Hounds Abound At Ferry Beach

by Jordan Russell

lancashire-news-logoPoor weather has affected the Lancashire coast sea angling but there are still some fish around.

Fleetwood and District Angling Club were out on the Ferry beach. If someone had asked three years ago what would likely win on this venue the answer would have been half a dozen flounder and a couple of eels.

No one would have guessed you would need close to twenty smoothhounds win and half a dozen to get in the top ten. How things have changed in the channel with hounds taking up residency during the summer months and feasting on the good supply of crabs.

It was noticeable that if you had no crab or only a few you was not going to catch many smoothhounds. They come to squid and worm especially rag, but at this location crab is king.

The match was fished an hour and a half either side of high water so the run was not to bad. It fished all along the venue apart from up towards where the old pier was as the fish missed out in the eddy.

Andy Farrell with a huge bass weighing in at 7lb 2oz

Andy Farrell with a huge bass weighing in at 7lb 2oz

Congratulations to match winner David G Hutchinson for giving a master class on catching hounds and using crab.

As usual the good old British weather had an effect raining hard for the last half hour and meaning a lot of wet, soggy cards being handed in.

Top Ten

  1. David G Hutchinson 19 hounds 3 flounder for 832 points
  2. Tony Baxter 14 hounds 1 flounder for 740 points
  3. Ian Hewitt 12 hounds for 703 points
  4. Trevor Barnett 9 hounds 3 flounder for 541 points
  5. Phil Lamb 7 hounds 1 flounder for 465 points
  6. Andy Denton 8 hounds 1 flounder for 337.5 points
  7. Simon Dawber 8 hounds for 321 points
  8. John Hughes 5 hounds for 311 points
  9. Mark Taylor 6 hounds for 302.5 points
  10. Dave Wilson 5 hounds 2 flounder for 250 points

Almost all the 22 anglers caught fish those with only a couple of anglers not submitting their score cards.

Next Sunday’s match is at low water at Five-Bar Gate with fishing from 6.15 to 9.15pm.

Allan Cordwell with a large tope he caught while out on a fishing charter boat from Fleetwood

Allan Cordwell with a large tope he caught while out on a fishing charter boat from Fleetwood

Leyland and District Sea Angling Club ventured further afield to fish their boat match at Conway aboard Gwen-Paul ‘M’ with skipper Carl.

  1. Nigel Thompson with a total of 19 lbs of mainly pollock.
  2. Peter Pilkington with a total of 16lb 8oz including the biggest fish a 7lb thornback ray.
  3. Norman Pilkington with 14lbs.
  4. Martin Darwin with 12lbs including a conger eel.
  5. Alan Jordan with 10lb 8oz.

Around 10 species were caught which included:- pollock, pouting, mackerel, scad, gurnard, conger, weaver, ballan wrasse, dogfish and thornback ray.

Thanks again to the seven members braving the very early start and the wet weather.

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