Mixed fortunes with the crab at Humberston
SEA anglers got their claws into peeler crab bait and hauled in some big weights at Humberston.
Amid glorious weather and an excellent turnout, peeler crab seemed to pick out the bigger fish.
Gary Hutson won the match with an impressive catch of 7.5lb.
He netted the two biggest fish of the day – both flounders, one of 36cm and the other 35cm.
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Simon Drayton came second, on 7.1lb, and third was Richard Leek on 6.14lb.
Those anglers who did not use crab had trouble – the many crabs that reside in the creek, that seem to get bigger every year, soon stripped the anglers' bait before the fish had a chance to grab it.
The club's next match is on Cleethorpes Promenade – the Brighton Street slipway to Leisure Centre stretch.
Meet from 3.30pm. Fishing times are 5-9pm.
Meanwhile, there has been quite a bit of action on the rock marks with a number of festivals taking place.
There seems to be quite a few wrasse about this year and the cod tend to be in the rougher ground.
Quite a few of the matches were cod-only, so it is about finding where they are lurking.
But if you pleasure angling, good fun can be had by catching the wrasse.
There are a few pollack about too. Filey Brigg as usual is a popular mark.
Boat anglers going out in the Humber are still catching a good variety of fish. The bigger whiting are slowly starting to drift into the river.
MO Fendyke broke the silver eel record for Skegness Pier Angling Club, at Drake Road.
But, although his superb 2lb 13oz specimen eel beat the old record by 9oz, unfortunately under catch and release rules it only counted for 11oz, putting Mo joint fourth.
Dave Shorthouse won the Shipstone Cup and the heaviest flatfish prize, with a specimen 1lb 3oz flounder caught on his penultimate cast.
Helen Bradley was leading for most of the match but in the end had to settle for second place with a 1lb 1oz flounder.
Neil Jackson took third place with a silver eel and a weever, weighing 11½oz.
The last prize winner was Paul Marshall, who managed to catch a tiny ½oz (14cm) weever that took the heaviest round fish prize.
This fish also won Marshall the club's 2012 knock-out title, as his opponent Dale Evans failed to catch on the day.
The club's next match is a week tomorrow, fishing from 10am to 2pm at Wolla Bank.
Club members will be fishing for the Sheffield Cup.
There is also an open section, which non-members are welcome to participate in.
For further information on the competition, contact Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or at email@example.com