Braintree Sea Angling Club members fished their latest evening match at Shotley. It was a hard match with fish difficult to find with the crabs destroying baits within minutes. At the end of the evening it was close with both Paul Drake and Barrie Senior having three fish on their score card. Barrie just pipped Paul with his catch of a flounder, a bass and a whiting for 43 points to Paul’s two bass and a flounder for 39 points. Kevin Thorpe had a 32 cm whiting to take third spot with 24 points.
Our assault on Samphire Hoe did not go as well as previous trips, weather good, travel good, company good but fishing 2nd rate
Fishing between lifebuoys 14 and 15 where we were assured there were not too many snags, no one mentioned the lack of fish as well using tactics from a Mr Crabtree Christmas album of float, underwater float, small boom rigs dropped down the side and a few rotten bottoms lobbed out into clearer water we did our best to attract some attention from the fish who did not want to play ball or anything else for that matter. The largest activity was watching some eastern Europeans trying to reach France with their mackerel feathers when there was not a mackerel or garfish for miles but it did keep them occupied.
Only real highlights were the monster wrasse (40cm, about 2lb) caught by Chris and catching a few other species than Essex fish and not a whiting in sight. Nearly forgot the monster blenny that tried to take a bite out of Chris’s finger!
- 1st Chris Leonard 203 points 7 Wrasse, 2 Pout, 2 Pollock (Wrasse 40cm)
- 2nd Paul Drake 119 points 6 Wrasse, 4 Pout
- 3rd Alan Porter 87 points 4 Wrasse, 3 pout
The first of the Summer League evening matches for Braintree Sea Angling Club was fished at St Osyth. Although the rain held off a strengthening on shore wind made casting harder as the match progressed. All the anglers caught fish but Kevin Thorpe came out on top with a catch of four school bass, five whiting and three good sized eels for 195 fish points. Second spot went to Steve Andrews with 178 fish points for his catch of one bass, six whiting, two eels and a pout. Barrie Senior took third place with two school bass and ten whiting for 147 fish points.