Boatmen gearing up for rearranged cod battle
THE Humber Cruising Association boat angling section made the right call last weekend when they called off the big cod match.
Although conditions did not look too bad, it would have been rather lumpy and also a problem for the beach boats launching and retrieving.
The match will now go ahead next Sunday (March 10). Hopefully the spring run of fish will be in the river.
It has been a struggle of late – the bigger fish that showed at the start of the season seem to have disappeared.
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Many of the experienced boat anglers think this is due to large amount of fresh water in the river.
So fingers' crossed the match will go ahead next Sunday. I hope it does for the organisers' benefit as they put a tremendous amount of work in to make this event the success that it is.
There is a winter league match tomorrow, fishing times 11am to 6.30pm.
On the shore scene, things have been quiet – not one angler weighed in after the last Skegness shore match.
They had top-quality anglers fishing the match, but they could not find even a single dab to weigh.
There was a match on the Yorkshire coast recently. Many of the top anglers went to fish Old Hall in the Humber but the only angler to catch was Neville Charlesworth, and that was only a whiting.
To clarify, the forthcoming European Open, on March 8-10, is a shore match, not a boat match. With that event and the boat match in the Humber being on the same weekend, allow time for your bait supplier to get stock in.
Humber Sea Angling Club were in action last weekend on Courtaulds Straight.
It was a struggle – Mick Burke had one flounder worth 14oz and this was enough to take the biggest fish on the day and win the match.
In second place was Steve MacGregor. He had two flounders for 11oz. In third was club president Jack Barlow, who had two, smaller flounders for 7oz. New member Phil Dietch got the biggest round fish, of 2oz.
Things should improve this month, with more flatfish being caught.
The club's next match is today, on Cleethorpes Promenade. Meet at the RNLI station. Fishing is 7-10pm.
I have been having good reports about the promenade. There is supposed to be plenty of small fish being caught at the moment. There should also be one or bigger flounders among the smaller ones. Hopefully we shall see better results.