Monster boat match is a roaring success!

by David Proudfoot

Tony Burman reports on the M & J Cod Open which saw 250 anglers in a staggering 91 boats taking to the cold waters of the Humber…

Perfect conditions last Sunday saw an incredible 91 boats and 250 anglers taking part in the North’s biggest boat match, The M and J Wilson Cod Open organised by Humber Cruising Association. M and J Wilson again donated £1000 for the heaviest single fish.

Fishing had been patchy in the lead up to the event, although a15lb cod came aboard ‘Lady Nicola’ on the Friday. The boats used the boundaries well and there were plenty of boats of all shapes and sizes around the Bull Fort. Gary Hurling, Gary Neilson and Glen Moore were the top three, collecting £1595, £857 and £488 respectively. Herbert Williams was 4th and Steve Cox 5th, with quality prizes right down to 38th place. As it transpired a fish of 2.86kg was required to get into the prizes.

At the weigh in soon became apparent that some anglers had enjoyed a fantastic day. The fish were sold for charity with all proceeds (£900) going to the Childrens Heart Charity. A great day was had by all and thanks must go to main sponsor M & J Wilson, Fox Tackle, UK Rigging Supplies and Cryotech for supplying prizes, and John Chapman for operating the safety boat. Extra special thanks to match organisers Tim Burgess, Chris Banks, Clive Glover, Tony Hogg who worked tirelessly to ensure everything went like clockwork.

Next year’s event looks like being even bigger and better, and work is already well underway.


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