Sea scorpion shares in a British record for Rob

A sea scorpion landed by Rob Allison
A sea scorpion landed by Rob Allison

WHITBY Sea Angler Association members fished the Wednesday night three-hour match as the 5m easterly swells of Monday had been slowly dying back to a state where marks became fishable again, while the easterly wind had also dropped.

That was until the match started and the easterly wind picked up again and so did the sea state once the flood begun.

Temperatures were above zero but anglers were pelted with hail storms of short duration which had been evident all day and continued throughout the match. The strengthening wind brought with it wind chill which made baiting up painful.

Water clarity was different on many marks, with a wide range from crystal clear, through milky to thick with colour.

The weigh-in was poor as 17 members fished and only five members weighed in eight fish for 20lb 5oz.

Ben Laws caught the heaviest fish of the match, a 4lb 1oz codling, Scott Moore the heaviest bag of two codling for 6lb 14oz.

Rob Allison caught a Sea Scorpion (Myoxocephalus Scorpius) which weighed in at 11oz, this is 28.2% of British record.

Once weighed in, it was returned to the sea.

There will be no night match on Sunday (27 Jan) as members of WSAA have been invited to compete for the Annual Inter Club Tournament, The Bell Trophy. Organised by Scarborough Rock Anglers Society, nine local clubs will be fishing from 10am to 2pm.

Results: 1 S Moore with 2 codling for 6lb 14oz, 2 D Hambley with 2 codling for 5lb 14oz, 3 B Laws with 1 codling for 4lb 1oz, 4 N Inglis with 2 fish for 2lb 13oz, 5 R Allison with 1 sea scorpion for 11oz.