Big­ger fish are on the hori­zon

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

The week­end del­uge re­minded us that au­tumn is on the way with the prospects of big im­prove­ments in the sea an­gling in a mat­ter of weeks as summer slides into au­tumn, writes ALAN YATES. All those fish that have passed through our nar­row part of the English Chan­nel on their north­ern mi­gra­tions are about to re­turn and this usu­ally kick starts the best fish­ing of the year for Kent shore and boat an­glers. Get ready for the chance of a big bass among the codling and whit­ing, plus there is still the chance of a species sur­prise with smooth­hound, ray and tope for boat an­glers. Soon to be one of the top venues in the re­gion is Dun­geness although the lat­est com­pe­ti­tion fished there showed that dark­ness is the time to fish at present. As the light faded, Alex Veel found the fish, win­ning with five for 2lb 7.5oz. Sec­ond was Si­mon Lacey with 1lb 11oz and he in­cluded the event’s big­gest, a dog­fish of 1lb 6oz. Third was Martin Swin­yard with 1lb 6oz, fourth Gavin Smith with 1lb 2oz and fifth John Smith with 13oz. The Foun­tain sea an­glers fished their summer late night fix­ture as a rover at the week­end be­tween Folke­stone pier and Hythe boats, with most of the com­peti­tors opt­ing to fish the rocks, or rough ground in the clear sea con­di­tions. Win­ner was Michael Warne from Hythe who con­nected with three dog­fish and a pout­ing from a spot on Folke­stone beach near the Leas Lifts. Run­ner-up, John Wells, also from Hythe chose the Folke­stone end of the beaches, fish­ing near Mer­maid Point for four eels and a pout­ing. The Folke­stone sea an­glers fished their an­nual bar­beque event in Folke­stone War­ren and de­spite miss­ing the worst of the rain only a hand­ful of fish showed. Win­ner was Lee Heaver of Folke­stone with a school bass, dog­fish and pout­ing. Sec­ond was new Sec­re­tary, Rob Cow­drey with two dog­fish with Mar­tyn Reid of Folke­stone third with the best school bass of 700g. Fresh­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up in­clude an open event at Eureka Fish­ery, Ash­ford on Au­gust 30. It’s for the big­gest carp only, top three. En­try fee is £20 and the fish­ing times are 9.30am un­til 4.30pm. Pre-book by calling 07935 697961.

Pic­tures: Spidge Pho­tog­ra­phy

Tom Jackson

rid­ing Ado­nis III to a third place fin­ish in the BE 100 class at Chil­ham Horse Tri­als

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