Humber Report – Big Fish Match

Membership increasing for the Humber club

Humber SAC are seeing an increase in their membership. This is good news for the club and also the area.

The hard work by the committee and especially the dedication to the job by club Chairman Nigel Crabtree , has now started to pay dividends. The club are holding a match in aid of the RNLI   on the 17th April it is to be fished on the Promenade and booking in is at the Cleethorpes RNLI station from 14.00hrs on the day.

The match times are 16.00hrs to 20.00hrs. it is a good cause and the more there the better. It is £15 all in to fish the match.

The club fished the shallows last weekend, it was a big tide but it was a strange one with very little run and there was  a surprise catch for Harry Burnett.

He caught a 3lb 3oz codling at about 25yds. While fishing for flounders and needed the assistance of Adie Cooper on the next peg to land it.

Harry will not mind me saying this he is not the biggest caster and it just goes to prove that sometimes you can over cast and miss the fish. It is always worth having a few casts close in

. So here are the results, after an enjoyable and friendly evening.

  • 1st  Harry Burnett   5 fish for 4lb 9oz
  • 2nd  Steve Macgregor 11 fish for 3lb 1oz
  • 3rd Del Miles 10 fish for 2lb 6 3/4oz
  • Biggest flat Brett Bartum 30cm Flounder
  • Biggest round  Harry Burnett 3lb 3oz codling
  • Lucky peg Steve Macgregor

Next Sunday 27th March the club are at the Creek, fishing 9am – 1pm. Meet at the car park from 7.45am the more the merrier.

On the Saturday John Gorr a very committed club member decided to go and support Chapel SAC and he was pleased he did as he won the event by catching a few flounders and also had the biggest fish of the night so it was worth the trip.

Clee Angling Centre Promenade Match

In mid week it was the Clee Angling Centre promenade match. The big guns came out to fish this event. Adie Cooper was streets a head of the next competitors with 16 fish for 318cm.

Adie also drew the golden peg and this is the first time in over a year that this has been won so he went home £52 the richer.  Second was the ever present Dave Over 13 fish for 258cm.

It was the Cleethorpes Ace next Gary Hutson 13 fish for 255 and fourth John Atkinson 11 fish for 242.

The biggest flatfish was caught by Harry Burnett a 35 cm flounder and the biggest bass was caught by Dave Lord a 35cm bass.

Finally here is the report on the big boat match last Sunday

The Bait box big fish open goes off very well

The Bait box big fish open was held at the weekend with an armada of small boats taking to the water. It was in doubt at one stage with the slipways at both Wonderland and the pier that would be used by the small boats was unusable.

With help from North East Lincolnshire Council and quick thinking by area manager Paul Paton, and then a lot of getting sand into bags to make a temporary shelf for the pier slip by Tim Burgess and Chris Banks and also another member of the HCA on the Saturday morning, the slipways were able to be used for launching.

It is hoped that permanent work can be doe to improve the slipways in the future.

On the day 240 anglers and over 100 hundred boats set sail, in all shapes and sizes and also from all over the country to support this boat match organised by Humber Cruising Association and kindly sponsored by Grimsby firm Bait Box and the owner Paul Bird was even there to fish the event.

The weather was fantastic the tide was flat calm, even with it being a very big tide and the current expected to rip through it could not stop the angler’s enthusiasm. The boats set off to various marks in the River Humber.

The fishing has been very hit and miss in the last few weeks, but with cod being caught up to 20lb it was hoped that a monster would appear on this day,

The all in was sounded and the anglers lines were soon at the bottom of the sea bed equipped with a variety of baits . The radio seemed to be exceptionally quiet.

But some of the anglers were keeping quiet especially on Glen Hughes boat Kelly Jane , top all round angler Mally Frost had a double figured fish on the first cast of the  day. He also had several other fish, whilst Glen’s rod lay motionless.

John Pyle lost a decent fish but was soon into another one, he had to move around to find the flow that hopefully the fish would be in.

Other anglers were getting the odd fish , but the boats were constantly on the move in search on that one big daft fish.

Even a little bit of rain in the afternoon could not dampen the angler’s spirits everyone was trying to the very end. In the previous years the match has actually been won on the last cast. ,  .

Back at the Marina there was lot of empty bags and many anglers had not had a single fish all-day, were as others had the odd fish.

The first cast of Mally Frost proved very profitable with him taking home £1500 for a 10.12lb cod.

Second in was John Pyle who netted £500 and third was popular Grimsby angler Jim Mcclernon., fourth was another local angler Paul Sekker , in all 40 anglers took prizes on the day.

Over one thousand pounds will be going to the Pink Rose Charity , which was raised by donations from, the HCA Glen Hughes , the Boston Pirates and the money raised by selling the cod that were caught on the day.

A big thanks must go to the HCA for organising such a fantastic match, the match sponsors Bait box , Fox tackle and Cryotech

Hope fully next year there will be more fish about to attract even more anglers.



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