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NAC Match Report Great Yarmouth 31st January 2022

NAC Match Report Great Yarmouth 31st January 2022

Nathan nails Great Yarmouth in the final match of the 2021/2022 winter season

Even the storms of the weekend did not stop the Norfolk Angling Club from fishing the last match of the winter season, 22 matches fished in total.

It was a close call as to where, with the winds playing havoc with our original planned venue of Cromer (where to fish ?), then a move to Walcott (wind made it impossible) then the combined weather watch talents of John Spalton and Nathan Drewery checking out and declaring Great Yarmouth the best place to fish given the ongoing weather conditions. A few messages on WhatsApp (what a useful bit of technology for the angling community) meant that 8 members landed up on the road outside the Premier Inn ready to fish. Given the various weather apps comments it was a surprise to find the wind only breezy and temperatures better than expected.

Lots of banter re how to fish these challenging conditions should we fish to size limits or 18cm + . As no social media chat re sizeable fish, the vote taken to fish to 18cm+ with the hope that there would be also some sizeable fish. With a start time of 6:30pm the early indications from the first casts highlighted the inclement conditions. Tide meant we were fishing from the dunes (HT 20:00), a tide raging left to right due to westerly winds and what was most surprising was the bundles of weed, the size of seal pups and just as heavy. A few bits of gear lost (some retrieved) to the sea.

With the usual suspects catching “cardable” fish it was a competition to see who would actually catch something that would feature in a size limit match. A total of 103 fish caught between all members, no blanks. Of which 81 were Whiting, 1 Rockling and 21 Dabs. The honours for the biggest flat were shared between John Spalton (peg 7) and Russell Taylor (peg 3) catching 25cm Dabs. Whilst the honours for biggest round were also shared between Nathan Drewery (peg 8) and Russell Taylor (peg 3). Well done all, tough night. Congratulations to Nathan who still managed to deliver the goods.

The final results on a rough night were:  (2 fish between John and Marc but same weight points)

Match Result:

1st          Nathan Drewery                                        peg 8                            26 fish  233 weight points (4lbs 14/16oz)

2nd         Russell Taylor                                             peg 3                             11 fish 129 weight points (2lbs 11/16oz)

3rd         Marc Lawson                                              peg 2                             13 fish 110 weight points (2lbs 5/16oz)

4th         John Spalton                                              peg 7                           11 fish  110 weight points (2lbs 5/16oz)

Biggest flat shared John Spalton / Russell Taylor 25cm Dab

Biggest round shared Nathan Drewery / Russell Taylor 31cm Whiting

Lucky peg draw went to Russell Taylor (Peg3) – thanks for the photos of the Gt Yarmouth skyline at 7:00pm

For full results see image below.

So, concludes 22 matches of very close competition through the winter. The winners of the league will be declared shortly following adjustment (i.e., 4 lowest scores, determined by random number generation,  to be dropped – i.e. max scoring matches per person is 18). See summary to be prepared shortly. As a taster of the 22 matched fished 14 were over sand with 8 on the shingle (if anyone interested ? )

NAC Match Report Salthouse 24th January 2022

NAC Match Report Salthouse 24th January 2022

JC takes top podium spot at Salthouse 

The penultimate match of this winter season was held at Salthouse, not everybody’s favourite venue (lots and lots of shingle walking) but known to throw up decent fish. 13  anglers gathered on the Salthouse road and with talk of decent fish and favourable weather (see the Spalton Weather Cam photo staring Gus – “he knows a good sea when he sees it”)  and with high tide due at 10:30pm, the indicators were in place for a good match. So, fingers crossed we agreed to start early 6:30pm and fish to size.

The first few casts confirmed that the fish were about, but somehow those fish about forgot to tell their big brothers and sisters as early catches were all undersized. Then a Rockling was caught, would this be the match winner ?. But then chatter up/down the pegs started to report decent fish starting to be caught and we were starting to card catches. Have you ever had “fish envy”, I thought I had cracked it (on Peg 3) with a 29cm & 30cm Whiting to card, only for Eamon (peg 4) to show me his 33cm Whiting (see photo – ready for the fryer). They say size doesn’t matter ……really, who said that !. But that wasn’t the end of it.

A total of 80 to size fish caught, no one blanked, well done all.  Of the 80 caught 63 were Whiting, 13 Dabs and 4 Rockling not a bad haul especially when fishing to size. In total the 80 fish equated to 1360 weight points (28lb 5/16oz). Winner on the night was John Catchpole (Peg 10) with 9 fish and collected the biggest flat a 29cm Dab. The biggest round surprisingly wasn’t Eamons but in form Mr Drewery (Peg 9) with a 35cm Whiting pipping Eamon’s 33cm, so size does matter. John’s and Nathans fish feature on the biggest flat/rounds for winter league table.

So, with only 1 more match to go…..who’s going to win the league ?

Match Result:

1st          John Catchpole                                          peg 10                       9 fish    188 weight points (3lbs 15/16oz)

2nd         Eamon Finch                                              peg 4                             10 fish 161 weight points (3lbs 6/16oz)

3rd         Simon Bottomley                                       peg 3                             8 fish    132 weight points (2lbs 12/16oz)

Biggest flat John Catchpole (Peg 10)                    29cm Dab

Biggest round Nathan Drewery (Peg 9)                              35cm Whiting

Lucky peg draw went to Stephen Medlar (Peg 8)

For full results see image

Next match will be on 31st  January 2022 at Walcott fishing ebb (with HT @ 17:53pm). Switched following discussion with group due to issues with being snaggy / parking issues.

A big thank you to Norfolk Angling Club

A big thank you from Norfolk Angling Club for all your donations and support through our Christmas appeal. A special thanks to Eamon and Ian for their kind donations. Below is a letter from Walking with the Wounded not only thanking us, but explaining how all the £ will be spent. Thanks again……SimonDear The Norfolk Angling Club,

YOU Left No-one Behind From Lockdown This Year. Thanks to your efforts, Walking Home For Christmas has raised the wonderful sum so far of over £135,000, with more money continuing to come in each day. The money raised will enable Walking With The Wounded to continue to be there for all those in need. We recognise that those who served, deserve. Whether mentally wounded, socially wounded or physically wounded, they deserve the care, support and means they and their families need to function in society, serving in the communities in which they live, reigniting their sense of purpose and making a positive contribution again. We do four things: employment, mental health, care coordination and volunteering which are saving jobs, homes, relationships and lives for the veterans who are struggling since leaving the military. At the beginning of the event, and on the back of the past two years, we set you a challenge of ensuring that no-one is left behind from lockdown. Our Veterans have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic and they deserve our support at a critical moment. And how you answered our call! From Edinburgh to London, Belfast to Cardiff, throughout the UK nearly 1,300 people came together to fund over 1,650 mental health therapy sessions. Your £1,010.17 raised is a key part of this and we couldn’t be prouder of your efforts.

Every small step you took on your walks will make a big difference. Thank you so much again from the whole team here at Walking With The Wounded to you and those who donated to you. We are humbled by your efforts.

Well done again and a very happy new year to you. Thank you. Fergus Williams CEO, Walking With The Wounded

What your support means to those like Mark that we help…Mark joined the Parachute Regiment and completed 12 months of hard training. Disaster struck when he seriously injured his ankle, and he was unable to complete his essential parachute jumps. He successfully transferred to the Coldstream Guards and immediately started reconnaissance work. He was deployed to Northern Ireland and was involved in several incidents that caused him accumulative trauma. Mark left the military to look after his mother who had become seriously ill, and his father was struggling to look after the family alone. Sadly, in 1994, Mark’s mother passed away and this caused his mental health to spiral downwards. For 23 years, Mark struggled with his symptoms. He left his marriage and his home and went to live in a squat. He sought help from his GP but declined the anti-depressants that he had been prescribed. In 2012,Mark applied to take a Close Protection Security Course (CPS) with the intention of going to Iraq. However, the reintroduction to a military-style environment, made him aggressive and disassociated. In 2018, he contacted WWTW to help him find a new, stable career path and was introduced to Chris his Employment Advisor. Chris immediately referred Mark to NHS TILS (Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention, Liaison Service) for assessment and treatment. He was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and treated through talking therapies and grounding techniques. Chris supported Mark and helped him to complete his applications forms for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) support and Universal Credit – a daunting task that Mark had been unwilling to undertake. In 2019, Chris invited Mark to go to Lesotho, Africa with a team from WWTW. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and Mark, who had responded well to therapy, accepted. He flew to Lesotho and worked to rebuild an orphanage. He also helped to teach the children Maths, English, and woodworking skills. The trip helped him relate to others and to understand and appreciate their battles. When Mark was ready to look for employment again, he had decided he wanted to become an HGV driver. Chris got in touch with the Royal British Legion to fund his HGV Class C Licence training. He also introduced him to courses in Mental Health and Counselling, so that he could better understand his own issues. Mark has now finished his therapy and is no longer on medication. He has received his HGV Class C licence and WWTW has just secured funding from the Royal British Legion for his HGV C+E training (driving with a drawbar). He is feeling confident and is in a very strong position to get work.‘ Last year, Christmas was not great. I was still in therapy; I had no work and I’d just got back to an empty home after being in Africa with the team from WWTW. This year, everything has changed. I have a new partner; I am independent and very soon, I expect to be in a new job. Thanks to Chris and WWTW my life is coming together. The past is gone, and this Christmas is all about making some new, happy memories.


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NAC Match Gorleston 17th January 2022

NAC Match Report Gorleston 17th January 2022

Nathan on form at a moonlit Gorleston 

The moon was up and full as we gathered to draw pegs at Marine Parade car park, Gorleston. As no gossip re big fish or unicorns (Cod) it was decided to fish 18cm+ length match, same as last week. 11 anglers pegged from just below right of the car park (peg 11) to peg 1 near the chalets. Tide was coming in, and with a moonlit beach (see photo) it looked to be a good session, reinforced by the Spalton weather cam earlier in the day, Gus and his gang know a good sea when they see one !.

Early catches set the trend for the whole match with small whiting and dabs making the running with high numbers of singles/doubles/trebles but nothing really of size. Any match recording fish over 18cm is one where there is a lot more writing than fishing, with the advantage for keeping your step count up with the running up/down the beach with your bucket. Gorleston was no exception to that rule.

With 318 fish caught (averaging 30 per angler) there was a lot of recording to do. Always difficult at night when its cold. So, a gentle reminder to check your adding up and handwriting to ensure we have an easy reporting session. Plus, when many of the fish are similar size, please identify your biggest flat/round….thanks as it takes more time to do the numbers than spent fishing.

In total the 318 fish recorded a total length of 6854cm. Nathan fishing off peg 1 fishing a blinder, picking up 55 fish for a total length of 1154cm, well fished, sympathies to Marc Lawson (peg 2) who had to do all the recording and writing up. Whilst 2nd and third place were contested by Eamon Finch (peg 4) and Ian Childerhouse (Peg 11). Of the 318 fish caught 233 were whiting, 84 were dab, a final 1 pout made up the numbers. See match results below and images. Reported numbers for podium have been rechecked and validated with a calculator. Biggest flat, a 26cm Dab was caught by Russell Taylor (peg 3) with biggest round going to guess who, with a 31cm Whiting (Nathan Drewery – peg 1). So, with only 2 more matches to the end of the Winter League it’s a well  fished Nathan and well fished all and see you at Salthouse next week for the penultimate match of the 2021/2022 Winter League.

Match Result:

1st          Nathan Drewery                                        peg 1                            55 fish                1154 cm

2nd         Eamon Finch                                              peg 4                             34 fish               729 cm

3rd         Ian Childerhouse                                        peg 11                       33 fish               712 cm

Biggest flat Russell Taylor 26cm Dab

Biggest round Nathan Drewery 31cm Whiting

Lucky peg draw went to Russell Taylor

For full results see image

Next match will be on 24th January 2022 at Salthouse with HT @ 22:29pm (so fishing the flood. Keep an eye on our WhatsApp group for any latest information

Ps. well done all NAC Teams A/B who fished 16th January at the Teams of 5 match at Salthouse

NAC Match Report Sea Palling 10th January 2022

NAC Match Report Sea Palling 10th January 2022

Ian Childerhouse shows how to fish to length at Sea Palling and retains the Simon “Luggy” Farrow Cup  

The last time we fished Sea Palling it was the 20th September with fish very hard to find (only 13 caught by 9 anglers  with 10 blanks….not a happy time). Would history repeat itself with this 2nd match? In total 12 anglers met in good time for a 6:30pm kick off, despite the move of car park due to a very soggy field. It was a welcome back to Marc Lawson.

We decided to fish either side of the slip way with peg 6 being opposite the slip. After requesting a short walk Ian Childerhouse picked up peg 12 which was easy going to the right of the slip, he had smile on his face, did he know something the rest of us didn’t. With the threat of low fish numbers, we decided to fish to length (anything over 18cm was carded but by length, not converted to weight points)

Early fishing showed what we were in for with wee whiting and wee dabs making an appearance. But activity on that right side of the pegs seemed to be keeping a smile on the faces of Ian Childerhouse (peg 12), Neil Rowe (peg 9), Stephen Medlar (peg 11) and John Spalton (peg 11). The reason was obvious when cards were checked at the end of the night, they’d found lots of fish relative to the last match. A Sea Palling local who stopped by for a chat confirmed that that end of the beach was the most productive….see facts and data, one to file for the future.

It proved a wise move fishing a length match as no one blanked. In total 182 fish caught giving a total of length of 3953cm. Of the 182 fish caught 48 were Dabs, 2 Rockling and 132 were wee Whiting. Viewing the overall results, it was congratulations to Ian Childerhouse for showing how to fish a length match and in winning the Simon “Luggy” Farrow Cup, and it clearly was a bit of a tussle on that end of the beach with only 6 cm separating 2nd and 3rd podium spot.

Match Result:

1st          Ian Childerhouse                                       short walk, peg 12                   27 fish                578cm

2nd         Neil Rowe                                                                          peg 9                       23 fish               529cm

3rd         Stephen Medlar                                                                peg 11                     23 fish               523cm

Biggest flat shared Eamon Finch and Ian Childerhouse 26cm Dab

Biggest round Neil Rowe 31cm Whiting

Lucky peg draw went to Eamon Finch

  • Simon “Luggy” Farrow Cup held annually in memory of Simon Farrow a previous member of the club who died in 2016.

For full results see image

Next match will be 17th January 2022 at Gorleston with HT @ 20:24pm (so fishing the turn and down the tide). Keep an eye on our WhatsApp group for any latest information

NAC Match Report Kelling 3rd January 2022

NAC Match Report Kelling 3rd January 2022  

Jamie & David repeat pairs success at Kelling.

Happy New Year for 2022 let’s hope we have a year free from any lockdowns and more of a feeling of normality, best wishes to all, but remember to stay cautious and safe. Fishing from Kelling means a bit more management as we have to close the main gate whilst we are fishing, we wouldn’t want anyone stealing those beautiful old battle tanks. Interesting to see the history of Weybourne Camp featured in a back issue of “Flog it.” (See iPlayer). With the match at Kelling designated a ‘pairs’ match the numbers attending if even no problem, if an odd number it meant that someone had to fish 2 rods on their own. So, were we going to end up an even number ?.

The pre match revelry was interrupted with the arrive of our own quartermaster with the latest issues of hats (beanies and caps – see photos) with the latest deliveries. Very smart. Speaking as one who gave a few beanies as Christmas presents, they are excellent quality and look good. So don’t loose out, pass your orders to Roger Cunnington via the NAC Facebook site or WhatsApp him.

Back to the fishing, with 13 anglers in the peg draw who would pair with who. The last time we fished Kelling in November 2021 (see NAC Match Report Kelling 8th November 2021 | Norfolk Angling Club) the magic pairing then was Jamie Medlar and David Mathers catching a match winning total of 58 fish  (1065 weight points), and somehow the fishing gods in January 2022 put Jamie and David back as a pair. Match on, the pair to beat. In anticipation of a bumper catch (also talk of good catches up/down the coast over the last few days) we again fished to size.

From the off the fish were being caught, but as per recent matches size was the issue with plenty of undersized traces being caught in a turning/falling tide. Nice to see Russell back on the beach but like everyone was frustrated at the lack of cardable fish. Compared to November 2021 average of 16 fish caught per angler, this time we were not so lucky with an average of 9 fish per angler being carded. By the end of the night 118 fish were carded of which 115 were Whiting, with 3 Dabs.

The honours for largest round were shared between Steve Medlar (Peg 1) and Roger Cunnington (Peg 2) catching 35cm Whiting. With John Catchpole (Peg 4) picking up the largest flat with a 26cm Dab (tells you all about the night). So did the magic pairing of Jamie and David fishing Peg 3 bear fruit (or should I have said fish) well yes, the fishing gods struck again with the golden pair picking up a total of 24 fish with 392 weight points (8lb 3/16oz). Well done boys……but will it be 3 in a row when we return to Kelling in late February 2022, watch this space.

A special mention must go to Team Spalton who managed to pick up 11 fish earning 176 points, whilst fishing with two rods and keeping 3 dogs in order.

Match Result:

1st          Jamie Medlar/David Mathers                  peg 3               24 fish                392 weight points          (8lb 3/16oz)

2nd         Stephen Medlar/Neil Rowe                     peg 1               18 fish               349 weight points          (7lb 4/16oz)

3rd         John Catchpole/Ian Childerhouse           peg 4               20 fish               338 weight points          (7lb 1/16oz)

Lucky peg draw went to Russell Taylor

For full results see image

Next match will be 10th January 2022 at Sea Palling with LT @ 20:10pm (so fishing the turn and up the tide). Keep an eye on our WhatsApp group for any latest information

A big thanks to all who supported the Walking with the Wounded fund raising the final grand total of £1010. Thanks all, truly smashing the initial objective of £500. See photo of Robert Selby showing off his new prize winning rod and future NAC matches timetable.

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