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Winter On Catch 22, Norfolk
t was the second week in
November, fast approaching
winter, and I wasn’t sure of
where I was going to spend
my winter fishing this year.
The water that I was fishing
over autumn hasn’t really had any
winter form, so that wasn’t really an
option. The club water I was fishing
earlier in the year had been really
busy due to the fact that it had done
three fish just over forty pounds, plus
it would mean setting up in the dark
on a Friday night after work, which I
didn’t really fancy. So driving home
from work one evening the thought
entered my head that the lake with
the best form that I could think of was
Catch 22 in Norfolk. It has an amazing
stock of fish, with a mixture of big
commons and some really nice scaly
There are two lakes: one’s a syndicate and the other is a day ticket. The
day ticket is the one that really interests me. There are 60-80 thirties and a
sprinkling of fish over forty pounds. So
without any more thinking, it was a
case of seeing if I could obtain a winter ticket. I gave Dave the fishery
manager a call, who’d always been a
good friend of mine, and after he’d
given me a bit of stick, as he normally
does, he agreed to me having a ticket.
I popped in after work one evening,
paid for my ticket and had a quick
wander round. I had managed to get
my mate Andy a ticket too, so we
planned to do a midweek night up the
shallower end, just to get our bearings
and to see where the fish were. I hadn’t fished the lake for a few years, so if
I’m honest it took us a couple of
weeks to suss it out. It soon became
apparent that a lot of the fish were
showing and being caught in what is
classed as the deeper end of the lake,
mainly from pegs 7 round to peg 29.
So on our next trip, we decided to
head for this area and put a bit of bait
in to see if we could get amongst
I arrived at the lake Thursday night
to do an overnighter with the intention to return after work on Friday to
fish the weekend. My first bite came
on the Thursday night a little after
dark on a Mainline Milky Toffee popup over 3-4kg of Mainline Essential
Cell. After a decent scrap, it turned
out to be a 29lb 12oz common. It’s


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