Boom time for Norfolk

And so it goes on. Yet more stunning catches of coarse fish from Norfolk's Broads and tidal rivers are attracting tourist anglers, boosting the local economy and keeping people in jobs during this stringent financial squeeze.

'Sales of day permits to fish our rivers are well up on last year,' declared Norwich and District Anglers chairman Tony Gibbons while revealing excellent results from the rivers Bure and Thurne at the weekend.

The third round of the NDAA league on Sunday was a splendid reflection the quality of fishing available at reasonable cost for the great majority of competitors returned double figure nets of bream and roach.

Chris Kelly (DAIWA AD Gold) won with an all skimmer bream haul of 37lb 14oz taken on the standard feeder rig baited with worm and maggot. Bob Cheeseman (DAIWA AD Black) was runner up and also won his section on the middle river Thurne with 36lbs of bream followed by James Parnell (Lathams Fishing) with 32lb 10oz of river Bure skimmers while his team captain Daniel Brydon was fourth with 28lb 13oz to keep his squad on course for a repeat of their 2009 championship triumph.

Top team of the yellow division were DAIWA AD Black with 55 section points but Lathams, joint second on the day with 52 still head the table with 22 league points.

The Green division was won by Tony's Tops with 46 and are joint leaders with Nordic Dukes with 19.

On the down side a number of dead pike were discovered in the river Thurne.

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'The first fish I hooked was a dead 5lb pike on the bed of the river, and four others of varying sizes were located in the margins,' said Gibbons. 'I could not tell whether these fish had been victims of rough handling or whether they had succumbed in sudden salt tide. But since anglers were catching huge numbers of bream and roach from the river I doubt whether the pike had been poisoned by saline.'

On the River Yare, the Saturday Nisa Feeder league results were also spectacular especially for Nick Larkin (the sponsor) who weighed in a 54lb 5oz winner of bream from peg 120. Glen Hubbard (DIAWA AD) was runner up with 39lb 5oz at 114 and Carl Redgrave (Harleston) was third with 35lb 10oz form 124. These nets of skimmer bream fell to the usual feeder tactic with worm and maggot hook baits.

On the sea scene Holt Angling Club are celebrating a wonderful victory in a national league.

This was the Penn/Sea Angler Club Man competition where teams of four plus a reserve competed against clubs from all over the United Kingdom on a twenty match format where each competitor scores positional points from their own domestic matches.

The Holt squad of Tony Thomas, Paul Fennech, Dean Conway and Peter Loke made top spot with a total of 142 points, narrowly beating Workington on 141 followed by Colwyn Bay on 136.

Their effort earned them �1000 of Penn fishing tackle and Thomas who was runner up with his score of 62 points and Fennech fourth with 48 were also suitably rewarded.

'This was a great result for North Norfolk,' declared a jubilant Tony Thomas, 'This is an excellent competition between angling clubs who do not have to travel to fish against their opponents and that is a huge bonus.

'Everyone of our team including our reserve Peter Morse performed superbly and we are now preparing for a challenge from some of the stars of the Sea Angling magazine on one of our local beaches in the Autumn.'

Meanwhile, sea anglers are being listened to concerning the wicked waste of North Sea cod that are being dumped over board from trawlers either because quotas have been exceeded or the fish are below the statutory size limit.

This is costing nations billons of pounds and research is in progress to stem this tide of indiscriminate destruction of fish stocks.

Tony Thomas, a leading East coast beach match organiser, insists the way forward is clear 'Net mesh sizes have to be increased and no go zones need to be introduced over spawning grounds,' he declared. 'If we fail we shall end up with a North Sea bereft of our main edible species, of which the cod is only one.'

On the big fish scene fish of the week was a 31lb 14oz common carp caught from Taverham lake by Norwich permit holder Ian Stockley. There were also 35 tench caught to 7lb and Martin Rejzek landed a 9lb barbel and several 5lb chub from the nearby river Wensum.

At Taswood, top fish was a 31lb 6oz common carp for Yarmouth angler Royce Daroba and others in the twenties fell to Norwich anglers Ben Shalcross, Sam Leaper, Julian Miller and Oliver Robinson and to John Smart of Yarmouth, Luke Tuthill Lowestoft, Jordan Bailey of Wymondham and Eddie Stevenson of Hempnell.

At Hall Farm, Burgh Castle, Macaulay Chapman of Bradwell hauled out another 20 carp, the best for the 14 year old, a personal best common of almost 24lb.