Anglers support RNLI

ORMESBY'S match angling ace Stephen Rouse carried off top honours in the Royal National Lifeboat Institute fundraiser at Cobble Acre fishery last week.

ORMESBY'S match angling ace Stephen Rouse carried off top honours in the Royal National Lifeboat Institute fundraiser at Cobble Acre fishery last week.

The retired water industry engineer and member of the Martham Angling Club was awarded the Jackson and Starling crystal glass trophy and a cash prize for his match-winning 46lb 12oz of carp, writes Roy Webster.

The event, organised by former England international and Great Yarmouth team man Jim Randell and his wife Barbara, raised a total of �1,100 for the RNLI.

It emphasised again that competitive anglers are a most caring section of rod and line sport.

Barbara Randell said: “Stephen Rouse is to be congratulated for beating a high-class field, but the real success of the day was the

sum we raised for the good cause, and I thank all who contributed towards it.”

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Elsewhere on the match circuit, Holly Farm, South Walsham, was the top club venue over the Bank Holiday break, when the Zenith result there was: D Ramsbottom 125lb 11oz, J Broomfield 116lb 13oz, P Smith 108lb 4ox.

Ray Kent (Jolly Boys) won the Mill Farm open with 59lb 8oz and other club results were: Stalham (Old Stables): A Toogood 31lb 4oz, M Charlewood 25lb 8oz, D Hammond 20lb 4oz. Stalham (Bartles Lodge): D Agass 37lb 15oz, M Charlewood 25lb 8oz, D Dearman 23lb 3oz. Caister Ship (Taswood): J Payne 27lb 4oz, N Page 24lb 8oz, Michelle Page 19lb 10oz.

On the big fish waters, Great Yarmouth carp specialist Tom Harris winched out the heaviest mirror carp at 31lb from the Taswood fishery, and another town rod, Will Nicholls, bagged one of 27lb.

Anglers at Hall Farm, Burgh Castle, also caught dozens of carp, the heaviest aggregate falling to Yarmouth's Mitch Smith with a dozen specimens, the best a 25lb mirror. There were also tench to 6lb and numbers of smaller carp from the adjacent Little Lake.

The Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association (NACA) is holding its annual open day event at the renowned Bawburgh Lakes Fishery just outside Norwich on Sunday, June 6 from 10am-4:30pm. Entry, coaching and demonstrations are free, with plenty of parking for the public to enjoy watching and meeting experienced anglers, fish with qualified angling coaches and watch many demonstrations.

All juniors must be accompanied by an adult.

The Environment Agency will be the main sponsor of the event.

Dogs are welcome but must be

kept on a lead, and not allowed to foul the fishery.

Demonstrations will be ongoing

Fished at bollard quay: 1 P Tovell 3lb 4oz, 2 K Whitlock 2lb 3oz, 3 C Legget 2lb 2oz. All eels.

Next match Monday night at 7pm bollard quay.

Freshwater fixtures. Marsh Trail lakes Open Saturday, May 15 Lake C. Draw 9am, fish 10 to 4pm, �15 per head all in fee, optional gold/silver/bronze peg standing over �230. For booking/details contact David on 01502 476219 or 07913 115610.

Marsh Trail Lakes Two-Day Festival results.

Winner Lake A Saturday John Catchpole 22lb 10oz. Winner Lake C Saturday Graham Binks 29lb 15oz. Winner Lake A Sunday Philip Trevor 15lb 7oz. Winner Lake C Sunday John Catchpole 40lb 8oz

Overall top four positions over the two days: 1 John Catchpole (2 points) 63lb 2oz, 2 Graham Binks (3) 44lb 7oz, 3 Colin Davey (6) 45lb 15oz, 4 Philip Trevor (6) 27lb 9oz.

Eighteen anglers fished the event with over 540lb of fish being weighed in; Marsh Trail Lakes would like to thank all those who took part. Their participation reinforces the popularity of this annual event.