Whitby youngster sets eel record

WSAA junior member Chris McCarthy with record eel
WSAA junior member Chris McCarthy with record eel

A young Whitby angler claimed a new Common Eel record for a junior when he landed a slippery customer.

Chris McCarthy, a new junior member of Whitby Sea Anglers’ Association, weighed in with the 1lb 2oz eel last Wednesday.

Colin Stainthorpe with heaviest fish of the night, this 7lb 6oz cod

Colin Stainthorpe with heaviest fish of the night, this 7lb 6oz cod

This equalled the senior record set by R Usher on October 3, 1973.

The weather has not been kind for WSAA members in the first three matches of the season. The sea state of last Tuesday had all but gone, leaving some long distance north easterly swell 1-2ft, with little close to shore colour.

The three-hour match started as a ‘heavy’ rain storm passed overhead with thunder and lightning. Members may have been treated to a light show on the horizon but the fish were not feeding.

Shortly before 9pm, the cloud cover was pushed north west by the south easterly wind to reveal clear skies and a very bright full moon, known as a Blood Moon.

The scaurs and kelp beds soon came into easy reach as the fast ebbing tide took a hold, sadly knocking the swell back. Eleven members, from 17, returned to the scales with 21 fish for 37 lb 12 oz.

Man of the match Colin Stainthorpe surprised everyone, as he slid a fine cod of 7 lb 6 oz on to the scales, just one of four in a 16 lb 9 oz bag.

Colin has set the bar and the man to beat in the heaviest fish and heaviest bag of fish sweeps for October.

Ben Laws covered a lot of ground and was rewarded with a codling of 4 lb 1½ oz, along with a rockling, to take second place.

The first round of the doubles starts this coming Wednesday.


1 C Stainthorpe with 4 codlings, (HF 7 lb 6 oz) 16 lb 9 oz, 2 B Laws 2 codlings for 4 lb 9 oz, 3 D Perrett 2 codlings, 1 billet, 1 rockling for 3 lb 15 oz, 4 M Garbutt 2 codlings, 1 billet for 3 lb 13 oz, 5 A Cass 2 codlings for 2 lb 6 oz, 6 P Short with 1 codling for 1 lb 10 oz, 7 R Cope 1 codling for 1 lb 5 oz, 8 C McCarthy (Jnr) with 1 eel for 1 lb 2 oz, 9 B Vasey 1 codling for 1 lb, 10 R Deadman 1 codling for 1 lb, 11 P Horbury 1 rockling for 7 oz.