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Catch Report: Saturday, 18th February 2017 The good news is that temporary repairs have been completed to the lower deck of the storm damaged Deal Pier. The south side and middle section of the lower deck stage is now open to anglers who are keen to take advantage of the milder weather and hopefully catch some thornback rays. These rays normally turn-up at this time of year and can be targeted with large herring, squid and bluey baits. Unfortunately, the Saturday/Sunday all-night openings have been curtailed until further notice and the Pier will close at midnight.
However, before the wind changed direction, the dedicated match anglers were still putting in appearances even though their results were poor. The latest Birchington AC competition was held in Sandwich Bay when the wind was at its coldest from the east. The 11 resilient anglers fished the five hour match for very little end results, with the club Chairman, Terry Marsh joint winner of the comp. His four rockling weighed in at 0.400 kg which tied with Terry Wraight's similar catch, just beating Keith Day's dab and two rockling for 0.320 kg. Heaviest flat was a dab of 0.170 kg caught by Adam Maxted and largest round, a rockling of 0.170 kg landed by Terry Marsh.
Deal Pier was the venue of the Marines AC comp, which was held on the same day as the previous match. It attracted 14 members and the fishing was hard with Bob Morris' two pouting and three dabs for 1 lb taking the event. Close behind, were Paul Davies' whiting and dabs for 15 oz putting Tony Libby into third spot with 12 oz. The heaviest round fish of the match was a 6 oz whiting, from Paul Sutton.
Remember, the thornback rays will be hitting the Pier and beaches soon … so make sure you're ready for the action.
Current local sea temperatures: inshore (beach and Pier) 7.8°C, offshore (Downs) 8°C.
Catch Report: Saturday, 12th February 2017 For some, the dogfish made a welcome return to the local beaches last week. Thanet roofer, Paul Cox, found three dogs and two dabs to win the Broadstairs and St Peter's AC points match in Sandwich Bay. His 96 point win just pipped Jon Vaughn's one dog, dabs and whiting haul by four points. In third place was Steve West with 87 points.
The following night, the Deal 1919 AC held their beach comp in ideal conditions with little wind and calm sea. Small pin whiting were a pest; however, Graham King sorted out two dogfish in his mixed bag for a winning weight of 1.560 kg. With the heaviest dog in his bucket at 0.770 kg, Brian Smith topped-up with a couple of whiting to come second with 1.090 kg. On form Paul Cox did not see any dogs, but caught five fish for third spot at 0.560 kg. He also shared the heaviest flat with Dave Andrews, both catching dabs of 0.080 kg.
The dogfish had disappeared in the Saturday night match held by Margate AC at the Chequers. With the cold easterly wind the fish did not want to feed and it was left up to Keith Day to win the event with three rockling for 8 oz (0.227 kg).
Fishing from Deal Pier has also been slow, with not many anglers braving the wintery weather. Owing to staff shortages, it was closed for the all night Saturday session.
Current local sea temperatures: inshore (beach and Pier) 7.8°C, offshore (Downs) 7.2°C.