Humberside/Lincolnshire/Yorkshire report 14/08

by David Proudfoot

This Sunday sees the final match in the summer series run by Neville Charlesworth. The league is the tightest that it has ever been and there are four anglers that could win this year’s title. Simon Drayton is in top spot with George Smith, Neville and local legend Jeff Volley in pursuit. It could go any way on Sunday and Hessle is an excellent venue for the title decider. It can be a little bit peggy but a good draw could see any one of those four take top spot.

In the pairs Neville and Simon are out in the front whilst in the mystery pairs it is Richard Leek and George Smith who are in pole position.

This year the matches have not been a Guernsey qualifier, due to the change from the NFSA to Angling Trust.  The trust was supposed to be the savour of angling and get all anglers united and provide a strong voice when lobbying but only months into the formation of the new body and it is in financial crisis, due to lack of members. So far it has only attracted 9,000 individual members. That is half of what had been projected and there have been cuts in staff already. I know that the local clubs have joined the trust, but they need more individuals to join.

Anglers tend not to about organisations until something goes wrong with their particular area that they fish in. But if you have no body to intervene, who do you turn to for support. Anyone interested in joining the Angling Trust should either ring 08447700616 or go on the web site at

In the sea angling section Stuart McPherson is the Marine Director and he is trying to get things sorted out but he needs the support of the anglers. It should be noted that the Angling Trust are the governing body for England only and all other nations have their own Federations.

Humber SAC
were in action on the Humber Bank wall last weekend and it was Richard Leek who was top man on the day he had 4lb 13½oz, next was Simon Drayton who weighed in 4lb 4¾oz and then it was a long way down in the weights to Steve Macgregor in third with 1lb 14oz.  The biggest flat was a 32cm flounder caught by Simon Drayton and Garry Hutson had the biggest round fish, a 14cm coalfish.

The tope fishing has been fairly quiet but those anglers who have stayed in the river have been enjoying some good sport with a variety of fish. There are a lot of whiting about at the moment and together with the smooth hounds there is enough to keep the rod tip moving.

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