Seven members of Braintree Sea Angling Club braved the rain , sleet and strong winds to fish the last match of the year after Christmas on Walton pier. Fortunately the wind was off the land so there was some protection for the anglers. Fishing was slow until the tide turned with the occasional whiting and dab being caught. The wind dropped as the rain went out to sea and the tide turned and the whiting began to come of-n the feed providing most of the anglers with plenty of whiting for the last hour and a half. Paul Drake was victorious with 35 whiting and 3 dabs for 411 fish points winning him a bottle of whiskey. In second place was Robin Joy with 299 points from his catch of 22 whiting, 1 dab and a pout. Third spot went to Chris Leonard with 23 whiting and 269 points. The prize for the longest fish went to Barrie Senior a whiting of 34cm. Paul’s win consolidated his position at the top of the leader board as best match man over the year with 156 match points. Runner up was Chris Leonard with 98 match points closely followed by Robin Joy with 94 points.