Big on boats this week…
Boats: The HCA winter league match which had been cancelled on several occasions finally got away last Sunday. It was a pleasant day with an early start, but fishing was very slow until the turn of the tide when a mad flurry of activity turned things around.
Boats went all over at the start of the match for indifferent returns. I went to the ‘4′ to start then the Bull fort area for just a single cod, but another move inside and produced fish immediately. Chris Banks, who had struggled earlier, moved to the Cleeness area and caught from his first cast. Bigger boats had gone around the ‘5A’ and they were also getting a few fish towards the end of the match.
Top bag on the small boats was Tony Burman with 33lb… probably because regular leaders Simon Drayton and Neville Charlesworth were shore fishing in the Hornsea pairs! As expected the bigger boats as expected had the better catches, with John Pyle on 55lb, and Ollie Call on 50lb. Ollie also had the biggest cod at 8lb gutted, followed by Steve Cox with a 7lb plus cod.
One of the beach-launched boat got into a bit of bother when the trailer and vehicle stuck, and then to make matters worse his winch decided to die. It was a case of all hands to the pump to help. It was nice to see so many anglers assisting.
There is no match this weekend, but there is a big fish match the following week this might include a winter league match. Please do not forget it is the M J Wilson Cod Open on March 1st. Get booked in now to give the organisers an idea of how many to expect. This match is now one of the biggest boat matches in the country.
Shore: Humber SAC fished on the North Wall, but the fishing was very poor. Only Adie Cooper with a cod of 2lb 5oz weighed in. He won both the match and the heaviest fish. Jammy Adie also won the golden peg.
Chas Tibble’s Skegness match report: The recent cold snap brought cod on the feed in the latest Skegness Pier Angling Club match held at North Shore Road. Long distance casting was again the key to a good catches, with Kettering’s Dave Shorthouse using his slow pendulum casting style to good effect; running out an easy winner with 3 cod, 8 whiting and 3 dabs for 13lb 2oz. Dave saved the best for last, achieving the rare feat of pulling in a double-shot of cod on his final cast. Some way behind in second place was another skilled caster, Friskney’s Mark Holmes, whose 7lb 3oz catch included 2 cod, the larger of which weighed in at 3lb to take the heaviest round fish prize. Taking third place for the third match on the trot was Wrangle’s Paul Cridland, with another cod in his 4lb 13oz mixed bag. Paul made his good day even better, by adding to his prize money with the heaviest flatfish award, for a nice 10oz dab.
Next S.P.A.C. match will be held on Sunday 22nd February from 2:30 to 6:30 pm at Chapel Point, with anglers competing for the Ex-Servicemens’ Cup. If current weather conditions continue, it is anticipated that cod will again be a major feature of this match. Contact S.P.A.C. Secretary on 07984 967988 or email@example.com for further details.
Reckitts SAC were in action on the Yorkshire Coast and it proved real struggle. Top man in the Super League was Carl Matthews 1.95 kgs with 5 whiting and a flat. Second was John Atkinson 7 flats for 1 90kg. Steve Green was third 5 flats and a smelt, while Chris Wray had the biggest fish a codling of 1.21 kg.
In the Premier League, Tom Owens topped on 9 whiting, 1 flat for 4.06kgs. Ian Render in second had 1 whiting for 0.45kg. and third went to Jamie Foxton.
I have been asked to let you know how to join either Humber SAC or the new Grimsby SAC. The Humber Club contact is secretary Jez Waters 07970755164. To join up with the Grimbsy club, pop into Cleethorpes Angling Centre and get signed up or ring 602002.