a very small amount of dates now left so if your thinking of fishing with us you will need to get your reservation in pretty quickly before we end up fully booked – current availability can be found on our ON-LINE DIARY and reservations can be made on our RESERVATION PAGE we accept credit or debit card payments, PayPal and direct bank transfer so its really easy to book and pay on our guided trips.
Anyway thats about it for this entry on the blog, try and find a couple of minutes to sign the petition, its with it and hopefully some of you will be able to find some time to fish up here with us on the tail end of the season, there could be some seriously hungry big girls out there with your name on them!
It’s been a pretty slow start to the new year as far as Pike fishing goes on the Norfolk Broads. The very unsettled weather and heavy rain over the last 3 weeks or so is now starting to take its toll. Good news though is that the wet weather is allegedly on its way out by the middle of this week so hopefully this will allow things to settle down and bring those big Norfolk Pike out to play again!
Came across this sad sight the other day on one of Norfolk’s rivers, the picture doesn’t actually do the fish justice but she was around a mid double and looks like she was killed either late the day before or early that morning, you can see the damage the Otter has done to this magnificent fish!
Just a quick reminder to let you know you can still purchase the “Predator People” gift vouchers in time for Christmas, starting from just £25.00 they make great gifts for all anglers use them on any of our UK trips and there valid for a full twelve months. But hurry you have up until 6pm on Christmas eve to purchase and receive this great gift in time for Christmas*.
Use the on-line order form on the website @ http://www.predator-people.co.uk/gift-vouchers.html or give Allan a call on 07795 232845
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I’m sure by now you will have seen the news reports regarding the North Sea surge that is advancing down the east coast of the UK tonight, levels on the high tides around North Norfolk are above what was expected and areas around Caister on Sea & Great Yarmouth are already starting to breach the sea defences. The high tide at Great Yarmouth is not until around 22:45 tonight so it’s potentially looking like it could be quite devastating for the area and around 9000 homes have been advised to evacuate in GY alone! At the moment the sea has reportedly broken through several areas of Great Yarmouth sea defences!
So what If the tidal waters infringe up into the freshwater of the Norfolk Broads?
Well a lot depends on exactly how far the salt reaches, we have monitoring stations along most main river systems these days so with advance warning the fish refuges can be bought into play, hopefully this time a lot of the fish will be in these areas now unlike in October this year when the fish were still mostly in the rivers. We have to be realistic, this is nature at it’s most fearsome and uncontrollable, there will undoubtedly be fish deaths in the Broads, it all depends on how many die and were all going to have to wait and see what happens over the next 48 hours or so.
Salt surges used to be a common thing as I grew up, the 80′s saw many devastating ones, I remember thinking I could walk over the Potter Heigham lagoons of Herbert Woods as they were packed from side to side with dead fish of all species and sizes! the area recovered, it took a long time admittedly but it did recover as it will again whatever nature throws at it this time.
I’ll keep you updated on how things are over the next few days, the fish in the upper rivers should be safe (hopefully) but flooded rivers, dirty water and extra cold water into the river systems will not make those fish to happy to feed one thinks. With this in mind we have cancelled all of our trips for tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday and will review the situation for next weeks trips as the weekend starts.
I think as anglers we all need to pray that this salt water does not push so far up into the Broads that is becomes a disaster and I think praying is all we can now do!