Warne leads way with superb ray
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.