Northern Bites – 03/04/10

by Steve Walker

Last Sunday Humber SAC ran the first King Pin sponsored match on the sea front at Cleethorpes where a last minute switch saw the competition being switched to the stretch from Brighton Street Slipway to the Leisure Centre.

Brian Tuck who honed his scratching skills while coarse fishing continued his recent good form and ran out a clear winner with a bag of small fish weighing 3lb 14½oz. Second place went to Mick Burke with 2lb 14oz half an ounce ahead of Adie Cooper who weighed in 2lb 13½oz. Fourth placed Danny Jackson finished with 2lb 13oz and the top Junior winner was Liam Aisthorpe with an excellent 1lb 9oz. The biggest flatfish, a 33cm flounder, was caught by Steve Wilkinson and the biggest round fish a 31cm bass was landed by your author.

Big thanks go out to Owen and the staff at King Pin for supporting the match which provided an excellent, friendly atmosphere.

The club’ next match is on Sunday at Killingholme; meet on the site of the old Ship and Shovel from 07:15 with the fishing from 08:15 to 12:15. This area fishes well this time of year so it should be a good match.

Again on Sunday the HCA take to the water in continuation of their Winter League. It’s is decent start time at 11:30 hrs and finishes in daylight with a 19:00 hrs close. The league is very close this year; Des Cox is in the front at the moment on 123 points, next is Allan Stanley and Tim Burgess both on 112 and then on 107 is Wayne Baxter and Paul Secker making for a very tight finish.

On the political side of fishing there have been several meetings across the country in conjunction with Net Gain looking at Marine Conservation Zones. The meetings are dominated by DEFRA and English Nature and it looks like no fishing areas will be set up affecting both the commercial fisheries and the recreational anglers.

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