The first match of the 2013-2014 Whitby Sea Anglers Association season saw a good turnout of 20 members meeting at the Bandstand in Whitby for a group photograph, before departing for their chosen fishing marks.
The three-hour evening match started at 7pm, fished down to low water, with a ½ hr of flood.
The south easterly winds had produced some welcome east south easterly swell but the colour was slowly dropping out as it moved more to the east.
However, loose weed was a hindrance on many marks.
The wind had been strengthening during the morning but had slowly been dying since midday.
The east coast being sandwiched between a low pressure system in the west and a high pressure system to the east made for the strong winds.
Fifteen members weighed in 56 fish for 103lb 6oz, predominantly codling with two rocklings and an eel amongst the catch.
Four members returned with double figure bags. Members were reporting catching many under sized mops (under 35cms which were returned) which is always a good sign. Baits of fresh or frozen peeler crab there appeared to be no advantage, as the fish were all well hooked.
Man of the match was Paul Kilpatrick with a good bag of six codlings for 16lb 11oz, his heaviest fish tying with James Moore’s at 4 lb 13 ½ oz.
Paul Kilpatrick won the match with the heaviest bag of fish.
Top tip for the new season – always leave enough time to reach the weigh-in with your catch ‘before it closes’!
1 P Kilpatrick with 6 fish for 16 lb 11 oz, 2D Perrett 4 fish for11 lb 6 oz, 3 J Moore 4 fish for 11 lb 2 oz, 4t M Garbutt 6 fish 10 lb 12 oz, 5 B Harland 7 fish for 9 lb 15 oz, 6 N Inglis 3 fish for 9 lb 9 oz, 7 I Simpson 6 codling and one eel for 8 lb 1 oz, 8 D Hambley 4 fish for 5 lb, 9 M Bowman 3 fish for4 lb 10 oz, 10 P Horbury 3 fish for4 lb 8 oz, 11 A Cass 3 fish for4 lb 4 oz, 12 R Cope 2 fish for 3 lb 6 oz, 13 P Short 1 fish for 2 lb 1 oz, 14 B Vasey 1 fish for 1 lb 5 oz, 15 C Stainthorpe 2 rocklings for 12 oz.
l Sunday night’s four-hour match started in daylight with darkness falling around 7.20pm, members watched the sunset on a clear warm night with a slight southerly breeze.
There was no swell, little, to no colour in the water, with members fishing an all ebb match, which once took hold ebbed fast and the barometer showing 1020 mm Hg.
It was a night of scratching on local marks for members or travelling further afield for a codling or two. Many chose to travel and were rewarded with some good catches.
Fourteen members weighed in 71 fish for 93lb 7oz, catches predominantly codling, with a pollock, bleggs, a billet, a whiting, rockling and a fat fish.
In among Matthew Garbutt’s winning bag of 15 fish was a pollock and 14 codlings for 19 lb 10 oz.
Dave Perrett’s night did not start well, losing a substantial length of his line first cast but continued fishing down to his backing line and was rewarded with the heaviest fish of 4 lb 7 ½ oz amongst his bag of six codlings for 12 lb 4 oz.
A warm welcome to new members James Pearce, John Wrigley and returning members, making a total of 26 members, including our only female member, Paula Pitman – but no juniors.
Results: 1 M Garbutt with 14 codlings, 1 pollock for 19 lb 10 oz, 2 A Cass 10 codling for 12 lb 10 oz, 3 D Perrett 6 codlings for 12 lb 4 oz, 4 N Inglis 9 codlings for 11 lb 7 oz, 5 M Bowman 7 codlings for 9 lb, 6 B Laws 5 codlings, 1 blegg for 6 lb 3 oz, 7 C Stainthorpe 5 codlings for 6 lb, 8 S Moore 3 codlings for4 lb 12 oz, 9 D Thompson 1 codling, 1 rockling for 3 lb 1 oz, 10 I Simpson 2 codlings for 2 lb 10 oz, 11 M Beedle 2 codlings forb2 lb 9 oz, 12 B Harland 1 billet for 1 lb 3 oz, 13 P Horbury 1 whiting, 1 flattie for 1 lb 2 oz, 14 J Gilpin 1 codling for1 lb.