Humberside/Lincolnshire/Yorkshire report 23/06

by David Proudfoot

If I’d said that smoothhounds were being caught in the Humber a few years ago people would have thought that I had gone completely mad but Allen Major and Richard Johnson had 50 in the boat last weekend. Other anglers have had big double fish around the 5A and the Cleeness area. There have also been cod, bass and rays being caught. In fact Allen and Richard had an amazing 11 different species in one session.

I have spoken to probably the top hound catcher in the area, a man of immense knowledge when it comes to catching smoothhounds, Karl Nangle about shore caught hounds. Karl thinks that an area that could produce is behind the Leisure Centre at Cleethorpes, at low water on the lower tides and fish the sand bank. But make sure that you check the tide heights first you do not want to be cut off. Another area could be Suggits lane at high water there is a fair depth of water there. Last year I managed to catch hounds just off the sand bank at Wonderland while bass fishing.

On the Lincolnshire coast there has been good numbers of hounds caught most of the week, top match angler Jez Waters had a rest from the pressures of match angling and went pleasure fishing he had 8 hounds in a hectic one hour session.

This weekend it is the Lincolnshire pairs on the Saturday and things are looking good with a decent weather forecast. Sunday it’s the Trios on the Humber Bank wall so it looks like a busy weekend ahead for the match anglers.

Last weekend it was the Sutton Bridge open on the Saturday, 37 anglers took part. It was mostly eels and flounders that made up the weights. Debenham Angler Dave Read was top man with 5lb 6oz, next was Simon Drayton on 5lb 20z and third George Smith with a bag of 4lb. A grand total of £166 was raised for the Air Ambulance, well done to all those concerned in organising the match.

Humber SAC fished at Barton and the winner was Adie Cooper 1lb 7½oz he also had the biggest flatfish of 33cm. Next was well known local angler “Del Boy” Derek Miles with 1lb 4½oz and in third was Dave Burr on 1lb 2oz. Tthe next match is this Saturday at East Halton fishing 2.15 to 6.15pm.

George Smith went to Norfolk last week and whilst every one was catching close in George decided to blast a lead out of sight and this paid off, he managed to find a smooth hound that turned out to be the biggest fish on the day his total weight was 6lb 12oz. Second was the Norfolk ace himself Tony Thomas and next it was Keith Morley.  Cleethorpes angler Garry Hutson came second in his zone and also had the biggest flatfish on the day.

Reckitts SAC were in action at Paull in very hot conditions and the crabs were working overtime in stealing the baits. Some anglers had major problems with the venue and packed in after only a few casts. First it was that man again Simon Drayton with a total length of 325cm. Second place went to Rob Neale with 275cm and third was Richard Leak on 252cm. The biggest fish was Simon Drayton with a 34cm flounder.

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