Don't wait to get bait!
THE Big Cod Match is approaching fast – so don't leave it too late to get your bait!
That's the message from the local tackle shops, especially the Trading Post in Grimsby, ahead of the event on February 24.
I expect there will be limited supplies and if you want to vary your bait from just squid, give the tackle shops a ring.
This will apply to all the local tackle shops as they have to order-in the bait and don't want to be left with large amounts.
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There is not much doing on the shore at the moment or off the Humber Bank wall, so the main attraction is the Big Open Match.
Last Saturday, the boats did manage to get out and the weather was superb – flat, calm, you could feel the sun had a bit of heat in it and almost everybody who had a fishing boat was out.
There was plenty of small whiting being caught with the odd few specimen whiting going up to 2lbs.
The cod fishing was very poor. Although most boats did catch one or two fish of about 7lb, that was it, with the boats closer in reporting fish of 2-3lb.
There did seem to be more cod about closer in, but they tended to be on the smaller side – not what you want on the big fish match.
On Sunday, the day of the HCA Winter League Match, the snow and rain came down, the winds howled and any chance of getting the boats out was scuppered. So once again the match was called off.
This weekend, it looks a favourable forecast, so anglers can get a bit more practice ready for the Big Cod Match, weather permitting.
On the shore, I hear that Humberston Creek is worth a try on the lower tides for the flounders.
Yellow Cross on the Humber Wall is throwing up the odd cod and whiting , but on many tides you are having to rely on the flatfish to offer any sport at all.
Grimsby-based England international shore angler George Smith, pictured, was the winner of the latest Skegness Pier Angling Club (SPAC) match, held in ideal conditions at Bohemia Point, Sutton-on-Sea.
Smith, who recently won the prestigious national Penn Sea League, beached 21 dabs, three whiting and a flounder for a bag weight of 8lb 11oz.
He also shared the heaviest round fish prize with Skegness local Dan Leighton, both with 10oz whiting.
Wrangle's Alan Steadman pushed the winner all the way, but in the end had to settle for second place with 19 dabs for 7lb 2¼oz.
He also won the Healey Cup as the top SPAC angler.
After another slow start to the match, Richard Leighton again came good late on to take third place with 16 flatties weighing 6lb 6oz.
He also won the heaviest flatfish prize for his second match on the trot, with a 1lb flounder.
Top lady angler Helen Bradley was the hot topic after the match, beating a number of her male counterparts to finish in sixth place, with 13 dabs for 5lb 6oz.
The SPAC AGM will be held on Saturday, February 23 commencing at 7.30pm in the New Park Club, Scarborough Avenue, Skegness.
All current and prospective members are invited to attend. The annual trophy presentation and social event will take place immediately after the AGM, including a grand raffle and buffet.
The next SPAC match will be held on Sunday, February 24, from 3-7pm at Jacksons Corner, Ingoldmells, with club members fishing for the Gordon Long Cup.
There is also an open section, which non-members are welcome to participate in.
For further information please contact SPAC Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or email@example.com