Perry triumphs but Christmas competition is close call
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