Angling: Could big event make a return?
THERE have been mixed feelings on the prospect of trying to revive the region's angling Club Championships.
Several years ago, this event was the highlight of the local club angler's year.
Usually held on the Witham – or other natural waters – it attracted hundreds of competitors.
With the demise in the number of local clubs, it is felt by some that a commercial water may be the best venue to restart this event.
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But this has already brought strong views of opposition – many still feel that a natural water should be the chosen venue.
Grimsby's Carr Lane Angling Club has arranged a meeting for all anglers on December 7 at the Carr Lane Club. The response from club secretaries has been positive, and it looks like it should be a well-attended meeting.
There is nothing set in stone – the reason for the meeting is to sit around the table and have a discussion on the best way forward. I personally think that getting clubs together for a meeting is a positive step.
On to the fishing, and Saltfleetby is still attracting good numbers of anglers on both the Thursday matches and the Sunday matches.
Dave Dalton was top man fishing off peg 24. He did this excellent peg justice by landing 31lb.
Second was Peter Helsdown. He was on another favoured peg, number 16, and had 29.12lb. Third was the ever-present Bryn Davies.
Last Sunday, Cleethorpes angler Ian Sadler would have been pleased to draw one of his favourite pegs, number three.
He put on an excellent display of angling to weigh in with 47.15lb.
Second was Grimsby's Lee Popham, who was next to Sadler and weighed in 41.9oz.
Grimsby's Bill Marsh was third on peg one with 40.15lb.
Over at Wold View, Claxby, it was a hard day's fishing on the Silver Lake and some struggled for bites.
Popham, who is doing well at all the venues he is attending at the moment, was on peg 18. He managed to get the carp feeding and netted 32lb.
Another Grimsby man, Steve Burns, was fishing one of the favourite pegs, 35. He found the bigger fish for 21lb. Third was the Hull maestro Chris Mack with 20lb off peg 26.
Last Sunday there was a bad frost and this put the fish off at first.
Mack, fishing peg two and using the Airity pole at 16 metres to fish near to the bridge, managed 28lb. Second was Ryan Lidgard and third was Norman Hewliss.
It was an interesting match. I could not get the carp feeding and, after three hours of not catching anything, I went in close and fished maggot and caught a mixture of roach and ide for just over 12lb.
If I had decided to fish this way earlier, it may have paid dividends. But it may be worth considering if you think that the carp may not be responsive.
The Mouncey League on the River Ancholme also took place last weekend.
Grimsby anglers took second and fourth places.
Mick Tams was second from peg one with 9.10lb, while Wayne Easter weighed in 8.1lb for fourth.