Charter Match Report – April 2nd – Enterprise – West Mersea

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.