Graham Nash followed up his recent boat win by taking first place at the latest shore match in Braintree Sea Angling Club’s summer league series fished at Aldebugh. The anglers were treated to a show of thunder and lightning all around but fortunately not over them which together with a firework display at Thorpeness gave them something to watch as the rod tips were certainly not nodding. Fishing was very slow with only an occasional pin whiting being caught. Graham ended the evening with 10 whiting for 98 fish points. Second place went to Barrie Senior with 59 points from his catch of 5 whiting. Robin Joy and Paul Drake both had 3 whiting apiece but Joy took the third spot with 35 points versus Drake’s 32.
Braintree Sea Angling Club held the first of their evening Summer League matches at Holland-on- Sea. Conditions were good with no wind on a balmy night and the fish beginning to feed as the sun went down. Small whiting made up the bulk of the catches with a few small bass, dogfish, eels and sole the balance. Barrie Senior came in first with a catch of 27 whiting, 3 dogfish and a nice 35cm sole for 423 fish points. Second place went to Chris Leonard with 238 points from his catch of 17 whiting, 3 eels, a pout and a sole. Paul Drake took third spot with 14 whiting, 3 eels and a bass for 188 points. The next match is scheduled for 18 June at Walton beach.
Braintree Sea Angling Club members fished their first evening charter boat match of the year re-arranged from March due to bad weather. This time the weather cooperated and provided a fine evening out from West Mersea on the boat Enterprise. Fishing was steady with thornback rays and dogfish coming aboard throughout the trip. With a closely fought contest it was Club Secretary Chris Leonard who took the honours with four dogfish, six thornbacks a whiting and a bonus tub gurnard for 101 points. Second place went to Barrie Senior with 90 points from his catch of five dogfish and six thornbacks. Colin Crocker came in third with three dogfish and three thornbacks for 80 points.
Only two anglers recording fish. First was Robin Joy with four school bass for 87 points and Paul Drake with six pout and one school bass for 76 points.
Braintree Sea Angling Club members had a disappointing trip to Denge Marsh in Kent to fish for the Solly Brewer Cup. With clear water and an offshore wind to aid casting conditions looked good for plaice however, the angling gods had other ideas. With the exception of Barrie Senior none of the anglers caught any fish. Barrie had six flounders for 144 points to take the match and the cup.
Thornback rays were the target species for members of Braintree Sea Angling Club when they travelled to St Osyth for their latest match. With large clumps of seaweed from the start and an onshore wind that increased significantly throughout the day the fishing was hard. No rays were caught by the Braintree anglers although an angler further up the beach had one. Paul Hart won the match with 14 whiting and 2 dabs for 122 fish points. Second place went to Barrie Senior with 93 points from his catch of 9 whiting, a dab and a flounder. Chris Leonard took third place with a dogfish and a whiting for 80 points.
Braintree Sea Angling Club members took the ferry from Orford across to the island for their latest match. With the news that the herring shoals had arrive hopes of numbers of cod were not high. From the start it was whiting and more whiting that were taking the lug and squid baits. By the end of the day Chris Leonard had caught 46 counting whiting, a small codling, 4 dabs and a pout for 622 fish points. Second place went to Chris Bull with 563 points from 50 whiting, 1 dab, and 1 pout, he also had the largest whiting a 35cm fish. Robin Joy took third spot with 27 whiting for 267 points.
Felixstowe was the venue for Braintree Sea Angling Club latest match. Fishing in blustery conditions the anglers were soon into fish but after midday the bights slowed and the wind increased as the fishing decreased. It was new members that showed the old hands the way with Paul Hart having his first win since joining the Club this year with 29 whiting and 2 dabs for 275 fish points. In second place with 224 points on his first match with the Club was Chris Bull catching 16 whiting and 5 dabs. In third spot was Chris Leonard with 16 whiting, 4 dabs and a rockling for 194 points.
Aldebugh was the venue for Braintree Sea Angling Club latest match fishing for the Jimmy Turner Shield. A strong gusty south westerly wind had stirred the sea up giving it plenty of colour but made casting difficult. Fishing the last of the flood and four hours of the ebb dabs were the prime target but it was pin whiting that made up the majority of the catches although many did not make the minimum size limit. Barrie Senior took the shield with his catch of 38 whiting and 14 dabs for 455 fish points. Runner up was Robin Joy with 246 points from 21 whiting, 2 dabs and a pout. Third place went to Paul Hart with 239 points, 20 whiting, 7 dabs and a rockling.
For their latest match Braintree Sea Angling Club members took a trip down to Dungeness to see if they could catch some of the dabs that are normally abundant at this time of the year. Fishing started in damp misty conditions with an onshore wind and whiting were the main . As the tide turned and began to ebb the day dried out and the wind abated and the dabs finally began to feed. In a closely fought match Barrie Senior ended the day with 14 dabs, 17 whiting and 3 rockling for 369 fish points. New member Paul Hart fishing his first match with the Club was a close second with 364 fish points from his catch of 12 dabs, including the largest of the day at 29cm, 18 whiting, 4 rockling and 2 pout. Third place went to Chris Leonard with 6 dabs, 18 whiting, 6 rockling and a dogfish for 352 points.