Samphire Hoe made up of the spoil from the Chanel Tunnel excavations was the site for Braintree Sea Angling club members latest match. Fishing from the sea wall in to a calm sea wrasse were soon being caught from the rocks most didn’t make the minimum size limit but over the day a number did make the grade. At the end of the match Barrie Senior had winkled out 17 sizeable wrasse and 2 pout for 222 fish points to take first place. In second place was Chris Leonard who had 139 points from his catch of 10 wrasse. Paul Drake had 9 wrasse for 103 points and third spot.
Seven Braintree Sea Angling Club members boarded the charter boat Enterprise at West Mersea for their first boat match of the year in misty conditions. Skipper Chris Mole navigated through the mist and anchored at a mark somewhere near the wind farm. The fish were feeding from the start with Paul Hart catching the first thornback ray within 10 minutes. A gradual trickle of whiting, rays and dogfish were caught throughout the day, although a lot of the whiting failed to make the minimum size limit. It was close match with Paul and Alan Porter vying for the lead for most of the day. At the close of play it was Paul who took the honours with 6 thornbacks, 5 dogfish and 3 whiting. Alan came second with 6 thornbacks, 3 dogfish and 2 whiting. Third spot went to Chris Bull with 6 thornbacks and 4 whiting. Barrie Senior had the largest fish with his 59cm thornback.