Anglers get coaching offer

The Great Yarmouth club stretch of the tidal river Yare has been earmarked by the Environment Agency (EA) to stimulate impetus of vital angling coaching in the Norfolk Broads area.

The Great Yarmouth club stretch of the tidal river Yare has been earmarked by the Environment Agency (EA) to stimulate impetus of vital angling coaching in the Norfolk Broads area.

And the governing body has also promised financial assistance with funding for bait and feeders for the planned session on September 17 with the headquarters the Beauchamp Arms PH, writes Roy Webster.

This scheme is an extension to Nick Larkin's splendid efforts to encourage newcomers to the sport.

But this time the EA will be seeking more NFA qualified tutors to explain the fundamentals of pole and feeder fishing with demonstrations on the banks before handing over to the beginners to try for themselves the gentle art of angling.

It is a sport that has taken immense strides in tackle and technique since Isaac Walton authored his marvellous book on the subject in the 16th century.

EA fisheries officer Graham Gamble at the Norwich office said it had become policy to promote a more hands-on approach among grassroots anglers.

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“The venture on Wednesday, September 17 will cater for adult and junior beginners. But in order for youngsters to remain safe on the banks of this swift tidal river they must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult.

“In addition we shall put in safety measures such as lifebelts and lines in case of an accident or someone falling into the water.”

Booking a place for this promising induction by the waterside is by telephone to Graham or Steve at the EA office (01473 706556) when further information regarding starting times, cost if any, and a list of tackle anglers will have to provide for themselves.

The caring face of angling was on display along the River Bure at St Benets Abbey at the weekend when a charity open event organised by Tony Gibbons raised £400 for Diabetes UK.

The event, a memorial to the late well known angler Jason Smith, was won by Ludham's Mick Brown, a member of the Stalham club, who reeled in 32lb 10oz of bream from his swim on the old abbey ruins.

The final round of the Suffolk Teams of Five series was fished at the new Quiet Waters Lake near Halesworth where Yarmouth finished overall third with an aggregate of 338lb 4oz behind champions Diawa Angling Direct with 403lb 13oz and DAD Black, 370lb.

The Yarmouth Feedermaster match on the river Yare resulted in P Hudson (Deben) 45lb 13oz, K Ford (Yarmouth) 41lb 15oz, N Bartram (DAD) 38lb 7oz.

Gorleston Jollyboys made a name for themselves at the Mill Farm open events where Julian Edwards won the midweek with 76lb 12oz and Ray Kent headed the card on Monday with a huge bag of 148lb 4oz. Ormesby's Stephen Rouse was runner-up there on Sunday with 55lb 14oz.

Club match results were: Stalham (Topcroft): A Watson 35lb 5oz, R Austrin 27lb, D Agass 16lb 8oz.

Sportsmans (Burgh Castle): L Arnold 21lb 2oz, K Southey 17lb 12oz, M Hannent 13lb 10oz.

This Sunday brings the Teams of Four championship at St Benets Abbey and Coldharbour. Entries to 01603 400973. Draw 6.30am at Coldharbour.

Diary date: Norfolk Broads freshwater championship rivers Bure and Thurne, Saturday, September 20. Entry to Tony Gibbons 01603 400973.