Redgrave tops the bill as he takes away King of the Yare series crown

Codgers AC hand over their proceeds to the EACH charity at Barford. Picture: Roger Harris

Codgers AC hand over their proceeds to the EACH charity at Barford. Picture: Roger Harris - Credit: Archant

After 14 weeks of strong competition on the River Yare, Angling Direct angler Karl Redgrave topped the standings to win the coveted NISA Feeders King of the Yare series.

The NISA Feeders King of the Yare Series winners, from left, Steve Kindleysides, Simon Newman, winne

The NISA Feeders King of the Yare Series winners, from left, Steve Kindleysides, Simon Newman, winner Karl Redgrave winne), Ian Bailey, and series sponsor Nick Larking. Not pocture: second-placed Paul Hudson. Picture: Andy Wilson-Sutter - Credit: Archant

Redgrave was crowned champion following the final round on the prolific River Yare at Langley. An average of 76 anglers from across the country attended the 14 matches that make up the series, with the best eight weights counting.

Redgrave amassed a total of 227lbs 7oz to take the title and top prize of £700 ahead of Deben AC angler Paul Hudson with 194lbs. Third was another Angling Direct angler, Simon Newman, with a total of 173lbs 12oz, just ahead of Steve Kindleysides (Deben AC) with 172lbs 9oz, with Ian Bailey (Dukes AC) filling the final placing with 153lbs.

Redgrave said: 'I am over the moon to have won this, especially when you look at the calibre of angler who attended the matches – some of these have been fishing this river for years and fishing against them has made me a much better angler.'

League sponsor Nick Larkin said: 'NISA is very pleased to back this fabulous series of the best run river matches bar none, fished by some brilliant anglers from all over the country. We hope to continue or sponsorship for many years to come.'


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League boss Andy Wilson-Sutter added: 'This has been the best-attended series yet, with great support from anglers from across the country. It shows how respected and popular the river is with a number of those matches being the biggest river events in the country.'

Elsewhere, Codgers Angling Club held its annual Charity Cup matches, with this year's chosen charity the East Anglian Children's Hospices nook appeal.

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Major sponsors were Barford Lakes and Reepham Fishery and all the hard work put in by the members raised a staggering amount of money and a cheque was presented to Each Nook Appeal for £1,877.40. The club Charity Cup was presented by Emma Benstead of EACH and based on aggregate weight over two legs was won by Steve Brown with Tim Wright and John Laskey second and third respectively.

Terry Lear, from Codgers AC, said: 'I am proud of the members and delighted with the sum raised.'

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