John reels in big prize
JOHN Goble has been awarded the princely sum of �1,000 for catching the Norfolk Broads' biggest ever pike.But according to many anglers all over the country the amiable Caister- rodman should have won twice that sum for winching out his 45lb 8oz monster from the hard-fished River Thurne catchment system, writes ROYWEBSTER.
JOHN Goble has been awarded the princely sum of �1,000 for catching the Norfolk Broads' biggest ever pike.
But according to many anglers all over the country the amiable Caister- rodman should have won twice that sum for winching out his 45lb 8oz monster from the hard-fished River Thurne catchment system, writes ROYWEBSTER.
The retired offshore construction engineer finished runner-up in the prestigious Drennan competition for the most impressive fishing feat of the Broads last season. However, the Drennan Trophy and the main �2,000 cash prize that went with it was carried off by serial rodman Terry Lampard, who last season was credited with two 30lb plus pike, his 11th roach over 3lb and a 4lb plus perch. It was the seventh time the Dorset angler had lifted the trophy and pocketed the money.
The Norfolk hero said he was absolutely delighted to be voted runner-up and losing the trophy by a mere handful of votes. “I received a lot of telephone calls and website messages from anglers from all over the country congratulating me for catching that wonderful fish. But I can honestly say I did not go out there with any purpose to fish for cash or the trophy,” he declared.
Bearing in mind that the Caister angler's pike easily beat the previous Broads' specimen and one-time British record of 42lb 2oz caught by Gorleston fishing tackle boss Derrick Amies from the River Thurne in 1986 and was certified as the heaviest-ever taken by any natural fishery in the United Kingdom, the critics have been quick off the mark complaining to national angling magazines and on various internet forums that the Broads fish was more than worthy of Drennan's top prize.
“People have to make up their own minds whether I should have been voted the Drennan winner,” declared Goble diplomatically.
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“Terry Lampard is a great all-round angler and I'm not a bit envious of his success.”
Meanwhile, this Broads' fishing fanatic has ventured to the banks of the commercial lakes while awaiting the new river season to open on June 16.
“I've caught quite a few decent carp and one or two other species and I'm enjoying it, even so, I shall be glad to be back on the rivers and Broads, mostly fishing for bream in summer before resuming some serious pike fishing in the autumn,” he concluded.
At present carp are keeping local anglers fully occupied at the Taswood Lakes where Caister-on-Sea duo Dougie Collins and Jason Stamp landed mirrors and commons to over 27lb. On the match circuit clubs report fair returns. Lacons were at Taswood where the result was Jimmy Coleman 52lb 6oz, D Cook 43lb 2oz and Jay De'ath 35lb 11oz.
At the Old Stables, Felmingham the Stalham result was David Agass 20lb 12oz, Dave Dearman 17lb 7oz, Robin Austrin 13lb 15oz.
Stalham members are asked to note that all fixtures scheduled for Little Melton have been switched to Melton's number four lake, commending June 7.
The Burgh Castle fishery is staging an open event on Bank Holiday Monday. Entry to 07919 080961.
Along the beaches anglers appeared to have seen the last of the spring codling that have moved beyond casting range for the warm summer months.
So now is the time to fish for warm water species like bass of which many are below the statutory 36cm size limit.
And this with species suffering from over-fishing due to nets being strung along the shoreline the conservation policy for anglers is to put back all fish around a couple of pounds for they hardly fill a pan once they have been prepared in the kitchen.