Gearing up for big showdowns
OCTOBER and November are very busy times for the sea match angler.
On the November 18 it is the big one – the Daiwa Open on the Yorkshire coast. This event attracts anglers from all over the country. It is extremely well-run.
The organisers will be hoping for good weather for a change. Recently the weather has not been too kind. This often puts many off in the Humber.
On the day before, it is the junior event – something which I commend the organisers for doing.
We have got to encourage as many youngster as we can to get into the sport. Unfortunately, you look around and you do not see that many having a go at any form of angling.
But what you do find is that anglers who in the past fished when they were younger have taken it up again and are keen as ever.
Tickets for the Daiwa matches are available from local tackle shops.
On the Norfolk coast, there are also a lot of open matches.
Last week, many top local stars travelled to the Orford Blind Open. Conditions were not ideal, with bright sunshine and clear water making the fishing hard. In fact the winner only had four fish. Many anglers’ rods laid motionless for the entire match.
At the end of November two teams from this area will be travelling down to Norfolk for the SAMF team of five event. George Smith’s team won the event last year and will be hoping for the same this time around.
They again have a strong team and will be one of the favourites.
One big match that will not go ahead next year is the Big Cod Boat Match, run by Humber Cruising Association. The club has decided that the tides are not suitable for the event next year. They have also not found a sponsor.