Yes it’s true in 5 days time the 2023/14 river season closes and a rest from angling on the Norfolk Broads until June 16th, January was without doubt somewhat of a trying month but February and March have proved to be pretty good, with a fair amount of new PB’s for clients and some stunning specimens being returned by most people.

A few pics are below but more can be found on our website.

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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.

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!

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!

Tight lines
Allan G

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!

Pike killed by Otter

Shame and very sad to see this sight which is now becoming all to common on the Norfolk Broads

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

* In order to receive your gift voucher in time for Christmas full payment must be made by credit or debit card and you must have a valid email address to receive the voucher.


Thankfully the North sea storm surge passed without any apparent loss of life in our area, with EA officials saying that some of the levels were actually recorded higher than the devastating floods of 1953! It shows that despite the moan and groans about the EA, the now defunct NRA and even the old water authorities that during the last sixty years money has been well spent on our coastal sea defences. Yes we all know that a tidal river barrier at Great Yarmouth would prevent the ingress of salt water into the fragile environment that makes up the Norfolk Broads, will it ever happen? I doubt it in my lifetime especially in these prudent times that we now live in but that aside the EA, Police, Fire Service and even the army plus the masses of voluntary organisations have done a brilliant job in our area – hats off to each and every one of you.

Right now onto the problem of saltwater entering the Broadland area, I’ve been out and about today looking at areas around the Thurne, Ant & Bure systems and have to say that at the moment the rivers although high are contained inside there banks, the EA fishery team were spotted at Potter Heigham boat basin early this morning so hopefully all the relevant fish barriers will have been put in place in plenty of time. I haven’t been able to get around the Yare or Waveney areas yet but those systems will undoubtedly carry a lot more of the initial tidal influence to start with! So far I have not found any evidence of dead fish in the areas I have visited but that still my come as the salt works its way up stream into those areas.

Will keep you all informed over the coming days, below are a few photographs of the Thurne area before and after the last high tide today, another high tide is due late this evening although evidence does seem to show this will be a more normal high Spring one!

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