Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport All The Week’s Action... - By Wes­ley Shrub­sole

With the warm sum­mer evenings now upon us, the beach an­gler can look for­ward to some af­ter-dark sport with catches of sole and bass. Both species are quite tough to find and you need to do your home­work to dis­cover the spots that are pro­duc­ing. Black lug for the soles and large baits – like whole squid or mack­erel – for the bass. Re­mem­ber you can now take one bass per day for your own use. Lo­cal an­gler Si­mon New­man found sport hec­tic in the Chan­nel off Dun­geness with tope to 30lb, con­ger eels and rays. The Folke­stone An­glers fished to club bound­aries with Andy Gainy tak­ing top rod with 10.360kg, that in­cluded a wrasse of more than 1kg. Ja­cob Gainy was sec­ond (2.780kg), with Mar­tyn Reid third (1.120kg). The Martin Wal­ters An­glers got among the smooth­hounds in their lat­est beach match. Danny Jago won with 7lb 8oz, that in­cluded a 3lb 12oz smoothie. Melvin Lee was sec­ond (4lb 12oz) and Paul Nor­ris third (3lb 12oz). The ju­nior open com­pe­ti­tion on the canal at Ladies Walk saw some ex­cel­lent catches from the un­der-16 an­glers. Win­ner with 23lb 7oz was Holly Evans and close be­hind Tom Broad­bridge with 18lb 12oz. Kia Dyer had to work harder for third spot with small roach and perch for 2lb 13oz. If you have had some good sport, let me know by an email to wes­leyshrub­sole@gmail. com. Tri Spirit pair Nick Whit­field and Greg Steel both had good rea­sons to be pleased af­ter tak­ing part in Iron­man Aus­tria. Whit­field just missed out on a per­sonal best but trimmed 10 min­utes of his best swim time, while Steel was pleased with his de­but over the dis­tance at Lake Wothersee. Whit­field fin­ished in 11hr 36min 56sec, Steel also go­ing well in the wa­ter with a time of 1:13.28, fol­lowed by a fast bike and strong run to fin­ish his in 12:28.45. Closer to home, Deb­bie Mil­ton and Sarah Peachey headed to Wales to take on two sec­tions of the Long Course Week­end in Tenby – a 2.4 mile and a 112 mile bike ride, with an al­ter­na­tive Wales Sportive over 45 miles. Both Peachey and Mil­ton did the swim – fin­ish­ing in 1:10.11 and 1:22.25 re­spec­tively, de­spite the at­ten­tions of a huge jel­ly­fish. Mil­ton took on the longer bike dis­tance as part of her prepa­ra­tion for Iron­man Wales in Septem­ber, which uses the same course, com­plet­ing the course in 7:16.07. Peachey opted for the shorter bike dis­tance, fin­ish­ing in 3:08.57.

Tom Broad­bridge with one of his catches

Si­mon New­man with a tope

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