Massive carp haul for Norfolk brothers

Roy WebsterTwo Norfolk anglers have set a splendid example to persuade a reluctant generation to participate in one of Britain's favourite outdoor sports by heaving out a massive carp catch from a popular day ticket water.Roy Webster

Two Norfolk anglers have set a splendid example to persuade a reluctant generation to participate in one of Britain's favourite outdoor sports by heaving out a massive carp catch from a popular day ticket water.

Brothers Tom and Lewis Rogers barely out of their teens, visited the Chapel Road Fishery at Roughton from Friday to Sunday to wind up their weekend with a joint catch of 98 Carp between 5lbs and 14lbs for an estimated total of more than 800lbs of prime fish.

The two brothers from Mundesley rigged their bivouac and commenced fishing from 5pm on Friday and continued the action non stop until dusk on Sunday, alternately snatching the odd hour's sleep during their marathon session.

Lewis bagged 56 Mirrors, Commons and Ghosties while his sibling Tom accounted for some of the heaviest among his 42 fish of similar species.


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Their fish, which were immediately returned to the water after unhooking, were tempted on a variety of baits, including floaters and the pair received fulsome praise from the fishery bailiff Terry Wood.

"There was not one piece of litter or an empty drink can left behind in the area where they had pitched up on Friday evening," he said. "They were day ticket anglers who set a fine example on how youngsters should behave at the waterside. They said they were delighted with their weekend and said they would be back."

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There were many other carp caught at the Roughton venue during the weekend and the bailiff said more huge catches were in prospect as spring became summer. The Chapel Road lake is a man made fishery of nearly two acres with a stream inlet and outlet. It has been otter proofed and contains a huge number of various carp to over 20 pounds as well as quality perch, tench, roach and rudd.

It is an ideal venue for the family, providing parents maintain control over their children, and is conveniently located just off the main Norwich/Cromer road (A140) at Roughton, turning left into the Felbrigg road (B1436) off the round about just beyond the fish and chip shop. Season permit information from Terry Wood. (01263 513359)

Waveney Valley lakes also relinquished a great catch for Reydon's Dean Bridges, who finished a 36 hour stint with a brace of Mirrors just over thirty pounds and nine other Mirrors and Commons over 20 pounds.

Heaviest carp of the week was a 34lbs 7oz Mirror reeled out of the Lyng Kingfisher lake by Paul Meehan of Fakenham while Stu Davidson of Buxton bagged a Common of 33lbs 8oz and three others in the twenties and Bill Delaney, Fakenham banked a Common of 30lb.

Other successes with fish in the twenties were Lee Church, King's Lynn, Chris Birdman, Caister, Rob Jermy, Bintree, John Bryant, Wroxham and Matt Playford, Foulsham.

Taswood's best was a 34lb 3oz Common Carp for Chris Roberts of Brundall, Keith Howard of Rollesby tempted one of 34lb while Andrews Leeks, Tharston, recorded a splendid Ghostie of 31lb 2oz.

Other fish to the high twenties were posted by Norwich rods Luke Messetter, Alan Topley and Kevin Smith and by Vince Greenway of Hempnall, Michael Wright of Yarmouth, Jo Phillips of Cromer, Jason Stamp of Caister and Bryan Beckett of Martham.

The shallow Taverham lake has been slow to warm but it came up with numbers of low double figure Carp, the best a 20lb 6oz Mirror for Adie Pearson of Lowestoft.

On the match scene the popular commercial lakes in Norfolk and Suffolk produced three figure winners.

At Barford the UG club match was won by Lee Carver, his 197lb the heaviest of the week, while Barry Rilings headed the Oddfellows card with 126lb at Colton.

Alan Ling won the City Works at Barford with 109lb 14oz and the Attleborough event at Abbey Waters was headed by Keith Green with 110lb 12oz.

On the open match scene North Walsham Kingfisher Dennis Goodwin chalked up 117lb 13oz winner at the Railway and C Provins was top rod at the Suffolk water park with 118lbs 2oz.

As a number of anxious fishery bosses emphasised following a dreadful winter's trading these excellent match returns should convince local angling clubs that waters were not suffering from a fish famine during the arctic conditions but that the metabolism of the Carp had slowed down thus, blunting their appetites.

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