Fish ‘O’ Mania champion Warren Martin misses out

Deep disappointment for one, ecstatic elation for another. These two contrasting emotions were rippling through the senses of two of Norfolk's top anglers competing in national tournaments at the weekend.

Warren Martin, fresh from his Fish 'O' Mania triumph, failed to make the cut in the Drennan Knockout eliminator while Lee Carver came through his British Waterways Championship qualifier with flying colours.

In the last 16 of the Drennan, Martin needed to make the top two in his section of four to book a place in the quarter final. Alas Mother Nature intervened to wreck his plans for Yorkshire's river Don venue was a raging torrent.

Our Fish 'O' hero struggled to produce a small catch of around 3lbs that left him languishing third among four and out of contention.

Thus our 36-year-old's hopes of completing a sensational hat-trick of lucrative results this season were dashed although he remains in the running for the Maver Match This extravaganza with top prize of �50,000.


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At the end of Friday's match Martin agreed with the view that he organisers should have considered transferring to a quieter venue than the River Don where uprooted trees raced in full flow past the anglers.

Gerald Martin who travelled to gives his son moral support said: 'The conditions were awful with water rising above the knees of the competitors. With only 16 anglers I think a change of venue was an easy choice.'

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Lee Carver who has always featured in the UG club results and made his name by catching a 23lbs 4oz sea trout from the River Wensum in 2006, has branched out to compete in the prestigious national tournaments.

And on Saturday the 33-year-old Norwich based ceramic tiler cemented a splendid finish on his five hour performance at the Earlswood reservoir in Birmingham to outwit 49 other candidates bidding for a place on the 35 peg final where the winner will trouser �3,000.

The Norwich ace needed only to win his section to qualify but he trowelled his superiority on the event with 11 hefty carp to 18lbs for a winning catch of 124lbs.

'The final is on the same venue, the Engine Pool at Earlswood and given a fair draw I expect to be in with a chance,' he said.

• There was a hive of activity among junior anglers at Barford lakes last week when the Angling Trust and the Norfolk County Angling Action Group staged the Inter Schools first fishing championship.

At total of 44 keen competitors from Aylsham High (four teams) Cliff Park Gorleston (one) Acle (one) Attleborough (three) Marshland Wisbeech (two) competed.

The Aylsham squad of Daniel Westgate, Frank Allerdyce, Declan Speirs and Roger Kinsley were the winners with 14 section points and the individual heading the card was Gradey Squiret (Cliff Park) with 18lbs 5oz, the runner up Frank Allerdyce (Aylsham) with 18lbs.

Barford manager and match sponsor Sarah Tompson thanked the financial supporters Preston Innovations, Maver, MAP/Leda, DAIWA, Drennan and Oddfellow Rodney Patrick as well as Kelvin Allen who presented the prizes on behalf of the Angling Trust.

She said: 'It was a brilliant effort by the NCAAG and we hope this will lead to more schools entering next time. For some it was their first experience at fishing, they were well behaved and I was proud of them. Some of them will go forward for further tuition.'

On the adult match circuit the River Yare produced a roach bonanza in the NISA Feeder league won by Tony Anderson (Suffolk AD) whose total of 27lbs 2oz from peg 115 included specimens to 2lbs.

Adults also bagged up at the Barford fishery where Matthew Wiles won at the Railway with 115lbs 15oz while at club level the three figure winners were I Saoulos (Romany) with 119lbs 6oz at Holly Farm, Mark Mallard (Codgers) with 116lbs 13ozs at Colton and Dean Mason (Oddfellows) with 105lbs 8oz at Barford.

On the pleasure lakes Taverham produced a sparkling net of 56 roach to 1lbs 8oz for bailiff Simon Wrigglesworth while in the nearby flooded River Wensum chub to over 5lbs were numerous taken by local rod Dave Middleton.

Waveney Valley's fish of the week was a 43lbs catfish for Pulham's Gary Scholfield and at Taswood carp in the twenties were recorded by Norwich rods Gary Sherwood, Neil Coombes, Robbie Ward and for Richard Fern of Lowestoft, Kevin Smith of Lingwood, Matthew Ireland of Brundall and Ben Hornsey, Long Stratton.

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