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Gary's magnificent seven

PUBLISHED: 12:31 03 November 2010

Rodman Phil Gray proudly displays this 30lb common carp caught at Taverham Mill during an overnight session.

Rodman Phil Gray proudly displays this 30lb common carp caught at Taverham Mill during an overnight session.

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Who are the anglers who have swept all before them in the Barford Autumn League?

Step up to the podium Kevin Ford, Gary Kiddell, Paul Yeomans, Jim Randell, Andy Turner and father and son Bob and Jack Gill.

Those are the truly magnificent seven representing Team Barford, who have already lifted the championship with one round to spare without dropping a single league point.

Last Sunday they produced a devastating 18 section point performance that left them six points clear at the top and unassailable in the final showdown this Sunday, when turning up is merely a formality to receive the winners’ accolade.

Leading the third round rout was Kiddell, who chalked up a massive haul of 148lb 3oz, just 18 carp, from peg number number at Colton.

Tony Anderson (Suffolk AD) was runner-up with 119lb 6oz at Barford, then it was back to Colton, where Paul Ashford (Allsorts) made third spot with 98lb 10oz.

Commenting on the team’s success, Barford skipper and organiser Kevin Ford said it was a great triumph achieved in high-class company.

“To win every round so convincingly illustrates that we have taken this tournament seriously and I’m truly proud of all seven of the squad and those who volunteered to act as reserves as required,” he said.

“The lakes have fished superbly with quality roach as well as hefty carp and those results augur well for the first of the Tuesday silver fish competitions.”

The King of the River Wensum Series got under way with roach dominating in clear conditions, although a few skimmer bream and quality perch were also prominent.

Match organiser Steve Borrett (Earlham Silvers) was lucky enough to draw a fancied peg near the turning basin to win with 17lb 15oz of small roach taken on the pole and maggot.

Runner-up Lee Hodge (Anglers’ World) came close with 17lb 8oz, followed by Colin Sadler (Norwich Dukes) with 15lb 8oz.

Borrett said he was delighted with the turnout and expected more competitors for the next round on November 14.

“Several anglers were committed to fishing elsewhere at the weekend but I expect they will show up in the next round,” he said. “It was a shame we had to divide the match because another club was pegged in the middle section and that resulted in poor results below Carrow Bridge.

“However, this scoring system allows every angler to discard the two worst results so I think Lady Luck will even things out by the end,” he said.

Top catch at the open events on the lakes was heaved out by former Norwich City snapper Roger Harris, who landed 132lb 8oz on the Railway Lake, while at club level, Dean Mason headed the Oddfellows card at Abbey Waters with 109lb 10oz.

Along the beaches, Yarmouth hosted another important event – the inaugural Eastern Leisure Sea Anglers Alliance Championship.

The winner of the Rose Bowl and the King William IV hosts prize of a magnum of Champagne as well as cash totaling £113 was Adrian Crane (Gizmo) with a score of 274 points from his five dab and 12 whiting catch totaling 5lb 11.3oz. Top team were local trio Hammershed consisting of Crane, Alan Kettle and Justin Grapes with 587 points (12lb 3.6oz). Organiser John Abbott said: “This first championship was great fun and a huge success. Next year we shall try our best to avoid a fixture clash in order to increase the field.”

• A report that John Goble’s River Thurne record pike had been caught again scaling 46lb plus has not been confirmed, and the man himself knows of no other angler able to offer any information to verify the catch.

This week Goble said it was obvious the rumour could not be ruled out but, in his opinion, the story was a result of an “internet angler” stirring up the specimen pot.

“I was asked about this last week but am certain that if my 45lb 8oz fish had been caught again we would by now know the name of the captor and every other detail,” he said.

Meanwhile pike have shown up on the Taswood Lakes, where Matthew Ellis bagged four on dead baits up to the high teens.

On the carp lakes, the fish of the week fell to Wortwell’s 16-year-old Toby Long, who netted a mirror of 30lb 4oz from Waveney Valley.

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