Bigger fish are on the horizon
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.
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