ANGLING: BIG BASS ARE START­ING TO SHOW, WRITES ALAN YATES

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Sev­eral big bass have been landed in the re­gion this week and that is a sure sign of au­tumn as the species move south through the English Chan­nel into the At­lantic. An in­crease in species is also a sign that the sea­son is chang­ing as the sum­mer species and win­ter species cross over and dur­ing the next month or so, apart from the im­proved bass fish­ing, there is a good chance of a rare species. The best bass re­ported this week came from an in­shore boat mark of Sandgate and was landed by Brabourne an­gler Keith Chan­dler while he was feather­ing for mack­erel. It weighed in at 10lb. Sev­eral other bass have been landed with a 9lber re­ported from the tur­ret area of the first sec­tion of the Ad­mi­ralty pier at Dover. The club even­ing sea angling com­pe­ti­tion re­sults in­clude Martin Wal­ters SAC, who like oth­ers, have had to switch their pier com­pe­ti­tions to the beaches since the clo­sure of Folke­stone pier – which might not re­open un­til Oc­to­ber. Win­ner of the event was Thomas Judge, of Folke­stone, with a codling and dog­fish catch of 5lb 4oz. Sec­ond was Phil Tanner with 3lb 12oz and third was Melvin Lee with 3lb 8oz. The Folke­stone sea an­glers switched their pier event to West Pa­rade at Hythe and the win­ner there, again in­clud­ing a codling, was Lee Heaver with 1.680kg. Sec­ond was Ray Coyne and he in­cluded two soles, the best 550 grams for 1.1170kg and third was John Wells, of Hythe, with two whit­ing and a rock­ling for 400g. The heav­i­est fish was Lee Heaver’s codling which at 400 grams is about the av­er­age size of those be­ing landed and not 3lb as some an­gler keep telling us! The Foun­tain SAC fished their lat­est com­pe­ti­tion all day at Sam­phire Hoe where de­spite calm con­di­tions, catches were poor. Win­ner was John Wells with three pout­ing and a wrasse for 2lb 3oz ahead of Her­bie Tyle on 1lb 13oz and Ray Smith with 1lb 9oz. Fresh­wa­ter re­sults in­clude the lat­est com­pe­ti­tion at Rad­nor Park where the lower temperatures slowed the carp ac­tion with lots of the com­peti­tors strug­gling for bites. Win­ner was Stu­art Joy of Ash­ford with 32lb 14 oz from peg 13. Sec­ond was Alan Yates on peg 19 for 18lb 12oz and third Mick Mil­ton on peg 13 for 15lb 7oz. The pool for the big­gest gold­fish went to John Wil­liams snr of Cheri­ton and that weighed in at 1lb 6oz. At Cot­ting­ton Lakes, Dym­church an­gler Paul Mus­son banked a per­sonal best carp of 26lb 9oz from Lake Chris­tine. He fished three nights to­talling 330lb of carp with most fall­ing to the Cot­ting­ton’s own Red Bait boilies. Open fresh­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up in­clude an event at Eureka Fish­ery, Ash­ford, on Au­gust 30. Prizes are for the top three weights, with a spe­cial prize for the big­gest carp. En­try is £20 and fish­ing takes place between 9.30am-4.30pm. You can pre-book by call­ing 07935 697961.

Keith Chan­dler from Brabourne with his 10lb bass

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