Skegness Pier Angling Club’s (SPACs) third match of 2018 was held on Saturday 17th February from 5 till 9pm at Trunch Lane, on the beach in front of Lakeside Leisure and Big Catch Tackle. Conditions were ideal for the anglers, but not so good for the fish, with a calm sea and southerly wind.
Like most SPAC matches, the match was not pegged, with the rules being that anglers must walk to their chosen spot on the beach and must present their match cards to the organiser within 30 minutes after the finish time. The match was fished to conservation based measure and release format, with each fish being measured on a metric ruler and the winning angler being the one with the longest total aggregate length of fish.
I am pleased to report yet another good turnout, with the usual out of town support, along with both Gordon Hewitt and Matt Brewer coming up from Milton Keynes again. We also had two Skegness locals fish the match, with Frazer Mills and Shaun Wood both joining the Club on the day.
Unfortunately, the fishing did not meet up to expectations, with fish hard to come by. Also, there was clinging weed in the water for a lot of the match, taking lines round in the tide and covering baits.
Grimsby ace Dan Jackson coped best with the challenging conditions, fishing three small hooks at distance to run out easy winner of the Healey Cup, with 11 fish measuring 287cm. Over a metre behind Dan in second place came another top match angler Paul Denholm, with a seven fish catch for 179cm. Third placed Dylan Morgan has improved steadily since joining the Club as a junior and now in his first year as an adult member is a force to be reckoned with, taking a well earned third place with six fish measuring 156cm.
There was a two way tie for the longest round fish prize, with Paul Denholm and Dylan Morgan each catching 35cm whiting. Paul didn’t have to share the longest flatfish prize however, making an already good day complete by winning outright with a 30cm dab. Full result as follows:
- Dan Jackson – Grimsby – 287cm – 7 dabs, 4 whiting
- Paul Denholm – Grimsby – 179cm – 4 dabs, 3 whiting
- Dylan Morgan – Carrington – 156cm – 4 dabs, 2 whiting
- Ian Nelson – Grimsby – 136cm – 3 dabs, 2 whiting
- Matt Brewer – Milton Keynes – 74cm – 2 dabs, 1 whiting
- Adie Cooper – Grimsby – 56cm – 1 dab, 1 whiting
- Alan Steadman – Wrangle – 42cm – 1 dab, 1 whiting
- Dave Burr – Croxton – 22cm – 1 dab
No cards handed in: Kev Bebbington, Gordon Hewitt, Garry Hutson, Frazer Mills, Shaun Wood
Longest Round – Paul Denholm/Dylan Morgan – both 35cm whiting
Longest Flat – Paul Denholm – 30cm dab
It has been decided to only set up matches a couple of months at the most in advance, so that we can try to avoid clashes with other club matches and opens, which has been a major factor in the poor attendances during 2017. Matches for Feb/Mar have therefore been arranged as follows:
- Sun 25th Feb – 11:30 till 15:30 – Chapel Point (AGM Match)
- Sat 3rd Mar – 16:30 till 20:30 – Wolla Bank
- Sat 17th Mar – 16:00 till 20:00 – Trunch Lane
SPAC AGM and Trophy Presentation will take place this coming Saturday 24th February from 19:30 in the New Park Club, Scarborough Ave, Skegness, PE25 2TQ. All current and prospective members are invited to attend. For further information please contact SPAC Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or firstname.lastname@example.org