Region’s big fish bonanza

Huge carp catches are being heaved out from all the major fisheries throughout East Anglia and from some that are not so well known.One of the latter is the Weavers Way Fishery near Stalham, which has kicked off this spring with some excellent returns.

Huge carp catches are being heaved out from all the major fisheries throughout East Anglia and from some that are not so well known.

One of the latter is the Weavers Way Fishery near Stalham, which has kicked off this spring with some excellent returns. Last week Luke Douglas of Filby had a mirror of 26lb 10oz and East Ruston duo Craig Hill and Andy Hollis each had a common of 23lb and a mirror of 21lb 8oz.

There are a few syndicate places still available on this fishery at £160 per annum. Details on 01493 753986.

Meanwhile, established venues were booming. At Taswood, the Heron Lake produced its heaviest mirror carp so far at 33lb for Michael Plane of Sprowston and many other mirrors, commons, grass and ghost carp between 20 and 30lb were winched out by Caister regulars Darren Stamp (eight fish), Douggie Collins (four fish) and others for Alan Waldron, and Jason Stamp. Liam King of Newton Flotman and Norwich rods Mick Clark, Ben Sawickie and James Barrett each had a qualify fish apiece, the best 28lb 12oz.

Swangey Lakes were in excellent form, producing at least a dozen 20s, with Anthony Pointer of Halesworth reeling in his personal-best mirror at 27lb. Phil Smart, Dereham, bagged a trio in the mid 20s and other successes were Glen Hales, Attleborough; Vick Allen, Diss; Paul Brett, Bury, and Norwich pair James Howes and Rob Godfrey.

At Taverham Lake, local Dave Middleton bagged the top mirror carp of 28lb 6oz, Matthew Dobson of Norwich had one of 21lb and dozens of quality tench featured all weekend.

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Norwich brothers Rick and Gavin Parfitt enjoyed a great night on the Cobbleacre Fishery in north Norfolk, where they ended their session with 24 carp to double figures on the Adams Lake, but their most spectacular fish was a crucian/goldfish hybrid which “fought like a tiger”.

At Waveney Valley, catches were highlighted by Chris Reeve of Harleston who bagged 14 carp to 23lb, while Barry Martin of Reydon netted nine to 24lb.

Tench were the main fare at the Old Stable Fishery, Felmingham, where Taverham's Gordon Dixon hit the jackpot, taking 30 pink-eyed beauties including a brace over the 8lb mark.