Gear­ing up for big show­downs

Grimsby Telegraph - - Sport Round-up - By Tony Bur­man sport@grims­bytele­

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.

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