Perry tri­umphs but Christ­mas com­pe­ti­tion is close call

Angling

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - By Alan Yates

THIS year’s Folke­stone Sea Angling As­so­ci­a­tion Christ­mas com­pe­ti­tion proved a thriller, with three en­trants in the run­ning for the top prize. Alex Hayward from Folke­stone got off to an im­pres­sive start with a prime cod which tipped the scales at 2.820kg – a weight that ap­peared good enough to win the top ham­per – but then Folke­stone Tackle dealer Phil Tan­ner landed a smaller codling and, added to a num­ber of dabs and pout­ing, put him in con­tention. But Matt Perry, who, on his very last cast fish­ing peg 30 on the pier knuckle, bagged a cod of 2.850kg and with dog­fish, dabs and whit­ing took the main ham­per with a weight of 5.780kg. Sec­ond was Tan­ner with 5.140kg and Hayward com­pleted the top three with 4.610kg. Fourth was Mick Tapsell of Folke­stone with 4.160kg, fifth John Wells of Salt­wood with 3.930kg and sixth Pete Young of Folke­stone with 3.760kg. The win­ner of the big­gest flat­fish prize was Shaun Care, who fin­ished 11th with 2.240kg in­clud­ing his dab of 340g. At the Foun­tain Inn SAC Christ­mas match fished on Princes Pa­rade at Seabrook, the cod didn’t show but enough whit­ing and dabs ap­peared to make a match of it and it was Barry Dil­nutt of Folke­stone who took the main ham­per with 23 fish for 3.385kg. In sec­ond place was Phil Brown with 3.025kg for 30 fish and third was Chris Causer with 17 fish for 2.930kg. At the Ash­ford Sea Match Group’s event on Hythe Ranges, Dean Gra­ham of Ash­ford topped the weights with 6kg. Adam Berry was sec­ond with 4.13kg and John Wigston third with 3.46kg. The heav­i­est fish was a 1.94kg cod for Dean Gra­ham and the heav­i­est flat­fish a floun­der of 430g for Kevin Coul­trip of Ash­ford. The big­gest boat-caught fish re­ported around the re­gion was a 29lb cod landed by Colin Bishop, in his own boat Free­dom fish­ing out of Dym­church. Fresh­wa­ter events have been lim­ited with ice start­ing to re­strict the fish­ing but the Cinque Ports Angling So­ci­ety fished their Christ­mas match un­der the shel­ter of the trees in the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal be­tween the Light Rail­way and Red Lion Square at Hythe. Catches were light with the low tem­per­a­ture as Paul Musson of Dym­church took the hon­ours with 1.650kg – mostly tiny roach. Sec­ond was Don Copeland of Hythe with 940g and in third was Linda Good­win of Dym­church with 680g. Last week I re­ported that the Big Fish Open from Folke­stone pier will take place on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day. This is in­cor­rect. The event will, in fact, be held a day ear­lier on Sun­day De­cem­ber 27. To pre-book call 01303 250017. On New Year’s Eve, the Cod Cham­pi­onships take place on Hythe Ranges. Pre-book with Mick’s Tackle on 01303 266334.

Above: The win­ners from the Folke­stone Sea Angling As­so­ci­a­tion’s Christ­mas com­pe­ti­tion, from left: Phil Tan­ner, Alex Hayward and Matt Perry and, right, Colin Bishop with the 29lb cod he caught off his boat

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