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PUBLISHED: 12:11 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:08 03 July 2010

As the local tourist industry prepares for holiday anglers visiting the Broads for the start of the new coarse fishing season, there is encouraging news from the Environment Agency.

As the local tourist industry prepares for holiday anglers visiting the Broads for the start of the new coarse fishing season, there is encouraging news from the Environment Agency.

It has released details of rod licences issued in the Eastern Division of the Anglia Region (The Broads and Fens) for the year ended March 31.

Despite the downturn in the economy sales of full adult licences were down by less than 500 for the year compared with 2007/8, while concessionaries for the disabled and pensioners were up, as were day permits, writes Roy Webster.

The comparative figures, previous year in brackets, are: full adult annual 49,005 (49,473); disabled and pensioners 10,460 (9,881); juniors 9,854 (10,072), eight-day 4,073 (4,100); one-day 24,505 (23,872) - Total 97,897 (97,398).

This represents an overall increase of one short of 500.

This suggests the Norfolk Broads will become a great attraction for anglers this summer.

The Trinity Broads at Filby and Ormesby are rated highly as early-season venues and boats to fish them are for hire at the Filby Restaurant (01493 368142), Eels Foot, Ormesby (01493 730342) and Kingfisher Boats (01493 748724).

For Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere day boats are available at the Whis-pering Reeds Boatyard (01692 598314).

On the competition scene for the coming season the Broads Championship scheduled for the Rivers Bure and Thurne on July 5 is forecast to attract its highest attendance for a decade, probably with a field exceeding 100 lining up at Cold Harbour and St Benet's Abbey .

More anglers are turning to the river for competition fishing because they want an alternative species to carp, declared the organiser Tony Gibbons. “This season we are imposing a limit of 120, see how many anglers book in for the event, and take it from there.”

Tickets costing £5 are available at most Norwich tackle shops and there will be optional pools on the day.

Also on the River Thurne at Cold Harbour the Great Yarmouth and District Freshwater Angling Club will be running evening matches for their members.

The draw will start at 5pm and fishing at 5.45pm.

This Wednesday series starts next week and is likely to be most popular.

Further details are available from the club chairman Karl Hodgins (01493 661685).

Annual membership to the club is available at £25 and this sum includes the cost of full membership to the Norwich and District AA who control the banks at Cold Harbour and St Benet's as well as boat fishing on Ranworth and Woodbastwick Decoy Broads..

On the open match scene last week Winterton Nomads club member Clive Spelman chalked up a splendid double by winning at Mill Farm on Thursday with 40lb 12oz and again on Sunday with 54lb 2oz.

Club match results. Stalham, Melton Ponds: D Dearman 68lb 12oz, Dave Agass 53lb 8oz, Robin Austrin 48lb 6oz.

Martham, Besthorpe: R Boyce 25lb 12oz, P Sparks 15lb 3oz, K Chaplin 11lb 15oz.

Lacons, Aldeby: J Colman 15lb 6oz, P Newitt 13lb 3oz, B Norton 12lb 3oz.

Sportsmans, Burgh Castle: Lee Arnold 26lb 6oz, Gary Maddison 23lb 4oz, Karl Hodgins 13lb 8oz.

Pye, Burgh Castle: A Hayden 25lb 6oz, M Haverson 21lb 10oz, C Seago and V Reynolds both 14lb 4oz.

Beach fishing has not been encouraging but summer species such as bass are expected to feed once the winds turn to a westerly quarter.

In addition, smooth hound and sole are expected to move within casting range, said the experts.

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