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A surprise catch at the Lay-by

Fishing for Bream at Lay-by Pit with a swimfeeder. Caught several good Roach and then this 8 pounder Carp surprised me!

Chris Madle
7 November 2018

Great Dunburgh session – with a twist!

Fished the Dunburgh stretch recently and had a nice catch, mainly roach with a few perch. Conditions were almost perfect, flood tide, light breeze and a bit of colour in the water.
Had a bite on nearly every run through. Maggot and caster for bait fished on the pole in 16′ of water.

Even hooked and landed this 12lb pike that took a fancy to a single white maggot – for a minute I thought I’d hooked a huge Perch or Chub!

David Lilley
26 October 2018

A personal best at the Lay-by

My new personal best – a sixteen and quarter lb Mirror Carp followed by an eleven pound Common, a three and a quarter pound Tench, a five pound Common, and some small Roach.

All caught on hair rigged sweet corn.

Weights witnessed by fishing friend Malcolm Brooks.

Mervyn Baldry
24 October 2018

Some quality fish from the Lay-by

Nice Tench from the Lay By Pit. Caught 3 or 4 like this and lost just as many! Also nice Common and nice Mirror Carp.
All caught from Swim 5 on Spam. Didn’t start biting until 5pm.
All fish in pristine condition.
Kevin Hunt
25 September 2018

A fine Crucian from Common Pond

Nice True Crucian Carp from the Common Pond. Caught close in on maggots.

Kevin Hunt
6 September 2018

A great catch at the Lay-by.

Good catch this morning at the Lay-by Pit.
14 tench, 7 carp and 3 small bream. Also lost 6 more tench and 3 carp. Took this picture of one net (had a job to hold it to take the picture!) but had to put the other net back without getting a photo.

Ian Moore
2 August 2018

Ellingham Mill’s wonderful Chub like Dutch cheese!

Caught 4 clonking Chub like this one at Ellingham Mill on Edam Cheese on the evening of July 25th.

Kevin Hunt
25 July 2018

Lots of good fish coming out of Ellingham!

Last day of May at Ellingham Hall Lakes. Lots of Carp like this one from swim 5. Mirrors and Commons and some nice roach too.
They took any bait we gave them!

Kevin Hunt
31 May 2018

A good day despite four seasons worth of weather!

Bonus visit to Ellingham Hall Lakes with temperatures more like Mid Summer than April. Most swims flooded as water high but fishable.
Sat through all the seasons – bright sunshine, thunderstorm with torrential rain, hail stones the size of golf balls! – then Rainbows!
Fish fed consistently on every bait, sweetcorn, Cheese, bread, and pellets.
Lively Mirror and Common Carp. One here caught by my daughter.

Kevin Hunt
22 April 2018

The Chub are still there!

Still some good Chub at Ellingham.

Kevin Hunt
16 October 2017

The Carp are getting bigger!

Nice Common Carp caught by my daughter at Ellingham Hall Lakes on sweetcorn on 6th August 2017.

Kevin Hunt
6 August 2017

Mr Cheese does it again!

Two clonking Chub caught at Ellingham Mill on 31st July 2017 on Edam Cheese bait. The second was caught about an hour after the first one.

Kevin Hunt
31 July 2017

A fine Mirror from the Layby

Probably the biggest Mirror caught at the Layby Pit to date (unless you know better?).

A nice Mirror Carp 14lb 8oz caught by Mark Lewis of Beccles at the Layby Pit this afternoon on the Method in the sunshine!

Mark Lewis
19 July 2017

A father and daughter team take on the Ellingham Carp

Lots of Common Carp like this caught all day long by my daughter at Ellingham Hall Lake.

Bread, sweetcorn, meat, cheese….. You name it, they took it!

I also had a nice Mirror Carp – caught on Edam Cheese!

Kevin Hunt
16 July 2017

Caught on the fly!

Having had a nice session last week at Ellingham catching Rudd on the drop with bread paste I thought I’d try my hand at catching them on my light fly rod.

I got a bit more than I bargained for!

By the end of the fight the fly was looking a bit worse for wear but did go on to hook another large Mirror which sadly broke the new 5lb hook length and got away.

And the Rudd? Yes I caught some of those as well. An interesting day!

Roger Harrison
12 April 2017

A Nice Carp for Lisa
A nice 8lb common from the wife at Ellingham.
A nice Carp for Lisa
It’s nice to see our new bailiff checking membership of people to secure our waters!
Simon Tedstone
25 March 2017

Cheesy Chub

Having enjoyed a wonderful session on a day ticket at Bungay Common I look forward to becoming a season ticket holder in 2017.

A cheesy chub
Roly Stagg
14 March 2017

A personal best at the Pit

A new personal best – fifteen pound Common Carp caught at Peg 14 at the Lay-by Pit.

Method – a ground baited method feeder, 4inch 10lb hook link with 8 maggots on a size 14 hook.

Mervyn Baldry
28 February 2017

Two more great catches!

Two more super fish caught by Kevin during September.

A clonking Ellingham Chub caught on cheese and one of  2 lovely Tench from the Lay By Pit on luncheon meat.

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Kevin Hunt
19 September 2016

A nice Mirror from Ellingham

This fine Mirror Carp was caught from Ellingham Hall Lakes at Peg 2 using pork meat as bait.


Kevin Hunt
16 August 2016

A couple of great Waveney Chub

A couple of good Chub have been caught on the Waveney this past week –

This fine fish caught by Kevin Hunt at Ellingham Mill using cheese as bait


Kevin Hunt
5 August 2016

…. and this one caught by Roger Harrison on Outney Common, on a bunch of Brandlings,
despite lots of canoe traffic!r_harrison_outneychub_6aug16

Roger Harrison
6 August 2016

He’s done it again!

Another great session at the Lay-by – a 13lb 10oz Common Carp, a Tench 4lb and 2 skimmers around 2lb a piece.

All on banded 8mm pellet at peg 19 on the pole. Not bad for three hours fishing!

Ian Moore's 13lb 10oz Common Carp

Picture taken and fish weighed by Tony Game.

Ian Moore
18 May 2016

A good morning session at the Lay-by

A good morning session at peg 13 using banded pellet as bait – 6 tench 2 bream 2 big skimmers and I also lost 6 more!

A good bag of Tench and Bream
Ian Moore
14 May 2016

Some good fishing at the Lay-by and on the river

Fished the Lay-by lake March 2016, after the flood. Carp showing well, in my peg, all day, but not interested in my spam bait until 4pm.

Then 3 mirrors largest 4lb 2oz. Finished with a magnificent conditioned 9lb 4oz common. A new personal best.

Came back next day, nothing, frozen. Stuck it out for a few hours went home early. Last year there several tench, best 5-6lbs.

River –  a Pike 13 and a half pounds, disappointed, thought I had caught a huge Chub!

Mervyn Baldry
21 March 2016

Some good winter fishing at the Lay-by Pit

This nice bag of  Perch, Tench, Carp, skimmers and Roach was caught at Peg 31 on 23rd of February.

A nice bag

And this good bag of Roach and Skimmers were caught at Peg 16 on 15th March.

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The Pit is fishing well!

Glenn Shiplee
16 March 2016

Ellingham Lake keeps on producing

A nice Mirror Carp from Ellingham Hall Lakes on sweetcorn.


Kevin Hunt
20 September 2015

Doing the rounds at Ellingham Lake

What an afternoon I had!
Fished all 40 pegs and had fish 5lb and over on every peg. Best peg was peg 2 where I had a 15 pounder.

Marcus Garner
13 September 2015

Ellingham Chub

Two nice Chub caught from Ellingham Mill in July and August. One of the fish was caught with a cheese bait .

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Kevin Hunt
23 July 2015

A near personal best Bream

My only bream of the session at Bungay Layby Pit today but at 7 lb 1
oz, just 4 oz off my pb so I can’t complain!

John Byers has a near personal best Bream from the Lay-by Pit Double red maggot and gb feeder. Now for one of the “doubles”!!

Fantastic new path and bridge improvements!! Well done Ian, amazing job!!

John Byer
21 April 2015

Bungay Common fishing well

New chub pb on stick and maggot from bottom end of common today. 5 lb 8 oz and 3 others plus 9 lb of prime roach.

Get out there quickly as there are only 3 weeks left of the season!

John Byer
19 February 2015

A nice Mirror from the Pit

A very nice Mirror Carp caught from peg 12 came in at just 6lb.

Chris Madle's 6lb Mirror

Chris Madle
13 November 2014

A 50 year personal best

After 50 years of fishing it was FANTASTIC to get a new PB tench at the Layby Pit today, 6 lb 3 oz and a lovely male fish I think?

John Byer's persomal best Tench

All on my own but loads of big fish topping.

Now for the PB bream (7 lb 3 oz) and chub from the river (5 lb 1 oz)!!!

John Byer
2 November 2014

The youngsters catch the big’uns too!

This nice carp caught by my 9 year old daughter Jenna at Ellingham Hall Lake on 22nd September.
Bait used was Halibut Pellet.

Jenna's great Carp!

This lake seems absolutely alive with fish!

Kevin Hunt
22 September 2014

Some great birds at Ellingham!

Targeted the roach today with tares but couldn’t get through the carp!

But two appearances from the osprey made it worthwhile, plus
kingfishers, green and great spotted woodpeckers etc.
Lovely lake.

Osprey at Ellingham

John Byer
13 September 2014

A nice mixed bag from Peg 15

A good session at the club pit – 4lb Tench with 7 small Mirrors and two Crucian.

A nice Tench from the club pit

Chris Madle
21 August 2014

A nice Chub from Ellingham

A nice Chub caught on the river at Ellingham Mill in fading light. Bait used was cheese.

A summer Chub from Ellingham

Kevin Hunt
August 2014

A great morning on the Lures

It was a very rainy Sunday on the 29th June but it was well worth it. A mornings lure fishing for chub resulted in in 2 chub to 4lb, 4 pike and a perch from the Bungay Common stretch of the Waveney.

A small pike on the lure from Bungay Common

Jamie Mcgrath
29 June 2014

An exhausting day at Ellingham Hall Lake

Had a first fish at the lake yesterday, I am worn out today! A new personal best – 65 Carp , ranging from the baby ones, 12inchers – 15inchers, also equaling my best ever caught 8lb Common

Some of the tiddler carp probably caught more than once.Fish at every cast. I was able to see the fish, feeding at the very edge, when I put sweetcorn in as an offering at my feet,the larger Carp mopped it up. Soon as I dropped the hooked corn in they took it, and spat it out right away!
I changed to floating bread crust, they went mental taking the hook bait! When I ran out of bread, I changed to my usual 8mm hair rigged pellet, and called it a day with the 8lb Common.

Also nice Rudd and Roach to end up with 70 plus fish. I didn’t float fish at all, prefer ledgering.
Some of the 6inch carp had no barbules, if they are Crucian this is another first for me.

Merv Baldry
16 June 2014

Early morning session at the Lay-by Pit brings a whopper!

Big fish weighed 10lb 1oz, I laid a 4 to 5 lb tench beside it for comparison!

I also had two other Tench and 9 Carp off peg 24. This was all from an early morning session.

10lb 1oz Tench from Lay-by Pit

Ian Moore
4 June 2014

Some nice Tench from the Pit

1 of 5 hard fighting tench from 1lb to 3lb all on a size 14 hook until something big was hooked and bent the hook straight!
All caught at peg 8, caught on float and straight lead with good old corn.


Paul Chapman
7 May 2014

He’s a Treasure(r)!

Ian Moore, the club’s treasurer had a great session at the club pit on Saturday.
Pictured is a Common of 14lb 1oz which was followed by another of 11lb 6oz and two Tench of four to five pounds.

Ian Moore's Carp of 3 May 2014

All were caught on method feeder to the island from peg 24 on sweetcorn.

Dave Gladwell
5 May 2014

The Carp are getting bigger!

This Common Carp, caught on club waters, tipped the scales at 23lb!

23lb Carp from Common Pond

April 2014

A surprise catch at the Lay-by Pit

It was looking like yet another blank day at the pit, my fifth in a row.
I was hoping I might get one or two Roach but at the end of the day, with no bites I hooked, and to my surprise, landed this 12lb Common!

12lb Common Carp

Half an hour later I was into a second, probably double figure, Common but after half an hour, and at the second time to the net it threw the hook and was away.

Still, not a bad result on a 50 year old rod and reel float rig and 2½lb line!

Roger Harrison
19 April 2014

A cold, wet and windy trip to the pit

Not bad for 5 hours. Tench, Perch, Rudd, Roach, Skimmers and carp.

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Oh also a Pike (about two and half foot long – 7 or 8lb with big belly) took worm.

Glen Shiplee
19 March 2014

A rare visitor to the river

Male Goosander

A pair of Goosander on the river at Ellingham yesterday which is a first for me on the Waveney.
Although they are fish predators, they ain’t going to be taking anything over 4 oz so less of a problem than the otters.

John Byer
9 January 2014

Another good Ellingham Chub

Another good Chub from Ellingham caught by Kevin Hunt

Nice Chub caught at Ellingham on Cheese Sunday 4th August 2013

Kevin Hunt

Two good Chub from Ellingham

A fine Ellingham Chub  Another fine Ellingham Chub

Two lovely summer evenings produced two chub of 4lb at Ellingham.
One on sweetcorn with a maggott swimfeeder and the other on a hair-rig with a chocolate pellet.

Chris Madle
July 2013

A flying Chub from Wainford

Having had a ghastly time in gusty winds at Wainford stretch B on
season opening day, I went back very early on Sunday morning.
A few tiddlers were about near the sluice, but it wasn’t until I
wandered upstream, beside the big oak tree, that I then noticed the
chub cruising around.

I lost a couple of big-uns in the weed, but then banked the pictured fish (roughly 4lb).

A fine Chub - caught on the fly

And yes, it was on a fly … a black & flash foam beetle.
The fish were very spooky & skittish after the first was taken,
possibly because it was so bright by then, but I will be back to find
the bigger chunks.

Jon Ninham
June 2013

Some fine Tench from Lay-by Pit – 22 April 2013

Six great Tench to 6lb. Stuart Parker's Tench

Caught these at peg 13 in the Lay-by using sweetcorn presented on the pole.
Tench fishing at its best – first fish on first drop in, then 7 more in 3 hours. What a nice place to fish – well done to Bungay club.

Stuart Parker

A great Bream session at Lay-by Pit – 6 April 2013





Ian Moore had a day at the layby pit on 6th april 2013, pics above, biggest bream over 14lbs – and a good Tench too!

Good Chub session on Bungay Common – March 2013

Good session on stick float and maggot first weekend of March on the common for 11 chub up to just over 4 lbs.
I had one first chuck, 6 in the first hour, but after two more I lost one and went 30 minutes without a bite.
I moved 50 yds downstream to another alder tree and had 3 more.
After fishing the common for over 30 years, that was my best ever day there for chub, but the roach fishing definitely ain’t what it was!

John Byer