Cod to be had if you’re hardy
BY ALAN YATES THERE have been mixed fortunes for anglers with the fluctuating temperatures and changing air pressure producing some on-off fishing for coarse anglers, while the strongest on shore gales are producing cod for those brave enough to fish in all weathers. Radnor Park Lake rallied in the latest Milton evening event fished in the dark with Stuart Joy of Ashford winning with 30lb of carp on maggot from the reed bed. Second was Darren Plummer of Cheriton with 13lb 14oz and third, Kevin Angus of Folkestone with 13lb 7oz. At the Nicholls Leisure lakes at Palmarsh, Paul Watts pulled out six big slab bream on the feeder for a winning weight of 21lb 12oz in the latest open competition. Carp catches at the water included a best of 19lb 12oz for regular Chris Dewey and five carp to 17lb 11oz for Hastings angler, Tony Clark. Other freshwater results around the region include a back to form victory for Deal matchman, Tim Fagg in the latest event at Cottington Lakes at Deal. Fishing in the Blean Open, Tim top scored in the Match Lake with 47.7kg (105lb). Second was Ian Ritchie of Canterbury with 36kg and third, Martin Waters of Deal with 34kg. Local club sea angling evening events saw fewer codling recorded despite the rough weather. Chris James of Ashford won the Ashford Sea Match Group event with 5.02 kg, including the heaviest fish, a cod of 2.62kg (5lb 12oz) he landed from Sandgate beach. Second was John Wigston of Ashford with 4.50 kg. Saul Page of Deal won the latest Dover Sea Angling Association event fished from Dover’s Admiralty pier in a gale with eight dogfish. John Wells of Saltwood topped the weights in the Fountain Inn Sea Anglers latest beach match with 6.130kg, mostly whiting from Sandgate beach. The Folkestone Sea Anglers Association fished their club event at Folkestone Warren. Winner was Phil Tanner of Harbour Tackle with a 680gram dogfish. Freelance catches around the region included a 12lb cod for Folkestone angler Chris Causer at Hythe. England’s young sea anglers put in a medal-winning performance in Spain during the CIPS World Junior and Youth shore angling Championships fished at Castellefels, south of Barcelona. The Fox-sponsored England Youth team took the silver medal behind Spain, with Dover’s Robbie Taylor producing the best individual finish, in eighth. Sandwich youngster Daniel Warman, 15, was fourth as the junior squad also finished runners-up behind Spain. Steven Rathbone (16) from Dorset collected individual gold. The big match this weekend is the Sheerness Steel’s Kent Classic on Sheppey.