Open weekend at Suffolk fishery

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Following a year-long site clearance, redevelopment and restocking programme, Rum Bridge Fisheries in Clare, Suffolk, will host its inaugural Open Weekend – with a barbecue, kids’ coaching/angling ‘taster’ sessions, and a tackle, bait and clothing sale – on March 2nd-3rd.

The day ticket complex – which will be open to anglers from March 15th – was, explains co-owner Steve Calder, “designed and stocked to combine the convenience of a commercial fishery, the peaceful atmosphere and aesthetic of a mature estate lake, and the facilities of a holiday-style venue”. Those facilities include ample secure parking, toilets, shower, picnic benches, fire pits and an anglers’ kitchen. An extensive range of tackle and bait, and hot and cold snacks, is available – seven days a week. And weekend anglers on the Specimen Lake will enjoy complimentary breakfast baguettes, delivered piping hot to their swims. They can also choose from an extensive evening takeaway menu with free delivery – “making long stay carping an altogether more civilised affair”.

Steve believes, however, that it’s the mouth-watering stock of silvers, crucians, tench and carp that are set to secure Rum Bridge’s reputation among general pleasure anglers, matchmen and long-stay carpers alike.

Nestling alongside the banks of the River Stour, and scattered with dot islands, weed and reed beds, lilies and other features, the venue’s Back (Specimen) Lake is populated exclusively by large mirror and common carp, from (at the time of stocking) 22lb to 37lb. It is available to pre-book online, either exclusively or by a maximum of four individual anglers.

In turn, the adjacent Moat is extensively stocked with tench, perch, roach, crucians, carp and bream. Lending itself to traditional float fishing, feeder and pole techniques, it is fishable on a pay-on-arrival day ticket basis (priced at £10 adults, £5 concessions). The Moat is also available to hire exclusively for club and open matches.

Finally, the Top (aka Road) Lake features carp to 27lb, tench to 8lb, roach, crucians, bream and pike (to around 20lb). Surrounded by weeping willows and silver birch, and feature-packed with scattered, wooded islands, reed beds and lilies, it’s also available on a pay-on-arrival day ticket basis.

With fish health and bio security firmly in mind, the fishery will supply all keepnets, landing nets, mats and slings, to minimise any spread of disease. A secure otter fence has also been installed, with the help of a grant from the Angling Trust.

Steve says, “We created Rum Bridge Fisheries with a simple goal: to make fishing fun, affordable, comfortable, secure and accessible to all – whether you’re float-fishing for crucians and silvers, feeder-fishing for bream and tench, or big carp.

“We are also committed to bringing newcomers into the sport, with which in mind, we are developing two smaller ‘beginner’ ponds, on which we hope to run regular (free) coaching days, taster sessions, and Fishing for Schools style events.

“Complimentary coaching sessions will also be offered by Everybody Can Fish’s Angling Trust licenced coaches throughout the Open Weekend.”

The event will run from 10am to 3.30pm on March 2nd and 3rd. All are welcome at any time. Pre-booking of coaching sessions is however advised, either via Facebook (RumBridgeFisheries), phone 07428 344445 or email: info@rumbridgefisheries.co.uk.

For more information, contact Steve on 07764 790822; email steve@angling.marketing or visit www.rumbridgefisheries.co.uk.

Mick Clifford