Ex­treme heat hits catches

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

The ex­treme weather con­di­tions have been play­ing havoc with the fish­ing.

The sea fish are well off shore and in fresh­wa­ter, mixed up about spawn­ing.

In some lakes, the fish have spawned twice, or at odd times and that was the case at Pal­marsh fish­ery, Ni­cholls.

All the carp gath­ered up in the shal­lows in re­cent weeks and as ev­ery­one knows they get ex­tremely hun­gry af­ter spawn­ing and if you know the lo­ca­tion, that’s the place to cast a line.

Dym­church an­gler Martin My­land and Folke­stone’s Paul Goss found the right spot and landed 67 carp be­tween them, in­clud­ing two that topped the 30lb mark and with a best of 34lb 12oz. The fish were all caught on Ma­trix Pre­mier bait.

Fresh­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tion re­sults in­clude the Cinque Ports Angling So­ci­ety event fished on the tidal River Rother at Rye. Win­ner was Steve Ryan of Hythe with 4.65kg, sec­ond was a tie be­tween Lau­rie Web­ster and Neil West both of Hythe on 1.44kg.

Sea angling events have also hit the buf­fers with the fish­ing tail­ing off badly due to the hot, hu­mid and thun­dery con­di­tions.

The Folke­stone Sea Angling As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers found the go­ing tough from the Shep­way beaches, with dusk the time the fish started to feed with Sandgate the top spot. Win­ner was Martin Jenk­ins of Dover with a dog­fish to­tal of 2.280kg.

Oth­ers in the frame also landed fi­nal-hour dog­fish with Luke Hut­ton from Dover the run­ner-up with 2.020kg and Danny Jar­man third with 760grams.

The big­gest fish was a dog­fish of 910grams for Hut­ton and the best flat­fish a sole of 140grams for Mick How­land of Folke­stone.

The next Folke­stone SAA event is a pier com­pe­ti­tion and has been moved to Au­gust 9. Meet at the pier cafe from 6pm on­wards.

The Foun­tain’s Sea An­glers also found the fish­ing patchy from Sam­phire Hoe, al­though sev­eral good pol­lack were landed among pout­ing and dog­fish. Match win­ner was Ray Smith of Folke­stone with 2.860kg.

Sec­ond was Michael Warne of Hythe with 2.40kg and third John Wells of Hythe with 2.170kg.

The Dun­geness Angling As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion was fished at Gal­loways and proved a strug­gle for most, al­though win­ner Steve Harvey in­cluded a bass of 2lb 9oz in his 2lb

lat­est 14oz to­tal. Sec­ond was Jim McMur­ray of Folke­stone with 11oz and third John Smith of Ash­ford with 6oz.

This Satur­day there is an In­vi­ta­tion event at Che­quer Tree Fish­ery, near Ash­ford. Eng­land match in­ter­na­tional Grant Al­butt will be there to de­fend his record of 320lb in a five-hour com­pe­ti­tion.

Match an­glers from Maver UK and Brown­ing will also be fish­ing. Ev­ery­one is wel­come, with food and drinks avail­able all day.

If you have caught a big fish, won a match, fresh­wa­ter or sea, why not let us know about it. Con­tact Alan Yates on 01303 250017, 07790 132656 or email: alanky­ates@aol.com

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