Winds stir cod into action


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified - by Alan Yates

THERE has not been much fresh­wa­ter action lo­cally, with many coarse an­glers hav­ing reached for their sea rods with all the cod around from the beaches.

A cou­ple of match re­sults show that it’s hard go­ing for fresh­wa­ter an­glers and the change­able cold winds haven’t helped.

At Nick­oll’s Lake at Pal­marsh, the lat­est event was fished on the Rail­way bank side which is al­ways the most pro­duc­tive in the win­ter.

Win­ner was Stu­art Joy of Ash­ford fish­ing from the Flag­pole.

He net­ted 14lb 14oz of skim­mers and roach on mag­got.

Lou Stone was sec­ond with 13lb 8oz and Dover’s Paul Watts (12lb 8oz) was third with 12lb 6oz.

The best of the carp action has been in the day­light with a 7lb carp for Chris Dewey.

Other match re­sults in­clude the Sand­wich coarse fish­ery’s Christ­mas open match on Vic­to­ria match lake. Win­ner there with a roach and bream net of 22lb was Trevor Baker.

Carl Baigent fished the feeder for carp and took sec­ond spot with five carp for 17lb.

Mean­while, at sea, it’s a bonanza of codling with some tremendous catches re­ported over the week­end af­ter a south east­erly gale ripped into the Kent coast and then faded away on Sun­day.

Some are call­ing it the per­fect storm be­cause it cer­tainly stirred the cod into action.

Catches in­cluded 50lb for Folke­stone an­gler Greg Dixon, with a best cod of 6lb 10oz, to win the Dover Christ­mas event fished on the south­ern break­wa­ter.

Dave An­drews was sec­ond with 45lb, with a best fish of 6lb.

At Dun­geness, Nathan El­liott of Dover won the King­fish­ers SAC event with 40lb 8oz and he in­cluded the best cod of 9lb 8oz.

At Deal, Si­mon Har­ri­son won the Deal 1919 Angling Club’s Christ­mas Fes­ti­val, 106 an­glers com­peted for 30 tur­keys.

He landed 10 codling from the Sandown groynes sec­tion for 9.480kg, fish­ing at range with yel­low­tail lug­worm and squid.

Sec­ond was Mick Davies of Deal with 8.111kg and third Gareth John with 7.290kg.

Sea club match re­sults have also been dom­i­nated by codling.

Michael Warne of Hythe won the lat­est Foun­tain Sea Angling Club event fished at Dun­geness with three codling for 6.780kg in­clud­ing a best of 3.660kg.

Warne also won Sun­day’s Foun­tain SAC mem­bers Christ­mas com­pe­ti­tion with three codling plus whit­ing for 3.330kg.

At the Seabrook AS match mid­week, I won with three codling plus whit­ing for 11lb with a best cod of 3lb 9oz from Sandgate.

In the Folke­stone event, Mick Tapsell of Folke­stone won with a big­gest codling of 760g, again from Sandgate.

Seabrook sea angling’s lat­est boat event saw two boats afloat be­tween the gales, win­ner with 76 fish points was John Smith in front of Dave Gray and Cliff Sharp.

There are some in­ter­est­ing sea com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up over the Christ­mas hol­i­day in­clud­ing the SAMF Cod Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 28 at Hythe Ranges from 9.30am un­til 3pm.

En­try fee is £25 all-in, with all the prizes based on catches of cod.

To re­serve a peg, con­tact Mick on 01303 266334.

The fol­low­ing day, Mon­day, De­cem­ber 29, the Dun­geness Sea An­glers host their cod only event.

Fish­ing is 10am un­til 2pm with a £10 en­try. De­tails may be ob­tained from Stephen Field on 07525 271063.

Fi­nally, on Jan­uary 3-4, the Folke­stone big fish fes­ti­val takes place from Folke­stone pier.

En­tries can be made by phon­ing 01303 220763.

Folke­stone’s Greg Dixon with his 12-cod catch which earned him victory in the Dover Christ­mas com­pe­ti­tion

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