Pike anglers should head for Wensum

Good news for pike anglers lamenting a winter of poor catches comes from the River Wensum, where predators well into double figures were troubling match anglers all along Riverside and on the Yacht Station.

Secretary of the Zenith Club, Jason Rowell, said his members had been pestered with pike on Sunday: 'There seemed to be dozens of them preying on the small bream and roach.

'If pike anglers are searching for sport I suggest they turn their boats off the River Yare and enter the city reaches of the River Wensum where there is plenty of room for them as well as club anglers.'

On the big fish waters, the hefty carp are reluctant to emerge from their state of cold water hibernation and only a few sizable fish were reported. Peter Camp of Harleston heaved out a 31lb mirror from Waveney Valley and Russell Palfrey of Beccles nailed one of 23lb. Elsewhere carp into the mid teens have been reported from Hall Farm, Burgh Castle, Chapel Road, Roughton and Cobble Acre, Hevingham.