Archive for January 2014

Walcott 27th Jan. 2014

A change of venue was the order of the day as we ventured down to Walcott to try out the venue for ease of access and hopefully some fish and a change of scenery, 24 anglers including 3 new members met on the prom near the slipway, with a few anglers running a little late it was decided to start at 7:15pm to give everyone a fair chance. Pegging was left and right of the slipway fishing an ebbing tide on a nice evening with little wind and no rain or snow.

The majority of club members had never fished Walcott before so new tactics and learning the venue would be priority and we all knew it would or could be tough going with possibly the odd whiting, dabs , flounders and the ever present rockling run of the last few weeks.

Weed wasn’t that much of a problem but it was present most of the match but everyone persevered. As the match progressed it became obvious fish were few and far between with the odd dab, and rockling coming out but it was Bob.O or Wobbly Bob as he’s affectionately known who was leading the field with a good flounder of 31cm, his end tally saw 3 fish in total giving him his first ever win with 1lb 4 1/3oz, second podium spot went to a recent new member Cambell “Taff” Mckenzie in only his second ever match managing to card two fish for 11 1/3oz, and on his second to last cast young Jake Cooper managed to save the blank and take the final podium spot with a rogue whiting of 8 2/3oz.

It was a struggle for all with only 9 of the 24 members actually finding a sizeable fish and in total only 12 sizeable fish caught but as always spirits were high and the usual banter ensued afterwards with Paul Rickard having the strangest catches of all, a wet and withered Christmas tree and a pair of underpants no doubt debris left behind after the storm surge or a belated Christmas party gone horribly wrong.

It was great to see so many new faces including Matt “ Splatt” Lawes who came and fished as a guest along with new members Shayne Brown, Eamonn Finch and Dick Ellis, also returning to the fold Steve Smith who has been absent for a month or two.

The Norfolk Angling Club in the space of a few months has now reached 44 full members and I am sure it will continue to grow with new friendships being made every week and always a good atmosphere before, during and after each match, if anyone reading this report is considering joining you will be made more than welcome by everyone no matter what your level of angling. The website and facebook group are now both operational so feel free to visit them.

Next week’s scheduled match at Old High has now been changed to Weybourne but with a twist, as we will not be pegging, it will be a roving match between the House on the cliffs to the right and the wreck to the left which gives everyone a chance to fish the spots they wish to, same rules apply for everything else.

1 Bob O. 30pts
2 Cambell Mckenzie 29pts
3 Jake Cooper 28pts
4 Dene Conway 27pts
5 Matt Lawes 26pts
6 Andrew Turk 25pts
7 Ian Gennery 24pts
8 Steve Smith 23pts
8 Dick Ellis 23pts
all others receive 5pts
Peter Hansell 5pts
Mark Batson 5pts
Shayne Brown 5pts
Kimberley Lawn 5pts
Paul Rickard 5pts
Richard Chapman 5pts
Ally Barnes 5pts
Dean Gibson 5pts
Duncan Anone 5pts
Ron de Boer 5pts
Richard Ellis 5pts
Jeff Moy 5pts
Iain Molloy 5pts
Adrian Charlie Needham 5pts
Eamonn Finch 5pts

Old High Monday 20 Jan

Across the golf course to another part of the shingle bank in between Sheringham & Cromer an excellent venue that often throws up some good fish from codling through to some excellent bass in the summer months, tonight’s match for the Norfolk Angling Club saw 15 members brave the freezing foggy conditions in the hope of an elusive codling.

With a good swell running and two hours before high it was decided to pitch shelters a little way back from the top of the shingle ridge as later the swell could easily be washing over the top, which proved to be the case with several anglers being kept on their toes as the odd rogue wave threatened to wash away their gear and bait. A few of the members had decided purely on codling tactics with big hooks and big baits in a make or break strategy, while others opted to target the ever present rockling and hopefully the bigger whiting that always lurk in the rougher areas.

As the night went on it became obvious the fish were within 30 yards taking any bait that was offered, the usual pin whiting, and some good sized rockling seemed to be the order of the day, until several members started catching the stonking whiting that have been missing from previous matches, with the biggest recorded at 35cm and a good scattering of 30+ fish made fishing very enjoyable. A codling was caught and a first on his species list for Paul Rickard, although undersize it was pleasant to see such a well formed healthy specimen returned to fight another day.

In the end it was the target what’s in front of you approach that helped junior lady angler Jess Plumb take the top spot with 10 fish for 2lb 5 1/3oz, a very accomplished performance and surely a future star in the making. 2nd podium slot went to Ian Gennery who consistently caught fish from the off but after the high tide couldn’t locate the sizeable fish and ended with 6 fish for 1lb 12 2/3oz, final podium spot of the night went to new club member Richard Ellis also with 6 fish for 1lb 8 2/3oz.
Out of the 15 anglers who fished only 8 managed to card sizeable fish, with 39 fish being recorded and returned alive.

We will be giving Walcott a try-out at the next match and as always all are welcome.

1 Jess Plumb 30pts
2 Ian Gennery 29pts
3 Richard Ellis 28pts
4 Dene Conway 27pts
5 Richard Chapman 26pts
6 Jake Cooper 25pts
7 Paul Rickard 24pts
8 Andrew Turk 23pts
all others receive 5pts
Peter Hansell 5pts
Henry Randell 5pts
Billy Temple 5pts
Bob.O 5pts
Cain Plumb 5pts
Chris Clarke 5pts
Duncan Anon 5pts

Weybourne 13th January Report

The second meeting of the Norfolk Angling Club took place tonight again at Weybourne due to the recent closure of other venues, 19 anglers including two new members turned out for perfect conditions on a mild evening with beautiful clear skies. After recent matches the dreaded pin whiting would no doubt be pestering us all again and fishing to size limits it would be a struggle to find any sizable dabs. Undeterred and with plenty of banter before the match the scene was set and as the horn went off everyone was keen to get started.

Fears were soon realised and the piranha like whiting stripped bait with the such expertise as sometimes not even getting hooked or even their lipstick smudged, frustration was the order of the night. As the match progressed several members started to record a few sizeable fish, cursing and panic had set in with some members not being able to face blanking or coming last again but eventually all bar 3 managed a fish to save the blank.

Top rod of the night was Andrew Turk who takes his first podium spot with 7 fish for 2lb 5oz all of which were dabs the majority being 24cm long but his best was 28cm and a 27cm which both helped his cause. 2nd place went to the ever improving Richard Chapman who had 8 fish for 2lb 4 1/3oz 4 rockling and 4 dabs were his tally the biggest of both being 26cm.3rd place went to Trevor Barnes with 6 fish for 1lb 13oz 5 dabs and a rockling with his biggest dab also at 27cm. 50 sizeable fish were caught and returned alive with the majority being dabs and a smattering of rockling one solitary sizeable whiting was also caught by Henry Randell which shows how poor things currently are. Well done to our two new members Wayne Brown and Campbell McKenzie both managing to card 2 fish each.

Two of our ladies fished tonight and it was a close run thing between Ally Barnes and Kimberley lawn, one fish separated them with Kimberley taking top spot with 3 fish for 15oz and Ally 2 fish for 10oz, giving Kimberley her best placing yet with a 5th overall well done to both.

Next week’s match is at the Old High which should be interesting and the possibility of a codling or more probably a bag full of rockling. There is a meeting this Friday night at 7pm in the Village Inn at West Runton, please try and come along as everyone’s voice matters in the running of the club.
Anyone who has considered joining an angling club now is the time to come along and start 2014 with a great bunch of people fishing and socializing and learning new tactics and techniques all are welcome and we would love to see you there.

Full Results below

1.Andrew Turk 30pts
2.Richard Chapman 29pts
3.Trevor Barnes 28pts
4.Ian Gennery 27pts
5.Kimberley Lawn 26pts
6.Peter Hansell 25pts
7.Dene Conway 24pts
7.Ron de Boer 24pts
9.Henry Randell 22pts
10.Ally Barnes 21pts
11.Wayne Brown 20pts
12.Cambell McKenzie 19pts
13.David lake 18pts
14.Duncan Anon 17pts
15.Jake Cooper 16pts
15.Greg Metcalf 16pts
17.Charlie Needham 14pts
17.Bob O. 14pts
19.Billy Temple 5pts

Weybourne 6th January Report

The first match of the 2014 season took place at Weybourne on the 6th January, 20 anglers were spread out from the pipe towards the wreck, fishing was fast and furious with loads of undersize pin whiting and dabs, fishing to size limits it was going to be a struggle to find the sizeable fish before the ferocious pins did their suicidal attacks on your bait. With the wind over our left shoulders it was fairly comfortable fishing and with a flooding tide and flat calm conditions expectations of a few good whiting and possibly even a codling.

As the match progressed it looked like everyone was registering fish and anyone could be in with a chance of success, at the end of the match it was Richard Chapman registering his first ever podium spot with a great performance from peg 3 with 10 fish for 3lb 1oz, 2nd spot went to young Henry Randell from peg 15 with 7 fish for 2lb 11 1/3oz and finally 3rd place to David Lake on peg 17 also with 7 fish 2lb 6 2/3oz, a few hefts were also reported along the stretch but nothing too serious, still a small amount of weed coming in on the leader knots, and some nice sized rockling also showing. Trevor Barnes did manage a cracking whiting of 38cm and several others were also caught above the 30cm mark along with some good sized dabs of 29cm+.
All in all a very enjoyable evening and shows that the newly formed Norfolk Angling Club is the place to be to learn, compete and socialize, remember everyone is welcome to come along, help and advice is always given for those that require it. Next match is at Salthouse next Monday evening and we will be having a short meeting before the match to discuss extra weekend matches and venues please try to be there.

1st Richard Chapman (30pts)
2nd Henry Randell (29pts)
3rd David Lake (28pts)
4th Dene Conway (27pts)
5th Trevor Barnes (26pts)
6th Jess Plumb (25pts)
7th Peter Hansell (24pts)
8th Billy Temple (23pts)
9th Ian Gennery (22pts)
10th Iain Molloy (21pts)
11th Andrew Turk (20pts)
12th Duncan Anon (19pts)
13th Brian Van Blerk (18pts)
14th Bob O. (17pts)
15th Ally Barnes (16pts)
16th Greg Metcalf (15pts)
17th Cain Plumb (14pts)
17th Jake Cooper (14pts)
19th Paul Rickard (5pts)
20th Mark Batson (5pts)

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