Big cod catches as more boats take advantage of calm weather
WHILE shore results in recent weeks have been dismal, mainly due to the lack of wind and the clear sea, a bonus of the calm weather is that the boats all around the South East have been able to get afloat none stop and they are proving that there are still some big cod to be caught offshore. The latest Dymchurch Sea Anglers’ small boat competition was won by local Tim Knight with a best cod of 21lb 8oz. He also had one at 14lb and another at 11lb and was fishing from a Warrior 175 out in Hythe Bay. You can check out the Dymchurch club’s activities on their website: www.dymchurch-angling.co.uk On the Shepway beaches don’t hold your breath – even after dark it’s slow although the return of a south west air flow will improve things with more codling and the dogfish back. The Fountain Angling Club fished their latest beach event inside their club boundaries, that’s Folkestone to Hythe. Winner was Michael Warne of Hythe fishing at Princes Parade at Seabrook where he managed seven small fish for 875 grams. Second was Martin Wallington with 750 grams from Hythe and third Folkestone’s Barry Dilnutt with 640grams from Sandgate. Look out for the New Clubman competition that starts in Sea Angler magazine from May 1. It’s a national league for club match anglers and it is organised via the internet and by email. Lots of angling clubs throughout the country are entering all their competition fishing members as it puts your club championships in the spotlight and includes a team event. Entry forms are available in Sea Angler magazine or you can enter by emailing me with teams and anglers details: email@example.com Nickoll’s Leisure lakes at Palmarsh are waking up in the spring sunshine and with the water warming up the fish are starting to feed hard. Bill Postlethwaite of Ashford won the latest competition fished from Duck Island with 19lb of skimmer bream and roach. Second was Lee Talbot of Ashford with 13lb 15oz and third Vinnie Watts with 13lb 14oz. The latest Sunday event at the lake was won by Paul Watts of Dove with 30lb of skimmer bream. Second was Bill Postlethwaite with 25lb, third Frank Weeks of Ashford with 18lb 4oz. The next Folkestone and Shepway AC event at Radnor Park is a sweepstake organised by Cindy Richards on Sunday (March 15), draw at 9am. After that the Radnor Cup and Open is on March 29. Non members need to pre book on 01303 250017.