Catches im­prove as storms at­tract fish in­shore

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

The re­cent storms have spilled lots of shell­fish and ma­rine life onto the lo­cal beaches in re­cent weeks and the fish­ing has been good in terms of num­bers of fish, writes ALAN YATES. Ra­zor fish, cock­les, but­ter­fish shells, crabs, worms and large gaper clams at­tract the fish in­shore to feed and sea an­glers flock to the re­gion to fish and pick up the shells for bait. Seabrook, Hythe and Dun­geness shores are es­pe­cially good for sea angling at this time of year be­cause of the storms and the nat­u­ral food the seas dis­lodge. Free­lance re­sults from around the re­gion in­clude two thorn­back rays, with the best at 8lb, from Deal pier at the weekend. The lat­est club shore angling re­sults in­clude the South­ern Cir­cuit sea an­glers from Maid­stone who fished Princes Pa­rade at Seabrook. Re­sults were slow as the tide came in with most of the 15 com­peti­tors catch­ing later at high tide. Win­ner was Paul Jar­rett, of Maid­stone, and he landed 26 fish, mainly dabs for 8lb 2oz. Sec­ond­placed Cal­lum Bren­nan in­cluded the big­gest fish, a dog­fish of 1lb 15oz in his to­tal of 6lb 8oz, and third was Alan Jar­rett with 5lb 6oz. At the Foun­tain Sea An­glers’ first event of the year, fished at Dun­geness, the sea was rough and full of weed, mak­ing it tough go­ing. Win­ner was Michael Warne, of Hythe, with a cou­ple of dabs and John Wells, of Hythe, was sec­ond with a whit­ing and dab. The rest of the en­try caught rock­ling or noth­ing. The lat­est Dun­geness Sea An­glers’ com­pe­ti­tion at Dun­geness in day­light saw a slight im­prove­ment over the Foun­tain’s event with dabs, whit­ing and dog­fish. Win­ner was Cal­lum Bren­nan with 4lb 6oz with a bonus dog­fish of 1lb 9oz giv­ing him the edge over sec­ond-placed Dave Wood Big­nall on 2lb 10oz, and Nathan El­liott, of Dover, who was third with 2lb 3oz. Open sea angling com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up in­clude the Folke­stone SAA Open on Sun­day at Seabrook and Hythe. Fish­ing is from 11am un­til 4pm with com­peti­tors pegged be­tween Sea Point and the Fish­er­mans Beach. Book in at the Foun­tain Inn. More de­tails from Peter Owen on 01303 253881. Other fixtures com­ing up in­clude the Folke­stone SAA Se­niors com­pe­ti­tions on Folke­stone pier on Jan­uary with fish­ing from 10am un­til 2pm. Meet at the pier el­bow at 9am for the walk-off draw. Big open com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up in­clude the pop­u­lar Foun­tain Open on Fe­bru­ary 2. Top prize is £1,000 with en­tries lim­ited to 200, so don’t leave it too late to book in be­cause the event usu­ally fills quickly. For more de­tails ring 01303 260875. On Fe­bru­ary 9, Dun­geness Sea An­glers host their World Dab Cham­pi­onships and that is al­ways proves a pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion. It’s a rover around Dun­geness with only dabs count­ing.

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