Humberside/Lincolnshire/Yorkshire report

by David Proudfoot

Dynamic duo come good in Irish Pairs

Shore: Simon Drayton and Neville Charlesworth proved they can travel well by emerging top pairing in the hard-to-win Irish Pairs shore event. Simon and Nev’s win is all the more impressive given the incredibly high standard of anglers who travelled from all over the UK to take part. In addition, an ecstatic Simon also finished top individual over the week.

Jez Waters was in action at the NFSA Guernsey final, having qualified through Yorkshire Division summer league. Jez thought he had done a job on the first day catching good numbers of wrasse, only to discover he was actually sitting last. He managed to claw back two places on the second day and finished fifth. Top angler was Alex Harvey who won the two days outright. Alex used strong-arm tactics in the shape of 80lb braid and a meaty fixed spool reel to claim victory.

This weekend marks the start of Yorkshire Federation winter series, with the first match at Makro. Then it will be a quick dash over the bridge to fish one of the biggest matches on the South Bank, the Millennium Open organised by Humber SAC. The venue is the Humber bank wall; there’s a few whiting showing but it might be worth casting that bit further with fish baits for the bigger fish. There are also a good number of flatties in evidence.

Boats: Sunday is also the start of the winter matches for HCA, and they kick off with a ray match. Last weekend there was a few good big fish caught mainly around the 5A. I expect this area to be busy on Sunday. Expect whiting too.

Sportique boats, Covenham showcased their new angling boat at the HCA meeting last Wednesday night. The smart boat was greeted with tremendous aplomb at the recent Southampton Boat Show, and reaction was mirrored among those in attendance.

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