Harleston teenager’s angling glory

Jude Ashken, with a 32lb mirror carp, has won the Korda British Young Carpers Angling Championship 2

Jude Ashken, with a 32lb mirror carp, has won the Korda British Young Carpers Angling Championship 2016. Picture: Gary Newman. - Credit: Gary Newman

A teenager from Harleston has won a national fishing competition after landing seven fish in the final.

Jude Ashken took part in the Korda British Young Carpers Angling Championship at Oxlease Lake, near Oxford.

The 15-year-old, who started fishing with his grandfather at Weybread pits when he was five-years-old, won his eliminator round before he went on win the final, catching seven fish which totalled 156lb 8oz.

He even landed a 32lb mirror carp - a personal best.

Jude, who is a member of Harleston, Wortwell and District Angling Club, said: 'I did not believe it really. And most people were two years older than me.

'I entered last year and I did not do very well.

'My granddad first got me into fishing when I was very young, and I never thought that I was in with a real chance of winning this, it has not sunk in yet and does not seem real.'

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The youngster, who is also a keen cricketer, won a trophy, a £500 cheque and a year's worth of sponsorship from Korda.

Jude's father Peter added:

'It was amazing. There are 100 people who entered.

'He does fishing for the love of it. The competition gives him a chance to learn more skills.

'Just now I believe nationally less youngsters are taking up fishing, so hopefully Jude may inspire more youngsters to have a go.'

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