There have been some decent sized cod about on the Lancashire coast. Although not common on north west shores everyone has their fingers crossed that these popular fish hang around for the rest of the winter.
Best baits at the moment are black lugworm or yellow tails fished on big hook pennel rigs. The cod are mainly being caught of rough ground marks, rocky areas, from Cleveleys to Fleetwood at either high water or low water.
Fleetwood and District Sea Angling Club fished their Christmas club match, a very good attendance of thirty anglers. Good job there was not a lot more as it was packed between the cafe at Cleveleys all the way to the hospital. Conditions looked great with a south westerly wind ensuring it was rough but fishable and not much weed.
Unfortunately what looked like a good sea for cod, did not produce, apart from the one fish. Fishing was very slow mostly whiting and one good flounder for Andy Young.
Congratulations to the winner Mark Taylor who had a 42 cm cod and a whiting for a total of 39 points. Mark fished near to Five Bar Gate.
1st Mark Taylor 1 cod 1 whiting for 39 points wins £80
2nd Andy Whiteside 4 whiting for 31 points wins £50
3rd Graham Clarkson 2 whiting 1 rockling for 21 points wins £35
4th Andy Young 1 flounder 1 whiting for 19 points wins £20
5th Ben Calligan 2 whiting for 18 points wins a bottle
6th Tim Wrigley 4 whiting for 16 points wins a bottle
7th Ian Mawdesley 2 whiting for 14 points
8th Trevor Barnett 3 whiting for 13 points
8th John Foster 2 whiting 2 rockling for 13points
Every angler who weighed in after sixth place received a tub of chocolates.
The committee of F.D.A.C. would like to wish all the members a merry Christmas and happy New year. Thanks for all the general support in this difficult year and thanks for the good support in the club matches. Let’s hope next year is almost back to normal and you all carry on fishing the matches.
Dave Brown was out at low water on a rough ground mark. He struggled to get through the dogfish having one every cast on the ebb. However he then managed a dogfish, codling double on his pennel rig with a few more dogs and whiting on the flood.
I would like to wish all our readers a merry Christmas and a happy new year from Bispham Angling.