Life’s tough on the lake

Angling

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Wes­ley Shrub­sole

The fish in the nor­mally pro­lific “scrog­gins” lake were pre­oc­cu­pied with spawn­ing and this made the match against Cinque Ports tough go­ing for the home side, Wantsum AA. Top rod and first place went to Cinque Ports an­gler Graham Clif­ford with an all-carp net of 29lbs 4oz. Lou Page (Wantsum) was sec­ond with 27lbs 2oz and Pete Joiner (Wantsum) third with 24lbs 12oz. Wantsum take a points lead into the next match, which will be fished on Hythe canal later in the year. Seabrook Sea An­glers lat­est results showed Paul Gun­nar as top rod with 12lbs 7oz that in­cluded a near-5lb thorn­back ray. Sec­ond was Cliff Sharp (4lbs 6oz). The next match is to­day (Wed­nes­day) from 7-10.30pm. Book-in at Mick’s Tackle be­tween 6-6.30pm. The Mada­gas­car League has thrown up some good weights for the 14 an­glers who fished with thorn­back rays show­ing in num­ber. First place went to Dave Wood-Brig­nall with 17lbs 9oz and Nathan El­liot was sec­ond with 16lbs 3oz. Third, with 13lbs 8oz which in­cluded a crack­ing 9lb ray, was Mark Howard. The lat­est win­ner of the Martin Wal­ters sea com­pe­ti­tion was Danny Jago with dog­gies and pout­ing for 10lbs 6oz. Also on a free­lance ses­sion on Folke­stone beach, Melvin Lee caught a 4lbs 3oz starry smooth­hound. This rocky venue al­ways throws up a sur­prise. At this time of the year, many sea an­glers will be go­ing to sea in lit­tle boats. Now the kayak is af­ford­able and of­fers some dis­tance from shore when the fish­ing gets tough. But re­mem­ber that you need to take care and al­ways have a life preserver with you (not just to sit on!). Also, al­ways tell a friend or fam­ily member where you are go­ing from and an ap­prox­i­mate re­turn time. This will help if you have any prob­lems and may save your life. If you have any news or sto­ries, con­tact me on wes­leyshrub­sole@gmail. com.

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