LANDGUARD POINT BEACH 23/2/2019
An excellent turnout of 19 anglers fished Landguard Point on sat weather was bright with a slight South Easterly breeze which was actually cold. Fishing was very slow with mainly undersized and small fish being caught. the only exception were 2 skate to farmer Lee and 2 skate to myself plus a dogfish for Bob. What did surprise me was everyone caught which I was not expecting when more than half those fishing did not get 10ozs. Winning weight was L Harrison 146ozs (2skate one 56oz and one 90oz) Second P Mansfield 118.5oz (2 skate one 69ozs and one 42oz plus 2 whiting and a pout) Third B Brooks 27ozs. Not only did Lee win the match he also got the biggest fish and won the guess the weight sweep to take home a cool £57 leaving us all feeling a bit mugged.
There are still places on the Bradwell boat on the 10th March there are plenty of Skate about now and Phil has been catching 20 plus each trip so if your fish stocks are getting low get your name down.
Lastly a big thank you to all of you who gave me your unwanted bait. We had the boat out on sat and decided to experiment with fishing in the river in the winter we fished Goldhanger Creek and Thurslet Creek and managed a few dabs and 6 skate to about 8lbs weather was fantastic and made it a great day out.
once again thanks.
GRIMSBY BOAT 16 FEB 2019
Four intrepid members left home at 4am on Sat to fish the Humber at Grimsby we arrived at the café in the docks just after 7:00 for a bacon sarnie and a coffee.
We left the marina at 08:30 and were fishing by just after 9:00 no long distance travelling to get to the fishing grounds is necessary up there.
We started fishing right at bottom of tide and with a stiff breeze the boat was swinging all over the place making fishing difficult fishing was slow till about 1pm with only the odd codling and whiting being caught. After 1oclock with a bit of tide and the boat much more steady the fishing picked up and Harry and I on the boat we were on had several codling ranging from 2 to 4.5 lbs the best fish on our boat was 7.5lb by Tony one of the Grimsby lads. On the other boat things were a bit slower with D Banks ctching a couple of smallish codling Fred did somewhat better with a 10lb codling and a 4lb Bass.
At the end of the day on our boat we had 15 codling in total and on daves boats I think about 6.#
Fishing was hard but enjoyable and the local lads made us very welcome had it not been for the wind I think we could have had several more fish.
Many thanks to dave for organising the trip and to the local guys for taking us out and making us feel so welcome I am already looking forward to the next trip.
BRADWELL BOAT JUNE 30th 2018
A fresh easterly breeze meant that for the first couple of hours we sat side on to the swell and it was quite uncomfortable but as the tide started to flood and we went bow on to the swell things improved greatly.
Fishing was slow with the odd fish coming at intervals throughout the day match was won by Mark with four smoothounds for 18 points brian Edwards was second he also caught 4 hounds but only scored 15 points. There was a moments excitement when Harry spotted a large fish just beneath the water but before anyone came up with a plan to catch it some pointed out it was just the shadow of a seagull flying overhead.
A total of 14 smoothounds and 1 bass were caught the Bass was about 3lb and caught by Sean , biggest fish was 9.5lb hound caught by Dave O.
HOLLAND ON SEA 50/50 MATCH APRIL 2018
Easter Saturday turned out to be a much better day than was forecast with the rain holding off until after the end of the match.
An excellent turnout of 17 anglers which meant £51 raised for charity fished a rather slow match but most people caught. Match was won be returning member Lee Harrison (farmer Lee) with a Skate of 4lb 7oz for 71oz caught at the very end of the match commiserations to Dave Sayward who had been winning until then with 42.75oz especially it was Lees only fish. Pete Read was third with 32.25oz and Simon came in fourth with24.75oz.
Things are looking up on the skate front with the midweek boat trip landing 18 and now one appearing on the beach and we are only just into April with the next set of tides I expect the fishing to really start to pick up. (I can dream)
WALTON PIER 24th FEB 201`8
Those of you who gave the match a miss made the right decision. The weather was a 25 to 30mph easterly with temperature about 3degrees with the wind chill it felt a lot colder. The fishing was abysmal with Pete Read winning the match and getting first and second place and biggest fish for a 22cm rockling then there were 14 second places with blanks admittedly we only fished for three and a half hours but even so one rockling is pretty poor. there were several Walton pier members fishing and they had one small whiting and one other small fish. There were reports that someone at the end of the pier had got a codling but I never met anyone who had seen it.
Bradwell Boat sat 17th Feb 2018
It was a beautiful day for fishing with no wind and flat calm seas, fishing was steady but not spectacular although compared to last year it was a great improvement . The match was won by Dave Banks who had 3 Skate and 2 Codling plus a few Whiting Harry was second with D Sayward third. Total caught was 7 Cod 4 Skate and 27 Whiting as I said not spectacular but much better than this time last year. Skate should start to show in increasing numbers over the next couple of months and hopefully the Cod will hang around for a little while.
Next trip is with Derek from Mersea on17th of march deposit night is 2nd of march.
Once again a gorgeous sunny day, great to be fishing not great to be catching!.
Once again venue had to be moved, Aldeburgh near the Martello tower, sizewell had a charity match and cable laying on the cliff side, lots of scantily clad young ladies(don’t know why we moved now!).
Martin had another win, well done mate. He beat me with a bootlaces EEL.
Bob had an undersized Gurnard and Lee the farmer a little weever with the hump!.
Bass ruled the day with most around 27cm.
8 members fished match with Lee joining in the fun.
Couple of BLANKERS to mention… Minty and Andy Baitman.
1st Martin 22.25oz / 12 Pts
2nd Simon 19.00oz / 12 inc big fish bonus point
3rd Ian 12.50oz / 10pts
4th Phill 6.00oz / 9pts
5th Bob 4.75 / 8pts
6th Pete Reid 4.50 / 7pts
Minty 1 point (attendance)
Andy 1 point (attendance)
Simon 30cm / 11oz bass
WALTON PIER 21 MAY
With our bellies filled we set off for the pier in glorious sunshine.
The draw completed we all set of to our chosen mark top of pier included.
Slow start with only a few school bass and pout showing, everyone went to the top in the hope of a doggie but NO!! Just a couple Bob and Steve hitting gold. No thornback at all, not even other anglers.
Martin got his first ever win and myself and Bob had to listen to it all the way back to Maldon, well done mate you deserved it, I did sleep for 20 minutes but a lame excuse is all I have!
Steve had 2 fish all day, one turned out to be biggest fish and earned him £9 and bragging rights
Next match is sizewell evening match on Saturday 3rd June and should throw up a few bass and soul, stingers have been reported there so a big rag bait might sort one of them
WALTON PIER 30th APRIL
Walton pier (re arranged from clacton pier)
1st Simon 192.75 & big fish Dogfish 22oz
2nd Martin 94.75
3rd Alfie 70.25
4th Joe 53.50
5th Ian 43.25
6th Minty 17.75 & lobster!
Only 6 members fished the match on a glorious sunny day little breeze and lots of eye candy walking the pier.
I had to put the rumours to bed that I was losing it and not catching fish anymore!. I was lucky to get in the corner at the top after people left early. Fishing was hectic for Martin having to sign in or weigh my fish although he still found time for a very credible 2nd, 8 dogfish were landed 7 by me. Martin getting one and Alfie getting a beautifully marked starry smooth hound for 16oz. Minty although last place was smiling like a Cheshire Cat taking his new zziplex rods out for the first time and christening both so well done mate.
No skate were caught on the pier whilst we was there but there was a few small codling 23cm and schoolie bass too. Lots of pouting and whiting to 34cm. Alfie and Ian did see the Garfish but neither had a float so could only dream of getting them!
The match at Holliwell point will have to be changed due to access and parking restrictions put in place because of some little shits on quad bikes resulting in complaints to the landowners. It was decided by vote from members present to rearrange the match to Walton pier but all times meet etc will stay the same, I hope this is ok with members wishing to fish this one. Sorry for change but it is totally out of our hands
SANDWICH 16th APRIL
The hoped for Skate did not play ball and non were caught the match was won by Alfie with50.25oz second was Martin with 41.75oz and Minty (Roy) kept up his good start to the year with a third place for34oz. There is a very different look to the league this year with the usual suspects making a slow start, still there is a long way to go.
Sorry that the report is brief but I did not go to the match..
Bradwell Boat 8th April 2017
Sat 8 April. We started the day with a very misty drive to Bradwell marina. When we arrived the mist cleared and the sun shone down on us and we had glorious weather all day. We started fishing in 30ft of water for the flood, here every one caught thornbacks, whiting and dogfish. As the tide turned we moved to a shallow mark 18ft of water for the ebb tide . The fishing here was very good, and we continued catching all day. Sparksy caught his personal best thornback of 12ib 8oz, the biggest fish of the day. Total for the boat was 29 thornbacks , whiting, dogfish Banksy won with 47 points Sparksy was second with 37 points and Harry was third with 35 points
CLACTON PIER 26th MARCH 2017
19 members fished Clacton pier in a strong easterly wind which I have to confess I could not handle and spent the day moaning about the weather and not really fishing think I am going to become a fine weather angler.
The other 18 fishing faired somewhat better than me (I did not weigh in) Until about half hour before the end Phil had a healthy lead and looked like winning the match then first Ian landed a skate he had been trying for all day which weighed 7lb 12oz and looked like giving him the win then about 10mins later Nick (Baitboy) caught one that went 9lb 12oz (a new club record) match was finally won by Nick with 205.5OZ Ian was second on 126.5oz and Phil ended up third on 101.5oz. A notable 4th place was Roy (Minty) with by far his best result on 82.75oz which included a Dab of 1lb (another new club record).
All in all a good event with a really good turn out for Mothers day especially when 4 or 5 regulars were missing. To also have two club records in one match was exceptional and something I don’t think has been done before.
Next beach match 15th April Sandwich bay after Skate but other fish will show.
Next boat match April 8th Bradwell I believe there are a few places left but they will be first come first served so if interested contact Dave Sayward a.s.a.p.
Midweek boat from Walton April 26th deposit 14th April
EASTERN PROMISE 11th MARCH 2017
With light wind and mild weather a pleasant days fishing was had out with Derek it was also helped by catching a few fish a total of 14 skate 3doggies and 25 whiting were caught Dave Banks won again so the Grimsby squid seems to work so much so it is banned for future trips.
Points were Dave Banks 20, Harry 19, Fred 18, Brian Shaw 17, Dave Sayward 16, Pete Mansfield 10 and Dave Sparkes 4.
Biggest fish was 13lb 11oz caught by Brian and Dave Banks had one 12lb 8oz
ALDEBURGH TOWN BEACH 26 FEB 2017
12 members fished the Aldeburgh match with a stiff onshore breeze the match was actually fished on the Town beach as the car park on the shell beach was closed for maintenance. Match was won by Alfie with 89.75oz with Darren second on 65.75oz and Andy third with 60oz catch was mainly small Whiting and Dabs with quite a lot of undersized fish being caught. Biggest fish was Darren with a 14oz Bass. result means that after 2 matches Pete Read leads the points table with 20 points with Bob Brooks and Phil Colton equal second on 18 points. Pete also leads the weight table with 112.25os followed by Phil on 97 and Bob on 93.75oz.
Next match is Sunday Mar 25th Clacton pier hope fully results should start to pick up with a few summer fish moving in I believe that Holland on Sea is producing some skate now.
Some good news Dave Earney made a visit to the White horse Friday night great to see him up and out and about keep up the good work Dave.
Attached is some information on fishing Sandwich Bay (Aprils match) kindly supplied by Ian Curtis it should whet your appetite as sounds like it could be good fishing. I you would like a hard copy let me know.
Finally following the decision at the EGM to allow the membership to increase to a maximum of 50 we have a new member to welcome Stephen Crittell I look forward to meeting you and fishing with you.
BRADWELL BOAT CHINOOK 2 11th FEB 2017
Another month another attempt at getting afloat. After January’s trip was cancelled due to strong winds, February’s trip was set to go ahead. With a 7.30 start we were greeted by Phil (skipper) to give us the option of do we want to freeze our nuts off and be rocked about a bit in a blizzard or enjoy the comforts of a warm home. A resounding vote for the latter was made. At least we got in touching distance of a boat ⛵️.
SANDGATE CASTLE BEACH 29th JAN 2017
Apologies for the lateness of this report I promise I will try to do better.
The first match of the year was fished at Sandgate Castle beach with 6 members and a guest (who has now joined)
Fishing this year was a lot harder than last when the top 6 all exceeded 100ozs and the top weight was just under 200. This years match was won by Pete Read with a weight of 63.5ozs made up mainly of Whiting and Dabs, second was Bob Brookes with 48ozs and third Martin Robbins on 45.5 ozs Martin also had the biggest fish a 38cm Whiting for 16ozs.
Pete Reads wife has kindly laminated the fixture list and put the weight to length card on the back if you would like a copy please let me know and I will sort it out for you.
Next match is a 50/50 at Walton pier on 19th Feb followed by a league match at Aldeburgh on 26th Feb.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE WALTON PIER 5/12/16
18 members fished the Christmas Fayre on a chilly, breezy day fishing was slow but everybody caught. Compared to the week before at Clacton the difference was amazing the number of fish was well down and the size at Walton was much smaller. The individual match was won by Ian Read with 99oz with Simon second a few ounces behind and Harry third. The doubles match was won by Harry and Pete Read who both managed to weigh in about the 80ounce mark. A bottle of whiskey was donated by Ian for the person nearest to 127oz but as that was him it went to the second nearest Simon. Everybody got the traditional bottle of wine so all in all along with a good breakfast at some light_hearted fishing a good day was had by all.
FRINTON 50/50 AUGUST 2016
Seven members fished Frinton Saturday evening the match was won by Simon with 50oz second was Bob 44.25 and third was Phil with 42.25oz. Looks like a typical tight match between Bob an Phil with Bob getting the bragging rites this time. Catch was made up with mainly School bass with a few keeper Sole showing and some early Whiting everybody caught and a good night was had by all.
CLACTON PIER AND BRADWELL BOAT 12/13th MARCH.
A beautiful Saturday saw 12 anglers fish the Clacton 50/50 match. We fished from low water up to high tide this may have been due to me cocking up the time of high tide on the fixture list anyway the fishing was poor with what fish that were caught being very small with many of the Whiting and Dabs being below 18cm. Match was won by Nick the bait with his brother coming second and Phil 3rd. Winning weight was 96.5ozs this included the only decent fish caught which was a 4lb 1.75oz skate which was caught 10mins before end of match which moved Nick up from 10th place to first. Rob his brother weighed in with 89.75 oz and Phil had 70.5.
Bradwell boat what a difference 24hrs can make Sundays boat trip saw a cold easterly breeze we motored out till we were off Holland on Sea and for the first hour it was very difficult to fish with the boat swinging on the wind over slack water as the tide picked up and the sea flattened a little a few fish started to show but it was slow fishing with only 11 skate being caught all day with 3 of them undersized. As the tide started to ease approaching high water and a freshening wind picking the sea up it was decided to move inshore to try to get a bit of shelter we re-anchored for about half an hour bur with no fish showing and the tide now easing right off it was decided to packup an hour early as the likelihood of catching was remote so end an enjoyable but disappointing day catch wise. there was no sign of Codling and Phil had not seen any for over a week so the likely hood of a spring run is receding. Match was won by dave auton with 4 skate (only2 counted) and biggest fish went to dave sparkes with a nice 10.5lb skate which pleased him on his new rod.
One worrying thing was when we were anchored there was an Orkney Longliner in front of us with 2 guys fishing which Phil motored over to and told to pack up and get inshore as we got closer I noticed there was no engine cover on the outboard so a bit of water over it would mean problems for them. how foolish can people be when a 38ft boat decides its too rough to fish but a 16ft one carries on.
ALDEBURGH 28th FEB 2016
12 members fished the match there was a strong onshore wind which hit the beach slightly to the left of being straight in your face this made casting very difficult especially on the flood tide when the wind and the tide pushed lines along the beach. From a personal point of view it was almost unfishable but it did improve with the ebb tide when the wind was against the tide. Fishing was slow and quality of fish was poor with smell whiting and Dabs accounting for most that was caught Match was won by Nick Austin (I think I will call him Nick I in future to match Dave O) he is better know to most of you as Nick the bait man and he joined on the day so a good result for his first match, Simon was second (he is never far away) and Phil third. Winning weights Nick 59.25 oz, Simon 46.5oz, Phil 44.25oz, This really was what I call a one fish match with only six ounces separating 4th place from 9th.
SANDGATE CASTLE BEACH 24th JAN 2016
A pleasant days fishing was had by 10 members on Sunday at the castle Beach Sandgate this has got to be the hardest beach we fish, it is steep shingle with a 7 to 8 m tide and a
real killer to the legs I actually saw Andy kneeling beside the water praying I think like king Canute he was trying to control the tide. I don’t know if any of you remember a 1965 film called the Hill where prisoners were made to keep climbing a hill as punishment, well anyway that is what it felt like to me.
As far is the match was concerned rumours of the demise of the grand master were somewhat premature with Simon winning the match with 193.25oz Bob was second with 150oz and Alfie following his victory in the 50-/50 at Walton coming a very credible 3rd he also had the biggest fish for the second match in a row with a Flounder of 14oz exactly the same as Walton. Although there were plenty of fish around the size was disappointing with the majority of the Whiting being in the 18 to 23cm range still it made for some action.
CLACTON PIER 27th DEC 50/50
Only six members dragged themselves away from the Christmas pud and went cold Turkey for a days fishing at Clacton Pier starting with the obligatory breakfast.
We fished the opposite tide from Christmas Fayre i.e last of flood and start of ebb as opposed to last of ebb and start of flood the result was pretty much the same in that Simon still won with 232oz. Alfie was second and myself 3rd between the six of us we caught a total of 58lb of fish not a bad return for 5hours fishing and limited bait. The main difference this week from the Xmas Fayre was the number of Dogfish caught the biggest going 1lb 4oz caught again by Simon whether this was because of the different state of the tide a do not know.
CLACTON PIER 8th NOV
To all members who missed the match on Sunday hard luck it was a good days fishing.
But it did not start that way a group of us arrived at Clacton for a 7am breakfast only to find spoons did not open till 8 times have obviously changed for winter mood wasn’t improved when Simon was late you guessed it he was in the café at Walton having breakfast. We started fishing at 8:30 with high tide at 9:40 fishing was steady to start but slowed at top of tide and for the first hour of the ebb then it took off especially at top of berthing arm with lots of Whiting and Dabs coming in one dab was 14oz a fine specimen caught by Simon. Through the afternoon the wind steadily picked up and by 2 it was blowing hard with every thing needing holding down even your hair but I think this aided the fishing with the water having a good colour to it.
Match was won by Simon as usual with 263.75 oz the best weight this year second was Alfie who pushed Simon hard for most of the match only to get left behind in the final hour when Simon was catching 2 and 3 at a time every couple of minutes Alfies weight was 112.25 third was Pete Lock with 106.5oz. To give you a idea of the fishing it was only the second time this year that 3 people had managed 100oz and dave Sparkes last place weight if 31.5oz would have won three matches and come second in another.
I hate to say it but Clacton pier can fish well only complaint was only one Codling caught of 2lb 15oz by Simon.
WALTON PIER 26th SEPTEMBER 2015
With bright sunshine and what breeze there was coming from the east I think most people were prepared for the fishing to be hard going but I dont think anyone was expecting it to be so bad. The match was won by Phil Colton with 16.25oz this was the lowest winning weight I can remember since I joined. Alfie Gilbert was second with 7.5oz and Bob Brooks 3rd with 7oz. Biggest fish was Phil again with a massive 7oz whiting a few undersized Pout were caught but all in all it was desperate fishing for the 8 members and 1 guest who turned up.
Clacton Pier 13th September 2015
13 members fished Clacton pier Sunday the pier was packed and some people could not get on the berthing arm think there had been some reports that the pier was fishing well this was not the case on Sunday except for one person guess who? No it was not me or Bob but the usual suspect Simon his winning weight of 163.25 oz nearly equalled the total weight caught by the other 12 fishing the match Ewan was second with 44.5oz he seems to like Clacton pier and usually gets a good result there.
Simon was the only person on the pier to catch a codling and had to show off by catching two plus a thornback all of which were paraded around the pier. The day was not improved by the 2 hours of steady rain we had to endure strange as it did not rain in Maldon. The minor places were 3rd for Martin and 4th for Darren Mills.
SHOREHAM BOAT 5th SEPTEMBER 2015
A full boat this month with a new skipper to us although we had had earlier bookings with him they were always blown off. Skipper was very pleasant and helpful even to the point in keeping score for us. It was decided to go for Plaice to start with and then have a go for the Bream when the tide was full. Plaice fishing was fairly slow but we did manage to catch half a dozen we then moved after the Bream and again it did not set the world alight with the odd one coming every so often. I belive our relative lack of success was due lack of experience of this type of fishing we were all fishing a static bait and bites were slow to come by I had been fishing for at least an hour and a half and had had nothing the skipper then came and threw a bait out beside me and was catching I watched him and every so often he was slightly jigging his bait. I changed to a paternoster rig and started flicking the bait to get it to move back down tide immediately I started getting bites and caught six fish in the next hour (not counting whiting and pout). Those fish caught at the end of the trip won me the match Dave Banks was second and Sean third, the skipper had said there may be a chance of a conger so Sean put on a Mackerel flapper and had a go and sure enough he managed a 12lber we done to him for trying something different. All in all an enjoyable days fishing but I think to get the best out of some of these trips we need to brush up our skills on fishing different areas and methods.
Total fish caught 16Bream 7Plaice biggest plaice 2lb 8oz
DOVER BOAT 22 AUGUST 2015
Only six of us fished the Dover boat on Saturday everyone else missed a good day s fishing the threatened 12 to 15 mph winds did not materialise so with virtually no wind it was flat calm and a bit too hot at times.
Plaice fishing was the plan for the day and if not spectacular it was a good steady days fishing. We landed a total of 22 sizeable plaice (biggest was about 3.5lb caught by Dave Sayward) several smaller ones were returned to grow also landed were 12 Tub Gurnard sizeable and even more under size plus 2 Greater Weaver these were pushing 35 to 40 cm I am assured these are excellent to eat but don’t fancy them myself. We stopped for a little while at a couple of wrecks on way home and had a Cod of about 5lb and a Black Bream plus a few doggies.
Match was won by Fred with 5 Plaice.
HOLLAND ON SEA JULY 25th
The fish and chips from the Golden Fillet were excellent as always, the previous wet and windy weather had moved on leaving a pleasant afternoon with only a slight swell, beach was fine with little or no tackle losses even in the bay at the bottom of the steps only one slight issue to put a damper on would should have been a pleasant evenings fishing. NO SODDEN FISH. Match was won by Phil with a 2.5lb Codling (dont know where that came from although I heard he did nip round the back of the chippy said he was going to the toilet but only got his word for that) and a Whiting for 42.75oz, Second Dave Sayward with 10oz Skate, Third Dave O with 5oz Pout 4th Brian Shaw with 3.5oz pout and that was it a 8 anglers fished for a total of 42hrs and that was all that was caught.
Good to see Phil starting to perform again its took him a bit of time but he is getting there think Bob might have suffered on the way home with him after blanking.
Simon you picked the right week to go on holiday did you take the fish with you.
CHINOOK 3 BRADWELL 20TH JUNE
The weather gods shone on us on Saturday and we managed only our 3rd weekend trip this year. It was a new boat Chinook 3 and a new skipper Phil White. Boat was a very nice well designed charter boat and skipper was helpful and friendly. We fished the Maplin sands which stick out from Foulness. Fishing was steady but not exceptional the main catch being Smoothound of which two were 10lb plus. Fishing was slow at the start as it was slack water but picked up as the tide started to run then died off as the it approached high water this coincided with the star of rain so we decided to packup 2)mins early and head for home. Total fish caught 6 thornback 19 Smoothound (biggest Harrys at 10lb 8oz) 24 dogfish 5 Whiting and a Dab. Match was won by Kevin with Dave Sayward second.
CLACTON PIER 14th JUNE 50/50 MATCH
As far as I was concerned it was another Groundhog day only catching 2 small fish for 7.25oz what do I do wrong on Clacton pier in my last 4 visits I have managed a total of about 70oz not good when others have caught that in one match still the breakfast was good thanks to Kevin suggesting Wetherspoons and coffee was all you can drink for 99p (in joke) anyway back to the fishing such as it was.
While I was rigging up had a chat to a local and he had 3 nice bass about 2lb in his carrier bag and said he had missed some others (3 Bass limit obviously does not apply at Clacton) my hopes raised I started to look forward to the next 5 hours. However no more Bass showed during the match neither did much else congratulations to Ewen who won his first individual match with a weight of 56oz Si was second with 51.25oz and Scotty a good 3rd with 49.25oz. Biggest fish went to Scotty with a Codling of 33oz. On the plus side Phil is finally starting to buck his ideas up and finished with 28oz for 4th place I need some tips from him, still I had a good breakfast so not all bad.
WALTON PIER 30Tth MAY 50/50 MATCH
For those of you who didnt make it dont be upset you didnt miss anything. Fishing was very slow from the start with only a few very small Pout being caught and this would have been the tale of the day if people had not followed Simons lead and started fishing for Gars which saved the day. Nearly all the fish caught came from either dropping a lead under the pier for Pout or sliding a float down the line for Gars not my idea of sea fishing more what you do with your Grandkids we will be putting bacon rind on to catch crabs next. Congratulations to Alfie who would have walked the match had it been just bottom fishing and still managed 3rd with a mixture of Pout, Whiting, Eel, and Dogfish. A mention also to Phil who managed to follow up his stirring 8ozs at Clacton with a blank on Saturday obviously he is becoming a pier specialist. Match was won by Simon with 54.5oz with 4 Gars caught Second Darren with 43oz and 3rd Alfie with 40.5oz. There is now over £70 in the kitty to be given to charity at end of season well done all.
CLACTON PIER 17th MAY 2015
A good turn out for the Clacton match with 15 fishing. Weather was very pleasant and the cloud cover predicted did not appear. A nice day for sitting on the pier which is just as well because that is what we done for the most of the match our relaxation not being disturbed by fish. Fishing was poor with a few fish showing at start of match Pete Lock had a doggie after about 15mins and hopes were high but the fishing died off after the first hour not picking up until the last hour when there was a flurry of fish caught mainly Whiting and Pouting. The only decent fish caught (but not landed) was a good sized Skate which Brian Shaw lost when he tried to handball it up to the pier deck to say he was not amused was an understatement, bet you wont try that again Brian it cost him the match and the biggest fish about £30 both of which went to Pete Lock with a winning weight of 54.75oz Si Lewis was second with Daz Gilbert 3rd with less than half fishing managing to get over 20oz
ORFODNESS BEACH 19TH APRIL
Only seven members fished on Sunday we all met at the Orwell truck stop at 06:30hrs for breakfast which was ok but a disorganised bunch were cooking it and it took 3 people to make 1one breakfast. We caught the 8 oclock boat to the narrows(It now costs £12 a rise of £2 on last year but it is now a delux service as you get a cup of coffee!)
Fishing was steady through the day with most people reporting busy spells and quiet times main catch was small Whiting and Dabs with few Dogfish and about 8 Codling to 3lbs being caught. It looked like Simon had won again especially when he caught the 3lb Codling 15mins from the end but come the weigh in it turned out Darren Mills (new member this year) had blown him away helped by catching 4 or 5 Codling. Of course no one wound Simon up especially as he likes to take the p..s out of Darren think it might be a hard week for Si as they both work for the same company.
Match was won by Darren Mills with Simon Lewis second and Bob Brookes third
MERSEA BOAT EASTERN PROMISE 11TH APRIL
Sorry for late report but I was not on trip so had to wait for results. Weather was windy but fishable thanks to the sea keeping qualities of Dereks catamaran (when I win lottery I want one) the Chairman laid the law down before the start and the one rod rule was applied to all this does not seem to have made a big difference to the catch as a toal of 27 codling,14 Thornbacks, 14 whiting and 5 dogfish were caught it is my opinion that when you fish with 1 rod you concentrate more so actually catch a similar amount as if fishing with two. First place was tied with Fred and Brian Edwards both scoring 25pts Dave Banks was third.
MARCH 25TH WALTON BOAT TRIP MISTY LADY
Yesterdays trip turned out to be a trip to remember the weather gods smiled on us again with light winds and no rain. Fishing was good after the first half hour when the tide started to run and then it was a steady stream of codling through the whole day we caught a total of just over 100 codling in the range 2.5 to 4lbs just nice eating size not bad for a bunch of pensioners. Fred caught most with about 28 from 2 rods but Harrys 19 from just 1 rod was excellent fishing. Brian Shaw caught a really nice looking codling well Dave O thought it was and told everyone after this every codling was commented about as to its beauty.The strange thing was we never saw a skate all day but the boat fishing a 100yds from us had several some I believe were nice sized I can only think it may have been because we were fishing mainly with lug tipped with squid and Terry thinks the lug puts the skate off a bit.
MARCH 22ND BEACH MATCH CLACTON PIER
A very good turnout of 17 members fished the march beach match at Clacton Pier weather was fine with a North Easterly breeze.A big tide made for lots of tackle cross overs and some difficult fishing when the tide was ripping through. Fishing was not hectic but steady with 5 or 6 Codling to 2.25lbs being caught plus a few Dogfish and a Thornback the rest of the catches being made up of Whiting, Dabs and Flounders. match was won by Simon Lewis with 106.5ozs who narrowly beat Dave Sayward on 103.5 ozs third place was Phil Colton on 94ozs. Biggest fish was 2lb 9oz Thornback caught by Dave Sayward.
Catch of the day must go to Simon who managed to be the only person I have ever seen catch a dead fish and by the look of it it had been dead some time (we did not let him weigh it in!
FEBRUARY 8TH BEACH MATCH SANDGATE CASTLE BEACH
Only seven of us fished Sandgate on Sunday it was a beautiful sunny day with a North wind which as it was coming from behind the shingle bank you could not feel. Fishing was strange with some people starting off well only for the bites to dry up after an hour with others finding getting bites hard at the start only for them to pick up as the match went on as we were all fishing within 250yds of each other it seemed strange to me. Overall fishing was not spectacular but every one caught with nearly all fish being small and amny undersized fish were caught. Match was won by Simon with 76.5ozs with Sean second on 56.5ozs biggest fish was a 33cm whiting from Scotty for 11oz.
JANUARY 24th BOAT MATCH WEST MERSEA EASTERN PROMISE
NON OF THOSE FISHING REALLY EXPECTED THE TRIP TO GO AHEAD WITH 20MPH PLUS WINDS FORECAST BUT GO AHEAD IT DID THE WIND CERTAINLY REACHED WHAT WAS FORECAST AND WAS COLD WITH IT BUT SEA STATE WAS NOT BAD AT ALL. WE FISHED BETWEEN HOLLAND ON SEA AND FRINTON ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER CHARTERS. FISHING WAS DIRE WITH FRED WINNING THE MATCH WITH A SINGLE THORNBACK AND ONLY 4 SIZEABLE FISH BEING CAUGHT 2 CODLING AND 2 ROKER. A DAY WORTH FORGETTING FISHING WISE BUT STILL PLEASANT WITH A GOOD SKIPPER AND A GREAT ANGLING BOAT.
JANUARY 17TH 50/50 BEACH MATCH CLACTON PIER 5HRS
10 MEMBERS FISHED THE FIRST 50/50 BEACH CHARITY MATCH WEATHER WAS COLD BUT BRIGHT FISHING WAS VERY SLOW THE MATCH BEING WON BY DAVE SAYWARD WITH 28oz HE ALSO GOT THE BIGGEST FISH A DAB OF 29cm FOR 9oz HE WAS THE ONLY ANGLER TOBEAT 20oz AND ONLY FOUR MANAGED MORE THAN 10Oozs.
JANUARY 3RD 2015 ALDEBURGH SHELL BEACH
13 MEMBERS FISHED THE FIRST MATCH OF THE YEAR AT ALDEBURGH THE WEATHER WAS LOW WINDS AND OCCASSIONAL RAIN FISHING WAS VERY SLOW WITH MOST PEOPLE ONLY CATCHING THE ODD FISH ONLY FOUR ANGLERS MANAGED MORE THAN 20oz. MATCH WAS WON BY S LEWIS WITH 63oz BIGGEST FISH WENT TO D AUSTON WITH A 41 cm CODLING FOR 24o