The latest results from Britain’s biggest event for shore match anglers
ALDEBURGH ‘BLIND’ OPEN
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 135 anglers
In his first match, Craig Wallis won this annual event with four fish for 1-9-8 from peg 8.
Second went to Rick Bennett on page 6 with two fish for 1-1-8, while third was shared between Louie Smith on peg 54 with three fish and Austin Adams at peg 77 with one fish, both for 0-13-0.
■ Result: 1 Craig Wallis, Suffolk, 4 fish, 1-9-8 (13pts); 2 Rick Bennett, Ipswich, 2, 1-1-8 (12); Jt 3 Louie Smith, Dover, 3 & Austin Adams, Ipswich, 1 (the heaviest fish), both 0-13-8 (both 11). Zone –
Ian Reynolds, South Benfleet, 1, 0-7-0 (4).
PENN PLUS BARRY FESTIVAL
Cold Knap & Porthkerry, Vale of Glamorgan, 110 anglers
Top spot went to John Bray, of Barry, with two conger eels for 11.82kg, with runner-up Paul Crook finishing on 10.01kg, consisting of three congers and a pouting.
The match incorporated the 2017/18 Garry Evans Seamaster Final.
■ Result: 1 John Bray, Barry, 2 fish, 11.82kg (11pts); 2 Paul Crook, Barry, 4, 10.01kg (10); 3 Dean Curtis, Cardiff, 3, 6.25kg (9); 4 Chris Read, Cardiff, 3, 6.11kg (8); 5 Richard Potts, Tylerstown, 2, 6.04kg (7); 6 Karl Thompson, Barry, 4, 5.58kg (6); 7 Cyril Cross, Cardiff, 4, 5.18kg (5);
8 Chris Stephens, Porthcawl, 4, 5.00kg (4); 9 Dave Richards, Cardiff, 5, 4.21kg (3); 10 Steve Roberts, Cardiff, 3, 3.82kg (2). Pool – Ray Christofarato, Barry, 0.39kg pouting (3).
BLACKDOWN SAC OPEN
Blue Anchor to Minehead, Somerset, 81 anglers
Two conger eels and a thornback ray for 227 points secured victory for Clevedon angler Stuart Withyman.
Runner-up Dave Lane, of Weymouth, caught a conger and a dogfish for 226 points, while third-placed Dan Palmer had two conger eels for 167.
■ Result: 1 Stuart Withyman, Clevedon, 227pts (8pts); 2 Dave Lane, Weymouth, 226, also biggest fish, 140pts conger (7); 3 Dan Palmer, Weston Outcasts, 167 (6).
DAVID GUY MEMORIAL SEAHAM OPEN
Hendon to Deneholme pipe, Horden
Warm conditions and a flat and clear sea produced tough conditions for cod fishing, but Steve Williams caught a 5lb 13oz fish to win the match and go top of the Penn Sea League Premier Division.
Steve, who won this year’s Penn final at Bossington, scooped a £1,000 prize for victory in this popular annual event.
What a day for 10-year-old Keane Greenhow, second with a 5lb codling. He won the heaviest bag with 6-12-8, and was the top junior for the second year running. He was fishing at the north pier, where he fished Bluey and mussel baits.
■ Result: 1 Steve Williams, Jarrow, 5-3-0 codling (30pts); 2 Keane Greenhow, Sunderland, 5-0-0 codling, also heaviest bag 6-12-8 (29); 3 Mike Vasey, Whitby, 4-13-0 (28).
FRANK OLDHAM MEMORIAL
Amble to Tynemouth, Northumberland, 107 anglers
Eleven cod for 20-13-0 at Cambois secured first place for Geoff King, of Burradon.
Second was Jade Nickleson, of Newbiggin, who fished at Hauxley and caught seven for 20-10-0. Filling third was Steve Harper, of Tynemouth, who caught seven for 14-2-0 at West Bay.
■ Result: 1 Geoff King, Burradon, 11 cod, 20-13-0 (13pts); 2 Jade Nickleson, Newbiggin, 7 cod, 20-10-0, also heaviest fish, 4-12-0 (12); 3 Steve Harper, Tynemouth, 7 cod, 14-2-0 (11).
HASTINGS & ST LEONARDS AA TWO-DAY FESTIVAL
Hastings, East Sussex, 86 anglers
Decided on the best weight during either of the two days, the winner was Tom Wells with 17 fish for 10-0-0 from peg 7 in the harbour section (zone A).
The following day, the same peg produced the winner again when
Mick Snelling caught eight fish for 6-7-0.
Heaviest fish of the two days was a 2lb 4oz bass for Gary Medler, who was fishing the New Church section.
Second on day 1 was Keith Erridge with 8-1-0 and second on day 2 was Steve Swann with 11 fish for 6-1-0.
Large numbers of fish, mostly dogfish, bass, flatfish and several small congers, were caught, but there were lots of undersize whiting. A good number of Dover soles were caught too, particularly in the harbour section.
■ Result: 1 Tom Wells, Deal, 10-0-0 (8pts); 2 Joe Croxan, 7-12-0 (7);
3 Julian French, 7-11-0 (6). Heaviest fish – Gary Medlar, Martham, 2-5-0 bass (3). Zones (points based on daily entry) –Jason Carter, 8 fish, 5-13-0 & Steve Swann, 14, 5-9-6; Mick Snelling, Selsey, 6-7-0, Ian Hopper, Eastbourne, 12, 5-12-0 (all 1pt).
Craster to Tynemouth, 165 anglers
Five codling for 13-10-0 caught from Seaton Sluice secured top spot for Steve Coverdale, of Darlington.
Close behind was Penn Sea League final winner Steve Williams, of Jarrow, with four codling for 12-0-0, with Paul Lee, of Hartlepool, finishing third with three codling for 10-2-0.
Heaviest fish was a 7lb 3oz cod for Ian Greenacre, of Blyth, who fished at the Doctor’s House at Howick.
■ Result: 1 Steve Coverdale, Darlington, 5 cod, 13-10-0 (16pts); 2 Steve Williams, Jarrow, 4, 12-0-0 (15); 3 Paul Lee, Hartlepool, 3, 10-2-0 (14). Heaviest fish – Ian Greenacre, Blyth, 7-3-0 (6).
ROVEX & WEYMOUTH ANGLING CENTRE CHESIL BEACH COD OPEN
Abbotsbury, Dorset, 156 anglers
Light winds and clear water were not ideal for cod fishing, but there were 10 caught, along with plaice, whiting and dogfish.
Winner of the £1,000 heaviest bag prize was Till Hall, of Bath, with three codling for 4-15-0. The heaviest fish prize of £500 went to Ben Arnold with a 4lb 8oz codling. Ben was third overall behind Garry Young with 4-10-0.
■ Result: 1 Till Hall, Bath, 4-15-0 (15pts); 2 Garry Young, Southampton, 4-10-0 (14); 3 Ben Arnold, Worthing, 4-8-0 (13).
THE JOHN STEPHENSON MEMORIAL OPEN
River Tyne to River Wear, Tyne & Wear, 123 anglers
The first prize of £600 for the heaviest roundfish in this Cleadon SAC event went to Darren Browne with a 5lb 13oz (2.682kg) codling caught at Marsden.
Second place went to Paul Rogers with a 4lb 8oz (2.106kg) codling. Third was Lee Jackson with a 4lb 4oz (2.022kg) codling, and he also had the heaviest bag weight with five fish for 11-0-0 (5.084kg). A total of 32 anglers returned to the scales.
■ Result: 1 Darren Browne, South Shields, 5-13-0 (12pts); 2 Paul Rogers, South Shields, 4-8-0 (11); 3 Lee Jackson, Cleadon, 4-4-0 & heaviest bag, 11-0-0 (10).