Muddy hell! Anglers get that sinking feeling at Barton
HUMBER Sea Angling Club members had to battle the mud during a match at Barton last weekend.
The match was pegged between the Bridge and the creek. The grass was very high in places. Also, when you actually got on to your peg, there were sudden deep muddy areas and this caused problems.
Several anglers fell over and were stuck in the mud, but all managed to eventually get out ok.
The actual fishing was hard going – a strong wind, lots of weed and, of course, the dreaded mud. The tidal current was also extremely strong.
Grimsby angler Steve Robinson managed to overcome the elements and catch 13 fish for 2.8lb. Match secretary Adie Cooper, who was a victim of the mud, shook himself off, got unstuck and managed to catch 12 fish for 2.4lb.
Third was Jack Barlow who is becoming a bit of an expert at catching the very small fish. He used his experience of fishing the matches on the promenade well. He had 15 fish for 1.15lb. The biggest fish of the day was a flounder of 28cm caught by Richard Leek.
The club's next match is on Courtaulds Straight, fishing 5pm to 9pm tomorrow.
The next match on the promenade is on Wednesday October 3. Meet at Ross Castle at 5.45pm, fishing 6.30pm to 10.15pm. It is £10 all in.
On to the boats, and anglers fishing in the Humber are still getting a variety, including smooth hounds which are still patrolling the river.
Thornback rays, whiting, dabs and flounders and also the odd cod have already been caught.
A few bigger bass have been caught from some of the marks close to the sandbanks, where the bass like to play in the surf.
It is the first match in the HCA winter league tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see what is caught.
Also, there is a new rule which allows three rods. It will be interesting to see whether that will increase the amount of fish caught.
The forecast though is not too good at the moment. As usual, the committee will decide whether the match goes ahead or not and, as always, they will err on the side of safety.
With October nearly upon us, I would expect many anglers are gearing up for the winter species arriving.
I suspect on the next high tides there will be reports of whiting. I understand that a few have already been caught off the shore.
The first cod of the season have already been reported – two from Goxhill and one from East Halton.