Paul lands impressive haul at Lyng

Roy WebsterKeen carp anglers revisited local big fish venues on an Easter parade of renewed enthusiasm to reel in some magnificent specimens. Fishing in rather more clement weather than of late, Kingfisher Lake syndicate members at Lyng posted up an impressive list of early spring carp, headed by a 36lb 9oz common for Fakenham's Paul Meehan, who added a brace of mirrors on 30lb and three more in the twenties.Roy Webster

Keen carp anglers revisited local big fish venues on an Easter parade of renewed enthusiasm to reel in some magnificent specimens.

Fishing in rather more clement weather than of late, Kingfisher Lake syndicate members at Lyng posted up an impressive list of early spring carp, headed by a 36lb 9oz common for Fakenham's Paul Meehan, who added a brace of mirrors on 30lb and three more in the twenties.

Watton's Ian Cook winched out a 32 lb 8oz mirror and Stu Davison of Buxton one of 32lb 10oz, while others to 28lb were noted by Steve Benson of Wendling and Chris Birdman, Caister. Vacancies are available in the Kingfisher Syndicate (details on 01603 870 400).

The excellent Taswood permit Lakes continue to relinquish fabulous fish, the heaviest of the week a 36lb common carp for Carlo Dei Rocini of Poringland.


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Northants visitor Vince Cripps weighed in with a common of 34lb 8oz and Danny Webb of Wroxham netted one of 33lb. Other fish to the high twenties fell to James Dawson of Newton Flotman, Geoff Greenway of Hempnall, Trevor Nobbs of Norwich, Geoff Benson of Coltishall, Gary Wright of Wickham Market and Tony Smy of Norwich.

Taverham Lake's best was a 24lb 8oz mirror carp for Iain Long of Yarmouth while at Swangey Alastair Mason of East Harling, Luke Mitchell of Attleborough and Dean Evans from Whitney bagged mirrors and commons between 22lb and 25lb.

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Catfish continued to impress at Waveney Valley Lakes, where the top rod was Chris Hawkins of Mattishall with a specimen of 39lb 3oz, while numerous carp to the high twenties fell to anglers in the holiday caravans.

On the open match circuit returns rose to treble figures, with Ian Copeland (Essex) achieving a mid week double with 67lb 3oz at Abbey Waters and 104lb 3oz at Barford.

Chris Nicholls (Norwich) was top rod at Mill Farm on Monday with 91lb while at Cross Drove Andy Leathers (Browning HR) headed the card with 71lb 3oz.

Top club catch was 100lb 12oz for Paul Manthorpe in the Norfolk and Suffolk Veterans at Bergh Apton while at Barford Francis Mancini was top Odd Fellow with 83lb 9oz.

After the completion of the open event at Melton Ponds today the fishery closes until May 23.

The second round draw for the National Super Cup Tournament for Angling clubs has been announced. The line-up of local teams is: Hunstanton Tackle, ACV Norwich Union and Dersingham AC Blue. Hunstanton are responsible for selecting the venue of this three-way tie, as are Harleston and Wortwell DAA v Mulbarton DAA. This round must be completed by May 16.

Early details of the leading points scorers in the new Angling Times County Championship format have been published. For Norfolk they are; W Martin (Anglers World) 28, J Gill (Barford Tackle) 14, M Dossena (Park Farm) 12, J Randell (Sensas) 10, K Lawson (North Walsham King Fishers) 6, M Bartram (Angling Direct) 6, D Roe (Angling Direct) 4, R Hubbard (Angling Direct) 2, D Brooks (Norfolk) 2.

For Suffolk the list reads: R Bond (Bury) 24, B Fuller (Viscount) 16, R Martin (Daiwa) 16, A Tuck (GOT) 14, R Ledger (Felixstowe) 14, D Clarke (Bait-tech) 12, A Winterton (SWP) 10, S Wheeler (Dynamite) 10, D Radcliffe (Anglia GB) 8, I Shipp (Cross Drove) 8, M Sawyer (Dynamite) 6, D Reeve (GOT) 4, M Hanks (Angling Direct Suffolk) 2, Z Lan (Suffolk) 2.

All tickets have been allocated for the �25,000 Fish O' Mania qualifier. The more convenient venues for East Anglian contestants are; April 21 Makins Fishery, Leicester: April 24 Lakeview Fishery Leicestershire: May 5 Monk Lake, Kent: June 16 Willinghurst Fishery, Surrey: June 30 Lindholme Lakes, North Lincs.

t A reminder that all anglers must now be in possession of the new rod licence that came into force on April 1. The licence is available at all Post Offices, online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence or by credit card on 08448 005 386.

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