Gill builds on success with victory in three-day festival at Reepham

Kane Roberts with a 36lb mirror carp taken from Lake Geneva at Nar Valley Fisheries. Picture: Mark R

Kane Roberts with a 36lb mirror carp taken from Lake Geneva at Nar Valley Fisheries. Picture: Mark Roberts - Credit: Archant

Rick and Kellie Broadway organised a fabulous three-day fishing festival, bathed in bright spring sunshine on their Reepham fishery, with Norfolk match ace Jack Gill winning with a perfect section point score of 21.

And as they distributed a magnificent array of cash prizes totalling £3,300 among a bevy of beaming competitors, Kellie caught their attention with that old phrase 'watch this space' – following this first success they plan to stage two festivals in 2018.

Gill, performing under the Angling Direct banner, fended off travelling anglers from as far afield as Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire to win the top money of £900 for his total of 195lb 7oz.

He was off to a great start with 82lb from Long Lake 38 on day one. And although he failed to figure among the top three on days two and three, he still bagged perfect section points, scoring a narrow victory over Rob Walton (Wensum Valley Angling), whose 77lb 15oz from Long Lake 29 on day two was his best effort towards his 20 section points from an aggregate of 155lb 11oz, earning £450.

Joint match organiser Daniel Brydon (Wensum Valley), who blew his chances by losing a number of fish, was third with his two best catches of 81lb 13oz from Bungalow Lake 13 and a third-day win of 115lb 7oz from Long Lake 41. His aggregate of 221lb 13oz yielded £600 for 19 points.

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Gill, a 23-year-old Norwich builder, cemented his early promise on the open match circuit from the moment he won his first adult event at the tender age of 14.

After pocketing his winnings, he said: 'There were two sections on each lake and while I failed to make the top three positions on two days I still secured maximum section points of seven on all three to end with a perfect 21, my best performance of the year so far.'

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Nar Valley Fisheries enjoyed a fantastic finish to the coarse season. In the last five days, Lake Geneva produced more than 10 30lb-plus carp, a large number of double figure and 20lb fish along with some cracking bream into double figures.

The best bag was by Kane Roberts who had a six-carp haul in his last three-day session. He took fish of 16lb, two low-20s, a 28lb common, a cracking 29lb mirror and finished off with a fantastic looking 36lb mirror carp.

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