Angler lands cash prize

North Walsham match angling ace Jim Randell boosted his season's cash winnings by another £500 by retaining the Decoy Fishery three-day September festival title, his second success of the year on the Whittlesea venue, writes Roy Webster.

North Walsham match angling ace Jim Randell boosted his season's cash winnings by another £500 by retaining the Decoy Fishery three-day September festival title, his second success of the year on the Whittlesea venue, writes Roy Webster.

The Sensas-sponsored former England international fished the event with his usual consistency and perseverance, scoring seven penalty points for his catch of 47lb on day one, then netting a maximum one point for his 106lb on day two before ending his stint with another five points for 59lb on day three.

He lifted the title with a score of 13 points beating Ben Smart of Stamford into runners-up spot with a score of 16 points.

“It was hard fishing due to the sudden change in air pressure and lower temperatures,” explained Randell. “I had to try a whole range of baits, sweetcorn, pellet and paste on the pole rig to keep the fish coming.”


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Local match results: Aylsham and District (Shallowbrook) - J Morrison 35lb 1oz, I Hole 31lb 9oz, B Watson 14lb 7oz. Stalham (Metton) - P Warren 42lb 12oz, L Reeve 41lb 11oz, D Agass 30lb 4oz.

Local anglers should note that tickets for this Saturday's Norfolk Broads Championship on the rivers Bure and Thurne are going fast. The draw is at Ludham King's Arms 9am, fish 10.30am to 3.30pm. Bookings to Tony Gibbons 01603 400973.

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The prolific Chapel Road Lakes Roughton fishery is producing stunning catches of carp and prospects for the remainder of the month remain excellent.

David Howes of Brampton reeled in a massive 25 fish haul during one afternoon, his best a ghost carp of 16lb. Another local regular Gordon Dixon winched out 22 fish to over 14lb in a single day's session while visitors Jack and Margaret Morris spent their holiday week there to end up with more than 100 quality carp to 20lb.

Meanwhile Stuey Davison of Buxton added to his excellent season's haul at the Kingfisher Lake with mirror carp of 33lb 8oz, 33lb, 28lb 8oz, 28lb 6oz and a brace of commons on 20lb.

On the Taswood Lakes Stephen Feek of Cromer netted a trio of mirrors and commons in the low to mid 20s while Geoff Benson of Stalham bagged a common of 26lb 5oz.

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