The penultimate match of this winter season was held at Salthouse, not everybody’s favourite venue (lots and lots of shingle walking) but known to throw up decent fish. 13 anglers gathered on the Salthouse road and with talk of decent fish, favourable weather and with high tide due at 10:30pm, the indicators were in place for a good match. So, with fingers crossed we agreed to start early 6:30pm and fish to size.
The first few casts confirmed that the fish were about, but somehow those fish about forgot to tell their big brothers and sisters as early catches were all undersized. Then a rockling was caught, would this be the match winner? But then chatter up/down the pegs started to report decent fish starting to be caught and we were starting to card catches.
Have you ever had “fish envy”, I thought I had cracked it (on Peg 3) with a 29cm & 30cm whiting to card, only for Eamon (peg 4) to show me his 33cm whiting. They say size doesn’t matter, really, who said that! But that wasn’t the end of it.
A total of 80 to size fish caught, no one blanked, well done all. Of the 80 caught 63 were whiting, 13 dabs and four rockling not a bad haul especially when fishing to size. In total the 80 fish equated to 1360 weight points (28lb 5oz).
Winner on the night was John Catchpole (Peg 10) with nine fish and John also collected the biggest flatfish award for a 29cm dab. The biggest round fish surprisingly wasn’t Eamon’s but in form Mr Drewery (Peg 9) with a 35cm whiting pipping Eamon’s 33cm, so size does matter. John’s and Nathan’s fish feature on the biggest flat/rounds for winter league table.
So, with only 1 more match to go, who’s going to win the league?
John Catchpole peg 10 9 fish 188 weight points (3lbs 15/16oz)
Eamon Finch peg 4 10 fish 161 weight points (3lbs 6/16oz)
Simon Bottomley peg 3 8 fish 132 weight points (2lbs 12/16oz)
Biggest flatfish – John Catchpole (Peg 10) 29cm dab
Biggest round fish – Nathan Drewery (Peg 9) 35cm whiting
Lucky peg draw went to Stephen Medlar
Next match will be on 31st January 2022 at Walcott, fishing ebb (with HT @ 17:53pm). Switched following discussion with group due to issues with being snaggy / parking issues.