Humberside/Lincolnshire/Yorkshire report

by David Proudfoot

EU pushing for new sea angling rules…

After the government’s failed attempt to implement a sea angling rod licence new regulations covering recreational sea angling are under intense discussion. Feedback from the EU is there is now firm intent to pursue implementation of four fresh sea angling regulatory elements by 2010. The main thrusts are…

  1. All boats must be registered
  2. All catches must be recorded
  3. Catches must be registered against that country’s quota
  4. No sales from such catches

My understanding is that while boat anglers are in the first line of fire, shore anglers will not be immune to similar EU governance further on in the process. How such an operation would be policed is anybody’s guess. The NFSA are to oppose the proposals, and the ‘Angling Unity’ merger should add considerable weight to the NFSA’s stance. There are to be locally held meetings with DEFRA in the New Year, and it is vital that anglers attend in numbers and put their views to DEFRA.

Boats fishing

Boats finally beat the weather and got out last Sunday. Pick of the catches was Ollie Call’s cracking 15lb cod caught near Cleeness. Other boats did well also, particularly those fishing down-river towards Immingham.

The HCA Winter League takes place this Sunday, weather permitting. Big tides this weekend will mean some areas will not be accessible due to strong force of tide.

Shore fishing

Humber S.A.C. held a roving match which Bill Sheppard won with 4 cod for 11lb 11oz. Second was Adie Cooper on 4lb 15oz, with Dave Over taking third on 4lb 2oz and the biggest fish.

Reckitts S.A.C. were in action, with Chris Mack stormed to the top of the Super League. Chris had 5 fish for 4.54kg, with second placed Steve Green catching 7 whiting for 2.77kg. Third went to Chris Wray on 2.41kg. The biggest fish was Chris Mack’s 2.94kg cod.

Tom Owens was top in the Premier League with 11 whiting and a cod for 5.32 kgs. Second was Graham Tranmer on 4.68kg, and third Jamie Foxton on 3.60kg.

The Les Intress Memorial match on the Humber Bank Wall is next for beach anglers. Booking in the Tioxide Pavilion from 2.30pm. It’s £10 to enter and £5 optional pools. Fishing times are 4pm to 8pm. There have been good numbers of fish from the area, and the big tide should help provide good fishing.

The Yorkshire Federation match takes place on Sunday at Hornsea. Fishing form 12pm to 6pm. Book in at the North Shore car park.

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