Title joy for Norwich-based tackle shop
Daiwa Angling Direct, one of Norfolk's top angling outfits, has lifted the Suffolk Teams of Five Championship.
In the final round of the series on the prolific tidal River Yare – the scene of intense inter company and indeed county rivalry – the Norwich-based tackle shop black squad emerged triumphant, top of the 2012 class with a penalty point score of 14, thus beating fierce rivals Suffolk Angling Direct Gold on 18 points into second place.
Despite the unavoidable absentees from the regular line-up including skipper Glen Hubbard the Blacks fielding a quality quintet of Mick Bartrum (1 penalty point), Wayne Anderson (3), Kevin Bland (2), Daniel Brydon (4) and Mark Caldecote (6) to win the final round with 16 ahead of Deben Select, 17 and Beccle based Suffolk Gold on 18. Black also beat gold on the knock out final by 39lb 6ozs to 39lb.
Jubilant champion's team man Wayne Anderson said the success was due to all round performances and added: 'The anglers we brought in as substitutes did us proud on a day when roach fishing held the key to section success.'
An unbowed Tony Anderson, team boss of the runners-up, commented: 'The better team won this competition. They were the outfit to beat from start to finish and we gave them a run for their money. I would single out Brian Gooch who won the last round on Saturday with 12lb 5oz of roach as the most improved and impressive performer on our side. We will be back next year mounting a serious challenge to wrest this title from our Norwich counterparts,' he pledged.
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League organiser Mick Hanks concluded: 'It was a close fought contest from start to finish. Obviously, a few new teams will be welcome and for those interested we try to cater for those anglers who prefer lakes and those who are fond of rivers.
'I applaud the young anglers in the Waveney junior team. They competed right until the end and should not be discouraged by finishing bottom. Bernie Turner does a great job with these lads and if they are patient their day will come.'
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• The Saturday Nisa Feeder League remains almost unchanged following the 11th round producing mainly roach nets in crystal clear conditions.
On this breathless day, without a ripple on the water for more than half, the event sailors competing in the Yare navigation race became stranded in the doldrums. Some boats were stationary in the swims of a number of competitors, whose blasts of hot air annoyance failed to billow the sagging canvas.
'There were four yachts stuck in my swim for nearly two hours,' moaned one enraged rod man. 'It was a mistake these two events clashed.'
League organiser Andy Wilson-Sutter agreed the yachtsmen (apart from those idling at Trafford park) created a problem. 'During the years the league has been running there has never been a Saturday like this without a breath of air on the river. Fortunately the breeze picked up on the flood tide and the boats dispersed.'
In the 1960s, these stranded boatmen would have been peppered with groundbait and maggots not to mention a tirade of scurrilous language. This did not happen on Saturday suggesting match anglers today are more civilised and tolerant.
As for the results, league leader Wayne Anderson (Daiwa AD) headed the card with 20lb 10oz or roach and perch from peg 50 followed by Tony Gibbons (NDAA) with 17lb from peg 119. Thus Anderson improved his leading position by around 9lb with three round to come.
• Another Norwich UG clubman has qualified for the final of the cash-rich Earlswood Tournament carrying a first prize of �3,000. Graham Dashwood joins Lee Carver in the 35 rod showdown at the same venue on September 22.
'I was lucky to go through. The three anglers who beat my 18.800 kgs had already qualified. They were fishing only for practice so their catches did not count,' he said.
• Local match lakes remained bouyant. Martin Woods (Emneth) won at Cross Drove with 111lb 10oz, while at club level Carl Innes was top Romany at Bartles Lodge with 144lb 12oz, Jack Gill won the Odfeelows at Barford with 108lb 6oz, S Chapman was the top Freed Man with 103lb 4oz at Abbey Waters and M Seaman headed the Aylsham card at Barford with 101lb 7oz.
On the carp fisheries, the highlight at the weekend was the Nash Fishery Roadshow at Taswood where the company representatives demonstrated their tackle in the best way possible – in the water.
The fishery boss, Richard Ellis, enthused: 'These chaps attracted more then 100 local anglers including a lot of youngsters. We laid on a BBQ and the demonstrators actually caught half a dozen carp up to 25lb.'
Local rods also bagged their share were Karl Wright of Norwich who heaved out a 32lb 4oz common carp, another city rod Justin Warnes bagged his best mirror 29lb 15oz and other local successes were Phillip Faulkner, Matthew Arthurton, Martin Slatter, George Nicholls, and Stuart Garner with specimens in the twenties.
At Swangey, a PB mirror of 30lb 8oz fell to Joe Woods of King's Lynn and Darren Turner of Yarmouth recorded one at 25lb 8oz.