Heaviest fish of night is season’s best for angler

Rob Allison
Rob Allison

Whitby Sea Anglers’ three-hour match last Wednesday started in daylight with a strong westerly wind and a steadily increasing swell.

High pressure in the west dominating the weather with northerly gales forecast. 1017mm Hg on the barometer.

Richard Cope

Richard Cope

Members sought shelter from the fierce wind which was moving more northerly, combined with short sharp rain showers forcing a change of fishing mark for some.

Fine purple grass-like sea weed was a problem as the first good swell of the season ripped up the summer’s growth.

Bite detection was not easy with the increasing swell.

Rob Allison showed his determination to keep up the leaders with 11 codlings and a rockling for his first match and weigh-in of the season for 27 lb 6 oz, his heaviest codling of 4 lb 13½ oz equals those of P Kilpatrick and James Moore for the heaviest fish of the month after three matches.

A fine catch

A fine catch

Thirteen members, who fought atrocious conditions, weighed-in 39 codlings and two rocklings for 65 lb 01 oz.

Results: 1 R Allison with 11 codlings and a rockling for 27 lb 6oz, 2 P Horbury 4 codlings for 5 lb 11 oz, 3 D Perrett 4 codlings for 5 lb 9 oz, 4 N Inglis 3 codlings and a rockling for 5 lb 8 oz, 5 J Gilpin 4 codlings for4 lb 11 oz, 6 C Stainthorpe 2 codlings for 2 lb 12 oz, 7 M Bowman 2 codlings for 2 lb 8 oz, 8 J Pearce 2 codlings for 2 lb 5 oz, 9 S Moore 2 codlings for 2 lb 4 oz, 10 M Beedle 2 codlings for 2 lb 2 oz, 11 R Cope 1 codling for 1 lb 11 oz, 12 M Garbutt 1 codling for 1 lb 8 oz, 13 B Laws 1 codling for 1 lb 2 oz.

l Sunday night’s four-hour match started at 6pm with much expectation, with a good steady north easterly sea swell with plenty of colour in the water and 28 mph north easterly winds.

The wind was relentless and bite detection was a problem for some on more exposed marks.

Nineteen members were at the scales in good time, with 68 assorted fish, predominantly codlings for 99 lb 1 oz, the second heaviest weigh-in for WSAA members.

Heaviest bag of fish went to Scott ‘Pippen’ Moore with eight codlings for 12 lb 2 oz. Scott, having caught nothing by 7pm, was considering a change of mark but then the fish started to bite and was kept busy until 10pm.

Richard Cope caught the heaviest fish of the night at 5 lb 14 ½ oz and season’s best to date, as part of a bag of five codlings and a rockling, the second double figure bag of the night at 12 lb.

Results: 1 S Moore with 8 codlings for 12 lb 2 oz, 2 R Cope 5 codlings, 1 rockling for (5 lb 14 ½ oz)*, 12 lb, 3= D Perrett 4 codlings for (5 lb ½ oz)* 9 lb 5 oz, 3= J Gilpin 7 codlings & 1 rockling for 9 lb 5 oz, 5 R Allison 5 codlings for 7 lb 12 oz, 6 P Horbury 6 codlings & 1 billet for 7 lb 3 oz, 7 M Garbutt 5 codlings for 6 lb 14 oz, 8 N Inglis 3 codlings for (2 lb 10 ½ oz)* 6 lb 2 oz, 9 J Wrigley 4 codlings for 6 lb 1 oz, 10 J Moore 2 codlings for (2 lb 04 oz)* 3 lb 4 oz, 11 D Hambley 3 codlings for 3 lb 3 oz, 12 D Thompson 2 codlings for 3 lb, 13 P Kilpatrick 2 codlings for 2 lb 10 oz, 14 C Stainthorpe 2 codlings for 2 lb 6 oz, 15 B Vasey 2 codlings for 2 lb 4 oz, 16 A Cass 2 codlings for 2 lb 2 oz, 17 P Short 1 codling for 1 lb 4 oz, 18= B Laws 1 codling for 1 lb 2 oz, 18= M Bowman 1 codling for 1 lb 2 oz.

* heaviest fish