Beach anglers show they care

Caring beach anglers fishing in competition on the Yarmouth beaches last Sunday raised a grand total of £856 for the Macmillan Cancer Care nurses fund.

Caring beach anglers fishing in competition on the Yarmouth beaches last Sunday raised a grand total of £856 for the Macmillan Cancer Care nurses fund.

There were nearly 60 top rods supporting this worthy charity fished as the Mark Alsop Memorial Open organised by well-known John Abbott who is the anglers' representative on the Eastern Sea Fisheries Joint Committee, writes Roy Webster.

Although suspended weed was troublesome clogging up the business end of the fishing tackle, two Gorleston rod men overcame this little local difficulty to fill the top two places.

Mick Ellis engineered the top catch of 4lb 11½oz consisting of 11 whiting and one small codling to pocket the top cash of £183. Another town rod Duane Lockwood was runner-up with 3lb 11oz.

After a minute's silence in memory of the former and well-respected sportsman's club secretary Mark Alsop, fishing got under way.

And it was Ellis launching his bait some 150 yards from the shore who managed to cope with the weed problem better than those who were dropping their bait shorter distances from the golden sands.

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Afterwards Ellis said: “This is my first match after a two-year lay-off and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had to punch the bait out as far as possible because there was less weed in the deeper water.”

John Abbot paid tribute to all his helpers and the Lacon Arms for the use of the premises as the match headquarters.

He said: “It was a shame about the week that had been stirred up earlier in the week, but just about everyone had fish to weigh at the end and the sum raised was a terrific effort on everyone's part.”

Result: M Ellis 4lb 11½oz, D Lockwood 3lb 11oz, T Elliott 3lb 4oz. Heaviest flat fish: D Forrester 8½oz dab. Section winners: T Elliott, D Lockwood, K Southey, M Ellis, C Halliday, R Canham, P Blatch, S Buttery.

Monday's Sam Hook League on the South Beach produced excellent catches of codling and whiting.

The result: D Able 15lb 8oz (cod 6lbs), D Conway 11lb 2oz, T Thomas 10lb 8oz.

On the freshwater match scene two Yarmouth teams Pownalls Boys and Browning Pownalls closed the points gap in the Barford Winter League where they are now involved in an exciting competition with just three league points dividing the top six contenders after the second round.

Top individual on the day was Andy Toogood (Pownalls Boys) with 96lb 10oz that boosted their six-man squad into joint second spot on the day with Daiwa Angling Direct finishing with 34 points behind Team Barford the winners with 41. Carp Vader were fourth with 31 followed by Browning Pownalls on 30.

The league table reads: Carp Vader 15, Daiwa Angling Direct and Barford 14, Pownalls Boys 13, Browning Pownalls and Unreliables 12.

“The top six are all in with a chance of lifting the title, and with two more rounds to come in cooler conditions it will be all-round ability with carp and silverfish that could hold the key,” declared the league organiser Tony Gibbons.

On the other match lakes Ray Kent (Jolly Boys) won at Mill Farm with 64lb in the midweek and finished runner-up on the same venue on Monday with 49lb 8oz. Ormesby's Stephen Rouse was runner-up on this venue with 28lb 6oz last Sunday.

The Stalham Angling Club commenced their Winter Series in the local Richardson's Boatyard lagoons and enjoyed satisfactory returns. The result was: D Gipson 15lb 9oz, R Farmer 10lb 7oz, D Pyecroft 8lb 14oz.

The Dukes results at Holly Farm, South Walsham was: N Goose 73lb 12oz, C Urry 69lb 2oz, C Dowe 47llb 12oz. The Burgh Castle Open resulted in L Arnold (Jolly Boys) 20lb 14oz, M Bunn (Jolly Boys) 15lb 13oz, K Chillingworth (Sam Hook) 12lb 15oz.

Anglers who fish without the statutory rod licence are now facing not only hefty fines but also a ban from the sport for up to two years or more.

This punitive action against licence cheats was highlighted in Chester Magistrates' Court where two anglers who had been caught fishing three times without a licence were banned from freshwater fishing for two years and ordered to fork out fines and court costs totalling £700.

The ban was welcomed by all angling leaders who said similar punishment should be given to those who steal fish for restocking purposes or to supply the frozen bait trade and take home more than the legal two fish per day for the table.