Hand of cod gifts anglers a real treat
THERE has been a cod invasion on the coast – giving sea anglers the chance to reel in some whopping catches.
It's as if someone flicked a switch and ordered the cod towards the shore.
Good numbers of cod were caught last weekend, especially at Dimlington. The cod were of a good size and mostly above the 5lb – but the biggest one netted tipped the scales at about 20lb, and there had been others caught around 16lb.
While fishing a match with the Easington Club, international angler Neville Charlesworth bagged a haul of 54lb, with the biggest cod being 14.5lb. He was catching throughout the match and even lost several fish while winding in.
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Another England international, Grimsby's George Smith, has also enjoyed success at the Yorkshire venue. With an Angling Press photographer in attendance, Smith netted six good-sized cod and three rays.
Last Tuesday, top tournament man Jamie Lemm put his experience to use alongside an England international who had travelled up from Kent. The pair caught more than 20 cod between them, including several fish weighing into double figures.
The beach has been full – about 150 anglers were there last Tuesday. Quite a lot of fish were landed.
The reels slowed slightly on the Wednesday. The sudden surge of activity caught everyone by surprise and tackle shops have had to cope with increased demand for bait.
I would expect the fish to move away this weekend, with the bigger tides. They are following sand eels – the cod that have been caught have been full of them.
So wherever the sand eels and shrimps are, the cod will be.
The cod appear to be tailing off in the Dimlington area, but the odd one is still being caught. I expect there's still a large shoal of cod somewhere. It could be worth trying further north, with the higher tides.
The boats have been catching a lot more in recent days, so let's hope the cod come into the river in force.
Humber Sea Angling Club fished last week at 'the woods', near Stallingborough. Mick Burke was top man as anglers struggled to find the fish. He managed 1.8lb to take top spot. Steve Robinson also caught 1.8lb. The next match takes place tomorrow on Courtaulds Straight, fishing from 4.45-8.45pm. Meet at the Novartis barrier, from 3.30pm.
Humber SAC chairman Nigel Crabtree has decided to call time on his role. There will be an AGM in the near future. I would like to thank Nigel for all the hard work he has done for the local sea angling community of these past few years.
Grimsby boat anglers from the Humber Cruising Association took on a Boston Pirates team. The pirates were short of anglers, so six HCA members who fish at Skegness helped them.
HCA members Tony Hogg, Tim Burgess, Glen Hughes Paul Bird and Mark Henry decided to fish near Immingham, while the Boston lads went to the 5a and got plagued with whiting. The HCA boys found the cod. They weighed in 180lb compared with the Pirates' 36lb. Hogg had the biggest fish of the day, a 10.2lb cod, gutted.