‘Mediterranean’ climes make it tough for anglers

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MEMBERS of Whitby Sea Anglers met for Wednesday night’s three-hour match.

The sea state resembling the Mediterranean - tranquil, crystal clear and flat calm - left members little option but to scratch on the beaches for flat fish, whiting and rockling or chance it and venture on to hard ground.

At around 8pm the wind picked up from the NW and temperatures started to drop.

At this time of year, fish move in to deeper water to spawn, so finding a codling would be a real bonus.

Man of the match was Rob Allison who managed just that and once again found fish in these conditions with three fish for 12lb 12oz, the heaviest fish being 5lb 5oz. Both the bag and fish weight set the marker for others in the monthly sweeps.

Fourteen members fished and only seven were at the scales to weigh their mixed catch of 14 fish for 19lb 7oz.

Three of them, however, could not weigh in as the weigh master had called time.

Mick Beedle had his evening’s fishing cut short as he managed to snap his rod twice.

The Inter Angling Club Tournament for the Bell Trophy takes place on Sunday 27 January.

Members should meet at 8.30am at the Oasis Café, North Marine Drive, Scarborough, fishing 10am to 2pm, weigh-in 2pm to 3pm at Scarborough Rock Anglers Social Club.

New entry fee £3 per team, which consists of £2 team; 50p aggregate weight and 50p heaviest single fish sweeps.

Results: 1 R Allison 3 codling for 12lb 12oz, 2 D Hambley 3 flounders for 2lb, 3 D Perrett 2 flounders for 1lb 11oz, 4 C Stainthorpe 1 flat fish and 1 whiting for 1lb, 5 A Cass 1 flat fish & I whiting for 15oz, 6 P Horbury 1 rockling for 11oz, 7 P Dryden 1 rockling for 6oz.

Whitby Sea Angler member Mike Bowman had his season cruelly cut short, as his van was broken into and the perpetrator made off with all his fishing equipment.

In the leader board, Rob Allison’s bag of 12lb 12oz sees him leapfrog Dave Hambley into third place and just 27lb behind Neil Inglis.

In Rob’s current form, second place is achievable.