Winds stir cod into action
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