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.
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