Warne leads way with su­perb ray


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

MICHAEL WARNE of Hythe landed one of the best thorn­back ray ever from the Kent shore, dur­ing a trip to Sandwich Bay.

It weighed 11lb 15oz and was caught on a wrap of frozen Bluey fished on a 4/0 hook and up and over pul­ley rig an hour af­ter high wa­ter.

The spec­i­men size for thorn­back ray – they used to be rare from the beach in Kent – is just 8lb, which gives some sense of the qual­ity of Warne’s fish.

Sea an­gling club re­sults are limited to the Folke­stone SAA beach rover.

Win­ner was Matt Perry of Folke­stone with 6.290kg which in­cluded dog­fish, whit­ing, pout­ing and dabs.

Sec­ond was Ray Coyne of Folke­stone with 4.950kg and third, Mick How­land with 1.380kg.

The next FSAA event is at the War­ren on Mon­day, May 24, meet­ing at top gate at 5.45pm.

Dun­geness AA are to hold their Sole Open com­pe­ti­tion, on Satur­day, Septem­ber 4 at Dun­geness. Fish­ing is from 6-10pm.

The event will in­clude a bar­be­cue and the match is in aid of the MS So­ci­ety, with the club rais­ing funds for Martlets Hospice.

In­for­ma­tion about book­ing can be ob­tained from 07525271063.

A 27lb mir­ror carp was landed by Hythe an­gler, James Pearce from the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal in the town.

Pearce had spot­ted some big carp feed­ing in the mar­gins near the Stade Street bridge and so pre­baited over night and landed his spec­i­men at 5.30am the next morn­ing.

The bait was a home made boilies with a pop up and PVA bag full of crushed boilies.

The fish is a per­sonal best for Pearce and re­veals the size of some of the carp that are in the canal. Re­ports of a 34lb fish were also ru­moured last week.

Other coarse news in­cludes the re­sult of the lat­est Folke­stone & Shep­way AC com­pe­ti­tion fished at Rad­nor Park.

The Thurs­day com­pe­ti­tion was won by Pete Joiner of Lyminge with 60lb. The Sun­day match went to Stu­art Joy of El­ham with 45lb, sec­ond was my­self with 38lb and third Andy Lewis of Den­sole with 37lb. The ju­nior win­ner was Thomas Barry with 3lb 12oz.

EIGHT an­glers were caught fish­ing with­out a na­tional rod li­cence at Rad­nor Park Lake, Folke­stone over the re­cent Bank Hol­i­day. An­glers are re­minded it is an of­fence to fish any­where in fresh­wa­ter with­out a rod li­cence.

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