Big cod catches as more boats take ad­van­tage of calm weather

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

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: alanky­ates@aol.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.

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