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Sunday 19th November 2017


Catch Report: Sunday, 19th March 2017 With the prolonged high pressure and settled weather which has caused calm seas this week, anglers have struggled to catch decent-size fish. With the sea clearing the fish have moved offshore and left the local Pier and beach anglers scratching for tiddlers.
Hyped up by the previous week's catches, Margate AC 15 members felt confident when they started their evening beach match at Walmer Gardens. Their enthusiasm waned when they were pulling-in pin whiting three at a time without any being sizable. At the end of the comp it could be seen that the lack of decent fish was apparent when only seven of the competitors weighed-in. The winner, Paul Davies, brought a dogfish and a whiting to the scales for 1 lb 10 oz. This was enough to beat Robert Phillips' dogfish at 1 lb 8 oz into second place and Keith Day's 1 lb 7 oz for third.
Even with the weather change at the weekend, the fish still did not want to cooperate in the Marines AC Prostate Cancer charity match. A dogfish and two pouting were enough for John Libby to win with 1 lb 11 oz. His dogfish was the only one caught and at 1 lb 7 oz was the heaviest fish. In second and third places were Bob Morris' 14 oz and Dave Alldis' 12 oz. The club raised a total of £120 for the worthy charity.
Officers of the Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority have been on patrol on Deal Pier of late. They are advising anglers of the legal size of fish that they can retain. If you see an officer, ask for one of their plastic stick-on measures and size limits they hand out free of charge.
The Deal and Walmer Angling Association are holding their AGM at the Deal Rowing Club on the 25th March at 7.30pm.
Current local sea temperatures: inshore (beach and Pier) 9.4°C, offshore (Downs) 9°C.
The clocks go forward at 01:00 on Sunday 26th March.
Catch Report: Saturday, 11th March 2017 With the knowledge that the rays were being caught from the Pier, the entrants of the latest Deal AC 1919 Pier and beach match were thwarted from fishing the productive venue. As the Pier closes at 6pm weekdays, it was left up to the anglers to fish the evening competition from the beaches. Some of the 12 competitors did go to the slipway in Sandwich Bay to try for a thornback ray in the rover comp; however, only one was caught. Steve Hackett fished Kingsdown beach and amassed a winning weight of 7.060 kg comprising 10 dogfish and bits. Fishing the same area, Graham King managed some dogs as well and came second with 6.670 kg. The 3.260 kg ray that succumbed to Robbie Taylor's bait gave him heaviest fish in the match, and with some dogs a total of 4.990 kg for third place. The heaviest flat-fish pool was shared between Steve Hackett and Graham King with dabs of 0.120 kg.
The rays are still showing in good numbers on the Pier and beaches throughout the area. In a mid-week session, Thanet angler Warren Hayes had a good day's sport by fishing the bottom deck of Deal Pier, landing three thornback rays of 3 kg, 3.700 kg and 4.420 kg. All of the rays came to large herring baits presented on Pennell pulley rigs. His largest fish is now on the fish-of-the-month leader board for the Pier's heaviest fish.
An open beach charity competition is being held on Sunday 19th March from 12pm till 5pm. The venue will be pegged in the groynes at north Deal and entries will be taken from 10:30 am at the shelter near the Coastguard station. The Marines AC are hosting the match for Prostate Cancer, and are raising funds for this worthy cause.
Current local sea temperatures: inshore (beach and Pier) 7.8°C, offshore (Downs) 8.6°C.