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Sunday 19th November 2017

Catch Report: Sunday, 21st May 2017 There have been very few reports of fish being caught from the local beaches at the moment. May weed is affecting the fishing, although the north Kent coast is seeing plenty of large smooth-hounds to those lucky enough to have peeler crab as bait.
The Pier's fish-of-the-month board has been upgraded for the third time this month when Darenth Fishing Complex owner, Paul Davis, tried some salt water angling. Davis has been putting quite a bit of time on the Pier with great success with the thornback rays during the past couple of weeks. As reported last week he had as many as nine rays in an evening session; however, his latest catch is the heaviest ray so far which tipped the scales at 5.700 kg. His successful bait was a sand eel wrapped in bluey fillet.
Another group of anglers were singing the Pier's praises when they landed 12 bass, dogs and pouting from the lower deck. They also stated that their largest fish, a bass of around 10 lb, was lost at the net. Their bait was peeler crab and all the bass were returned to the sea unharmed, as is the law at the moment.
The Deal & Walmer Angling Association held an evening Pier match on Sunday which attracted an entry of 17. Fishing up to darkness saw the proverbial dogfish showing, although numbers were down due to the sea clearing of colour. The fishing was difficult and a third of the competitors failed to weigh in. Winner was Richard Yates who topped up his three fish with a double shot of dogs on his last cast. Yates' five dogs went 2.980 kg beating Steve Swan's five dogfish for 2.144 kg. In third place was Martin Jenkins with 1.800 kg and he also had the heaviest fish of the match, a dog at 0.720 kg. No flatfish having been caught, Tim Fagg's 0.700 kg dogfish took the second heaviest round fish award.
The seventh D&WAA members-only competition of the 2017 campaign is to be held at Sandown Castle on Sunday, 18th June (4pm to 8pm). Please remember that all competitors should be present at Sandown Castle no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled start time i.e. by 3:30pm.
The match leader-board is published here.
Current local sea temperatures: inshore (beach and Pier) 12.2°C, offshore (Downs) 12.9°C.
Catch Report: Sunday, 14th May 2017 So far this month, Deal Pier has continued to provide sport for the anglers with dogfish, smooth-hounds, rays and some fair size whiting. It was reported that one angler had 9 rays in an evening from the lower deck, north side, averaging 5 lb to 7 lb. Kev Gisby was the first to put his name on the Pier fish-of-the-month board with a thornback of 3.750 kg. A few days later, this was bettered by one of 5.050 kg caught by Swanley angler Brian Drury.
Dover specimen hunter, Brian Price, has found some cracking smooth-hounds from the Admiralty Pier in a daylight session from the outer wall. He landed a 'hound of 12 lb followed by a 14 lb 10 oz whopper being guided into the net. Brian's secret is that he uses hardback crabs instead of peelers, as they attract too many dogfish. Mounted on a 4/0 circle hook which allows minimal damage to the smooth-hound and easy un-hooking for a safe return. When returning these fish from a high wall, it is best to put them back into the drop net and then lower it back into the sea.
The Marines AC held their open, prostate cancer charity match in varied conditions along the beach at north Deal on Sunday. Showers, sunshine and a fresh south-west wind kept the sea coloured; although there was a bit of May weed over the high tide. However, the dogfish still showed with a few whiting and pouting. Winner was Kevin Gisby with seven dogs and a dab for 9 lb 12 oz. Second and third places went to Dave Alldis (8 lb 7 oz) and John Chidwick (6 lb 10 z). The heaviest fish was a dog of 1 lb 14 oz caught by John Libby. The club managed to raise a total of £133 for the prostate cancer charity through entries and raffle moneys.
The sixth of the D&WAA members-only 2017 competitions takes place at Deal Pier (promenade deck) on Sunday, 21st May (5pm to 9pm). Please remember that all competitors should be present at Deal Pier Approach no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled start time i.e. by 4:30pm.
For those who need an incentive, the match leader-board is published here
Current local sea temperatures: inshore (beach and Pier) 11.1°C, offshore (Downs) 11.8°C.