Humberside/Lincolnshire/Yorkshire report 12/07

by David Proudfoot

Last weekend it was the Skegness open and the top local anglers from this area made a killing. The Skegness Pier Angling Club (S.P.A.C) annual Open Festival was held from Mogg’s Eye, Chapel, with visiting Humber anglers taking all the major prizes. Leading Grimsby angler Bill Sheppard, pictured below, came out on top, with 3 decent smoothounds and a flounder totalling 15lb 4oz under the length to weight conversion system. Grimsby’s Karl Nangle took second place with 2 smoothounds for 10lb 9oz but the result could have been very different had he not lost a hound in the surf. Completing the line-up in third place was Karl’s travelling companion Jim Greer, whose 2 flounders and a smoothound weighed in at 6lb 7oz.

Another top Humber angler Garry Hutson won the Heaviest Flatfish award with a nice flounder weighing 1lb 2oz. Smoothounds are excluded from the heaviest round fish prize and this was shared by Lincoln’s Neil Jackson and Wrangle’s Alan Steadman, both with weaver fish. These small fish are common off our local shoreline and have to be handled very carefully, as the venomous spines in their dorsal fin can give a painful sting to the unwary.

Next S.P.A.C event is the annual RNLI/Carnival Open Match, which will be held on Sunday 2 August, from 2:30 – 6:30pm at Wolla Bank, Chapel. Contact S.P.A.C Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or for further details.

The result of this match bodes well for the Smoothhound Open which takes place a week on Saturday, the 18th. There are nearly one hundred anglers booked in already.

Humber SAC were in action last weekend at Goxhill Adie Cooper was back in top form he had nine fish for 4lb 91/2oz, this was well in front of well known local angler Derek ‘ Del Boy ‘ Miles who had two fish for 1lb 6oz. In third it was H. Burnett four fish for 10oz. Adie got both the heaviest round and flat fish on the day so he is certainly back on track after his disappointment of blanking in the three man match the other week.

Reckitts SAC travelled over the bridge and fished at Humberston creek it was the veteran master angler himself Jeff Volley who was in commanding form to land nineteen fish for a total length of 480cm. Next was one of Hull’s top anglers Chris Wray with seventeen fish for 416cm and in third was Chris Mack with 364cm

On the boat scene a few boats tried for the tope last weekend but as yet none have shown up. The mackerel seem to be very scarce and good shoals are needed to attract the tope.

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