Title hopes dashed

Angling by Roy Webster

Hopes that the town’s beach fishing champions Gorleston Tackle would march off the Norfolk beaches in triumph last weekend were dashed by the invading southern and western fishing forces, who virtually took over the national league final.

Gorleston’s team of five – Keith Morley, Paul Tovell, Clyde Leggatt, John Lacey and John Lockwood – were strongly tipped to win after finishing top of the local qualifying series.

Two team members failed to make any entry on the record beyond their name and team, however.

Disappointed team skipper Morley greeted their 10th place with commendable stoicism. “Of course, it is disappointing but that’s the way of sport along these beaches. Just one fish for our team members in the two worst sections would have shot us up towards the top, for only two other teams recorded fish in all five sections,” he said.

South of England team Prime Angling lifted the trophy and shared �1,500 thanks to an outstanding performance by their top team man Colin Carey, who headed the individual lists on both days respectively with 5lb 11oz and 5lb 12oz to score an unblemished two penalty points with North Norfolk Lad Tony Thomas on three points.

Prime Angling scored 31 points, followed by South Wales Gary Evans with 52 (�750), Ziplex from the south coast with 65 (�500) and East Anglia’s best team Eagles with 68 (�250).

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Other local results were Imax, fifth with 77 points, North Norfolk Lads sixth with 80, Castaways seventh with 84, Avenue Angling ninth 94, Gorleston Tackle 10th 105.

Organiser Tony Thomas accepted local teams had been out-fished by the visitors. “It was pretty breezy on day one when 221 fish were caught but better on the Sunday when 614 were recorded,” he said.

n Young McAuley Chapman from Bradwell is making a name for himself among the specimen fish in Hall Farm Lake, Burgh Castle. On his latest visit, the 13-year-old braved biting east winds and snowstorms to reel in four splendid carp, headed by a 17lb 4oz common.

However, prospects on all freshwater venues are not running high.

Match results: Stalham (Lagoons): D Agass and W Plummer 6lb 5oz, D Jones 6lb 4oz. Sportsmans (Barford): G Hunter 28lb 1oz, L Arnold 19lb, S Grimwood 17lb 8oz.

Freshwater fixtures. Marsh Trail lakes Open Saturday 4th December Lake A Draw 9am fish 10 – 3pm �15.00 per head all in fee, Optional Gold/Silver/ pegs standing over �200, for booking /details, Contact David on 01502 476219 / 07913 115610

Freshwater results. Marsh Trail Lakes Open Lake C 1st Keith Westgate 30lb 8oz (Golden peg), 2nd Nigel Knights 8lb 2oz, 3rd Eddie Davidson 6lb 2oz.