Skegness Pier Angling Club – Drakes Road

by Chas Tibble

Very clear water conditions cut smoothound catches, but brought shoals of mackerel close inshore in the latest Skegness Pier Angling Club (SPAC) match held at Drake Road. However, it was still the hounds that decided the final result, with Wrangle’s Alan Steadman catching a double figure hound, a smaller specimen and a mackerel, to run out easy winner with 18lb 5oz. Corby anglers took both second and third places, with Dale Evans catching a 7lb 15oz hound to edge out Paul Marshall, who caught a mackerel and a small hound for a total weight of 5lb 15oz.
Skegness mackerel

Dave Shorthouse made up a rig on the beach, by binding pieces of seagull feathers to his hooks with crab elastic. First cast with the makeshift rig he caught three good-sized mackerel and ended the match in fourth place, with 8 fish for 2lb 13½oz. He also took the heaviest round fish award with his best mackerel, which tipped the scales at 1lb 2oz. There were no flatties caught, so Skegness local Russ Taylor took the heaviest flatfish prize by default with a 13½oz mackerel.

There was a Mixed Pairs competition run in conjunction with the main event, but unfortunately none of the six ladies who fished, managed to catch anything and the trophies went to match winner Alan Steadman and Jessica Thomas, with a total of 7pts. Both Dale Evans and match organiser Chas Tibble progressed to the semi-finals stage of the SPAC knockout by default.
Skegness smoothies

The next SPAC event will be the annual RNLI/Carnival match, which will be held on Saturday 11th Aug from 2:30 till 7:30pm in the tidal River Nene at Sutton Bridge. This is a closed match for Club members only. For further information please contact SPAC Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or

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