We must respect our river banks

It is beyond dispute that catches from Broads tidal rivers where angling access has been opened up by the Environment Agency have been brilliant.

But on the downside, the apparent gratitude of a substantial minority of untidy anglers has taken the form of leaving the place like a tip.

A case in point is the Postwick stretch of the River Yare, purchased for anglers by the Environment Agency in 2009 and easy access established along with car parking facilities in June last year.

Staggering bream hauls have been reported there, but at the weekend Tony Gibbons, the Norwich based member of the Broads Angling Strategy Group and the Broads Forum, has come out in fierce criticism of anglers' lack of respect for the water environment.

'I visited the Postwick bank and I was utterly disappointed and disgusted by the scale and nature of the litter,' he declared angrily.

'Whoever is responsible should show more gratitude for what the Environment Agency has done for them.'

Graham Gamble, head of the Environment Agency's fisheries department in Norwich, said he was aware of the litter problem at Postwick.

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'We have been speaking to Tony Gibbons, discussing ways of urging anglers to take home their own and any other litter they see on the bank.

'In the meantime we are planning to clean up the area and if anglers were to form their own voluntary working party to assist it would be helpful.'

So far there has been no similar desecration of the renovated banks of the River Bure at Upton, where superb match catches of bream at the weekend were headed by EAPS winner Shaun James with 31lb 5oz of bream.

On the strength of this and successful negotiations for a special car park, the Saturday leg of the two-day King of the Broads challenge on September 14 and 15 will be pegged at Upton.

Breakfast will be served at the White Horse pub at 8am, the draw 9am, fishing from 11am-4pm.

Day two will be staged along the Beauchamp Arms venue on the River Yare, with similar services and schedules.

Entries to either or both days 01502 531776 or 01603 400973.

Much further afield on the River Sava in Slovenia, a magnificent victory by England in the women's world angling championships was achieved, alas without the Norwich based Jeanette Halliday, who was first reserve on both days and wet a line only during practice sessions.

But was this sensible Angling Direct shop boss downhearted on the subs bench?

'Not a bit. I had a marvellous time. I was able to watch the girls produce a thrilling comeback from eighth place on day one and come from behind on day two with a winning score that won them the world title with an aggregate of 56 penalty points, four ahead of favourites Croatia,' she said.

Dick Clegg, the Angling Trust's events manager, said: 'Jeanette Halliday, who was making her world debut, will, I'm sure, be a certain selection and part of the squad next year.'

Elsewhere on the local match fishing circuit, Hill Farm's heaviest catch of the year of 140lb 7oz, fell to Kevin Clarke of Acle, while at Bartles Lodge, Mark Seaman with 155lb 10oz and Alex Watson with 153lb 11oz, battled for Stalham's top honours.

Mark Cooke headed the Costessey Crown card with 161lb at Bridge Farm and Simon Denmark of Norwich was top rod at Mill Farm with 143lb 10oz.

Abbey Waters were on form for Lacons winner Phil Nichols with 146lb 10oz, but on the same venue the following day Matt Wiles headed the AMG card with 165lb 7oz.

On the carp waters, eight year old Alf Howell will not forget his visit to the Taswood fishery where he connected with a giant common carp of 33lb, by far his personal best and tempted on a sticky bait boilie.

It was hooked at 3am and fought for a mind numbing 30 minutes before the thrilled young angler and his dad Peter guided the monster safely into the landing net.

Other specimens in the twenties fell to permit holders Kevin Smith, Guy Sherwood, Rob Pestle, Stuart Campbell, Steve Aldous and Marty Hall.

At Swangey 16 year old Alec Addison of Tasburgh winched out his personal best mirror at 24lb 9oz and other quality fish were reported by Jason Warren, Dylan Thomas, Steve Lewin, John Read, Robbie Northman, Tony Atkins, Shaun Lee and Andy Ryan.

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