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NAC Match 8 Walcott 28th March 2022

NAC Match Report Walcott 28th March 2022

The one where Andrew T “walks the dog” winning at Walcott  

Last week’s spring sunshine saw many club members pleasure fish and get in a bit of practice on the many beaches in North Norfolk hoping for comparable results at tonight’s match at Walcott and back on sand. Expectation was a sunny evening’s fishing with plenty of fish. But what greeted those waiting in Walcott was sea mist/fog with winter like temperatures and a SE breeze. But despite the inclement weather 14 anglers booked into to fish. At this point it’s worth mentioning those tucked up in their beds with COVID and fishing via WhatsApp messages, virtually – get well soon Jaimee/Marc.

With the tide ebbing (HT 16:46pm) we drew pegs for left and right of the slipway and with everyone ready for a 6:30pm start we hit the beach. The weather hadn’t improved when we set up, but all were still hopeful of good catches. In the gloom we saw Colin Bailey (peg 7) pick up a 50cm+ Dog fish, followed fairly quickly by Leon Smith (peg 6) picking up also a Dog fish (went on to catch another – see photo), 1 cm bigger. Further down the beach Andrew Turk on lucky for some peg 13 also picking up a 61cm Dog, a nice 89 pointer ! . John Spalton fishing on (peg 1) seems to have had a close encounter of the third kind talking to Walcott’s famous star gazer, must have upset his fishing mojo – see John’s WhatsApp post. In an X File moment, he was mistaken for Patrick Moore. Sad but this was one of the highlights of the evening.

When the final check of the fish haul the numbers were low, 1.6 fish per peg average. In total twenty-three fish carded of which 6/23 were Dogs with the biggest one of 61cm shared between Andrew Turk (peg 13) and Simon Bottomley (peg 5), 14/23 were Whiting with the biggest one being 33cm (well done Andrew Turk) and the remainder being 3/23 rockling. But no flat fish caught !. Well done all who fished in not the best conditions (weather and fish). See you next match, fingers crossed. Note: AJ earned special bonus weight points for bringing delicious homemade doughnuts, just a thought ?.

Match Result:

1st          Andrew Turk                                              peg 13                       5 fish    162 weight points (3lbs 6/16oz)

2nd         Leon Smith                                                 peg 6                            4 fish    144 weight points (3lb)

3rd         Stephen Medlar                                         peg 10                       3 fish    96 weight points (2lb)

Match average                                                        1.6 (was 4.5 fish last week) / angler

Biggest round                 61cm Dog          Andrew Turk (peg 13) and Simon Bottomley (peg 5)  

Biggest Flat                     None carded

Lucky peg                        Leon Smith (peg 6)

Next week’s match will be back to the shingle at Salthouse . HT 21:24 – fishing the flood.

NAC Match Report Kelling 21st March 2022

NAC Match Report Kelling 21st March 2022 (Pairs Match)

John Catchpole and Eamon Finch take the Pairs match at Kelling and Nathan Drewery retains the individual Joc Goudie Matchman Trophy  

With the early spring sunshine starting the week and planned for the rest of the week there was a spring like excitement to be back at Kelling, home of many excellent big catch matches.

  • Would ‘Dogs’ make an appearance ?.
  • Would we see the last of the wee Whiting ?.
  • Would Bass appear ?.
  • Or would we see more Rockling and Pout ?.

With 16 booked in, but a late call off from AJ dropped the numbers to 15 planned for the match. Thanks , AJ for keeping in touch via the WhatsApp. So, with 15 planned it meant that we had an odd number for a pairs match. It was good to see Hitesh fishing again after the winter, and a big welcome to first “NAC” timer Katie Hills. Great to see you both, as pairs a good format to get you started and learn from your partner.

With everyone assembled we held the peg draw. John Spalton (or team Spalton) accepted the single peg, and there were some interesting combinations. Hitesh paired with Jaime Childerhouse. Katie paired with Andy Turk. With a cast off time planned for 7:00pm the pairings discussed strategies, who would cast long, short or as is usual let’s see what we catch. With WhatsApp chatter through the week, it felt doable to be a fish to size match.

Fishing a 20:26pm high tide we started to see early wee Whiting and Dabs. But soon all started to hit their stride with cardable fish presenting themselves to the pairs. Firstly a few over 27cm + Whiting then Dabs. Then to make it more interesting occasional pairs started to pick up Dog Fish. Great to see them back, always a challenge. Despite moans that not finding cardable fish the pairing of JC and Eamon (peg 2) picked up a few Dogs. Of the overall 68 fish carded 7 Dogs caught ranging in size from 53cm to 61cm with Jamie Childerhouse (peg 7) picking up a 61cm specimen winning the biggest round, with Nathan Drewery close behind him with a 60cm Dog. A 31cm Pout picked up by Richard Hipperson (peg 8) and Jamie also picked up a 37cm Whiting (not a wee one) also worthy of mention. Biggest flat of 26cm Dab shared between Jamie (again !), Eamon (peg 2) and Nathan (peg 5).

Podium pair of the night were Eamon Finch and John Catchpole (peg 2) with 12 cardable fish, weighing in at 6lb 4/16oz, with Nathan Drewery and Dave Mathers (peg 5) close behind with 286 weight points (5lbs 15/16oz). At an individual level Nathan retained the Joc Goudie Matchman Trophy last awarded November 2019 (2020 cancelled due to COVID, 2021 postponed due to storms) with an individual score of 200 points (4lb 3/16oz) . Well done Nathan great consistent fishing you are still the one to beat !. Further good news – no blanks, all carded. Well done Katie hope you enjoyed your first match and that we see you again. Full details below:

Match Result:

1st          Eamon Finch / John Catchpole                 peg 2                            12 fish 299 weight points (6lbs 4/16oz)

2nd         Nathan Drewery / Dave Mathers            peg 5                             11 fish 286 weigh points (5lb 15/16oz)

3rd         Richard Hipperson / Stephen Medlar     peg 8                             15 fish 266 weight points (5lb 9/16oz)

Match average                                                        4.5 (was 2.8 fish last week) / angler

Biggest flat                      26cm Dab          Jamie Childerhouse (peg 7) / Eamon Finch (peg2) / Nathan Drewery (peg 5)

Biggest round                 61cm Dog          Jamie Childerhouse (peg 7)  

Lucky peg                                                   Ian Childerhouse  (peg 6)

Next week’s match will be held at Walcott. HT 16:46 – fishing the ebb.

Latest venue sheet attached to the report, if anyone wants a paper copy let me know and I will bring more copies to the next match.

NAC Match Report Mundesley 14th March 2022

NAC Match Report Mundesley 14th March 2022

Medlar is majestic at Mundesley  

After last week’s discussion about meeting later (from 5:45pm to 6:00pm) to make it more convenient, it was a big surprise to arrive in the Mundesley beach car park at 5:15pm to find nearly everyone kitted out ready to fish. Great to see the level of enthusiasm. With the arrival of 13 anglers by 6:00pm we drew pegs and headed for the beach. Pegging either side of the main access to the beach. With excellent weather and the benefit of setting  up on the shoreline in daylight and an ebbing tide (HT 16:27pm) the fishing looked good. Oh, we also decided to continue with the fishing to size limits. Would we be flooded out with under 27cm sized whiting ?  

Absolutely !, I hear everyone who attended the session cry. The task became one of trying to out fish the wee whiting and find the bigger specimens. If we had fished to 18cm+ plus we would have spent more time writing than fishing.  But they say the cream always rises to the top so despite the wee whiting we started to see a few over 27cm recorded whiting, a few rogue rockling as anglers started to pick up a few cardable fish.  

In total 36 fish caught of which 29 were Whiting, 5 Rockling with the remaining 2 being the biggest flat and round. Ian Childerhouse (peg 4) showed his ‘cream’ like fishing skills by picking up a decent 40cm Bass in the surf, whilst the evening’s match winner Stephen Medlar picked up a 27cm Flounder (peg 9). A majestic performance by Stephen who picked up 149 weight points twice as many as his nearest angler Ian Childerhouse who picked up 74 points.

Match Result:

1st          Stephen Medlar                                         peg 9                            7 fish    149 weight points (3lbs 2/16oz)

2nd         Ian Childerhouse                                       peg 4                             2 fish    74 weight points (1lb 9/16oz)

3rd         Simon Bottomley                                       peg 14                       4 fish    64 weight points (1lb 5/16oz)

Match average                                                        2.8 (was 3.4 fish last week) / angler

Biggest flat                      27cm Flounder  Stephen Medlar (peg 9)

Biggest round                 40cm Bass         Ian Childerhouse (peg 4)

Lucky peg                                                   Eamon Finch  (peg 11)

Next match 21st March @ Kelling HT 20:26 will be ‘pairs’ (drawn on the night) and at an  individual level will be  for Joc Goudie Match Man Trophy (cancelled on the 21st March due to bad weather) so keep an eye on Facebook/WhatsApp for details or late changes.

Change in venue (from Salthouse) follows a further review of venues. Going forward planning for 2022/23 winter league will be delegated to 3 members. Venue sheet will be issued at next weeks match, in addition to posting on line/Facebook

NAC Match Report Weybourne 7th March 2022

NAC Match Report Weybourne 7th March 2022

Nathan does it again at Weybourne  

With the weather crisp and bright 14 club members met at the Weybourne car park ready for a good evening’s fishing. The usual debate of should we fish to 18+ / length / or to size limits was one topic of conversation which will no doubt run for every match. The general consensus is that each recording method has its supporters, and you can’t please all the people all the time. Key is that at a match we all fish to the same recording measure. This will be helped by declaring ‘recording’ method ahead of each match when the invite is posted. It can be amended at the match if circumstances change in the week. So given conditions at Weybourne, with an incoming tide (HT 21:24), movement on the water, and some bigger fish caught up the coast at the Team of 5 match it was decided to fish to size.

We pegged from just past the pipe for the “short walk” members, check the stats to see if it really is an advantage to fish next to the pipe. No sooner had we started to set up, but we were buzzed by USAF Osprey carrying out manoeuvres practicing landings at Muckleborough. Spectacular shots attached to this report. Maybe HM Fisheries wanted to monitor the beach after reading our catch reports.

Early catches of under 27cm Whiting questioned the fish to size decision, but along the beach you started to see the progression of buckets being taken to be a validated cardable fish. Yes, despite the numbers being recorded our “fishing machine” that is Nathan Drewery still managed to record 13 of size fish, awarding him a match winning 192 weight converted points. Average catch across the group was 3.4 fish per NAC member. There were no blanks.!.

In total 48 fish caught of which 34 were Whiting, 9 Dabs, 4 Rockling, and 1 “Scorpion” fish (see photo of AJ with his new best friend). Of fish caught the honours for biggest flat was shared between Ian Childerhouse (peg 13) and Andy Turk (peg 7) with 25cm Dab, whilst the biggest round was shared between John Spalton (peg 14) and Simon Bottomley (peg 8) with a 33cm Whiting. Second and Third places were a close competition between Jamie Childerhouse (peg 9) and Neil Rowe (peg 4)….final difference was 1 oz. But the honours for the match went to Nathan for showing how it is done to fish to size. Maybe he needs to give us all a master class ?

Match Result:

1st          Nathan Drewery                                        peg 2                            13 fish 192 weight points (4lbs)

2nd         Jamie Childerhouse                                   peg 9                             4 fish    68 weight points (1lb 7/16oz)

3rd         Neil Rowe                                                    peg 4                             5 fish    66 weight points (1lb 6/16oz)

Match average                                                        3.4 fish / angler

Biggest flat                      25cm Dab          Andy Turk (peg 7) / Ian Childerhouse (peg 13)

Biggest round                 33cm Whiting   John Spalton (peg 14) / Simon Bottomley (peg 8)

Lucky peg                        John Catchpole (peg 6)

Next match 14                Mundesley HT 16:24 keep an eye on Facebook/WhatsApp for details or late changes

Thanks for the feedback and discussion re summer league venues [N], which were issued draft on 28th February. In summary a number of points to action going forward.

  • General agreement that shingle best for fishing the flood and sand better for fishing the ebb. Draft supported this thinking but 3 proposed changes to create [1] (attached)
  •               Cley (shingle) to be replaced for Heacham (shingle)
  •               Scratby (sand) to be replaced by Trimingham (access road now repaired)
  •               Salthouse to be replaced by Kelling (given club pays annual subscription)
  •               See attached level [1].
  •               Social event ? (tbc)
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