Humberside / Linconshire / Yorkshire – 12/06/10

by David Proudfoot

The final leg of this seasons HCA winter boat league was held last Sunday and with smoothies not counting a number of anglers targeted the humble flounder. Mark Taylor landed fifteen flounders which earned him second on the day and secured the points to top the league this year with 209 points. Tim Burgess was second with 203 points; finishing fifth on the day. Third place went to Paul Secker with 194 points ahead of John Pile who was top weight on the final day of the competition, John had 187 points.

The fishing during the league was generally poor and there have been many matches when anglers have not weighed in. The cod in particular were hit and miss. The distribution of points certainly opened it up and made the competition for the final match a lot more closely than it usually is. The presentation of prizes will take place on Wednesday 30th June at the HCA social club at the marina at 7.30pm. It is a good night and Chris Banks will ensure that there is a quality prize table.

The club goes to Skegness this week to take on the Boston Pirates for the thornback match. There are plenty of rays down there at the moment and weather permitting, it will be a good day out.

On to the shore, Humber SAC were at Humberston creek on the Sunday and the fishing was slow for most of the competitors. The exception was Simon Drayton who had seventeen fish for 9.7lb . Second place went to his travelling partner Richard Leek with six fish weighing 3.15lb. There was a tie for third with Garry Hutson and D. Jackson on weight but Garry just edged it on numbers of fish.

The club’s next match is on Sunday and it is an open match all anglers are welcome. It is £15 to enter . The match is on the Humber Bank Wall and registration is at the Haven Car Park at 3pm. The match times are 4.30 to 8.30pm.

Catches have improved dramatically in the last couple of weeks for Skegness Pier Angling Club (S.P.A.C) members, with some exceptional fish being caught from venues to the north of Chapel. Top Grimsby angler Karl Nangle took a break from match fishing to catch a superb 16lb 14oz smoothound. He returned to the same venue the next day to catch a 9lb 10oz smoothound, then followed this up with a magnificent 8lb bass, taken at distance on fresh peeler crab. Big fish specialist, Hull’s Chris Mack, has also been in amongst the smoothies, but it was a pair of bass taken on consecutive casts that were the talking point of a recent session. The first bass weighed a respectable 5½lb, but the next one tipped the scales to a level 9lb, which is a truly excellent fish for this area. Hats off to both anglers, for returning all their big fish to the sea to fight another day.

Prospects are now looking really good for the next S.P.A.C match on Saturday 12th June from 4:30 till 8:30 pm at Chapel Six Marsh, with Club Members fishing for the Dodsworth Cup. There is also an open section, which non-members are welcome to participate in. For further information contact SPAC Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or

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