Garbutt extends lead with eighth win of season

Matthew Garbutt with his six fish
Matthew Garbutt with his six fish

Twenty three members of Whitby Sea Anglers’ Association fished Sunday night’s four-hour match with excellent results.

Fishing a fast ebbing tide down to low water, 1.2 metres, members were chasing the tide and the fish with kelp beds and rocky outcrops clearly visible.

The best weigh-in of the season to date saw 84 assorted fish for 171 lb 04 oz and six double figure bags, altogether consisting of 74 codlings, eight rocklings, one blegg and one whiting.

Matthew Garbutt, with his eighth win of the season, extends his lead over Dave Perrett to 60lb 1oz, with another masterclass in fishing.

Matthew takes heaviest fish of the night 6 lb 5½ oz (heaviest fish takes preference when also in heaviest bag) and Andrew Cass, up one place to 5th takes heaviest bag of fish.

Brian Harland, 3rd with 15 lb 09 oz, moves up four places to 7th in the leader board – the biggest mover.

Matthew, now on 106 fish for 203 lb 15 oz, has an average fish weight of 1 lb 15 oz, with the highest fish/weight ratio Paul Kilpatrick at 2 lb 2 oz, followed jointly by Ben Laws and Colin Stainthorpe on 2 lb.

Results, Sunday: 1 M Garbutt, 10 codlings for (6 lb 05½ oz)* 35 lb 02oz, 2 A Cass, 6 codlings for (4 lb 13½ oz)* 22 lb 13oz, 3 B Harland, 7 codlings, 1 rockling (4 lb 06 oz)* 15 lb 9oz, 4 B Laws , 5 codlings, 1 rockling (5 lb 3½ oz)* 11 lb 7oz, 5 R Cope, 5 codlings for (4 lb 4½ oz)* 11 lb 5oz, 6 J Moore, 7 codlings for 10 lb 5oz, 7 C Stainthorpe, 3 codlings for 9 lb 7oz, 8 R Allison, 5 codlings for 8 lb 4oz, 9 I Simpson, 2 codlings for (5 lb 11 oz)* 7 lb 4oz, 10 D Perrett, 5 codlings, 3 rocklings for 6 lb 11oz, 11 M Beedle, 4 codlings for 4 lb 10oz, 12 M Bowman, 2 codlings for (3 lb 00½ oz)* 4 lb 5oz, 13 J Gilpin 3 codlings, 1 rockling for 4 lb 1oz, 14 D Hambley 1 codling for 3 lb 14oz, 15 P Horbury 2 codlings, 1 rockling for 3 lb 9oz, 16 J Pearce 2 codlings for 3 lb 6oz, 17 P Kilpatrick 2 codlings for 3 lb 3oz, 18 J Wrigley 2 codlings for 2 lb 6oz, 19 S Moore 1 codling, 1 blegg for 2 lb 2oz, 20 P Dryden 1 whiting for 1 lb 2oz, 21 B Vasey 1 rockling for 7oz.

l High pressure dominated the previous Wednesday night’s three-hour match, with some residual northerly long distance swell but little colour in the water.

With a slack flooding tide, and a moderate westerly wind, WSAA members were scratching for whatever they could catch with much at stake in the quarter-finals of the Singles Knockouts.

There was a clear sky, no bright moon to illuminate the sea but good for stargazing to pass the time.

Cliff marks were popular, with some venturing on to the sand in search of some whiting but only small billets were reported.

Back at the scales, Rob Allison jokingly laid a ‘stone fish’ on the pan, a 2 lb 13 oz lump of shale, which he had to wind up a cliff mark and brought it to the scales for a laugh.

The varied selection of fish at the scales, 17 codlings, 2 billets, 7 rocklings and 3 flat fish confirmed the poor fishing conditions.

Match winnings were split between the top two members, heaviest fish of the night Matthew Garbutt 3 lb 4 oz and Dave Perrett, the heaviest bag of 7 lb 12 oz. This put him 31 lb 10 oz behind Matthew.

Quarter-final Singles Knockout results: Dave Perrett 7 lb 12 oz beat Iain Simpson 2 lb 8 oz; Matthew Garbutt 7 lb beat Paul Short 2 lb 2 oz; Brian Harland 2 lb 3 oz beat Bernard Vasey 0 lb 00 oz; Mick Beedle 1 lb 08 oz beat Ben Laws 0 lb 00 oz.

Results, Wednesday:

Thirteen members weighed-in 29 fish for 33 lb 11 oz. 1 D Perrett 4 codlings, 1 billet & 1 rockling, 7 lb 12oz, 2 M Garbutt 3 codlings & 1 rockling for 7 lb, 3 R Allison 2 codlings for 3 lb, 4 A Cass 2 codlings for 2 lb 12oz, 5 J Gilpin with 1 codling & 1 rockling for 2 lb 11oz, 6 I Simpson 1 codling, 1 billet & 1 rockling 2 lb 8oz, 7 B Harland 1 codling & 1 rockling for 2 lb 3oz, 8 P Short 2 codlings for 2 lb 2oz, 9 M Beedle 1 codling for 1 lb 8oz, 10 P Horbury 2 flat fish for 1 lb 4oz, 11 J Moore 1 rockling for 7oz, 12= C Stainthorpe 1 rockling for 4oz, 12= P Dryden 1 flat fish for 4oz.