Nick beats national field

Lucky Nick Larkin recouped 50 per cent of his sponsorship cash in the Nisa Feedermaster Series that ended last Saturday on the tidal River Yare at Beauchamp Arms.

Lucky Nick Larkin recouped 50 per cent of his sponsorship cash in the Nisa Feedermaster Series that ended last Saturday on the tidal River Yare at Beauchamp Arms.

The Suffolk match ace who hit the headlines when he won the Broads Championship at the tender age of 19 in 1977, beating more than 300 top rods from all over the country with a haul of River Ant bream at Irstead, pocketed £500 of his £1000 prize cash with an eight match aggregate of 290lb 10oz. Runner-up for £300 was Norwich rod Robert Hubbard 282lb 10oz and the £200 third prize was taken by Sensus Mk 1's John Taylor with 243lb 15oz.

With the river running crystal clear and roach dominating there was never going to be a serious upset to the leader board, but even so Suffolk's Andy Sutter hit the jackpot with a winning roach catch of 20lb 3oz to scope the pools and the golden peg fund of £331 for the best separate pay day of the series.

Other prizes of angling clothing were also donated by the sponsor to other deserving anglers including Wymondham pensioner Mick Howard who turned out in all weathers to fish the 14 rounds and Suffolk's 16-year-old Kurt Hudson who said he regarded the series as an apprenticeship to the big time.

Describing his satisfaction with the tournament Larkin said: “Putting up the cash was money well spent. Obviously, I thoroughly enjoyed taking part and I was delighted that more than 100 anglers attended during the course of the tournament. Keith Ford did a splendid job of organisation and the anglers were rewarded with some great catches of bream and roach even if they did not finish among the leaders.”

The East Coast's biggest beach match of the year staged along the golden sands between Gorleston and Corton by Jason Amies of the Gorleston Tackle Centre was won by Suffolk rod Nick Read with a mixed bag of codling and small dogfish totalling 5lb 6oz. He caught them on lugworm cast more 100 yards out from hot peg No. 1 at Gorleston and pocketed around £600 for his efforts.

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Runner-up was Steve Durrant of Felixstowe with 4lb 15oz of whiting and dogfish from peg 49 and third spot went to Gorleston's Paul Tovell with dogfish and small whiting totalling 4lb 2oz.

Top woman angler was S Spalding with 15oz, the leading junior was G King with 1lb 13oz and the award for the heaviest whiting scaling 1lb 3oz went to A Bailey.

The Sam Hook Sea League at Hopton on Monday night was won by Lowestoft's Mark Sharman with 9lb 8½oz of codling and whiting and returns on this scale should stimulate interest in the North East Anglia Division of the National Sea League for teams of five which is also catering as SAMF qualifiers for individuals. First match is on Sunday at Hopton (draw 9.30) with entries for team and individual pegs to Tony Thomas 01263 844200.

Match activity on the lakes produced a fair crop of carp, the best open match catch reported falling to Pete Ashton of Anglers Corner who won at Mill Farm with 133lb 5oz.

Returns at club events were generally down from previous summer levels although bream fed on the River Yare at Postwick for Brundall members whose winner was Peter Woods with 88lb 15oz.

Heaviest carp catch fell to the winner of Norwich Disabled at Colton Chris Humphrey with 182lb 12oz after he won at Abbey Waters with 104lb 12oz.

The last angling competition to be fished at Blickling Lake for the foreseeable future was staged by the Fakenham Angling Club whose winner was Steve English with 51lb 3oz.

Explaining why the National Trust has decided to end tournament fishing on the lake a spokesman said: “We are not at all happy about retaining large numbers of fish in keeper nets for five hours or more. In addition we no longer have a regular bailiff to supervise these tournaments.”

• On the specimen carp scene Reydon regular at Waveney Valley Barry Martin celebrated his birthday by heaving out a personal best common carp of 37lb 5oz along with five others in the 20s plus a massive eel of 7lb.

Taswood's Heron Lake produced its best common carp so far of 33lb 1oz for Norwich rod Karl Wright and other successes there were Caister trio Darren and Jason Stamp and Alan Waldron who winched in mirror, ghost and common carp to 31lb. Jason Lowe of Tasburgh and Paul Stevens of Norwich recorded similar fish.

The best Swangey Lake mirror carp came in at 31lb for Karl Cleere of Norwich who had several others in the 20s as did other city rods Lee Hodge, Alan Marenghi, Glen Hales and Dereham's Phil Smart.

At the Kingfisher Lake at Lyng Suffolk rod Kieran Phelan winched in two mirror carp scaling 32lb 8oz and 31lb 8oz. Felthorpe's Stephen Sparks netted a surprise tench of 9lb 6oz as well as four hefty carp to 30lb 2os while Norwich regular Martin Quick bagged five 20s, the best a mirror of 28lb 8oz.


Nisa Feedermaster final round, River Yare: A Sutton (Yarmouth) 20lb 3oz, W Freeman (Browning Hotrods) 15lb, A Leathers (Browning Hotrods) 14lb 3oz. Final placings: N Larkin (Nisa Waveney) 290lb 10oz (£500), R Hubbard (DAD) 282lb 10oz (£300), J Taylor (Sensus Mk 1) 243lb 15oz (£200).

Hopton Beach Championship (160 pegs): N Read (Suffolk) 5lb 6oz, S Durrant (Felixstowe) 4lb 15oz, P Tovell (Gorleston) 4lb 2oz. Ladies: S Spalding 15oz, Junior: G King 1lb 13oz. Whiting: A Bailey 1lb 3oz.

Cross Drove: M Pollard (Fox Match) 66lb 3oz, G Mock (Thetford) 48lb 13oz, R Nudd (Browning) 46lb 6oz.

Mill Farm, Thursday: D Blanks (Hants) 67lb, C Wright (Harleston) 47lb 12oz, D Bates (Kev's Tackle) 43lb 12oz. Sunday: P Ashton (Anglers Corner) 133lb 5oz, M Hall (Fox Match) 82lb 14oz, C Wright (Harleston) 62lb 12oz. Monday: J Odey (Highfliers) 91lb 12oz, D Bates (Kev's Tackle) 72lb 14oz, R Finch (Deben) 65lb 8oz.

Hill Farm, Banham: D Chadwick (Wymondham) 52lb, M Peek (Yaxham) 38lb 2oz, Jane Burrows (Banham) 22lb 9oz.

Colton: J Randell (Venture Whizzo) 51lb 8oz, D Roe (DAD) 48lb 4oz, R Gill (Barford) 44lb 13oz.

Sam Hook Evening League, Hopton: M Sharman (Lowestoft) 9lb 8½oz, M Gooch (Lowestoft) 5lb 10½oz, W Perring (Lowestoft) 4lb 7oz.


Viking Whalers, Colton: G Bannister 94lb 4oz, M Moore 78lb, P Brewer 73lb.

Costessey Crown, Melton Ponds: D Mallett 66lb 5oz, C Reynolds 57lb 4oz, N Reynolds 47lb 3oz,

Carols, Melton Ponds: A Waldron 69lb 8oz, Carol Waldron 69lb 4oz, N Page 62lb 12oz.

Fakenham, Blickling: S English 51lb 3oz, R Smith 28lb, I Balls 24lb 10oz.

Sportsman's, Melton Ponds: M Hannant 23lb 12oz, K Brown 23lb, A Varley 19lb 2oz.

Taswood: B Brown 38lb 11oz, R Silverwood 29lb, L Arnold 28lb 1oz.

Stalham, Topcroft: B Burlton 43lb, R Kent 36lb 6oz, L Reeve 17lb 8oz.

Brundall, River Yare: P Woods 88lb 15oz, P Ready 64lb 4oz, J Beck 54lb 1oz.

Lowestoft, Hinderclay: W Spooner 23lb 3oz, S Scarff 13lb 9oz, S Gooderham 11lb 7oz.

Jewsons, Barford: M Girling 96lb 7oz, P Ashford 63lb 6oz, P Schoene 60lb 5oz.

Oddfellows, Barford: G Mason 158lb 11oz, M Cleere 84lb 6oz, R Ramsbottom 71lb 9oz.

CMG, Railway: M Covell 46lb 4oz, J Hemsley 38lb, B Emms and R Taylor both 33lb.

Norwich Disabled, Abbey Waters: C Humphreys 104lb 2oz, J Chaplin 84lb 4oz, L Ambrozevitch 43lb.

Bungay Cherry Tree, Abbey Waters: P Buck 100lb 12oz, C Colby 67lb 7oz, P Dean 61lb.

Nomads, Colton: M Harman 62lb 10oz, C Spelman 51lb 14oz, C Humphreys 47lb 12oz.

Norwich Disabled, Colton: C Humphreys 182lb 12oz, A Penman 92lb 12oz, J Chaplin 55lb 4oz.

Wymondham, Abbey Waters: M Edwards 111lb 2oz, J Edwards 77lb 4oz, R Cross 76lb 3oz.


North East Anglia Sea League for teams of five and individuals commences Hopton October 8, draw 9.30, 01263 822400 (Yarmouth beaches selected for finals).

Mill Farm, October 5, 8, 9, 01953 452769.

Barford Teams of Three, October 7; Barford Teams of Six League commences October 15, entries 01603 400973.

Barford Silverfish Only, October 10, 01603 759625.