It’s Wayne’s World on the River Yare
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Wayne Anderson has been crowned king of the River Yare.
The 39-year-old Norwich match ace, who competes under the Daiwa Angling Direct banner, displayed mesmerising roach fishing wizardry to defend successfully his 2013 title with a series-busting 26lb 14oz.
This proud piscador's net of resplendent red fins from peg 70 boosted his best eight-from-12 match aggregate to an almost invincible 144lb 13oz.
The 2012 champion and Nisa Feeder sponsor Nick Larkin played a pertinent part in the grandstand finish – his mixed bag of 24lb 8oz taken on the feeder from peg 148 boosted his total to a runners-up 132lb 1oz, while Deben's Rodney Finch at peg 101 fell at the final hurdle and dropped to third spot with 125lb 3oz.
When asked to describe his emotions after taking the title for the second year running from a whole galaxy of match stars, Anderson declared this year's triumph rather special.
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'Last year I had some quality catches of bream and kicked off with 66lbs. That kept me in front during the bad days,' he recalled.
'This year was totally different. It was not until the sixth round I made a decent catch and to be honest I believed I was out of it.'
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But he was wrong. Bream did not play a significant role in the second half and it was roach dominating the catches.
The reigning champion went in front with a margin of just 1lb 8oz over Rod Finch, with one round to come, and it was his supreme final effort that clinched the trophy and boosted his earnings to some £800 for the series.
'A cracking competition,' was his summing up.
For sponsor Larkin it was a successful series in every respect.
'I am delighted to sponsor and compete in this gripping competition and will continue next year. I am especially grateful to the EDP for brilliant coverage.'
Match promoter Andy Wilson-Sutter had the last word.
'It was the best tournament I have been involved with so far and I thank Nick Larkin, the Environment Agency for renovating the banks and improving access, as well as many other helpers who contributed to the running of this popular tournament,' he said.
However, this adept match organiser wasn't finished for the season. On Sunday he staged the annual River Yare championship that developed into another roach fishing fiesta.
Tony Gibbons, the NDAA chairman, who wields a pole like a magic wand, lifted out a match-winning 23lb 10oz. His championship tackle involved a float supporting single maggot bait in 11 feet of water.
'I pulled peg 71 where there were lots of small roach. I caught about 140 of them and considering I was fourth on Saturday I had a profitable weekend,' said the Norwich match organiser, who stages the sell-out Broads Two Day Festival today and tomorrow on the River Thurne, followed by the Norfolk Broads Championship on the rivers Bure and Thurne on Saturday.
The championship runner-up was Karl Gibson (Daiwa AD) with 19lb 10oz from peg 122, then Tony Anderson (Suffolk AD) with 16lb 11oz from 128.
A tournament final calling for quite different tactics was the Coston Lakes showdown for mighty carp between six qualifying pairs.
Winners were Chris Clare, of Runton, whose four fish included his personal best common of 28lb 12oz, while his partner Shane Ramsbottom of Norwich caught three fish for the pairs total of 151lb 5oz, earning a joint payday of £250.
They fished various boilies, some four metres out and along the margins.
Runners-up were Jake and Luke Roberts of Norwich with 70lb 8oz, then Jack Gill and Matt Wiles (Barford) with 61lb 12oz.
'This event was quite different from ordinary match fishing,' said Barford's event organiser Sarah Thomson.
'On this occasion huge carp were the quarry and there were a number of hefty 20lb-plus specimens weighed in.'
Elsewhere on the match scene North Walsham's Jim Randell repeated a trick he played at Cobble Acre some months ago.
After completing a hospital appointment he arrived at the event two hours late, but still went on to win with 61lb 3oz.
Mulbarton and Dereham angling clubs have been competing in an annual challenge for 36 years.
Mulbarton won this year, taking the scoreline to 19-17.
On the big carp waters a Taswood special was a 31lb 7oz mirror for Steve Cudden of Saxthorpe, and there were 17 other fish in the 20s weighed and witnessed last week.
At Swangey, pride of place goes to a giant 6lb 8oz eel, caught by Sam Thomas of Ipswich, who also had a 20lb 4oz carp.
According to bailiff Angela, eels run to nearly double figures there.