Hound as a pound
Shore: Norfolk Angler Dave Read romped to victory in last Saturday’s Daiwa Smooth hound Open in style. Dave’s four fish from Trunch Lane included the biggest hound of 111cm. Zone A was won by S. Littlewood with five fish for 334cm. Phil House topped Zone B with five fish for 226cm, while Karl Wlepke’s three fish for 262cm took Zone C. Prizes were well spread with cash for the top four in each zone. The fishing was best in the last zone with many anglers struggling for fish elsewhere.
There was disappointment at the actual turnout with only around 100 taking part. 140 anglers had initially booked in and many neglected to phone ahead and inform the organisers of their non-attendance. Pre-booking and pre-paying look likely next year. The organisers would like to thank Daiwa who provided a range of fantastic tackle prizes. Thanks must also go to Humber SAC personnel who were magnificent, not least in getting the results through very quickly.
Last Sunday’s Skegness Pier SAC match at Wolla Bank was hampered by a strong NW wind and heavy ground swell, which effectively pushed the smooth hounds and the thornback rays out beyond casting range. Only eight fish were caught among 24 anglers. Colin Bell won with a bass and flounder taken on his last two casts.
The RNLI /Carnival Open will be held at Chapel Six Marshes on Saturday August 2nd. Fishing times are 17.00hrs to 21.00hrs.
It’s round three of the NFSA Summer league at Barton this Sunday. The league table is close affair, with Neville Charlesworth currently leading.
Bargain of the week: Cleethorpes Angling Centre is offering the Penn Affinity 13’ 4in, 2 – 4 ounce match rod for the knock down price of £119. This superb is ‘light’ fishing rod which normally sells for over £250 pounds. Stocks are limited, so get in quickly and check it out before they’re all gone.
Top local matchman and England shore international, George Smith opened his new tackle shop on Monday. Called ‘Georges Tackle Box’, the shop is located at Middlethorpe Road in Cleethorpes.
Coaching: If you fancy some relaxed coaching then feel free to come along to the creek at Humberstone this Saturday morning. Tony Ellis will be assisted by Tony Burman in overseeing this 10am to 2pm introductory session which forms part of National Fishing Week. Tackle will be made available to participants, so there’s need to bring any gear.
Boats: There were few boats out last weekend due to the weather. A better forecast this weekend will hopefully ensure more to report on the boat front next week.
I was at Sportique last week viewing their new fishing boat. If boats are your thing then you might just be impressed by this boat and the package on offer. £16,000 gets you the boat, inboard engine and trailer. If I manage to wangle a test drive, then I’ll bring more details as regards actual sea performance.