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Catch Report: Sunday, 4th December 2016 Whiting are so abundant at this time of year making it difficult for most beach and Pier anglers to have a 'blank' day's fishing. The profusion of these fish is put down to the lack of cod, which normally feeds on the whiting. These fish come inshore chasing the sprats and herring, although they will take most baits that are offered. Sometimes they are known as Channel whiting or pin whiting, which merely describes the fish's size, large or small, as there are no variations on species. The minimum take size is 27 cm and the larger fish make tasty eating when filleted and fried or grilled.
Owing to the strong north east winds of late the Marines AC decided to change the venue of their late night competition from the beach to the Pier. The members managed to fish without the surf and weed to contend with and the bonus of catching plenty of fish. Kevin Hadlow's 28 whiting and dogs for 6.580 kg beat Tony Libby's 26 at 4.940 kg. In third place was John Libby with a weight of 4.500 kg who just missed out on heaviest fish of the match, a dogfish of 0.740 kg landed by John Chidwick, by a few grams.
Southern Circuit AC held their beach match in Sandwich Bay with similar results, although it was a close run match for the top three places. Out of a good entry of 18 anglers, Philip Underdown's 34 fish for 12 lb 11 oz put him into first position. With only ounces behind, was Alan Jarrett's 12 lb 6 oz followed by Tony Taylor with 12 lb 1 oz. The heaviest fish of the comp was won by Ashley Brown with a dogfish of 1 lb 6 oz.
On the freshwater scene, father and son, Simon and Conner Snoding, decided to have a break from sea fishing and tried a day on Lake Alder in the Cottington Fishery. They both had personal bests with carp of 21 lb and 12 lb.
The Xmas match, for D&WAA members only, will be held at Horsa Road (groynes) (51.231428, 1.404148) on Sunday, 11th December (1pm to 5pm). Please remember that all competitors should be present at the Horsa Road (groynes) venue no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled start time i.e. by 12:30pm and you can book in from 12 noon at the shelter opposite. After this match there will be a presentation for the winners at the Deal, Walmer & Kingsdown Amateur Rowing Club, The Marina, Deal CT14 6NG (51.231734,1.404147). Prizes will include meat vouchers and hampers, together with golden peg prizes drawn from those competing in the match and attending the presentation at the Deal Rowing Club afterwards. There will also be the prize-giving for the overall points winners (first, second, third and largest flat and round fish) of the 2016 campaign. The bar will be open and we will also be holding a raffle. If you wish to make a donation for the raffle this will be greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there!
Current local sea temperatures: inshore (beach and Pier) 11.1°C, offshore (Downs) 8.6°C.
Catch Report: 27th November 2016 The latest Deal & Walmer Angling Association beach match was to be an important one for two of the members fighting for top angler in the club's points championship. The afternoon event was held in the groynes at north Deal with a heavy surf running due to the current weather conditions. Sam Collier maintained his nine point lead against Graham King's score in an almost fish for fish battle to win as the overall club champion with 511 points. However, the match was won by Luke Hutton whose 60 fish was a third more than Collier and King managed. Hutton bagged-up on whiting and dogs, three at a time, to win with 12.640 kg in the four hour match. In second place was Sam Collier's 10.070 kg, just beating Graham King's 9.520 kg. Tackle dealer, Fred Leach, caught the heaviest fish in the comp with a dogfish of 0.780 kg and Luke Hutton the heaviest flat, a dab of 0.100 kg.
Winter weather hit the anglers in the Deal 1919 AC evening beach match; however, there were no cod caught. Fresh cold north east winds hampered the competitors, along with clumps of weed getting entangled in the line. The eleven entrants managed to find the fish with dogs and whiting making up the bags. Winner, with 6.040 kg, was Robbie Taylor who edged Luke Hutton's 4.550 kg into second place. Graham King had the heaviest fish in the match, a dog of 0.750 kg along with third place for 4.0 kg of mixed. The only flatfish of the evening was a dab of 0.160 kg, caught by Louie Smith.
The recent strong winds have damaged the landing stage of Deal Pier and 24 deck boards have been lifted or broken. Until these have been repaired, the bottom deck is closed to the general public and anglers. The consolation is that there are still plenty of fish to be caught from the Pier stem which is open for fishing.
The Xmas match, for D&WAA members only, will be held at Horsa Road (groynes) (51.231428, 1.404148) on Sunday, 11th December (1pm to 5pm). Please remember that all competitors should be present at the Horsa Road (groynes) venue no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled start time i.e. by 12:30pm and you can book in from 12 noon at the shelter opposite.
Current local sea temperatures: inshore (beach and Pier) 12.2°C, offshore (Downs) 10.1°C.