Re­cent catches mark the ar­rival of codling

Angling

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

The re­sult of the latest Folke­stone SA com­pe­ti­tion should pro­vide some en­cour­age­ment for sea an­glers. Fish­ing from Folke­stone pier, Mick Tapsell landed one of the first of­fi­cially recorded and weighed codling of the au­tumn. The fish weighed in at 1.720kg (ap­prox 3lb 8oz), which is some­what less than the year-class ex­pected but like all the whit­ing in the English Chan­nel at present, the codling are a bit thin. Tapsell won the event with his codling plus three dog­fish and pout for 5.430kg. Sec­ond was John Wells, of Hythe, with 4.940kg and third Mar­tyn Reid, of Folke­stone, with 4.280kg. Paul Gun­ner landed the best flat­fish – a sole of 220g. Stay­ing with sole, which are usu­ally in­shore this month, the re­sult of the Dun­geness Sole match proved they are thin on the ground with just one landed. That was by Dave Fuller and weighed just 12oz. Sec­ond was Dar­ren Brooks with a 3lb 8oz thorn­back ray and third Ben Trudg­ill with a 2lb 0.5oz codling. Deal pier has also re­ported codling, with Brian Smith land­ing a 3lb 8oz fish that was in good con­di­tion. Other catches in­cluded the re­cent pier board win­ner which was a bass of 4.150kg for Don Halpin, of North­bourne. Fred Leach landed a cou­ple of smooth­hounds to 4lb on crab bait from the pier end, while a codling of 4lb was also re­ported from Walmer beach. Re­ports from the coarse fish­eries around the re­gion re­flect the ar­rival of au­tumn and a cooler morn­ing on Sun­day saw mixed re­sults from the lo­cal events with the fish start­ing to gather in shoals which is a sign of the im­pend­ing sea­son. Folke­stone’s Rus­sell Roberts won the latest Folke­stone & Shep­way AC match at Rad­nor Park, net­ting 67lb of carp. Sec­ond was Dave Dyer with 22lb 8oz and third was Tom Dale (19lb). At the latest Cinque Ports Angling So­ci­ety event fished in the small lake at Beach­bor­ough on the Lyminge road, the fish were harder to tempt, es­pe­cially the carp and the match was won by Grant Turner, of Hythe, with 5.810kg of mostly bream. Colin Dowsett and son Jason, of Folke­stone, fished at Char­lie’s Lake at Ash­ford mid­week and found the cat­fish feed­ing. Jason’s best was 15lb while dad Colin topped it with a 28lb spec­i­men.

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