Vince’s good run takes him to top of county table

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By Chris Boughton

AFTER only a brief spell of milder weather, the arctic conditions returned and nearly all our local lakes have been frozen over.

One of the few fisheries to stay open was Blackdyke Trout Fishery, near Hockwold, and that was only partially free of ice. However, Suffolk missed the worst of the snow on Saturday and the returns were good at Blackdyke, for the brave anglers who ventured out.

The winning flies were apps bloodworm, humungos and yellow dancers all fished on intermediate and sink tip lines with a slow retrieve. Please note this fishery will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

However, anyone fishing a four fish ticket, between Christmas and New Year, will be able to take a fifth fish for free. For further information visit their website at www.blackdykefishing.co.uk or call Paul Speed on 07525 730447 to check if the lake is free of ice.

Please also note that Larkwood Trout Fishery, in West Stow, will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For further information visit www.larkwoodfishery.co.uk or call Ian McGregor on 07776 370348.

Local match anglers James Boughton, Stuart Bracey and Vince Cross journeyed to Barford Lakes near Norwich again last Saturday, in search of an open match and spent two hours breaking the ice, with 20 other anglers, before the event could get underway.

Once again, the local competitors did well, with James taking second place overall with 9lb 9oz and Vince coming first on his lake and fourth overall with 4lb 2oz.

On a bitterly cold day, even the aerators failed to keep the lakes completely ice free and heavy weights, on ropes and chains had to be deployed on most of the swims to make them fishable.

Ixworth angler, Vince Cross’s good run at Barford Lakes, which includes two recent wins, has helped take him to the top of the Angling Times, Shimano, match fishing County Championship table.

Bury St Edmunds anglers Richard Bond (fifth), John Hoskins, James Boughton and Stuart Bracey are also currently in the top 20 qualifying places with Lakenheath angler, Steve Jackson, not far behind in 22nd place.

Cross Drove Fishery, between Lakenheath and Hockwold, has closed for its annual winter break and will reopen on March 1, 2011.

If you would like your local angling stories, photos or match results included in this article email them to chrisboughton@live.co.uk.