Nick pledges to carry on after taking league series
The poignant moment of the final round of the Nisa Feeder Angling League Series on the River Yare last Saturday was not the revelation that Nick Larkin, the main sponsor, had won his own cash, but the arrival at the presentation of Mrs Pam Ford.
Pam Ford is the widow of Keith Ford who tragically passed away on the bank of his favourite River Yare just before the start of the first leg of the competition.
And on behalf of all the respectful anglers and supporters of her husband Pam handed over cheques of �2,500 each to representatives of Norfolk Air Ambulance and The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
'We were delighted that Pam attended the presentation ceremony and the donations she handed over to the charities were a memorial gesture of Keith Ford who virtually single- handed rescued this River Yare match stretch for anglers more than 20 years ago,' declared Andy Wilson-Sutter, who willingly leapt into the deep end to continue the work of administering the banks between Rockland and Langley after the sad loss.
'I am sincerely gratified by the support and assistance by many anglers in this league and I'm proud to say we have enjoyed record attendances due to the top quality fishing this season.'
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'I am willing to carry on next season at least because more and more anglers are returning to the rivers,' Andy promised.
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So was Nick Larkin, the boss of Nisa Feeders, expecting a stewards inquiry following his personal victory?
'Of course not,' he smiled. 'It wasn't until the final round that I managed to come from behind and beat Suffolk's DAIWA Angling Direct front-runner Mark Pollard in the closing stages.
'I was lucky enough to draw the peg number 46 I wanted and won there with 26lb 2oz of roach while Mark finished with 14lb 2oz. On the best eight from 12 results formula I finished with 207lb while my challenger recorded 201lb 4oz.'
And how did he view the tournament? 'I thanked the anglers for their massive support and especially Andy Sutter for the efficent seamless manner he took on running the series. I can confirm I shall be sponsoring this event next season.'
Wilson-Sutter concluded: 'I congratulate Nick Larkin on his victory and we are all grateful for his sponsorship pledge for next season.
'The money raised for the two charities reflected the popularity of Keith Ford and the respect of the anglers who I thank as well as Pam Ford for her efforts to help keep the league going during her personal grief.'
The Cross Drove series in West Norfolk was also concluded with the two-day final dominated by top Lincolnshire matchman Neil Parkinson.
The Dynamite ace blew the opposition out of the water on both days returning 58lb 12oz and 57lb for an aggregate of 115lb 12oz that earned him the �1,000 major cash prize.
Another Dynamite/Middy man Simon Wheeler pocketed the runner- up cash of �500 with 83lb 13oz followed by Richard Bond of Bury, �400 from 74lb 14oz.
Fishery boss Rob Morter said Parkinson produced a stunning performance on unfancied pegs. 'He is a great match angler and deserved his success.'
Meanwhile keen eyes will perusing last Sunday's results from the Norwich Teams of Four Championship and those of the two day festival this week on the rivers Bure and Thurne where the Norfolk Broads Championship will be staged this weekend.
Both rivers were below par on Sunday with veteran Albert Farrow of Wymondham scaling 21lb 13oz on the Bure while Lee Beckett of Earlham Silvers was runner-up with 18lb 12oz fon the Thurne followed by another Wymondham pensioner Keith Fickling, with 17lb 4oz on the Bure.
Wymondham's two veterans along with M Brown and D Farrow were top team with 42lb 8oz and Earlham Silvers runners up on 40lb 8oz.
On the lakes balmy breezes from the south induced carp to feed especially for Terry Smith of The Romany with another venue record of 108lb 4oz at Bartles Lodge under his belt.
Colton's colossal carp produced 134lb 7oz for Wymondham winner Dave Jarvis and Barford winners were Costessey Crown's D Mileham with 112lb 3oz and Oddfellow's Nat Kopti with 109lb 6oz.
On the specimen carp waters Taswood produced cracking commons of 30lb for Norwich permit holders Andrew Raison and Harry Barker and twenties for other city rods Alan Topley and Steven Bowles.
Taverham's best were 20-pounders for regulars Billy Dobson and Roy Floyd.