July Heralds Excellent Lancashire Fishing

by Jordan Russell

lancashire latest news logoJordan Russell stated, “Well what can I say, the fishing has been incredible! The best for many many years off the Lancashire beaches. Why? I’m not sure but the bass must be in thousands with anglers catching up to 30 a session. There are still sole, tope and hounds about too with people breaking their personal bests.”

The Blackpool Federation Angling Club held their sixth match of the season at Fairhaven on the 2nd of July 2017 from 9:00 to 12:00, fishing the ebb tide. Overall fishing was top notch, with many anglers managing good catches of flounder. Catches were mainly made up of flounders with the odd eel being caught, with several anglers taking flounders of 40cm. The match was fished to a one hook rule.

The team match was won by LMS B with 27 flounders scoring 474 points, second place were H&A C with 31 flounders for 451 points and third was LMS A with 17 flounders and two eels for 405 points. Top individual was Bob Scullion (H&A A) with 13 flounder and an eel (total length of 476cm) for 262 pts, second was Steve Clark (LMS B) with 16 Flounders for 249 points and third was Tommy Tate (H&A C) with 12 Flounders for 245 points.

Most effective bait was undoubtedly peeler crab, whether or not tipped with bluey.

A reminder that the match originally scheduled for the 9th of July 2017 on Gynn Wall has been moved to the 23rd of July, still on the Wall from – 9:30 to 12:30.

Full results are posted on the Club’s website.

Ben Kelly with his first ever smooth hound caught on fresh wild rag worm

Ben Kelly with his first ever smooth hound caught on fresh wild rag worm

Ben Kelly landed his first ever smoothhound on fresh wild rag worm from Bispham Angling.

Jonathon Hall is planning a charity outing in aid of Cancer Research to help this fantastic charity find ways to combat this most horrible disease. He plans a 24-hour boat fishing session, launching from Blackpool Boat Angling to target as many species as he can. The planned date for this is the 15th July 2017 weather permitting with a fall-back date of the 22nd July 2017. If you would like to keep Jonathon company on the 24 hour session or even join him for any shorter period of time it would be greatly appreciated. Bring your boat and crew along to BBAC slip way at South Shore. This offer is open to members and non-members of the BBAC on the assumption that you sponsor him through his JustGiving page.

BBAC will be running a Species Match over the same time period. You can fish the full 24 hours or any shorter period so you don’t have to fish the full length of the match. The entry fee will be £10 with half going to Cancer Research. All Species will count and need to be photographed the one who catches the most Species wins, if there is a tie then whoever catches the most species in the shortest time will be declared the winner. Registration and launching will start at 14.30hrs for the Species Match and the start of the 24 hour Fishathon is 15.30hrs, all boats must be back on the beach on time.

All boats and crew must take care of their own safety and have the relevant safety equipment, life-jackets for all, navigation and anchor lights, flares and navigation equipment in line the RNLI safety check. You must also have in place your own boat / 3rd party insurance. If you don’t want to fish but would like to support me then please donate through the JustGiving page.

Fleetwood and District Angling Club had a poor turnout for their last match at Stanah with only six anglers, not unexpected seeing that crab is in short supply. Stanah is a crab venue and if you have none you are at a great disadvantage. It is always the same in July. The fishing was not good, but the anglers enjoyed a pleasant evening.

1st Ken Forrest 7 fish 73 points

2nd Dave Wilson 5 fish 40 points

3rd Ray Rodger 5 fish 39 points

Next week’s match is low water at Cleveleys so crab is not as important, hopefully more anglers will be fishing. The Club website is back up and running.

Harrison's boat caught sole

Harrison’s boat caught sole

Harrison James Dixon caught a huge 2lb 12oz sole aboard Terry Gargan’s boat the other week. The fish was caught on the last cast after a day of targeting these flats using a two hook flapper rig with size 1 Aberdeens. The bait was sticky, old black lug.


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