Shingle Street was the venue for Braintree Sea Angling Club’s latest match. Fishing an hour of the flood and the rest of the match on the ebb in sunshine and showers whiting were again the main fish caught. Chris Leonard took first place with 534 fish points from his catch of whiting, rockling, dab and a sole of 34cm. Second place went to Robin Joy with 388 points and Paul Drake 347 points for third spot.
Braintree Sea Angling Club’s final charter boat match of the year was fished out of West Mersea on Chris Mole’s Enterprise. Due to strong south westerly winds the match took place in the estuary where plenty of shelter could be found. Plenty of whiting were caught with some good size fish in amongst the small ones but no codling or thornbacks which had been expected. It was a close contest but with half an hour to go it was a battle between Paul Hart and Barrie Senior. Paul caught a dab which gave him extra species points to put him in the lead Barrie fought back with a double shot of sizeable whiting followed by two more but at lines up he was still one point short. Paul won the day with 16 whiting, 1 dogfish and a dab for 56 points. Barrie had 20 whiting and a dab for 55 points. Third place went to Chris Bull with 42 points from his catch of 15 whiting and a pout. However, Barrie’s second place was enough to put him top spot over the series of boat matches and win the Bolduc Cup with Chris Leonard the runner-up two points behind.
Braintree Sea Angling Club met at Aldeburgh in rain and strong winds to fish the second leg of the Mick Allen Shield. The adverse weather conditions did not put off the fish and plenty of whiting were landed. Fishing with lug, rag and squid baits Paul Drake won the match with 1002 fish points from his catch of 82 whiting, 1 dab and a rockling. In second spot despite not fishing the last hour was Chris Leonard with 38 whiting and 3 dabs for 518 points. Graham Nash was third with 487 points 41 whiting and a dab. Chris Leonard wins the Shield having 18 match points from the two legs. Graham Nash was the runner up with 15 points.