Dusty warms to the task with massive Yare haul in top seasonal finale

Dusty Kiddell displays his bream catch of 111lbs 2oz that won the final River Yare event of the seas

Dusty Kiddell displays his bream catch of 111lbs 2oz that won the final River Yare event of the season. Picture: Keith Westgate - Credit: Archant

Dusty Kiddell waved goodbye to the coarse fishing season in sensational style at the weekend.

On peg 61 on the River Yare, he bagged up with his personal best local match catch – 111lb 2oz of bream on a day when rising water temperatures along the Great Yarmouth match stretch rose to an encouraging 8.5C.

And, according to event organiser Andy Wilson-Sutter, the mammoth five-hour haul is a 10-year high for the venue.

Kiddell spent his early adult life in the RAF and has since continued his career as a project manager for Rolls-Royce. And as smooth as the world-famous Phantom, the 47-year-old angling ace from Dereham reeled in 35 bream up to 5lb apiece, tempted on the usual worm bait on a feeder rig.

'I knew I had drawn a plum peg on Tuesday because the top catch came from there on the Saturday. There is a huge bay on the opposite bank. That's where the bream hang out of the main tidal flows and the top five returns came from there,' he said.

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John Taylor (Sensas Matrix) was runner-up with 73lb 3oz, with bream to 6lb from peg 63, John Southgate (Sensas Oakwood) followed with 58lb 9oz from 65, Andy Wilson-Sutter bagged 48lb 4oz from 71 and Keith Westgate (Yarmouth) 34lb 5oz from 72.

Wilson-Sutter concluded: 'These quite staggering catches on the final day of the season prove once and for all Norfolk rivers are tops for important competitions.

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'There has been a great rush for our opening day event on June 16 and any locals who have not yet booked in should do so now for I expect numbers to rise to more than 100 within days. On June 17 the NISA Feeder Series commences and, in addition, we have the Preston Innovations Master Feeder Qualifier on July 16 and the National Riverfest eliminator on Sunday, August 13.(07990 572729).'

A disappointing field of only 12 anglers attended the Wensum Valley Championship at the highly-rated Park Farm fishery in Hockering. The individual title was won by Paul Sparks (Martham) with 2 penalty points from his two-day aggregate of 84lb 6oz. Top pair were Ged Spurgeon and Barry Hickford of Essex with a hat-trick score of 3pp from 51lb and 19lb 9oz.

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