Make the ideal con­di­tions count


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Alan Yates

THE good news about the strong south westerly winds is that they cre­ate the ideal con­di­tions along most of the coast and the fish have been climb­ing the rod tops, es­pe­cially cod, with lots of qual­ity catches re­ported. The Grand Pa­rade Open fished in hor­ren­dous weather saw world cham­pion Joe Arch from Wales top score with 8.9kg, thanks to two cod plus whit­ing from a peg at the dou­ble slip along Princes Pa­rade. Un­lucky in the event was Folke­stone’s Robert Har­wood-Brown, who landed a 4kg cod only to find it was on lost tackle. In the Sheer­ness Steel Kent Clas­sic Nor­folk an­gler Dave Read beat nearly 400 ri­vals with a sin­gle bass of 1.25kg to win £2,000-plus. Michael Warne of Hythe won the Foun­tain SAC beach match to­talling 5.63kg in­clud­ing two cod, the best weigh­ing 2.8kg. Stephen Field of Lydd fish­ing Dun­geness over low wa­ter re­ported two cod of 11lb 1oz plus two 5lb-plus, while Hythe an­gler Cieron Bull had one of 10lb. From the boats, Dave Robin­son of Whit­stable landed 20 cod aboard Fair Chance off Dun­geness with a best of 17lb. Al­though the wind has turned north and it is colder, the sea will set­tle and dark­ness may be the best time to fish from the beaches. The lat­est Seabrook SAA Christ­mas match was won by Salt­wood’s John Wells, who landed 22 fish in­clud­ing whit­ing and dog­fish from Twiss Groyne. In the Folke­stone SAA pier match, I topped the weights with 12 whit­ing on a stormy night for 2.93kg. The big­gest fish was a 1.08kg codling for Matt Perry. Rowan Lee of Folke­stone won the lat­est Martin Wal­ters SAC match fish­ing the Mer­maid rocks with 25 fish, mostly pout­ing and whit­ing, for 12lb 12oz. Coarse fish­ing has ground to a halt with the amount of cold wa­ter hit­ting the fisheries. The best bet is the com­mer­cial fisheries like Cot­ting­ton at Deal where Lake Pep­per con­tin­ues to turn out the odd big carp with the best a 31lb 10oz mir­ror for Lee De Garsten from Mar­gate.

IF YOU have caught a big fish or won a match fresh­wa­ter or sea, why not let us know about it? Con­tact Alan Yates on 01303 250017, 07868 260430 or e-mail alanky­

Stephen Field of Lydd with 11lb 1oz cod caught at Dun­geness

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