A damp Dungeness was the venue for the latest Braintree Sea Angling Club match. Despite the constant rain all the anglers caught a few whiting and dabs but this fabled cod venue failed to live up to its reputation with only one cod being caught. However, it was a fine fish of 9lb 4oz and fell to Chris Leonard which together with eight whiting and two dabs gave him 558 fish points to take the match and probably the cod cup. Runner up with eleven whiting and four dabs for 195 fish points was Paul Drake. Third place went to Barrie Senior with thirteen whiting and two dabs for 161 fish points. With three matches to go this year only ten points separate Robin Joy and Paul Drake to see who will be the top beach angler for the year. The next match is scheduled for the 7 December at Orfordness where the anglers will be fishing for the Braintree and Witham Times Cup.
The omens were not good for Braintree Sea Angling Club’s latest match at Orfordness. Reports from anglers who had fished overnight were of heavy crab activity and few fish this combined with the constant rain expected all morning was not encouraging. However, the overnight strong winds had died down, sea conditions were good and the anglers were soon catching fish. Codling, whiting and dogfish with an occasional pout were taking the lug and squid baits. Except for the period over high tide fish came in all through the match. The final tally at the end of the day was six codling, ten dogfish, seventeen whiting and five pout for 1108 fish points to Barrie Senior first place. Nine codling, four dogfish and eight whiting, 833 fish points for second places angler Robin Joy with third place Chris Leonard who had five codling, three dogfish, nineteen whiting, three pout and a bass for 607 points.