Sun brings out the big specimens

Roy WebsterGiant carp and catfish went on a feeding frenzy in all the major big fish venues as the thermometer rose to its highest mark since last summer. With the sun beating down on the muscular flanks of the Lyng Kingfisher carp, there was a long list of 20lb plus specimens, headed by the year's best common of 41lb 4oz winched out by Buxton's well known big fish ace Stu Davison.Roy Webster

Giant carp and catfish went on a feeding frenzy in all the major big fish venues as the thermometer rose to its highest mark since last summer.

With the sun beating down on the muscular flanks of the Lyng Kingfisher carp, there was a long list of 20lb plus specimens, headed by the year's best common of 41lb 4oz winched out by Buxton's well known big fish ace Stu Davison.

Paul Gidney of Fakenham bagged a 32lb 8oz mirror and other specimens in the mid to high twenties fell to Chris Birdman of Caister, Luke Prest of Lingwood, Lee Cartwright of Great Ryburgh and Stewart Leisi of Acle. Meanwhile Suffolk's Mark Leonard weighed in a 9lb plus tench.

Massive catfish from the Waveney Valley, Yew Tree Lake were headed by a monster of 42lb 6oz, just one of four over 20lbs recorded by Steve Lovett of Brundall. Mattishall's Chris Hawkins bagged one of 39lb 8oz and a Gorleston angler reported another of 38lb 4oz among his seven fish catch.


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The top carp catch at Waveney fell to Dean Bridges of Hayden with 17 fish to 25lb, with similar returns taken by visiting anglers.

A crop of catfish featured on the Cobble Acre Lakes - the best coming in at 39lb 8oz for Norwich rod Sean Rebock while A Roberts of Norwich banked one of 34lb 4oz. The best carp at this venue fell to Norwich anglers Stuart Thorpe - with a 32lb 8oz common -and Gareth Hunt with a 30lb 1oz mirror.

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Cobble Acre's Adams Lake will be closed from this Friday at 4 pm to 3pm Saturday during the RNLI charity event and from 4pm May 7 to 10am on May 9 during the Nash Tackle Show.

Top carp at Swangey was a 31lb 2oz mirror for Danny England of Attleborough who added two more scaling 32lb 6oz and 23lb 8oz. Other 20s were taken by Robert Carter of Attleborough and Daniel Reynolds of Norwich.

At Taswood Steve Bruce of Belton recorded the carp of the week, a 31lb 2oz ghost, and others with carp to the high 20s were Dan Green of Long Stratton, Richard Ivers of Spixworth, Kevin Smith of Lingwood and Matt Ireland of Brundall.

Sport on Taverham Lake was the best of the year, producing mirrors and commons to over 20lb for Kevin Sullivan of Wymondham and Taverham's Simon Wigglesworth and John Gray, with tench to 7lb also showing.

On the open match lakes there is the added incentive of gaining the vital points in the Angling Times County Championships. Top catch of the week was 91lbs for Barford winner Carl Watker (Costessey Crown), Alan Hilton (Long Stratton) headed the Railway with 86lb 6oz and Bill Bullock (Dereham) won at Mill Farm with 80lb 10oz.

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