NAC Match Report Weybourne 21st December 2020
What started as a plan to fish Sheringham and donate to MASh was turned on its head by recognition that the tide for Sheringham would be wrong and that MASh would not be taking any financial donations. So being a flexible club the group advised that the old favourite Weybourne would be a suitable venue. That left who to donate to? The proposal of “walking with the wounded” was seen as a suitable charity, given the number of ex services men who fish.
To find out more about “walking with the wounded” click this link Welcome – Walking With The Wounded
The pre match banter was dominated by the COVID discussions, are we going to be locked down again, where can we fish. But when all said and done a nights fishing on a wet Weybourne beach was something to enjoy and look forward to. With 11 fishers gathered, the discussion changed to the serious discussion of record 18cm + or size limits?
Size limits agreed we headed for the shingle (see John’s photos to get the feel of the venue). Pegging from just after the pipe (Ian Childerhouse Peg 11) to heading to Kelling (John Spalton and his menagerie Peg 1)
With the tide rising (HT 23:20) the first fish started to be caught, but it became obvious early on that fishing to size was the correct choice as it would be challenge. Doubles and trebles were commonplace but finding those elusive 27cm + whiting, or over 23 cm dabs was a challenge. On a positive note, we did not need a lot of light to fish by as the research vessel lit up the horizon, quite a sight as it tacked up/down the coastline.
Everyone was catching, no blanks, but the size limit proved quite a challenge, so the numbers caught were always going to be lower than previous outings. But that is where the skill comes in. It was nice to see everyone enjoying the evening and taking the time out to fish and not run around the beach measuring everything. Nathan Drewery, fishing from Peg 3, caught a fine 34cm Whiting winning biggest round, whilst although there was a lot of small Dabs about the largest Dab was shared between Barry Iseton (Peg 8) and Darren Smith (Peg 9) with 24cm Dabs. In total 65 (over 27cm) Whiting, 5 Dabs (over 23cm), and 4 Rockling (over 18cm) were caught.
As the results came in the fishing to size meant that the results were going to be close, so there was quite a tussell between Ian Childerhouse (Peg 11) and Richard Hipperson (Peg 10), with Ian winning …but only just (by 4 weight points). Well done both!
1st Ian Childerhouse (Peg 11) with 10 fish weighing 3lb 7/16oz (166 weight points).
2nd Richard Hipperson (Peg 10) with 9 fish weighing 3lb 6/16oz (162 weight points)
3rd Simon Bottomley (Peg 6) with 10 fish weighing 2lb 15/16oz (141 weight points)
Finally, the Christmas lucky peg draw went to Barry Iseton
But the real result will be the donation of match fees, NAC funds, and donations from Rite Gear (Dene Conway) and NAC President (Dene Gibson), total expected to be £244 (thanks all for supporting such a worthy cause)
Full results: Points
Ian Childerhouse 30
Richard Hipperson 29
Simon Bottomley 28
Barry Iseton 27 + 5 flat
John Spalton 26
Nathan Drewery 25 +5 round
Andrew Turk 24
Ian Wells 23
Darren ‘Smudger’ Smith 22 +5 flat
Russell Taylor 21
Paul Goodsen 20
Merry Christmas all and look forward to seeing you at Mundersley on Monday 28th December, see Facebook for latest information.