Chase is on for big prize in Nisa Feeder Saturday League
The popular Nisa Feeder Saturday League could be transformed from a 14-round marathon into a four-lap sprint in its final stages.
No less than 20 of the class of 2012 are in with a chance of stepping up to the podium to receive the top prize next month.
And with 10 of the 14 rounds completed on the splendid River Yare venue, the contest is already taking a significant shape, with the top six aggregates from the best eight results of 10 rising from 150lb to 220lb.
However, with the format allowing the top eight returns from 14 – the system of discarding low catches in the hope of something better – the form book could be turned upside down with back markers mounting a charge for the finishing line.
For example, Paul Hudson, Deben's Saturday winner with 30lb 1oz of bream, shot up nine places from 15th to sixth while the existing pacemakers, Wayne Anderson with an aggregate of 220lb, Mark Pollard with 195lb 11oz, Paul Abbott 164lb 10oz, Nick Larkin 157lb 13oz and Tony Anderson 152lb 13oz, were well down the card.
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And although the odds certainly favour one of the top six to lift the main money, another angler lurking in the rushes could fulfil distant hopes of scoring a fabulous finish with four bumper bags of bream to steal riches and glory.
This was a scenario not being ruled out by league promoter Andy Wilson-Sutter.
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'The next four rounds will decide who wins this competition,' he said.
'On Saturday the leading five failed to frame, so I cannot rule out another angler hitting the jackpot in the run-in by adding around another 100lb of fish to his total.
'The anglers in front have already discarded the worst catches and each of them will have to put together one or two whopping nets of bream to seriously improve their positions. It is all to play for.'
By contrast, the reputation of the tidal River Yare remains in safe hands and on the strength of that Wilson-Sutter has plans to revive the annual championship on this popular venue scheduled for Saturday, September 29, a week after the final round of his league.
Anglers can book in now by voicemail or text on 07990 572729.
On the match lakes, Mill Farm produced three-figure winners – Malcolm Fleet of Thetford with 112lbs 12oz and Ken Clarke of Acle with 104lbs.
• On the specimen fish lakes, at Swangey it was not a giant crab that caught the eye but a monster 7lb 4oz tench landed by 10-year-old Vincent St Clair of Gorleston, by far his personal best. Another 10-year-old, Luke Harmer, of Lowestoft, bagged his PB mirror carp at 13lb 8oz.
Of the adults, Chris Rivett, of Yarmouth, netted his PB linear carp of 20lb 3oz and other successes with mirrors and commons in the 20lb range were Shaun Geary (Yarmouth), Peter Martin (Dereham), Carl Webster (Cambridge), Boyd Fiveash (Norwich) and Kevin Scarfe (Littleport).
At Taswood, Ken Smith, of Lingwood, banked fish of the week – a 32lb 8oz common carp. Other successes with 20s were Norwich rods Mark Williamson and Carl McKail, John Hallet of Bury, Paul Baker of Caister, Scott Smith of Rollesby and Steve Aldous of Great Yarmouth.
• The flash floods from Saturday's storms have run off and the chub fishing on the non-tidal rivers has since been superb. The weed in the upper River Bure has been cut and hefty chub have been reported upstream and downstream of Mayton Bridge.
On the River Wensum, chub to 6lb have been taken from the Anglian Water reach below Taverham Mill, with similar specimens from Lenwade as well as baby barbel surviving from this year's restocking.
• Anxious anglers concerned by the condition of riverside public footpaths will be interested in fresh advice on maintaining these rights of way being issued by Norfolk County Council.
A free advisory booklet is available from email@example.com or viewing on www.countrysideaccess.norfolk.gov.uk. For further information call 01603 223284.