Norfolk match fishing still the best

Wayne Anderson clinches the King of the Yare title, Tony Gibbons claims the Norwich and District AA Individual Championship for the fourth time, Ben Smith pockets the top prize in the Barford Two Day Autumn Fishing Festival and Dennis Goodwin wins the main charity event at Cobble Acre that raised a princely sum of £1,115 for Cancer UK.

And with more of the same to come from this week's two-day sell-out River Thurne Festival, followed by the Norfolk Broads Championship on the same venue next Saturday, the message for the nation's anglers is: come to Norfolk for some of the most exciting match fishing around.

First, to last Saturday's final round of the Nisa Feeder-sponsored series on the River Yare, where the 38-year-old Angling Direct's pride and joy Anderson came through to visit the rostrum to be crowned King after narrowly missing out the previous two years.

He takes up the story: 'My forecast that the last leg would be roach dominated was correct, but I was not among them.

'My nearest challenger John Platten won on the day with only 14lb 4oz and that left me well ahead at the top of the table with 196lb 12oz, with the previous year's disappointments behind me.

'This victory was up there among some of my best performances and I probably pocketed a few hundred pounds in prize money during this series, which was organised superbly by Andy Wilson-Sutter.'

Nick Larkin, the sponsor's chief, pledged his support for next year, while adding: 'The EDP has done a great job covering this event and many others in the Broads. The weekly reports I know are most widely read nationwide and that has to be good for local tourism and the tackle trade, encouraging more anglers to come here.'

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The NDAA Individual Championship developed into a fierce three-peg contest for supremacy on the River Bure in front of the St Benet's Abbey, where roach were dominant. Norwich chairman Gibbons cashed in with 20lb 3oz of small fish for his name to be engraved on the silver for the fourth time.

Runner-up was David Gooch (NDAA) with 18lb 4oz.

At the Barford Fishery, Stalham angler Ben Smith could not have wished for a better start with a winning catch 61lb 2oz from the Colton Lake on day one.

This scored him one penalty point, while on day two he scored four points with 44lb 3oz on the Match Lake to win the top cash prize of £300, with 5pp from an aggregate of 105lb 5oz.

Shaun Lanagan (Stamforth Angling) was runner-up, with 5pp from an aggregate of 74lb 1oz.

The two-day fund raiser at Cobble Acre consisted of two separate outings on Adams Lake, won by James Fox of Norwich with 67lb 8oz and Mario's Lake won by 14 year old Jake Muskett of Taverham, with 25lb 4oz.

The Saturday open there was won by Dennis Goodwin of North Walsham with 34lb 12oz and the funds raised prompted organiser and fisheries bailiff Bob Anderson to comment: 'It was a great turnout of caring anglers. We raised a splendid sum and I thank all concerned for their generosity.'

The big fish hunters are feeling the effects of falling water temperatures on lakes, where the best of fewer carp last week was a 34lb common from Taswood caught by Pete Howells of Long Stratton, who had two others in the mid-twenties.

Similar successes were Lee Bambridge of Long Stratton, Kevin Smith of Lingwood and Norwich rods Adie Revell, Nigel Rivett and Ian Woodstock.

Best at Swangey was a personal best 32lb 5oz mirror for Bedford visitor Andy Carter with twenties falling for Lee Moore of Norwich and James Langley of Attleborough.