A shot in the arm for teams

as north nor­folk hosts many of the na­tion’s best an­glers, for once in­di­vid­ual glory takes a back seat

Sea Angler (UK) - - MATCH FISHING -

SAMF NA­TIONAL SEA LEAGUE FI­NAL, KELLING, SALTHOUSE, CLEY BEACHES, NOR­FOLK

Team match fish­ing is alive and kick­ing as demon­strated by a su­perb turnout at the Na­tional Sea League Fi­nal. Or­gan­ised by the Sea An­glers Match Fed­er­a­tion, the pres­ti­gious event is for qual­i­fy­ing sides from var­i­ous re­gional leagues and al­ways in­cludes many of the na­tion’s best shore match an­glers.

The big event, fished over two days with match sec­tions lo­cated at Kelling, Salthouse and Cley in North Nor­folk, had an im­pres­sive ros­ter of 33 teams of five. Lead­ing up to the event, weather con­di­tions weren’t ideal as a per­sis­tent east­erly gale bat­tered the shore­line. A strong wind and sweep­ing swell showed no signs of sub­sid­ing as the rough con­di­tions would sub­se­quently test the an­gling skills of the 165 com­peti­tors.

CRUNCH­ING WAVES

Overnight saw the gale grad­u­ally giv­ing way to a strong breeze, and an­glers were greeted by crunch­ing waves and very lit­tle colour in the water. Those fish­ing at Cley found the go­ing par­tic­u­larly tough.

Af­ter an hour, it was clear that the ex­pected whit­ing and bass were thin on the ground, so many set out their stall to tar­get dabs and floun­ders.

Tom Wells, in zone A and fish­ing for Christchurch An­gling, ran away with it as he recorded seven fish for 4lb 3oz. Se­cond was Phil Ge­orge (Garry Evans Match Team) with 12 fish for 2lb 15oz.

Third was Grimsby match­man Ge­orge Smith (Asso Any­fish Any­where) with eight fish to­talling 2lb 10oz.

Zone B, also at Cley, proved to be a real strug­gle for many. Sec­tion win­ner was Stephen Adams, fish­ing for Team Break­away. He man­aged just four floun­ders for 2lb 2oz. Just be­hind was Paul ‘Shakey’ Stevens (Prime An­gling), who caught six more fish, but the tiny dabs meant his weight was just 1lb 14oz. Third was lo­cal lad Henry Ran­dell (Big Catch Tackle)

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Team Break­away’s Richard Burt was se­cond in zone E

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