Harleston teenager’s angling glory
- 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.'