Wind of change


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

The re­cent gales are what sea an­glers have been wait­ing for, They will stir up the sea and im­prove sport on the lo­cal beaches at Seabrook, Hythe and Dun­geness, and it’s hoped, bring the codling closer. Be­fore the wind ar­rived, Hythe’s Barry Mal­colm, among oth­ers, re­ported thorn­back ray from the Hythe Marine Pa­rade, with fish of a 1lb up to 6lb. Small whit­ing and a few dog­fish have dom­i­nated catches, es­pe­cially af­ter dark. The com­pe­ti­tion re­sults usu­ally give a good guide to what’s around and the latest Mada­gas­car League com­pe­ti­tion, fished at Seabrook by 17 an­glers, saw a top weight of 11lb 7oz for Stu­art Joy, of Ash­ford, who landed 15 fish in­clud­ing dog­fish and whit­ing. Sec­ond was Dave Wood Brig­nall, of St Mary’s Bay, with 8lb 11oz. Deal’s Saul Page was third with 8lb 6oz. The big­gest fish was a codling for Can­ter­bury’s Mike Cox weigh­ing 4lb 6oz. The Foun­tain sea an­glers fished the beaches be­tween Folke­stone to Hythe and the win­ner there was Gary Chantler with 2.090kg, mostly whit­ing. Sec­ond was Martin Swin­yard with 2.002kg and third Her­bie Tyler with 1.492kg. The South­ern Cir­cuit Sea An­glers fished at Gal­loways east of Dun­geness and they landed codling, ray and whit­ing. Match­win­ner was Keith John­son, of Med­way, with four fish in­clud­ing a 4lb 1oz ray for a to­tal weight of 5lb 3.5oz. Dave Sales, of Herne Bay, was sec­ond on 5lb 1oz. The latest Dun­geness SAA rover was won by Stu­art Joy with 13 fish for 11lb 11oz. Sec­ond was Nathan El­liott, of Dover, with 11lb 10oz and third Si­mon New­man, of Dun­geness, with 9lb 10oz in­clud­ing the event’s heav­i­est fish – a codling of 2lb 2oz. The Folke­stone SAA Vet­er­ans’ day match fished on Folke­stone pier was won by Mick How­land with 19lb 6oz of pout­ing and wrasse from along­side the wall of peg 16. I was sec­ond on 6lb 4oz from peg 5 and Her­bie Tyler third with 6lb 2oz, in­clud­ing a 2lb 1oz bass from peg 2.

Oc­to­ber 8, fish­ing 10am un­til 2pm; Novem­ber 9, 11am un­til 3pm; De­cem­ber 7, 10am un­til 3pm; and De­cem­ber 22, 10am un­til 2pm. All dates are sub­ject to the pier be­ing avail­able. Fresh­wa­ter re­sults in­clude the latest com­pe­ti­tion at Rad­nor Park where the Steve Back­shall quiver only me­mo­rial match was won by my­self with 42lb of mostly carp. The catch in­cluded the most species, at six. Sec­ond was Folke­stone’s Dave Dyer with 34lb 9oz and third John Wil­liams, of Cheri­ton, with 21lb 6oz.

Sea an­glers note that the Bri­tish Open Shore Cham­pi­onships take place at Deal on Sun­day, Novem­ber 1. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Saul Page on 07971172427. To book a peg, call Peter Owen at Folke­stone Angling on 01303 253881.

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