Fam­ily suc­cess in open

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

Sun­day’s Folke­stone SAA Open saw 95 an­glers from all over the UK pegged through Seabrook and Hythe on the best Sun­day for weather for weeks. The area was packed with match an­glers, free­lance an­glers and the pub­lic out for a stroll. Match win­ner was Richard Yates, from St Mar­garet’s Bay. He landed 20 fish, in­clud­ing five dog­fish, plus dabs and whit­ing from peg 23 in the cen­tre of Princes Pa­rade for a weight of 5.270kg. He was fish­ing black lug­worm, tipped fish, on a flap­per rig at long range and caught most of his fish on the back of the tide as it ebbed, to win the £ 500 first plus nine points in the Na­tional Penn League. Sec­ond, just 50g adrift, was Richard’s fa­ther-in-law, Tim Fagg of Deal, who landed six dog­fish plus dabs for 5.220kg. In third place was Wor­thing’s Colin Carey with 4.800kg, while the big­gest fish pool went to Kevin Scott of Deal for a rare codling of 1.200kg. Sev­eral thorn­back rays re­ported from Deal pier and Sand­wich Bay have raised the ques­tion: Are they early spring or late au­tumn? The ray sea­son is usu­ally spring and sum­mer but in re­cent years, the pop­u­la­tion around the Good­win Sands off Deal has ex­panded and it looks like rays are now an all-year around species – which is good news. Fresh­wa­ter club re­sults in­clude the lat­est Cinque Ports Angling So­ci­ety event which was fished in the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal at Ladyswalk Hythe. Win­ner was Gra­ham Clif­ford with 2.850kg. Catches in­cluded a cou­ple of tench and some de­cent skim­mer bream plus eels. Sec­ond was Dave Cos­grove with 2.30kg and third Paul Mus­son with 2.040kg. The most un­usual catch was a trout net­ted by Neil West from peg one at Twiss Bridge. Large open beach com­pe­ti­tions are pop­u­lar at this time of year with Seabrook and Hythe pop­u­lar venues. Com­ing up next is the Foun­tain Open on Fe­bru­ary 2. Top prize is £1,000 with en­tries lim­ited to 200. For more de­tails ring 01303 260875.

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