Humberside/Lincolnshire/Yorkshire report

by David Proudfoot

Humber SAC office bearers elected…

I attended the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Humber SAC AGM with interest given talk that discontent has been widely muted to be reason for the formation of a new angling club. The freshly elected office bearers are: Secretary, Jez Waters; Treasurer, Bill Sheppard; Chairman, Nigel Crabtree; Vice Chair, Adie Cooper; Match Secretaries George Smith and Adie Cooper; Members Secretary, Garry Hutson. The new President is a certain Tony Burman.

The membership levy remains at £10; this will include insurance cover that Bill Sheppard is currently tying up. A ‘Pairs League’ with a difference was suggested and the idea will be given over to members for discussion, and interest gauged.
The novel idea is that a top angler will be paired either a beginner or improver in throughout the league campaign. It is important that all parties communicate their pairs interest to Jez before the end of February.

The weight-to-measure system remains unchanged. A motion to change the way the matches are paid out was defeated. The open matches will be £15, which is inclusive of two raffle tickets.

Another new move to help prevent moaning is the introduction of a short meeting each month before a match for members to address any problems. This is something that has proved successful in the local boat club.

Match result: Last Saturday Humber SAC fished at the Woods. Bill Sheppard won the heaviest fish section with a 3lb codling. Frank Cribb took the second and third heaviest fish despite the handle falling off his reel and his headlamp conking out! Top bag of 8lb 5oz also belonged Bill Sheppard a total of 8lb 5oz .

Next up: The next match is this Sunday, and there’s a guaranteed £100 prize for the winner. Match times are 15:30 to 19:30, with book in from 2pm at Tioxide Pavilion.

Skegness S.P.A.C. report by Chas Tibble: Kettering’s Dave Shorthouse continued his good form with a win in Skegness Pier Angling Club’s (S.P.A.C.) first match of 2009 at Trunch Lane. Dave fished at long range in bright sunshine and calm sea conditions, and caught 4 whiting and a dab for 2lb 9oz. He also took the heaviest round fish prize with his best whiting of 1lb 1oz. The rest of the field struggled to catch anything, with Skegness local Dave Bradley taking second place with a single 14oz whiting, and Wrangle’s Paul Cridland’s 6oz dab good enough for third and the heaviest flatfish award.

The next S.P.A.C. match is takes place on Saturday 24 Jan from 15:30 to 19:30 at Chapel Six Marsh, with anglers competing for the C Smith cup. Contact S.P.A.C. Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 for further details

Boats: The rearranged HCA league match is set for Sunday. The fishing is still patchy, and it looks anyone’s match.

Article 47: The EU proposal on angling is certainly causing a countrywide storm and there is a mounting pressure on government to intervene and stop this EU law from being wrought. There is a meeting scheduled for the end of February or beginning of March, and I will keep you informed.

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