Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Alan Yates

Ex­cite­ment brews with in­creas­ing num­bers of codling show­ing from the night shore across south Kent. How­ever, the fish are lean and not as heavy as might be ex­pected from their months away in deep wa­ter. Re­sults from the club shore com­pe­ti­tions re­veal the size of the fish be­ing landed. At the Martin Wal­ters Sea An­glers beach event fished at Folke­stone, the win­ner was Melvin Lee, of Folke­stone, with 12lb 6oz and he in­cluded a codling of 2lb 3oz. Sec­ond was Ja­cob Cainey with 6lb 1oz and third Shaun Carey with 4lb 8oz. The Folke­stone Sea An­glers fished in the War­ren and there the big­gest codling fell to Dover’s John Smis­sen and that weighed 1.680kg. The win­ner was Ray Coyne, of Folke­stone, with 5.560kg. Run­ner-up was Mar­tyn Reid with 4.410kg and in third place Lee Heaver with 2.560kg. The Foun­tain Sea An­glers missed out on codling at Seabrook but young Adam Howard from Folke­stone, who re­cently re­ceived an Eng­land cap, won with the help of a bonus thorn­back ray of 2.612kg, giv­ing him a win­ning to­tal of 5.794kg, Sec­ond was his dad, Mark Howard, with 3.174kg and third Kevin Bowles, of Hythe, with 2.670kg. In the Dun­geness Sea An­glers’ Sole Open, only one sole was landed but thorn­back and codling were landed among the dog­fish and whit­ing. Their latest club com­pe­ti­tion was won by Nathan El­liott with 5lb 2oz.

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