Boat Match – Out of West Mersea onboard Enterprise

Braintree Sea Angling Club members boarded charter boat Enterprise at West Mersea for the second of their Bolduc Cup matches.  The skipper Chris Mole took them out in search of bass and smoothhounds.  At the first mark the anglers were plagued with lots of weed forcing a move after half an hour.  Fishing was slow with very few fish caught.  Paul Hart consolidated his lead from the first match with another win catching a last minute smoothhound to overtake Alan Porter and Barrie Senior who were in joint first place until then.  Paul had a further 2 smoothhounds, a whiting and a rare catch of a 23 ½lb stingray to win with 50 points.  Alan and Barrie shared 2nd  place with 45 points, Alan having 2 dogfish, 2 smoothhounds and a whiting and Barrie the only thornback ray and the only bass plus a smooothhound. Third spot went to Colin Crocker with 15 points.  Chris Bull was the only other angler to catch with a single dogfish.

23 ½lb stingray