A bracing trip to the seaside

Eight hardy sea anglers from Dereham and District Angling Club braved the elements on Saturday to travel to Great Yarmouth's north beach and compete in the club's annual Fur 'n' Feather Christmas beach match.

It was very cold and the fish were reluctant to play but a few smaller specimens were landed, providing sport and making the trip worthwhile.

The group produced a total catch and release conservation weight of 9lb 1oz. Final positions were: 1 David Appleby 2lb 7oz, Tim Jarrett 1lb 7oz, =3 Ray Colman/Nathan Wright 1lb 1oz, 5 Dean Phillips 15oz, 6 Jamie Wright 14oz, 7 Richard Girdlestone 13oz, 8 Peter Bennett 5oz.

Earlier at Walcot, six DDAC sea anglers fished catch and release for a total weight of 1lb 5oz. Result; 1 Richard Girdlestone 10 2/3oz, 2 Nathan Wright 10oz, 3 Jamie Wright 1oz. Rest blanked.

The next DDAC beach match is on January 15.