We still have the annoying ‘May water’ with us on the local beaches, This algal bloom puts the fish offshore and I don’t blame them! The last trip for me produced only ‘washing lines’ of the stuff on every cast. If you drop close, it is there as well. This was proved by the latest competition at Galloways where Simon Newman had one ray for a convincing win with 3.650kg. Lots of blanks and we all can’t wait for this ‘plague’ to go! Down at the Radnor Park pond in Folkestone, match secretary Steve Cummings had a red letter day at the first competition of the new season with a mighty catch of 129lb. This is a day ticket water but please read the sign for prohibited baits and take your litter home as this will deter vermin. Sandgate is showing a few fish over high water with dabs, flounder and dogfish. The seniors and disabled pegs on Dover’s Admiralty pier are producing a varied selection of fish including doggies, bass and wrasse. The latest open competition at Sandwich Fisheries was won by Lyminge’s Pete Joiner. He had an all-carp net of 23lb on the method feeder.