Humberside/Lincolnshire/Yorkshire report

by David Proudfoot

Sea fishing slow all along the coast…

The fishing has once again been hit-and-miss, but the Woods and Yellow Cross on the Humber Bank Wall have produced codling on the right tides, with some quality fish among them. On bigger tides ‘bay 18′ has produced.

The last Humber S.A.C. match was a real struggle with few bites let alone fish caught. Top man was Mick Smith who took £100 with a total weight of 3lb 6oz, which included a 3lb cod as the biggest round fish. Frank Cribb was second with 1lb 12oz, while Nigel Crabtree took third with three flounders for 1lb 1oz. Adie Cooper and Steve Robinson both had flounders of 1lb 1oz to tie fourth position.

The club’s next match is again on the Courtaulds Straight; fishing times are 18.30 22.30. Meet at Tioxide Pavilion at 5.15pm.
The new Grimsby S.A.C. have there first match this Saturday. It’s a rover, fishing from 18.45 to 22.45hrs. Please book in at the Kent Arms from 17.45 to 18.15hrs.

Yorkshire coast: Reckitts S.A.C. were in action with Mr. John Levesley topping the Super League with a bag of 1 cod, 4 whiting and 1 flat for 4.12kg. Carl Matthews was second with 2 cod for 3.94kg, followed by Chris Mack’s 3 cod for 3.64kg. In the Premier League, Ian Render had 2 cod and 4 whiting for 4.53kg. Barry Smith in second had 1.32kg and Graham Tranmer was third on 1.26kg.
Commercial S.A.C’s club match was won by Kev Hewitt. Kev took a bag of 9lb 8oz from Spurn, which included the 4lb 10oz cod heaviest fish. Dave Hart’s 6lb 5oz from Withernsea took second, then came Kev Richard on 6lb from Tunstall.

Skegness Pier S.A.C. report by Chas Tibble: A large cod was the big talking point of the latest Skegness Pier Angling Club (S.P.A.C.) match held at Chapel Six Marsh. Grimsby’s Karl Nangle caught the 8lb 14oz specimen on his second cast of the evening, and after adding a couple of whiting to his total, he ran out an easy winner with 9lb 7oz. The cod also took the heaviest round fish prize and is now front runner for the S.P.A.C. fish of the month award for January.

Kettering’s Dave Shorthouse followed up his last match win with a second place, courtesy of two whiting for 2lb 3oz. As there were no flats caught, his best whiting took the heaviest flatfish award by default. In third place with a single 13oz whiting was Wrangle’s Paul Cridland, who seems to have found a run of good form at last.

Next S.P.A.C. match will be held on Sunday 8 February from 3 to 7pm at North Shore Road, with anglers competing for the Healey Cup. Preceding this event on Saturday 7 Feb, the S.P.A.C AGM will be held commencing at 7pm in the New Park Club,
Scarborough Avenue. The AGM will be followed by the 2008 Trophy Presentation and all present and prospective members are welcome to attend. For further information contact S.P.A.C. Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or

Boats: The HCA boat match was again called off and rescheduled for this Sunday. Once again however the weather outlook looks glum. The boats out this week have done reasonably well with a few cod.

New gear: I’ve got hold of some new SPRO rods and reels this week. The established European company SPRO have been around for longer than UK angler might realise and but they do produce a wide range of sea fishing gear, with boat and shore rods well covered. I intend trying the shore rods next week, but initial impressions are that they feel very light with considerable backbone in them. Matched with a fixed spool reel, I am sure that they will cast a long way. They also have good fishing tips to deliver very clear bite detection too.

The fixed spool reels look excellent and good value. With 8 ball bearings the Incognito Pro 9000 looks the part in red, with a well engineered spool better line fluidity and maximum casting potential. And there are some lovely light rods, especially the Sensitive all round multi tip, nice and light… I can’t wait for the summer and the hounds to come along. I’ll let you know how I get on with the SPRO gear as the year progresses.

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