Disappointing Fishing At The Lincolnshire Pairs

by Chas Tibble

The fishing was abysmal in the Skegness Pier Angling Club (SPAC) annual Lincolnshire Pairs match, held last Saturday from out of sorts Trunch Lane. With the entry well down due to clashing with other open matches, only 5 pairs turned up to fish this once popular event, which was a real struggle from start to finish.

Only one pair managed to both card fish, with Gordon Hewitt catching a 24cm bass to finish second in Zone A and Matt Brewer winning Zone B with a bass and a flounder for 57cm. So Gordon and Matt ran out easy winners of the Lincolnshire Pairs trophies, with 3 points. A big “well done” to them both!

“Angler not a dangler” Bob Foster has been fishing really well of late and fished brilliantly in difficult conditions on this occasion, catching two bass and two flounders at close range for 126cm. He also won the longest round fish prize with a 37cm bass and the longest flatfish prize with a 32cm flounder. Unfortunately his pairs partner, big caster and top class match angler Dave Shorthouse, failed to catch. But Bob’s efforts were good enough for them to take second place in the Pairs with 6 points.

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Top individual Bob Foster

The only other angler to catch a fish was Rick Jarvis, who managed to catch a 20cm flounder and take second place in Zone B. This gave Rick and his pairs partner Mike Nicholson third place in the pairs with 7 points. Full result as follows:


  1. Gordon Hewitt & Matt Brewer – 3pts
  2. Bob Foster & Dave Shorthouse – 6pts
  3. Rick Jarvis & Mike Nicholson – 7pts
  4. = Tony Burman & Adie Cooper – 10pts
  1. = Dylan Morgan & Alan Steadman – 10pts


  1. Bob Foster – 126cm – 2 flounders, 2 bass
  2. Matt Brewer – 57cm – 1 flounder, 1 bass
  3. Gordon Hewitt – 24cm – 1 bass
  4. Rick Jarvis – 20cm – 1 flounder

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Longest round – Bob Foster – 37cm bass

Longest Flat – Bob Foster – 32cm flounder

Next SPAC match will be held on Sunday 5th August from 3 till 7pm back at Trunch Lane again. Hopefully the fishing will have picked up by then! The match is open to all, so why not come along and have a fish with our friendly little club. Please pass on to those not on Facebook and please contact SPAC Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or chastibble@hotmail.com for further details.

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