With 40 mph west south westerly winds forecast Braintree Sea Angling Club’s latest match was hastily re-arranged from Dungeness to Shingle Street where the winds would be more behind the anglers. With plenty of colour in the water there was a good chance of a cod or two being caught. After a slow start the whiting eventually came on the feed but it was patchy with some finding fish and others struggling. Barrie Senior found the fish and his catch of 48 whiting and a dab won him the match with 639 fish points. Second place went to Paul Drake with 346 points from his catch of 29 whiting. Chris Leonard took the third spot with 24 whiting for 315 points. Only one small codling was caught and this was by new member Graham Nash
Braintree Sea Angling Club’s latest match fishing for the Braintree and Witham Times Cup was transferred from Orford to Aldeburgh due to weather concerns. Fishing was on and off throughout the match with the larger fish being caught after high tide when the current was at its strongest the best being a dogfish of 51 cm caught by Alan Porter. At the end of the match there was a run of smaller fish.
Paul Drake had another win with his catch of 45 whiting, 3 pout and a dab for 587 fish points. This latest win extends Pauls lead by 19 match points from his nearest rival Robin Joy. Robin took second place in the match with his total of 321 fish points from 24 whiting, I pout and a sole.
Third place went to Colin Crocker with 20 whiting for 254 fish points.
Braintree Sea Angling Club members returned to Aldeburgh to fish the second leg of the Mick Allen shield. The rain stopped just as the anglers arrived at the beach and the wind though strong had had gone more westerly so casting was easier than anticipated. Fish were caught regularly throughout the evening mainly whiting with some dabs and dogfish amongst them the only cod being caught by Robin Joy. At the end of the session Barrie Senior took the match with 772 fish points from his catch of 44 whiting, 7 dabs, 2 dogfish and a rockling. Paul Drake, winner of the first leg, was in second place with 50 whiting and a pout for 600 fish points. Third place went to Chris Leonard with 575 fish points from 33 whiting, 6 dabs and a dogfish. Over the two legs Paul’s total of 18 match points just edged out Barrie Senior by one point to take the cup. Third place over the two matches was Chris Leonard with 15 points.