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 ? )

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