Archive for February 2022

NAC Match Report Bacton 28th February 2022

NAC Match Report Bacton 28th February 2022

Nathan bags Bacton  

After the storms Dudley, Eunice, Franklin it was great to be back to fishing Monday night. Feeling was replicated as all arrived well before time ensuring a 6:30pm start. 15 booked into fish, and it was great to see Andy Turk and Leon Smith back on a Monday night after their winter sabbaticals. Thanks to AJ for providing fresh doughnuts. Always a winner. Pre cast off the discussion as usual was the inevitable question of whether to fish to size/converted, length or 18cm+ converted. After listening/reading the fortunes of John Spalton/Jamie Childerhouse/Richard Hipperson who fished the weekend we decided to fish 18cm+ as it was expected that we would be facing weed/no fish. So, with a planned 6:30pm start it was match on. (Big thanks to John S for pegging the venue).

High tide was 16:55, so with the water ebbing we cast off. Great to see early on that a few fish being caught, not sizable but over the 18cm target. As the match progressed each peg delivered fish, no blanks. The weather meant the last few hours were decidedly wet, not really a problem so long as you are catching. So, with fish over 18cm and no weed, and just enough water to fish in a good night was had by all. In total 97 fish caught of which 92 were whiting. Leon (peg 13) signalled his “summer” return with a magnificent 38cm whiting specimen, winning biggest round. Confirming that a winter sabbatical is beneficial to your fishing mojo Andy Turk (peg 3) landed a 28cm Dab picking up the biggest flat.

Biggest bagger on the night was man in form Nathan Drewery (peg 12) catching a splendid 14 fish, weighing in at 144 points (3lb). He was joined on the podium by Andy Turk catching 11 fish, weighing in at 122 points 2lb 9/16ozs. Third place went to David Mathers (peg 6) with 11 fish also but weighing in 98 points (2lbs 1/16ozs). All caught cardable fish, so the early pessimism was not realised. Just goes to show that a beach changes every tide and day, the magic that is fishing.

Match Result:

1st          Nathan Drewery                                        peg 12                       14 fish 144 weight points (3lbs)

2nd         Andy Turk                                                   peg 3                             11 fish 122 weight points (2lbs 9/16oz)

3rd         David Mathers                                           peg 6                             11 fish 98 weight points (2lbs 1/16oz)

Match average                                                        6.5 fish / angler

Biggest flat                      28cm Dab – Andy Turk (peg 3)

Biggest round                 38cm Whiting – Leon Smith (peg 13)

Lucky peg draw went to David Mathers  (peg 6)

Next match 7 March – Weybourne HT 21:24 keep an eye on Facebook/WhatsApp for details or late changes

Note a copy of the draft 2022 Summer fixtures was circulated to a few members last night, however for those who didn’t get a copy – see images. Message to all, please feedback any concerns/issues so we can formally issue next week.

NAC Match Report Gorleston 14th February 2022

NAC Match Report Gorleston 14th February 2022

Marc makes the most of low fish numbers to have a successful date night at Gorleston  

Valentine’s day started so well with Tony Holmes spreading the “valentine love” with his message to all NAC members, thanks Tony it was nice of you to think of us all on this special day. The feeling continued with all the usual weather checks confirming that tide, wind, and rain all going to behave themselves and with full moonlight a special evening or “date night” was in order. It only needed a sound track to set the mood. So, on this date night what would be on the menu Dab, Whiting, early Bass or Rays the excitement was palpable. As with all special date night it was great to see everyone arrive on time and be on the beach and dressed up for a 6:15pm start, keen or what !.

With the menu requested we ordered the 6:15pm starter, with fish to size for the main course, so confident were we that the fish would be also in that special mood and looking for love. It was looking good as initial cast brought in fish typically Dabs just under 23cm and Whiting under 27cm, no matter how hard we stretched/massaged/caressed them they still couldn’t match up to the expected size. Clearly size matters.

There were however a few anglers who scored, picking up “cardable” fish in amongst the undersized Dabs/Whiting. It was nice to see John Harvey back on the beach again (peg 2) and also managing to pick up a sizeable Dab and Whiting. Podium position though went to Marc Lawson who not only picked up the Number 1 spot but also a share in the biggest round. Clearly, he must have been wearing his best pulling aftershave (Brut ?) to tempt 6 of a total of 30 fish caught.

Of the 30 fish carded 17 were Whiting and 13 Dabs. The largest Dab was a 26cm Dab caught by John Harvey on peg 2, and the largest round was 33cm but shared between Marc Lawson (Peg 10), John Spalton (Peg 6) and that man again John Harvey (Peg 2). But sadly, as with all dates, it had to come to an end, did we enjoy it yes, did we get invited back for coffee no, would we do it again absolutely, so see you at Kelling (next week) where it is rumoured what we would all be “paired” is that legal ?

Match Result:

1st          Marc Lawson                                              peg 10                       6 fish    110 weight points (2lbs 5/16oz)

2nd         John Spalton                                              peg 6                             5 fish    84 weight points (1lbs 12/16oz)

3rd         Colin Bailey                                                 peg 7                             3 fish    58 weight points (1lbs 3/16oz)

Match average                                                        2.7 fish / angler

Biggest flat                      26cm Dab – John Harvey (peg 2)

Biggest round                 33cm Whiting – John Spalton (peg 6) / Marc Lawson (peg 10) / John Harvey  (peg 2)

Lucky peg draw went to Jamie Medlar (peg 11)

Next match 21st February – Kelling keep an eye on Facebook/WhatsApp for details.

NAC Match Summer League Weybourne 7th February 2022

NAC Match Report Weybourne 7th February 2022

Ian Childerhouse takes a short walk to take the 1st Match of the summer league at Weybourne

In the long and distant past in a mystical land called North Norfolk there was talk of catching unicorns over the winter (see photo). Many quests were made but all ended in failure, it was either too hot or too cold, windy, weedy, wrong food available, wrong day. Sir Spalton signalled, after checking his magical seaweed, that conditions were a “bit of swell but looking good” and with that the quest was on for the mystical creatures of the deep.

A unicorn

Heeding Sir Spalton’s proclamation 14 NAC knights gathered in the “lists” (also known as Weybourne car park) to challenge the conditions and catch a unicorn. We welcomed Sir AJ to the fold, and welcomed back Sir Barry and Sir Glen back from their winter pilgrimages to places unknown. Spirits were high, confidence was high, tonight was going to be the night that would be talked about around the Norfolk campfires, no need for 18+, tonight was going to be about size limits. Sir Ian of Kings Lynn and Sir Barry of Sheringham having battled for unicorns for many years requested “short walks” to allow the sprightlier knights to claim their pegs along the beach. Pegs drawn from the “pipe” towards the shores of Kelling via the cliffs of Weybourne.

Fishing the tide up (HT 22:42) all indicators were good, with early Whiting showing, but few being of cardable size. Then the call went up from young Sir Nathan of a mystical unicorn being caught and it was well and truly cardable, then another, and another. Was this a form of fishing madness that only fishing at Weybourne can create or was there a curse at work. In a moment 3 unicorns caught, judging by the WhatsApp posts (a new-fangled invention – a bit like witchcraft) spreading the news to all corners of the kingdom. But sadly, it was all a dream !

Waking up the merry knights of NAC found it was just a dream, no unicorns other than the stories from the days of yore, only the usual under sized Whiting (18), Dabs (13), and Rockling (4). All struggled to achieve cardable fish, with the biggest round being a 35cm Whiting caught by Sir Jamie of Medlar and a 26cm Dab caught by Sir Barry off his short walk (he knew what he was doing !). No dragons slain; no unicorns caught however Sir Ian of the House of Childerhouse (another short walker) took the honours of the night managing to pick up 7 fish. 3 cheers for all !.

Inspiration for this piece provided by Sir Nathan with his many unicorn photos shared across the kingdom. Normal reporting next week.

Match Result:

1st          Sir Ian Childerhouse                                  peg 14                       7 fish 104 weight points (2lbs 3/16oz)

2nd         Sir John Catchpole                                    peg 3                             5 fish    64 weight points (1lbs 5/16oz)

3rd         Sir Jamie Medlar                                        peg 4                             4 fish    62 weight points (1lbs 5/16oz)

Biggest flat 26cm Dab – Sir Barry (peg 13)

Biggest round 34cm Whiting – Sir Jamie

Lucky peg draw went to Russell Taylor (Peg5) Next match 14 February – Gorleston, keep an eye on Facebook/WhatsApp for details.

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