Yarmouth anglers set the pace
Yarmouth match anglers excelled on the river Yare last Saturday, filling the top two places in the Nisa Feedermaster League.Brian Weavers, a member of the Sportsmans as well as the Yarmouth Association, lifted out 23lb 8oz of bream from peg 28 to maintain his recent form that brought him runners-up spot on the river Bure League the weekend before, writes Roy Webster.
Yarmouth match anglers excelled on the river Yare last Saturday, filling the top two places in the Nisa Feedermaster League.
Brian Weavers, a member of the Sportsmans as well as the Yarmouth Association, lifted out 23lb 8oz of bream from peg 28 to maintain his recent form that brought him runners-up spot on the river Bure League the weekend before, writes Roy Webster.
Secretary and match organiser of Yarmouth Keith Ford was runner-up with 22lb 2oz of similar fish, just ounces ahead of Malcolm Runacres of Deben with 21lb 13oz.
“This was the closest top-three finish since we kicked off the series in June,” recalled Ford, who was delighted to at last draw one of the more fancied pegs after suffering a series of duffers.
Gorleston Jollyboy Ray Kent completed a splendid double at Mill Farm Lake, Great Ellingham, winning the midweek with 70lb 2oz before hitting three figures on Monday with 113lb 6oz.
On the club scene Stalham visited Metton where Kevin Patterson ran away with top honours with a catch of 136lb 2oz of small to medium carp. Dave Gipson was next with 60lb 1oz then Dave Agass with 47lb 11oz.
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Carol Waldron's Caister midweek open at Melton Ponds resulted in hubby Alan winning with 138lb 2oz, then Paul Barnard with 74lb 3oz and Carol making third spot with 65lb 3oz.
The Yarmouth Lacons were at Abbeywaters, the winner Debbie Hewitt
with 99lb then P Nicholls 95lb 1oz and D Cook 30lb.
For the Martham club on the river Thurne above the ferry it was small fish only in their midweek outing when C Chaplin won with 4lb 9oz then M Colby 4lb 2oz and P Sparks
Sportsmans were on the Willow Lake at Barford where Joe Hammond won a close fought battle with 42lb 7oz while Mick Bunn had 40lb 14oz and Lee Arnold 40lb 2oz.
The specialist carp anglers around the town met with considerable success on the big fish lakes where Gorleston's Mick Smart netted a 27lb 4oz mirror from Swangey while at Taswood Caister's Douggie Collins bagged a 23lb mirror and Gorleston's Steve Aldous a 22lb 12oz linear.
For casual pleasure anglers the river Thurne from Potter Heigham to the river's confluence with the river Bure at Coldharbour, is in cracking form with bream of all sizes producing catches to over 50lb. The real hotspots are the rands opposite Thurne Dyke and further downstream towards the river mouth.
Martham Pits continue to prove popular for local and visiting anglers and enjoying top quality sport with sizeable carp, bream
August is noted for excellent catches from Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere and this trend has continued this season with numerous three-figure returns from both these venues, particularly for after dark anglers.
On the beaches whiting appear to have moved in in substantial numbers between Yarmouth and Lowestoft. But while there are numerous sizeable fish to weigh in, the real quality specimens suitable for the pan appear to be scarce.
Small school bass are showing up around the jetties and the piers, and from the harbour walls.
However, the top sport with bass remains offshore on the sandbanks where obviously
a boat is required.
The most productive venues for catching cod right now appear to be around the wrecks chartered along the east coast. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive because charter boat skippers and indeed individual boat owners, are suffering from the steep hike in diesel fuel.