ANGLING: FISH­ING WILL CON­TINUE WHILE SHIN­GLE IS RE­MOVED FROM DUN­GENESS, WRITES ALAN YATES

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Dun­geness Angling As­so­ci­a­tion have been no­ti­fied by Kent County Coun­cil that shin­gle is to be re­moved by EDF En­ergy and the EA from Dun­geness.

But they have re­quested that angling ac­cess is main­tained in the re­gion and on the shin­gle haul road and this co-op­er­a­tion was con­firmed by Tony Hills who at­tended the meet­ing con­cerned.

The sub­ject of shin­gle move­ment has been added to the agenda for the Dun­geness AA’s AGM, which will take place on Fri­day, March 21 at Heysham Hall, Tay­lor Road, Lydd from 7.30pm.

Best fish this week was caught by Folke­stone chef James Pearce, who cel­e­brated his birth­day with a 16lb cod while fish­ing aboard Folke­stone char­ter boat Por­tia. It is the big­gest cod re­ported from boat or shore for sev­eral weeks and took a small whit­ing.

This weekend the pop­u­lar Foun­tain Open com­pe­ti­tion takes place at Seabrook and Hythe and al­though the weather looks favourable for num­bers of fish, it could be tough find­ing them big enough to weigh in. Small whit­ing are a pest and they need to be 27cm to count, whereas most seem to be 26cm!

The long cast­ers should also find some dabs, big­ger whit­ing and dog­fish, while a short lob in the edge of the surf could make a few floun­ders or rock­ling valu­able be­cause the top prize is £1,000 and with pools, the win­ner could take home con­sid­er­ably more.

Fish­ing is from 10.30am un­til 3.30pm. Reg­is­ter at the Foun­tain Inn at the bot­tom of Horn Street from 7am. En­try fee is £15. Ring 01303 260875.

Club shore angling re­sults in­clude Seabrook Angling As­so­ci­a­tion’s Fagg Cup event at Seabrook, which was won by Paul Gun­ner with six fish for 5.40lb in­clud­ing dog­fish and dabs.

Sec­ond was Ron­nie Warne on 5lb and third Do­rian Par­tridge with 4.75lb which in­cluded the event’s big­gest fish, a dog­fish of 2.25lbs.

Gun­ner was also in form in the lat­est Dun­geness Angling event where he won with a dog­fish and a dab for 3lb 2oz.

Sec­ond was Steve Har­vey with 2lb 1oz and third Martin Swin­yard with 1lb 11oz. The fish are not giv­ing them­selves up and it’s tough go­ing with small lug­worm baits and small hooks the best tac­tic.

Fresh­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up in­clude a Help for He­roes char­ity event at Eureka Fish­eries, Ash­ford on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 23.

Both lakes are be­ing used. It’s pre-book so check out the Eureka Face­book page.

The next ma­jor sea angling com­pe­ti­tion is on Fe­bru­ary 9 when the Dun­geness Sea An­glers host their World Dab Cham­pi­onships which usu­ally proves a pop­u­lar event with more than 200 en­tries.

No pre-book­ing re­quired and it’s a rover be­tween the Pi­lot Inn and Gal­loways. Reg­is­tra­tion is at The Pi­lot Inn, Dun­geness from 7.30am on the day. Ring 01797 320017.

Pic­ture: Chris Davey FM3005808

Robin But­ler of Ash­ford and Dis­trict Road­run­ners was 23rd in the Can­ter­bury 10-mile road race on Sun­day af­ter clock­ing 1hr 3min 31sec

Matt Brit­ton

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