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I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the salt water incursion last Tuesday into the fragile environment of the Norfolk Broads, whilst this is just nature doing what nature does! That said it is a very sad sight to see fish that have succumbed to the salt (estimated to be 25,000) floating in boat dykes and lagoons, its been happening since the Broads were formed and probably will continue unless a tidal barrier is built at Great Yarmouth – and lets be honest thats never going to happen is it!!

The following is taken from the Eastern Daily Press’s report of this:

“Environment Agency (EA) staff mounted a rescue mission in Potter Heigham today and, while they were able to save hundreds of fish with the help of local anglers, hundreds more have died.

A spokesman for the EA said: “We were alerted to a number of fish in distress in the River Thurne at Potter Heigham this morning.

“Increased salinity in the water due to the high tides yesterday caused the fish to become distressed.

“The fish barrier into the Herbert Woods Boatyard was raised on Wednesday as a preventative measure before the high tides, providing a safe haven for thousands of fish. However, some fish remained outside this barrier.

 

“With the help of local anglers, Environment Agency staff rescued hundreds more fish this morning and returned them to the safety of the boatyard.”

In 2007, thousands of fish in the river Yare died when November storms drove the sea tides higher than normal up the river. It was described as one of worst incidents of fish deaths from natural causes in the Norfolk Broads in the last 15 years.

The Thurne barrier in Potter Heigham means hundreds of thousands of fish can be protected.

If anyone see signs of fish in distress, they are asked to call the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 807060″

Had a great few days out recently with Julian and Peter, both went home with some cracking fish a couple of which can be seen below

Julian Courtney Peter-Joyce

However its apparently, according to Julian anyway, not that easy to take pictures of fish in a 15ft boat as can be seen with these examples of Julians effort of taking Petes fish, best bit though was Julian insisting that he was looking at the fish when he took the photo’s – obviously Julian….lol

JC-1-web JC-2-web JC-3-web

Well thought I would write this today as having had the pleasure of sitting out in torrential rain and strong winds with lovely clients Sandra and John from Kent, it most definitely felt Autumnal!

The Summer for us on the Norfolk Broads seemed to finish in the middle of August with some very cool and unseasonable weather, admittedly September was gorgeous up on the Broads but officially thats Autumn. Anyway lure fishing was without doubt the way to go during late Summer with several big hauls of Pike falling to this method along with several really good specimens as well. As September pushed on we as usual turned out attentions to bait fishing a bit more and as river temperatures started cooling the Pike really responded well to both live & dead baits, I had a great few days fishing with old friend and longtime client Geoff Dartnall from Essex and we boated a fair few Pike on all methods and lost a lot more, Geoff’s fault without any doubt…lol For all those lure anglers out there with boxes and boxes of lures (myself included) we maybe should follow Geoff’s theory and only own two lures, he uses these to great effect and doesn’t spend hours swapping and changing lures, admittedly we all know you can’t be a “proper” lure angler with only two lures can you Geoff!!

As usual there is to many people to mention on this post but a few that come to mind, Jon Bandel who not only managed to loose his favourite special flashing lure along with two spools of braid to dodgy day boat users definitely made myself and Chis May smile, in fact we actually laughed a fair bit. Geoff Hornby who still has not managed to ever blank since fishing with us, mind you a few trips on the Rive Thurne this Winter will probably end that long run of luck! The lovely Debbie from Hampshire fished with us recently for the first time and went home with her first ever Pike weighing over 20lb and lastly it was great s always to see father and son duo Rod & Nick Thorpe up from Essex. Couldn’t quite understand how Rod actually managed to beat team A (Nick & Myself) on the first day, however we came storming back on the second day with a cracking specimen Pike and a few smaller ones to boot, remember Rod you owe your son the £2.00 as usual…lol

Few pictures below from the last couple of weeks but more can be found on our website at www.predator-people.co.uk looking forward now for the weather to settle down a bit and all the weed to die back and float around along with all the leaves from the trees, good thing is though that the holiday boat traffic is now dying down so peace and quiet will return very soon.

Tight lines
Allan

Back at last

Apologies to you guys for letting the blog slip again, going to try and keep it regular from now on don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter etc etc.

Well its been a pretty prolific start to this new river season, with some cracking weather, some storms with plenty of thunder and lightning plus the best bit plenty of superb hard fighting Norfolk Broads Pike as well!

Congratulations to all of you that has sampled some great fishing with us and commiseration to the few that have found it a bit tough or have endured some of the torrential rain that has accompanied the thunderstorms or indeed the hot weather and have returned home sunburnt and pretty tired.

Quite a few new personal best Pike already for clients so again your one of those lucky people well done now lets see if you can beat your new PB next time up here, well you never know do you.

Reservations are nearly all gone for the Summer period, Autumn is already very, very heavily booked so if your thinking of coming up check out our new website and reserve your trip soon, otherwise you will be disappointed!

Few pics below of some of our lucky new season captors more on the new look website http://www.predator-people.co.uk

Tight lines
Allan

Well the new river season has now been underway for 3 weeks and its actually been a pretty good start, weathers in Norfolk has been as usual a little bit mixed, cracking Summer days with temps almost reaching 30c, thunderstorms and a fair bit of heavy rain thrown in just for good measure!

The fishing started brilliantly with over 30 hits on opening day alone, the first twenty pounder of the new season also has been boated and we’ve seen loads of personal best fish boated for our clients so all is happy at the Predator People at the moment.

Lures as usual are doing the business with most lures catching but soft lures and large spinnerbaits seem to have just that bit of an edge, baits so far have proved very slow.

We’ll keep you posted as the Summer progress, don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+, just click on our website and follow the links to do this at the top right of our pages.

A few pictures below of some of our catches so far.

Tight lines
Allan

 

Well I think the title just about says it all, looking out of the window the sky is grey and the rain is torrential however with the new river season starting in around 3 weeks time its just what we need, a good dose of clean, cool water to perk up the Broads and hopefully make the season start with a big bang!

I’ve just updated our on-line diary and we now have very few dates left in June & July, so if you fancy a bit of fun with hard fighting Summer Pike early season don’t leave it to late in reserving your dates or your going to be disappointed, don’t forget we fish both baits and lures through the Summer and whist I personally think lures are great fun and pretty productive during the warmer months if you fancy a more relaxed day then come bait fishing with instead.

Thats about it for this quick update, hopefully the rain will stop soon and I look forward to seeing you in the new season.

Allan

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