Mack­erel shoals yet to ar­rive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - All The Week’s Action... - By Alan Yates

De­spite the re­cent calm, warm spell, the large shoals of mack­erel have not ap­peared this sum­mer but the Ad­mi­ralty pier, Folke­stone pier and Sam­phire Hoe re­main the best venues to catch the species.

Best time to catch them is first thing in the morn­ing or late in the evening around high tide and you can also try the smaller mack­erel lures like the Sabikis which will also catch her­rings, joey mack­erel and sandeels.

The beaches at Seabrook, Sandgate, Hythe and Dun­geness should im­prove in the com­ing weeks with the mack­erel shoals most likely to ap­pear when the high tide is around 8pm and 9pm when the light starts to fade.

Cinque Ports Angling So­ci­ety’s Ju­nior fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Paul Musson thanked the lo­cal tackle shops for sup­port­ing the event fished at Lady’s Walk on the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal at Hythe at the week­end.

Prizes were


by Den’s Tackle and Mick’s Tackle, both from Hythe, as well as Folke­stone Angling, Nick’s Tackle, Fat­fish, In­victa Angling, Angling Di­rect and sev­eral oth­ers.

Match win­ner was Ryan Ken­ni­son, of Maid­stone, with 990g. Sec­ond was Jamie Sur­ridge, of Hawkinge, with 670g, and third Holly Evans, of Folke­stone, with 540g.

Other fresh­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tions in­cluded the Folke­stone and Shep­way An­glers’ Peter Mead me­mo­rial float only event at Rad­nor Park.

Win­ner was my­self with 18lb 10z of carp and skim­mer bream caught on worm. Sec­ond was John Wil­liams, of Cheri­ton, with 14lb 10oz and third John J Wil­liams, also from Cheri­ton, who in­cluded the pool-win­ning best eel of 1lb 12oz in his 11lb 10oz.

Cot­ting­ton Lakes at Deal pro­duced a week’s best carp of 41lb for Deal’s Alan Webb from lake Pep­per. The carp took a float­ing dog bis­cuit and is a record from the sur­face at the com­plex.

Sea angling events were limited to the Dover SAA’s Satur­day se­ries com­pe­ti­tion fished from Dover break­wa­ter.

Win­ner there was Lloyd Page, of Sheer­ness, with 9.120kg which in­cluded a best smooth­hound of 1.200kg. Sec­ond was Alan Un­der­down, of Tanker­ton, with 6kg and third Deal’s Saul Page with 5.50kg.

This week­end sev­eral Kent sea an­glers have qual­i­fied to fish the Penn spon­sored National League Fi­nal at Mil­ford Shin­gle Bank on Hamp­shire.

They in­clude Mar­tyn Reid, of Folke­stone and Dover’s Nathan El­liott. All fin­ished in the top 30 rank­ings for Great Bri­tain and Ire­land.

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