Skegness Pier Club fished their latest match at Trunch lane on Saturday. A small turnout of nine anglers fished high water in calm conditions. Catches were low, perhaps due to a combination of factors such as the of the time of year, clear water or lack of tide run and consisted of a few hounds, whiting and weevers without a single flatfish recorded.
Tony Burman came out the winner with three species: a smoothhound, two pin whiting and two weevers for a total length of 139cm and 32 species points. Tony’s set up was continental style rod with on a one down three up flapper with a plain lead. He fished size 8 Vercelli match hooks on light, long hook snoods baited with maddies and tiny pieces of lug or peeler crab, fished close in to scratch out the mini species.
Tony also had a conventional beach rod set up ready for the possibility of hounds to appear and after seeing Adie Cooper catch one further along the beach took a gamble and cast out a larger crab bait on this set up towards the end of the match to catch a decent hound of 95cm.
Karl Nangle alternated worm and tiny crab baits at all distances on scratching rigs to pick up a weever and a whiting then switched up to a hound rig and slightly bigger peeler bait cast well out to land a hound of 77cm giving him 100cm and 30 species points which gave him second place.
Tracey Cooper set out to target flounders, dabs and sole at the start of the match fishing worm baits on small hooks around 60 yards out. The flatties didn’t show up today due to the clear water but Tracey didn’t give up and fished hard all match with perfectly presented baits she caught two fish for 21cm but more importantly they were two species a weever and a whiting this gave Tracey 20 points which gave her third place in the species hunt format.
Paul Marshall had had eight weevers including a treble shot of the poisonous fish on his second cast alternating distances and baits on tiny hooks but couldn’t find another species despite trying at all ranges and baits he come in fourth place with 17 species points and 98cm total length.
The rest of the anglers had just one fish each and one blank was recorded. Due to the low turnout only prizes for first and second were paid out today. Longest round fish was caught by Adie Cooper, a 97cm hound and longest flatfish prize was won by default Tony Burman for his 95cm hound.
Many thanks to Adie for pegging out the beach and to Russ Parsons for running the match, the next one is at Sandilands on Saturday, August 12th, we look forward to seeing you there.