Match men enjoy feeding frenzy

Local match returns rocketed beyond three figures again this week, with Bob Gill (Barford Tackle) winning the fishery's midweek open with 136lb 3oz while on the Willow Ray Bircham (Jewsons) topped the card with 111lb 14oz.

Local match returns rocketed beyond three figures again this week, with Bob Gill (Barford Tackle) winning the fishery's midweek open with 136lb 3oz while on the Willow Ray Bircham (Jewsons) topped the card with 111lb 14oz. Mill Farm was consistent with all three winning catches on the mid-70lb mark for Ray Kent (Jolly Boys), Colin Davey (Kessingland) and Stephen Rouse (Nomads).

Colton Lake was the top club venue with Carlos Bale taking the Jewsons with 138lb 8oz. Mike Covell won the CMG there with 133lb 7oz and completed a splendid double at Barford with 114lb 8oz.

Swangey Lakes hit its peak form for carp with no less than 21 specimens recorded during the seven days to Sunday night.

David Dawe (Gorleston) had the best of them - a mirror of 32lb - while Suffolk's Ricky Granville netted his PB mirror at 28lb 6oz.


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Other successes were Glen Hales, Attleborough (four mirrors to 26lb 10oz), Simon Allen, Diss (mirror 25lb 8oz), Mark Smith, Norwich (two mirrors of 21lb), Ken Hillier, Norwich (three mirrors to 24lb), Steve Brooks, Suffolk (mirror 28lb 2oz) and Rob Carter, Attleborough (mirror 22lb).

At Taswood, John Dunning of Woodton had the top common carp at 30lb 10oz plus a 24lb 10oz mirror while others to bag mirrors, commons and ghost carp to the mid-20s were Alan Waldren, Caister; Ian Tyrell, Norwich; Andrew Leeks, Tharston and James Dawson and Jason Lowe of Tasburgh.

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Waveney Valley was in fine fettle for Harleston's Chris Reeve, who ended his long session with 27 quality carp, the best a mirror of 31lbs. Peter Camp, Needham, bagged seven carp to the mid-20s and other commons and mirrors to the high-20s were banked by Peter Charles, Blofield; Peter Dockree, Rollesby; Andrew Goldsmith, Loddon and Jamie and Darren Potter of Beccles.

The top fish at Taverham Lake was a 28lb leather carp for Kevin Sullivan of Wymondham. Matt Raby of Norwich reported the heaviest tench at 7lb 12oz, while other mirrors and common carp on the 20lb mark were netted by Norwich rods Dave Middleton, Gary Smy, Kirk Phoenix and Mark Adcock of Reepham.

While on the subject of specimen carp, there are a few vacancies open in the Kingfisher Club Syndicate on the Lyng complex which reopened yesterday. There is probably no other water in the country where an angler can catch a 40lb carp, a 14lb bream and a 12lb tench on the same day. There is also a stretch of the River Wensum included that contains superb chub and pike.

Membership cost £300 per annum and this entitles the angler to use the bar and restaurant facility at the Lyng Leisure Centre.

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