Junior George leaves it late for prize pike

Twenty anglers competed in the Angling Trust National Championships 2011 Pike Qualifier match at Swanton Morley Fishery on Sunday.

Only 11 of them landed a catch with 17 pike caught, providing a total weight of 42lb 14oz.

The biggest fish for much of the match was Alan Lock's 4lb 5oz catch but it was beaten in the last half hour by a 5lb 11oz specimen caught by junior angler George Shipley.

Smallest fish on the day was Lee Searls' 11oz jack.

The next qualifier at Swanton Morley will be on Sunday, November 28. Booking is essential. Contact David on 01362 637591.

• Match result: 1 Chris High 7lb 9oz (four fish), 2 Nick Pottle 6lb 6oz (2), 3 George Shipley Jnr 5lb 11oz (1), 4 Chris Wade 5lb 9oz (2), 5 Peter Eaglen 4lb 12oz (2), 6 Alan Lock 4lb 5oz (1), 7 Mel Charlesworth 2lb 12oz (1), 8 Carl Osbourne 2lb 9oz (1), 9 Digby Eddison 1lb 12oz (1), 10 Jason Selleck 1lb 8oz (1), 11 Lee Searl 11oz (1).

All seven anglers caught in Dereham DAC's first 'measure and release' beach match at Kelling.

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It was fished to a proposed rule change system being trialled prior to formal submission at the club's annual meeting but most fish were sufficiently sized to have weighed in under the old weight system.

• Match result: 1 Jamie Wright 9lb 15oz, 2 David Appleby 7lb 3oz, 3 Dean Phillips 6lb, 4 Ray Coleman 4lb 7oz, 5 Nathan Wright 3lb 8oz, 6 Peter Bennett 2lb 4.8oz, 7 Dave Jackson 10.8oz.