It never ceases to amaze me how two days can be so different, having organised the Junior match yesterday in conditions that were as balmy as we have ever had, we arrive at the coast to find that a near hurricane is blowing.
Can we never get two days alike, I think not. Never the less these conditions will not deter our most hardened of match anglers. 452 turned out including Ladies and Juniors, not too bad considering. The venue as usual was Bridlington North Beach to Paull lighthouse in the River Humber. Almost all the Anglers were either down the Spurn Point peninsula or in the river at Old Hall and Paull. The worrying thing about the day was that there were no reports coming through at all, either people were keeping their cards close to their chest or there were no fish. Well it was very late in the match before reports started to drift through, but at last we knew of some fish.
All myself and Robin Neale could do was prepare the weighing station and await their return to the scales.
As 4-00pm got closer anglers started to drift back and for 30 minutes the heaviest fish was a just a reasonable Whiting, but the anglers from the river were still to appear. Rumours of a 10lb fish were being talked about in the weighing in queue, this would not be quite true. Never the less, though catches were not as great as we would have expected a very nice Cod of 3.305kg was caught by Chris Wray which won the match and took the £2000 first prize followed by a Cod of 2.69kg caught by club member Dave Hart taking £1000 ,third a Cod of 2.425kg for Callum Richardson winning £450.
I have said it before that we are very lucky to have such a hardy bunch of anglers to call upon for this match as we very rarely seem to get the conditions that we deserve. That said the date for next year’s matches have been fixed and will be the weekend of 11th/12th November 2017.
Finally a big thank you goes to Daiwa Sports who continue to support these matches which are and hopefully will continue to be two of the most eagerly awaited days in the Sea Angling calendar. Also a big thank you to all who turned out for the weekend. See you next year.
Finally a great big thank you to Chris Wray our Sunday winner who within seconds of collecting his winnings gave us £100 towards the Junior match for next year – What a Top Man.