'Tales of the unexpected keep me enthused'
I HAVE been fishing for many years now and the attraction is still there.
You never really know what is going to happen when you go.
I thought the smooth hounds had gone for another year.
For some reason, last week, they came back in large numbers.
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Anglers were coming to the area from away and getting more than 20 in a session.
Some who went out for just a couple of hours ran out of bait. Others had a fish with each cast.
Down the coast at the latest Skegness Pier Angling Club match, the competition was billed as a sole match.
It was held at Winthorpe Avenue, over low water and on a neap tide, specifically to target the tasty flatfish.
However, nobody let the smooth hounds in on the agenda and, like they have on many other occasions this summer, the supercharged 'small sharks' once again muscled in on proceedings.
Dave Burr, of Croxton, near Kirmington, made the best of the unexpected bonanza, landing 11 hounds, a flounder and a weever for an exceptional winning weight of 69lb 9½oz.
Wrangle's Alan Steadman caught more fish than the winner, but of a smaller average size, taking second place with a 14 fish mixed bag for 58lb 10½oz.
Corby-based top match man Paul Marshall had a nightmare day, losing a number of large hounds, but still managed to frame in third place with another 50lb-plus bag weight.
Skegness local Barry Roper only caught one fish, but his 1lb 3oz flounder was the winner of the heaviest flatfish prize.
Humber SAC were in action on Cleethorpes promenade and a decent tide saw plenty of fish.
Simon Drayton was top again. There seems to be no stopping this quality all-round angler from Gainsborough.
Some competitors got a dousing when a sudden heavy rain shower came down. Not to be beaten, they fished on.
Drayton had 24 fish, which included a bass of 41cm, for a weight of 9.14lb.
Next in was one of the promenade's small fish experts, Steve McGregor, with 13 fish for 7.2lb.
He was closely followed by Adie Cooper, who had 16 fish for a total of 7lb.
The biggest flat fish of the night was caught by Steve Robinson, a 35cm flounder.
The next match is tomorrow at Barton. Meet at the viewing area car park from 9.15am. Fishing is from 10.30am – 2.30pm, all welcome.
Another match on the promenade was Brian Tuck's midweek competition. The very experienced Jeff Volley showed his years of knowledge to catch 14 fish for 347cm.
Young Mark Taylor was next, he had 12 fish for 302cm.
Not too far away was that man Drayton again with 11 fish for 271cm.