THE week started well with the hot weather providing good sport for both the carp and float fishermen at Rochford’s Doggetts.

The tench were still spawning, so were not quite so evident, but bread and corn supplied good mixed bags especially from the back pool.

John Cook, from Romford, float fished the short arm and landed 40 bream plus 11 tench on an assortment of baits.

While the sun continued the carp showed well with fish to the 20lb mark falling to dog biscuits on a daily basis.

Rochford angler Paul Bevan enjoyed an evening on the north bank, landing a mirror of 18lb plus a very pretty 19lb fully-scaled fish.

Anthony Gull also found fish to upper doubles, while Charlie Ridpath fished the gaps on the North bank landing two doubles on mixers.

The weather took a dramatic dive at the weekend and so did the fishing, although a few brave anglers soldiered on through atrocious conditions.

Dave Leiper landed a 17lb mirror from the North bank and Terry Mills banked a scrappy upper double common from the point on the south bank.

Fishing their first night on the short arm saw Mills and Paul Whitehead face atrocious gales and rain, but they were rewarded with mirrors of 16lb and 21lbs.

Alfie Fossett arrived at Doggetts to find the sun shining and the long arm free, and within half an hour of starting his 24-hour session, Fossett had landed a 20lb mirror plus his Doggetts personal best, a very pretty 25lb mirror. As is often the case, both fish were landed within yards of the bank.