Roach hold key to glory

Ace anglers representing Daiwa Angling Direct Suffolk have been crowned the county's teams of five champions, and their second string also stepped up to the rostrum to accept runners-up honours.

Daiwa AD Suffolk Gold produced an all round team performance in this final showdown on the River Yare at the Beauchamp Arms to romp home with 12 penalty points and that score left them top of the table with 16 league points, eight ahead of their Blue team colleagues on 24 with Norwich Daiwa AD Black in third spot with 26.

The new champions were Mark Haverson, Mark Pollard, Chris Kelly, David Reeve and team skipper Tony Anderson, who afterwards commented: 'Our men in both teams pulled together, and when one did poorly, as I did in one round, the others raised their game and kept the flag flying with some hard won section points.

'We came top in the final two rounds on the River Yare and it was our consistency in roach fishing that kept us in front right until the final whistle.'

It was indeed roach that ruled the day, but although the Norwich outfit filled the top two individual places, Glen Hubbard with 24lb 4oz and Andy Moss with 19lb 2oz, the remainder of the squad fell away and their final place was third behind Suffolk's supreme top two.

Mick Hanks, the league organiser, said the competition had been keen throughout and added: 'The Suffolk squad were worthy winners.

'All the venues fished well and a snap poll at the end of the series resulted in the anglers wanting no changes for next year's tournament.'

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Meanwhile the Nisa Feeder Series is drawing to a close with just one round remaining on the River Yare this coming Saturday.

The penultimate leg was won by Wayne Anderson (Daiwa AD) with 27lb 3oz, Tony Gibbons (NDAA) carded 25lb 8oz and Steve Clarke (Maver) came in with 23lb 12oz.

Lowestoft's Mark Pollard and Nick Larkin, the main sponsor, go into the final round with a comfortable margin. However considering the best of eight from 12 format, this could be eroded especially if bream produce huge winners next Saturday.

• The Norfolk and Suffolk County League semi-finals were completed at Barford, with the top five qualifiers as follows: Norfolk – W Martin, D Jarvis, S Parker, Feltham, M Bradford. Suffolk – A Coleman, V Cross, M Hanks, N Knights, B Calver. Final at Barston Lakes and Packington Somers Saturday, October 1.

• Club action was hectic at Holly Farm, especially between the two Smiths (unrelated) who battled it out to the end when Paul weighed in 121lb 6oz and his namesake Terry 120lb 12oz. Mark Girling was Codgers winner at Barford with 136lb 14oz.

• On the specimen carp waters Taswood relinquished the heaviest of the week, a 34lb 4oz common for Suffolk's Dave Ford.

Other fish in the 20s fell to Steve Aldous of Gorleston, Michael Plane and Oliver Robinson of Norwich, Paul Baker of Caister and Tom Harris of Hemsby.

The top two mirror carp at Swangey Lakes came in at 31lb 2oz and 31lb 1oz respectively for Richard Hogg of Bacton and John Haywood of Attleborough.

Rob Stone of Yarmouth bagged another of 31lb and others in the 20s were recorded by Steve Hampton of Newmarket, Stuart Smalling of Wymondham, Carl Mullens of Norwich and Mike Collins of Mildenhall.

Taverham Lake's best were mirrors and commons in the low 20s for regulars Alan Wrigglesworth and Billy Dobson, but in the adjacent River Wensum weed cutting and low levels proved a serious hindrance.

• There remains considerable confusion concerning the public right to fish from the banks of Broads tidal rivers. According to Angling and the Law by barrister Michael Gregory the public right to fish in the tidals was established in 1215 by King John's Magna Carta which granted his subjects this common right on any water where he owned the soil below the mean high water mark, be it beach or bank.

However without a public right of way to the water, access always had to be acquired from the landowner above the high water mark and that presented the people with another problem. Some clubs, for example the Norwich and District AA, hire the access to their tidal holdings on behalf of their members and issue day permits to visitors.

Elsewhere access often depends on established rights of way (footpaths) shown on the Ordnance Survey maps. Unfortunately the latter can mean long walks from the highways for it is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle more than 15 metres off road without the landowner's permission.

It is a civil offence to leave a vehicle on a private car park without permission, which highlights a host of problems for an angler burdened down with the full weight of fishing tackle. Where an angler has been for 20 years or more taking a short walk across a field to reach tidal fishing, he or she has established a lawful right under the 1832 Prescription Act, which may be challenged by a landowner in a civil court.

Angling law is well documented in a number of publications so a visit to the local library or research on the internet may be worthwhile.

Alternatively, a simple solution is to buy a fishing dinghy and drop anchor in your chosen spot.

Meanwhile, worried members of NACA fear they may lose the fishing rights they have hed for 15 years on Bawburgh Lakes – home of massive carp, tench, bream and pike.

Owners Cemex have announced the whole seven-lake complex has been placed on the market.