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NAC Match Report for Cley on 24th February 2020

NAC Match Report at Cley 24th February 2020

Following previous Monday night cancellations due to Storms Ciara and Dennis the WhatsApp through the week confirmed that a few of us had a fishing itch to scratch no matter what the weather. So, with 48 mph winds expected 7 anglers decided to brave the wind and head to Cley. Whilst it was windy the sky was clear with no rain.

Meeting up by the ‘bus shelter’ at the Cley car park it was decided to make it a match point night as oppose to a length match that was planned. I think some anglers had in mind a bit of practice ahead of the Teams of Five meeting on 1st March. As a concession to the weather and that everyone arrived on time, we kicked off at 6:30pm and planned to fish to 10:00pm.

Whilst windy the early signs of fish were good, with all catching quickly. The usual chat up/down the Pegs confirmed the feeling that little of size was being caught, although most were catching the odd small size whiting and dab. No one blanked, always a result, with a total of 53 fish (520 weight points) caught. The star fish of the night was Richard Hip person’s (Peg 7) Codling of 34cm ……a codling! (see photograph) and a 26cm Dab caught by John Catchpole (Peg 4). As the tide started to ebb the dreaded weed arrived, very frustrating.

Fish Caught
Whiting 37
Dab 13
Rockling 1
Codling 1
Pout 1
Total 53

Match Result:

Codling – Richard Hipperson (34cm)

The podium spot went to Richard Hipperson (Peg 7) with 11 fish 136 points (did I mention that Richard caught a codling). No 2 podium position to Ian Childerhouse (Peg 1) with 12 fish for 89 points, closely followed by Leon Smith (Peg 3)  picking up the No 3 spot with 10 fish 86 weight points, just pipping John Catchpole (Peg 4) by 1 x weight point).

Itch scratched, despite the wind and weed, we all caught and all in all a good nights fishing. See you all next week at Overstrand (2nd March)

Full results:                     Points

Richard Hipperson          30 + 5 (round)

Ian Childerhouse             29

Leon Smith                      28

John Catchpole               27 + 5 (flat)

Gary Moore                     26

Simon Bottomley            25

Ian Wells                          24

Cromer Sea Angling Club 1960s – 1980s (CSAC)

A series of documents including minute books, records, invoices, scrapbook, and photographs covering activities of the club from 1960s to the early 1980s have been passed to the NAC. Committee felt that these records should be shared with readers of its web site as they are a great historical record of the Cromer Sea Angling Club.

The series of photographs below shows a snapshot of the good old days of fishing for cod along the North Norfolk Coast.

So if your not fishing on a wintry night take some time to reminisce on those amazing fishing catches.

Am happy to supply scan of originals, please make a request via the NAC Facebook page and personal message me.

NAC Match Report for the “Joc Goudie International Beach Masters” held at Salthouse and Kelling 15th – 16th February 2020.

What a weekend, whilst the majority of the country hunkered down to ride out storm Dennis, 63 anglers enjoyed a windy and wet Saturday and Sunday on the North Norfolk Coast venues of Salthouse and Kelling for the 3rd annual “Joc Goudie International Beach Masters competition in support of the RNLI.

For those us who did not know Joc we listened to the many stories and anecdotes banded about all weekend. Whilst being a character known to many within the NAC, it’s his mentoring of young anglers particularly those within the Scottish international team for which Joc is remembered. So, it was great to see a contingent of 22 Scots make the long journey to join us (one angler came all the way from Stornoway to compete) and celebrate Joc’s contribution to UK sea angling. This was clearly illustrated by The Saltire flags pitched on the beach by the much needed bivvys (see photos). The Norfolk area was represented by the great and good of the area hoping for local advantage over the Salthouse and Kelling beaches.

Booking in kicked off on Friday and a steady stream of anglers through the day brought in their raffle prizes and drew their match cards hoping to avoid a poor peg, if you drew Salthouse (Zones A & B) Day 1 you then had Kelling (Zones C & D) on Day 2, and vice versa. The banter/craic was good with many friendships rekindled over discussion of tactics for the different beaches. Whilst throughout the day everyone kept their beady eye on their phones for the latest in weather reports. As the day ended the forecast was for windy gusts with showers, so the competition was on, no storm called Dennis was going to beat these anglers.

It was a bait pack match supplied by the Rite Gear team with 10 yellowtails, 10 frozen black, and a pack of large bluey being the order of the day, and the key to success was always going to be down the which peg, and your bait presentation skills (as I was told …….lesson learned the hard way, thanks Russell).

Day 1 started with the pegging out team getting up early and despatched to the beaches, great job Billy, Tyler, Gary and Adam. 33 Pegs at Salthouse and 33 Pegs in Kelling pegged out. The weather was windy, with a few showers the excitement was building as everyone hit the beaches, so match on! Early on it became clear that there was a difference between the pegs on the various beaches and the results show that there was a 200 fish caught difference between the beaches.

Day 1 summary:

  1. Salthouse           519 fish, giving 103lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling and flounder
  2. Kelling                729 fish, giving 143lb* fish principally whiting, and dabs
  3. Total                 1248 fish, giving 246lb* fish (*rounded)

Please see the attached “Results Sheet for each zone’s top 3 podium positions and the full report for “Overall Results”.

Day 2 saw a change in the weather, and this was clearly the topic of discussion when bait was gathered for the final day. With a look at Day 1 results to see the performance of the peg the previous day. Some were more optimistic than others. The forecast was gushing winds up to 50 miles per hour and rain, storm Dennis had truly arrived, and it stayed!

Day 2 summary:

  1. Salthouse           366 fish, giving 72lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling, pout and dog fish
  2. Kelling                553 fish, giving 99lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling and pout
  3. Total                   919 fish, giving 171lb* fish (*rounded)

Please see the attached “Results Sheet for each zone top 3 podium positions and the full report for “Overall Results”.

As everyone headed back to check in report cards and to dry out, it was up to the back-office team to analyse results and confirm zone winners and declare the overall podium positions. What was very noticeable was the difference in results between the days and that the report cards were distinctively soggy. So well done all for coping with storm Dennis and producing some impressive results. In total 2167 fish totalling 417lb.  

Having scrunched the numbers (attached) team adjourned to the Dormy House Hotel for the presentations. But before naming the winners the task of selling raffle tickets was on the agenda. It’s the first time I’ve seen a queue for a raffle and additional books needed well done Nicole and Maggy, and Barry for being raffle master. Thanks all a total of £500.83 raised for the RNLI.

The results:


Thank all for making it a successful match with top angling, and a successful weekend of banter, Joc was remembered and his legacy lives on, it was great to see the Junior anglers exercising their craft, good luck for the future. See you all next year.

For all the statistics, winners, and photos see attached.

NAC Match Report Mundesley 3rd February 2020

NAC Match Report Mundesley 3rd February 2020

Mundesley was the venue for the first match of the 2020 NAC Summer League, although it didn’t feel like summer on a cool February evening. Low tide was 19:20pm so two subjects of pre match chatter were the hope for an early kick off to maximise chances of a good catch to make up from the previous 2 weeks (Gorleston and Bacton), and what were the final league positions in the winter league (see end of report for ……..)

Early kick off was made possible by the JIT* arrival of Andy Turk with his disco dashboard, completing the 9 man team, so the decision to walk off in Peg positions and fish the first groyne nearest to the foot of the beach path. Match rules were to be applied i.e. over 18cm and converted weight points, to give a good chance of a decent result.   

Set up on the beach completed the whistle was blown for cast in (6:45pm). Being low tide, it was hoped there’d be some early successes. But it proved to be a struggle to catch anything of size other than an influx of weed after about hour which for some turned the session into one of gardening not fishing, and certainly not catching. The usual chat up/down the Pegs confirmed the feeling that little of size was being caught, although most were catching the odd small size whiting and dab.

No one blanked, always a result, with a total of 36 fish (304 weight points) caught. 25 whiting, 7 dabs, 4 rockling. The biggest round went to Ian Wells (Peg 2), whilst biggest round was shared by Russell Taylor (Peg 9) and Nathan Drewery (Peg 7) both catching 25cm Dabs.

Match Result:

The first podium spot of the Summer League went to Russell Taylor (Peg 9) who caught 9 fish for 75 weight points, No 2 podium position to Nathan Drewery (Peg 7) catching 4 fish for 50 weight points, with Andrew Turk (Peg 3) picking up the No 3 spot with 5 fish for 39 weight points.

All in all a good nights fishing no one blanked, nice venue, easy access, clean ish (if don’t count the weed), and we stayed dry. The final winter league position will have to remain ‘sealed’ for the moment until the NAC ‘weighting handicap lottery factor’ is applied……..more later.

Next weeks match (10th February 2020) will be held at Salthouse, a chance to get some practice on the shingle ahead of the Joc Goudie International Beach Masters 15th – 16th February 2020, see you all next week

JIT – Just In Time (Nissan speak)

Full results:                     Points

Russell Taylor                  30 + 5

Nathan Drewery             29 + 5

Andrew Turk                   28

Simon Bottomley            27

Richard Hipperson          26

Ian Wells                          25 + 5

Billy Rush                         24

Ian Childerhouse             23

Neil Rowe                        22

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