Weather wreaks havoc with prestigious event
LAST Sunday, it was the Daiwa Open – one of the biggest shore angling competitions in the country.
I was all ready, fairly well prepared for the competition and then Sunday morning came.
The drive across the river was horrendous; gales, rain and yet more rain.
We actually sat in the car at East Newton wondering what on earth we were thinking even to venture out – I had a feeling it would have been far better to stay instead of getting up at 5am.
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I was told that the rain would stop at 10am and that the tide would ease as it turned.
That proved to be correct but the wind was still causing problems by blowing the rods, making it difficult to recognise bites and causing some casts to die harmlessly in the wind.
There had been a lot of cod caught on the Saturday, but they did not like the change of weather and the sea was very coloured as there had been a lot of mud and sand washed away – all I saw all day was whiting.
It was thought that the river would be good to fish as there had been some impressive catches there in the week, but there had been a deluge of rain water into the Humber.
The eventual winner came from Tunstall. I actually stopped in the morning to have a look and it did look okay.
The winning fish was a thornback ray of 4.62kg, caught by a Mr A Hill – who pocketed a nice day's earnings of £2,500.
Next in was Mick Rendall from Grimsby, who fished for cod and weighed in with 4.35kg, netting him £1,250.
Local star Ian Laverack finished in fourth with a cod of 3.35kg, followed by Barton angler Pete Goldthorpe with a cod of 2.85kg.
On the Saturday, before the seniors went out to play, it was the turn of the juniors.
Tony Ellis and his team of coaches from Immingham Pilgrims AC went across the bridge and they did very well.
They boasted the individual winner – Thomas Everett from Immingham, who had six fish; three whiting, two flounders and a rockling for a total length of 106cm.
Tom is a very keen all-round angler and was a member of the successful Lincolnshire Regional championship team in 2011.
A big thank you must go out to Daiwa for once again for supporting this event, as well as Paul Jefferson and Commercial SAC for all their hard work in organising the event.
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ON the local front, Humber SAC held a roving match on the wall recenlty, but, unfortunately, the cod did not come out to play and it was the whiting and dabs that made up the weights.
Dan Jackson was first with 6 fish for 3.9lb , second the ever present Adie Cooper 5 fish for 3.5lb and third Steve Robinson 4 fish 1.14lb.
This weekend it is the cod open on the wall 5.30pm to 9.30pm meet at the Haven Pub between 3pm and 4pm.. It is a zoned match, there will be three zones , and it will be interesting to see what comes out, there have been a few cod caught already this week. Even with all this fresh water going into the river.
Top Grimsby match angler Karl Nangle was on top form again in the latest Skegness Pier Angling Club (SPAC) match held at Winthorpe Ave.
Winning his second SPAC match on the trot, Karl ran out easy winner of the Hewison Cup with 12 dabs and 10 whiting which tipped the scales at 8lb 10½oz.
He also won the heaviest round fish prize with a 13oz whiting and to make an already good day complete, shared the heaviest flatfish prize with Kettering's Bob Foster, both with 12oz dabs. Chapel Beach Angling Club member Rick Jarvis came in second with 11 dabs and 3 whiting for 4lb 11oz, with Skegness local Danny Smith not far behind in third place, weighing in an 11 fish mixed bag for 4lb 5oz.
The next SPAC match is the popular Biggest Fish Rover, which will be held on Sunday 9th Dec from 10:30am till 4:30pm between Mablethorpe and Gibraltar Point. This match is open to all, with entrants weighing in their single biggest fish only. Match HQ is Lakeside Leisure on Trunch Lane and a raffle will be run on the day. For further information please contact SPAC Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or email@example.com