Drayton celebrates victory as Humber club chairman
SIMON Drayton was unanimously voted in as chairman when the Grimsby, Cleethorpes & Humber Sea Angling Club held its AGM last Wednesday.
He takes the reigns following former chairman Nigel Crabtree's decision to step down.
Club regular and top match angler Drayton, pictured, was elected at the AGM, hosted by the Humber Cruising Association at Grimsby's Marina Bar.
Nigel was a great chairman for the club. He put in a lot of his own time and kept things running smoothly.
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He will remain on the committee, so the club will still benefit from his valuable input.
Although membership levels were slightly down again, the treasurer's report was encouraging: the club broke even for the year, despite low attendances at a few of the open matches and the club making a donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for their annual event in Cleethorpes.
The club retained the inter-club trophy against Skegness last year. The rematch will be hosted by Skegness this summer.
One proposal was passed: the number of matches an angler needs to fish to qualify for the presents at the Christmas match changed from 12 to at least a quarter of the year's matches.
Drayton's era as club chairman got off to flyer when he won the club's latest match, at Humberston Creek
Eight anglers braved the strong cold wind and freezing conditions.
But their spirits were soon warmed up when flounders showed up.
No-one failed to catch. Drayton was top rod on the day, catching 15 fish for a total of 10lb 4oz.
Second was the in-form Steve Robinson. He pushed the new chairman all the way, finishing with 13 fish for 8lb 10¾oz.
There was a tie for the biggest fish. Robinson and Mark Taylor both bagged a 38cm flounder.
The next match is tomorrow, at Courtaulds Straight, between 4pm and 8pm. Meet at the barrier from 2.45pm.
Meanwhile, Humber man Ady Cooper was the club's top performer in 2012.
Taking into account the best 30 results, Cooper topped the pile with 343 points. Drayton was second, with 256, and Steve McGregor was third, on 162.
The top and biggest cod was Cooper's 4lb 15oz catch.
Humber SAC Events Schedule
All open matches are £15 all in. For more details, contact Mark Taylor on 07500112515.
Flounder Open: Saturday, March 30, 5.45pm-9.45pm, Cleethorpes promenade. Meet at the RNLI station, 3.45pm and 4.45pm.
Humber Open: Saturday, May 11. 5.45pm to 9.45pm, Courtaulds Straight. Meet at the Haven Pub, 3.45pm to 4.45pm.
RNLI Open: Saturday, June 22, 3.45pm to 7.45pm, Cleethorpes promenade. Meet at the RNLI station, 1.45 to 2.45pm.
Smoothound Open: Saturday, July 20, 1.30pm to 6.30pm, various beaches. Meet at Moggs Eye, 11.30am to 12.30pm.
Lincolnshire Open: Saturday, November 16, 2.30pm to 7.30pm. Pay in at the Fat Wally's pub, in Chapel St Leonards, 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Cod Open: Sunday, December 1, 2.30pm to 6.30pm, Zoned rover on the wall, weight match. Pay in at the Haven Pub, 12.30pm to 1.30pm.