Record-breaking night for anglers

Rob Allison with the dog fish which set a new Whitby sea anglers record

Rob Allison with the dog fish which set a new Whitby sea anglers record

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ANGLER Rob Allison landed a lesser spotted dog fish which set a new Whitby Sea Anglers club record on Sunday night.

Rob’s 2lb 10oz fish is 53.2% of the British record while Dave Perrett caught a 32 cm, 10oz dab, which is 24.4% of the British record.

Sunday night’s four-hour match was a real disappointment for some as the mild weather continues.

A flooding tide, flat calm, crystal clear water, plenty of cloud cover, made for a warm evening with a slight south westerly breeze.

Sandsend beach was fishless for WSA members and the only fish one saw caught was by an angler from York, a good-size flounder caught on prawn.

Man of the match was Mick Beedle with four lesser spotted dog fish for 7lb 8oz.

A full list of WSAA records can be found at: http://www.whitbyseaanglers.com/members-wsaa-record-fish--records.html

Fourteen members fished and eight weighed in 41 fish for 32 lb 9/16oz.

Chairman William Atkinson belatedly presented Dave Hambley with the Christmas match trophy.

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

Results: 1 M Beedle with 4 lesser spotted dog fish for 7lb 8oz, 2 A Cass 7 flat fish and 6 whiting for 6lb 15oz, 3 M Garbutt 9 whiting for 6lb 1oz,

4 D Hambley 8 whiting for 5lb 1oz, 5 R Allison 2 lesser spotted dog fish for 4lb 7oz, 6 J Gilpin 3 whiting for 1lb 8oz, 7 D Perrett 1 dab for (24.4%BR) 10oz, 8 N Inglis 1 pouting for (9.6%BR) 7oz.

In the leader board, Matthew Garbutt has a healthy lead of 79lb 8oz over second place Neil Inglis.

Andrew Cass is on form and has moved up in to 7th place past Ben Laws.

* Whitby Sea Anglers met for the first match of 2013 after the short festive break on Wednesday night.

With some long distance swell and plenty of colour in the water there was every chance of a codling or two on the beaches.

However with an increasing west south west wind making fishing on exposed beaches uncomfortable, rod rests and fishing bags being blown over.

Fishing on the west pier was no better as the wind was in your face, making casting and standing upright difficult.

With a good turnout of 17 members fishing, 10 members were at the scales with 29 fish for 17lb 10oz, a mix of whiting, flatties, a rockling but alas no codling. Whiting and flatties being caught on (frozen) black lug worm and small squid.

The Doubles Knockout final was fished and won by Andrew Cass and James Moore with a combined weight of 6lb 11oz. Runners-up were Matthew Garbutt and James Gilpin with a combined weight of 5lb 6oz.

In other news: Ship Inn Open supported by WSAA.

Well done to Dean Clews who won the Ship Inn Open on 30 December with a codling of 5lb 12½oz. Heaviest Bag was won by Grant Greenland with four fish for 11lb 10½oz. Junior winner was Ethan Britton with a single billet of 1lb 11½oz.

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

Results: 1 A Cass with 3 whiting and 5 flatties for 3lb 14oz, 2 M Garbutt 4 whiting for 3lb 7oz, 3 J Moore 4 whiting for 2lb 13oz, 4 J Gilpin 2 whiting and 1 flattie for 1lb 15oz, 5 B Laws 3 whiting for 1lb 15oz, 6 S Moore 2 whiting for 1lb 3oz, 7 P Horbury 2 whiting for 1lb 2oz, 8 I Simpson 1 whiting for 9oz, 9 W Atkinson 1 whiting for 7oz, 10 R Allison with 1 rockling for 5oz.