Bowles starts year by land­ing top prize

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The year started with the can­cel­la­tion of the Folke­stone Sea An­gler’s New Year’s Day event on Folke­stone pier be­cause of the storms. And for a time it looked as if the re­gion’s first big open con­test, The Folke­stone Angling Cen­tre Open, would also suf­fer at the hands of the weather. But on match day, a slight lull in the wind and rain al­lowed 78 com­peti­tors to line up along Princes Pa­rade and Ma­rine Pa­rade and com­pete for the £1,000 top prize. The good news was also that be­cause of the con­tin­u­ous rough weather, the fish are in­shore and feed­ing hard on the ma­rine life dashed and killed along the Shep­way shore­line. Small dabs, whit­ing, rock­ling and pout­ing made up the catches and it was Hythe an­gler Kevin Bowles who hooked the most – 37 fish for a weight of 5.400kg. Sec­ond was Mick Tapsell who also got among the dabs and whit­ing with 34 for 4.900kg, Mick also recorded the best round fish, a whit­ing of 400g worth some ex­tra pool money. Zone win­ner was Lloyd Page of Sheer­ness. Fresh­wa­ter re­sults in­clude a sur­prise weigh-in for the Cinque Ports An­glers fish­ing the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal at Hythe. They fished un­der the trees in the shel­tered sec­tion op­po­site the new Sains­bury’s and found the fish in res­i­dence de­spite the canal be­ing choco­late brown and “tow­ing” through. The canal is usu­ally still, with­out a flow but with all the flood wa­ter, it was run­ning. This turned the fish on with Neil West win­ning with 4.550kg of mainly bream. He was fish­ing mag­got over chopped worm and like many of the other com­peti­tors, also net­ted sil­ver eels. Sec­ond was Grant Turner of Hythe with 3.720kg and he in­cluded a larger slab bream. Third was Dave Cos­grove with 1.140kg. Catches around the town sec­tion of the canal at Hythe have im­proved in re­cent weeks be­cause of the ex­tra wa­ter with Ladies Walk pro­duc­ing five slab bream for a Maid­stone an­gler while best of the pike fell to lo­cal an­gler Mick Jones. Sea angling com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up in­clude the Folke­stone SAA Open on Sun­day, Jan­uary 19 at Seabrook and Hythe. Fish­ing is 11am un­til 4pm. Book-in at the Foun­tain Inn. More de­tails from Peter Owen on 01303 253881. Also the Foun­tain Sea An­glers’ first event of 2014 at Dun­geness is on Sun­day. An­glers have a beach event, zoned at West Pa­rade Hythe on Tues­day, fish­ing 7-11pm.

DRAWN OUT: Com­peti­tors who took part in Wye Ten­nis Club’s an­nual Amer­i­can tour­na­ment

RUN­NER-UP: Mick Tapsell – sec­ond in the Folke­stone Angling Cen­tre Open – caught the big­gest round fish, a whit­ing of 400g

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