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NAC Match Report Salthouse 4th April 2022

Simon B enjoys his birthday in style on the shingle of Salthouse  

After last week’s poor showing on the sands of Walcott it was hoped that a return to the shingle of Salthouse (last fished January 2022) produce some decent fish.  16 anglers met by the roadside parking allegedly upsetting a few tourists and NT wardens along the way due to the lack of formal parking. The wind was blowing a “hoolie” but it was hoped that the shingle banks would afford some protection, they didn’t !. Big thanks for all your birthday wishes (Simon).

Pegs were drawn at 6:00pm with pegs counting down from opposite the car parking area, still tough for the “short walkers.” It’s not an easy fishing beach walking on the expanse of shingle. With a kick off time of 7:00pm everyone made their preparations for a blustery/weedy night. Use this link => Salthouse | Search Results | Norfolk Angling Club to access previous Salthouse match reports.

The tide was to peak at 21:24pm but the tide was racing and expected to be a high one. As the first casts were retrieved it confirmed our earlier thoughts that there would be a lot of frustration with weed, tide pulling to the right coupled with wee Whiting.  The early retrievers started to pick up the typical 24 – 26cm Whiting, a few centimetres more and they could have been carded. Neil Rowe (peg 1) pulled in the first carded fish, so match on. Despite early catches it was tough in the tide with birthday boy loosing 2 leaders and tracers in the surf. Then the wind started to ease a little as the tide came in, and so did the fish.

The move from the sands of Walcott to the shingle of Salthouse proved a wise venue choice with the average number of fish per angler rising from 1.6 average last week to this week’s 4.3 fish average. In total at end of the night 69 fish carded compared to 23 fish last week. Of the 69 fish caught 55/69 were Whiting the biggest being 32cm carded by Leon Smith (peg 5) and Stephen Medlar (peg 12). The biggest round was a 55cm Dog caught by birthday boy Simon Bottomley (peg 2) narrowly edging Nathan Drewery’s (peg 6) 54cm for biggest round (“makes a change”) – see photo provided by Andy Turk (peg 2). The biggest flat was carded by Ian Childerhouse (peg 14) catching a 30cm Flounder (1/69). See images for full breakdown of fish caught.

Match Result:

1st          Simon Bottomley                                      peg 3                            7 fish    170 weight points (3lbs 9/16oz)

2nd         Stephen Medlar                                         peg 12                       8 fish    156 weight points (3lbs 4/16oz)

3rd         Ian Childerhouse                                       peg 14                       8 fish    152 weight points (3lbs 3/160z)

Match average                                                        4.3 (was 1.6 fish last week) / angler

Biggest round                 55 cm Dog                       Simon Bottomley (peg 3)  

Biggest Flat                     30cm Flounder               Ian Childerhouse (peg 14)

Lucky peg                        Ian Childerhouse (peg 14)

Next week’s match will be on the shingle at Weybourne. HT 15:47 – fishing the flood LT 22:35. Nathan / John S will be the bait/organising committee. See you the following week……..thanks  Simon

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.

NAC Match Report Salthouse 25th October 2021

Salthouse 25-10-21Firstly all at Norfolk Angling Club would like to wish simon’s wife Kate a full and speedy recovery from her recent surgery.Secondly apologies for no report last week, I had a lot on and think simon’s data just about summed the evening up.16 turned up at Salthouse hoping for a better Monday night than the previous one, all the talk beforehand was about all the fish being caught recently including the long awaited return of the decent size whiting that had been showing up everywhere except the shingle so it was decided to save the endless back and forth across the shingle measuring fish we would fish to size limits.Although some fared better than last week for the majority it was a case of dejavu, with the off shore breeze keeping the water flat and extremely clear for end of October and the clear skies and bright moon it proved to be very difficult to find the sizable fish amongst the endless undersized Dabs, having said that there was 50 sizable Dabs recorded, 11 Whiting and 3 BassWinner on the night and catching 10 of those fish was Roger Cunnington , 210pts including the biggest round a 41cm Bass and a 5 way share of the biggest flat, a 26cm Dab along with JC, Stephen Medlar, Leon and Colin Bailey.Second spot went to Stephen medlar with 8 fish 114pts and 3rd was John Catchpole with 7fish 110pts.Lucky peg went to JC. Please see Simon Bottomley post for individual placings and stats. Next week is on the sand at Mundesley.

Great report Russell, here are the various stats to show that whilst it was a tough match you still all managed to fish with no blanks, better than last weeks match at Caister !You caught 64 fish (50 dabs/11 whiting/3 bass) – 1087 weight points (22lb 10/16oz). Well done Roger for the first full sweep for a long time – winner/biggest round/biggest flat (but shared).Hopefully see you all next week at Mundesley. Simon

NAC Match Report 12th April 2021 Salthouse

NAC Match Report Salthouse 12th April 2021  

After the storms of last week forced us to cancel the planned match at Bacton it was a delight to be created with a bright, cool, fresh breezy evening as 10 members gathered to fish Salthouse. No dash to the open air beer gardens of the Dun Cow for NAC members, as COVID-19 restrictions for Stage 2 out of lockdown kicked off. Such dedication. Great to see Leon Smith finally released from lockdown. Everyone was in good mood as we headed for the beach. See photos of a spectacular sunset.

High tide was 19:50pm with a Northerly cool wind. Pegging was from Peg 10 opposite the car park to the left heading towards Cley. There was some concern that the right hand side pegs would be found to snaggy, and this was proved to be true if you casted long – talk to Richard Hipperson (Peg 10) and Barry Iseton (Peg 8). Care point for next use of Salthouse is to peg more to the left. After a quick consultation (thanks Nathan) it was decided to fish to size limits as there was an expectation of Bass and Dog fish

The early catch by Richard Hipperson (Peg 10) of a fine 31cm Pout (see photo – yes, that is Richard modelling the how to stay warm on Salthouse Beach look) seemed to confirm the choice of fishing to size limits, but the fish seemed a bit shy with low numbers of any fish being caught across all pegs. The pegging lottery was again evident again, but the evening was bright, so everyone used their own skill sets, different rigs, and every choice of bait from fresh lug, frozen black, rag, frozen squid. Fish began to be caught but in small numbers from previous sessions with Pout and Dabs seeming to be the popular catches.

Richard Hipperson with 31cm Pout

At the end of the very cold evening (0 degrees) with all the results in 25 fish were carded (weight equivalent of 8lbs 10oz). The largest round went to Nathan Drewery (Peg 7) with a 36cm Bass last cast of the night. Largest round went to fresh out of lockdown Leon Smith with a 33cm Flounder (Peg 5)

Nathan (Peg 7) picked up the 1st podium position with 4 carded fish (97 weight points – a total weigh of 2lb 1/3 oz). Well deserved.

Match Result:

1st Nathan Drewery        (Peg 7) with 4 fish weighing a total of 2lb 1/3oz                                              (97 weight points).

2nd Leon Smith               (Peg 5) with 4 fish weighing a total of 1lb 13/16oz                                   (86weight points) 

3rd Billy Rush                    (Peg 2) with 6 fish weighing a total of 1lb 9/16                                              (75 weight points)

Finally, the 1st lucky peg of the season went to Simon Bottomley

Next match Monday 12th April @ Weybourne

Click => Norfolk Angling Club | Norfolk’s Premier Angling Club for all match reports, and NAC information

Full results:                                   Points

Nathan Drewery                          30         +5 Round

Leon Smith                                   29         +5 Flat

Billy Rush                                      28

Tyler Rush                                     27

Richard Hipperson                       27

Simon Bottomley                         25

Barry Iseton                                  5

Ian Childerhouse                         5

John Catchpole                            5

John Spalton                                5

NAC Match Report Salthouse 2nd November 2020

NAC Match Report Salthouse 2nd November 2020  

After Prime Ministers announcement of a 2nd lockdown starting 5th November for 4 weeks the pre match banter was trying to understand the implication to the club. The only guideline we have at the moment is from the Angling Trust

Extracted from Angling Trust web site – dated 2nd November (link

UPDATE – November 2. Angling Trust staff have been working hard over the weekend to ensure that angling in England can continue during the forthcoming lockdown. Unlike golf and tennis, the government have not asked fisheries to close and their announcement and guidance makes clear that outdoor recreation at ‘parks and gardens’ and at ‘beaches and in the countryside’ is to be deemed a legitimate reason for leaving home from November 5th. The travel guidance was updated yesterday and it seems that short journeys from home for these purposes are to be permitted.

Info from North Norfolk District Council states ‘beach car parks’ will remain open so “that local people can access the outdoors during the lockdown for their mental health wellbeing”….Sarah Butikofer.

Putting that all aside quickly, lets address the serious issue of the last match of this part of the winter league. 13 regulars were joined by 2 guests Paul Goodson and Darren ‘ Smudger’ Smith, who were quickly brought up to speed so we could get a 7:00pm start. Weather was cold, clear skies with the full moon and high tide due by 19:30pm. With previous weeks seeing a Whiting Fest it was agreed (sorry Andy T) to fish to size limits (converted to weight points). So only the ‘big ones’ counted! Pegs were from car park end (peg 15) to Cley end (Peg 1).

Fishing was tricky with early weed, dropping off after a few hours, and the tide pulling left to right along the beach. Catches started well but fell off after 21:00pm. In total 94 fish of size caught with a total weight of 32lb (note last week we caught 129 fish, weighing 31lb 2/16oz) converted to 1536 weight points, comprising 89 Whiting and 4 Dabs. The largest round was caught by Ian Wells with a 33cm Whiting (Peg 5). The largest Flat was a 26cm Dab caught by Paul Goodson (Peg 9), nice catch on your 1st outing with NAC.

Match Result:

1st Pete Simmonds          (Peg 2) with 12 fish weighing 4lb 1/16oz                       (196 weight points).

2nd Russell Taylor            (Peg 7) with 10 fish weighing 3lb 10/16oz                     (174 weight points) 

3rd Ian Wells                    (Peg 5) with 11 fish weighing 3lb 8/16oz                       (168 weight points)

Finally, the lucky peg draw went to Andy Turk.

Thanks to John Spalton for 2x Salthouse in the daylight pictures.

As no match next week due to lockdown, keep an eye out for NAC updates on Facebook/Whats App for latest club information

Full results:                     Points

Peter Simmonds              30

Russell Taylor                  29

Ian Wells                          28         (+5 round)

Andrew Turk                   27

Ian Childerhouse             26

Billy Rush                         25

John Spalton                   24

Barry Iseton                     23

Leon Smith                      22

John Catchpole               21

Neil Rowe                        20

Paul Goodson                  19         (+5 flat)

Simon Bottomley            19

Darren Smudger Smith  18

Richard Hipperson          5

NAC Match Report for the “Joc Goudie International Beach Masters” held at Salthouse and Kelling 15th – 16th February 2020.

What a weekend, whilst the majority of the country hunkered down to ride out storm Dennis, 63 anglers enjoyed a windy and wet Saturday and Sunday on the North Norfolk Coast venues of Salthouse and Kelling for the 3rd annual “Joc Goudie International Beach Masters competition in support of the RNLI.

For those us who did not know Joc we listened to the many stories and anecdotes banded about all weekend. Whilst being a character known to many within the NAC, it’s his mentoring of young anglers particularly those within the Scottish international team for which Joc is remembered. So, it was great to see a contingent of 22 Scots make the long journey to join us (one angler came all the way from Stornoway to compete) and celebrate Joc’s contribution to UK sea angling. This was clearly illustrated by The Saltire flags pitched on the beach by the much needed bivvys (see photos). The Norfolk area was represented by the great and good of the area hoping for local advantage over the Salthouse and Kelling beaches.

Booking in kicked off on Friday and a steady stream of anglers through the day brought in their raffle prizes and drew their match cards hoping to avoid a poor peg, if you drew Salthouse (Zones A & B) Day 1 you then had Kelling (Zones C & D) on Day 2, and vice versa. The banter/craic was good with many friendships rekindled over discussion of tactics for the different beaches. Whilst throughout the day everyone kept their beady eye on their phones for the latest in weather reports. As the day ended the forecast was for windy gusts with showers, so the competition was on, no storm called Dennis was going to beat these anglers.

It was a bait pack match supplied by the Rite Gear team with 10 yellowtails, 10 frozen black, and a pack of large bluey being the order of the day, and the key to success was always going to be down the which peg, and your bait presentation skills (as I was told …….lesson learned the hard way, thanks Russell).

Day 1 started with the pegging out team getting up early and despatched to the beaches, great job Billy, Tyler, Gary and Adam. 33 Pegs at Salthouse and 33 Pegs in Kelling pegged out. The weather was windy, with a few showers the excitement was building as everyone hit the beaches, so match on! Early on it became clear that there was a difference between the pegs on the various beaches and the results show that there was a 200 fish caught difference between the beaches.

Day 1 summary:

  1. Salthouse           519 fish, giving 103lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling and flounder
  2. Kelling                729 fish, giving 143lb* fish principally whiting, and dabs
  3. Total                 1248 fish, giving 246lb* fish (*rounded)

Please see the attached “Results Sheet for each zone’s top 3 podium positions and the full report for “Overall Results”.

Day 2 saw a change in the weather, and this was clearly the topic of discussion when bait was gathered for the final day. With a look at Day 1 results to see the performance of the peg the previous day. Some were more optimistic than others. The forecast was gushing winds up to 50 miles per hour and rain, storm Dennis had truly arrived, and it stayed!

Day 2 summary:

  1. Salthouse           366 fish, giving 72lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling, pout and dog fish
  2. Kelling                553 fish, giving 99lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling and pout
  3. Total                   919 fish, giving 171lb* fish (*rounded)

Please see the attached “Results Sheet for each zone top 3 podium positions and the full report for “Overall Results”.

As everyone headed back to check in report cards and to dry out, it was up to the back-office team to analyse results and confirm zone winners and declare the overall podium positions. What was very noticeable was the difference in results between the days and that the report cards were distinctively soggy. So well done all for coping with storm Dennis and producing some impressive results. In total 2167 fish totalling 417lb.  

Having scrunched the numbers (attached) team adjourned to the Dormy House Hotel for the presentations. But before naming the winners the task of selling raffle tickets was on the agenda. It’s the first time I’ve seen a queue for a raffle and additional books needed well done Nicole and Maggy, and Barry for being raffle master. Thanks all a total of £500.83 raised for the RNLI.

The results:


Thank all for making it a successful match with top angling, and a successful weekend of banter, Joc was remembered and his legacy lives on, it was great to see the Junior anglers exercising their craft, good luck for the future. See you all next year.

For all the statistics, winners, and photos see attached.

NAC Match Report Salthouse 28th October 2019

NAC Report Salthouse Monday 28th October 2019

27 anglers arrived at Salthouse, with tonights match being a length only match it was decided to have two sections spreading the prize table a bit more, fishing to size limits pegging was left and right of the main drive.

Weather conditions were favorable and dry compared to previous weeks with a slight sea running we all hoped for the bass to play ball, and hopefully get into plenty of the winter species. It soon became apparant that as the tide ebbed there wasn’t much of a tide pull and the sizeable fish were scarce in numbers, with many catching undersized bass,dabs, whiting etc.

14 anglers were in section A to the left and out of these only 5 managed to find a sizeable fish, winning the section with 3 fish for 71cm was Dave Mathers, and second place went to Russell Taylor with 2 fish for 46cm. Section B had 13 anglers and out of these 7 caught ,with the overall winner removed from section results as is the norm, this gave Ian Childerhouse the section win with 2 fish for 67cm, and 2nd place went to Richard Hipperson with 65cm.

Overall winner and first time on the podium spot was Chris Roberts with 5 fish for 126cm, 2nd place went to Dave Mathers with 71cm and 3rd place went to Ian Childerhouse with 67cm.

Heaviest flat of the night went to Leon Smith with a 33cm flounder and heaviest round was shared between Richard Hipperson and Ian Childerhouse both with a 42cm bass. From 27 anglers only 12 managed to find the sizeable fish with 25 being caught, well done to all who fished.

Full results:

Chris Roberts 30pts

Dave Mathers 29pts

Ian Childerhouse 28pts

Richard Hipperson 27pts

John Catchpole 26pts

Ian Wells 25pts

Dene Conway 24pts

Russell Taylor 23pts

Chick Roper 22pts

Nathan Drewery 21pts

Leon Smith 20pts

James Ward Bishop 19pts

Barry Iseton 5pts

Simon Bottomley 5pts

Alan Tew 5pts

Martin Wheeldon 5pts

Andrew Bunn 5pts

Ninian Wharton 5pts

Emma Princess Roberts 5pts

Dave Parkinson 5pts

Neil Rowe 5pts

Ethan Eldridge 5pts

Robert S J Smith 5pts

Martin Krilovs 5pts

Billy Rush 5pts

Tyler Rush 5pts

Richard Smith 5pts


NAC Match Report Salthouse 11th February 2019


With 10 booked in and 10 turning up, what could possibly go wrong 🥴,  and with BAIT forgotten and not ordered the bad luck started for some of us 😉, lucky for the team, John jenson button was on hand to make a quick dash to the shop, for fresh bait, and to let the shop cat out.  With 5 minutes lost, pegging was done straight and to the left of the parked cars, minus a coach and master angler, and fresher than fresh bait delivered directly to the anglers swims(a service now available from Dene) the match started.

      It soon became apparent that it would be a tough evening turning into a bit of a 2 horse race, with only 18 fish carded, 9 of them falling to Peter symonds and Billy Rush. Peter Symonds eventually coming out on top earning him the match win, he also had the biggest flat with a 30cm dab, but It was great to see Billy Rush’s effort rewarded, with the biggest round of the night a 28cm whitting, 3rd place fell to Barry Iseton to continue his great start. 3 anglers failed to card on what was a very challenging evening.

   Next week sees the return of the master angler and friends, so it’s not to be missed..

Peter Symonds 30pts +5

Billy Rush           29pts + 5

Barry Iseton       28pts

Leon                    27pts

Paul Grothier      26pts

Dave Mathers     25pts

Alan Tew             24pts

John Catchpole     5pts

Simon Bottomley   5pts

Derek Iseton           5pts

NAC Match Report Salthouse 26th November 2018

Salthouse 26/11/18

The team of five final was held on the shingle of Cley, Salthouse and Kelling at the weekend, it turned out to be a very hard match with very few sizeable fish about so it was a case of hoping that darkness would bring in the fish.

17 turned up to see if that would be the case, fortunately for most they did turn up but not in great numbers.

Still a lot of small whiting around some only 12cm but every now and then bigger ones would turn up including a cracking 38cm for Paul Grothier to give him biggest round.

The Dabs were still around from the weekend but it was a 29cm flounder for Paul Thorburn that took biggest flat.

Andy bunn managed to find 11 fish 4lb 3oz to take 3rd place, 2nd place was Russell Taylor with 13 fish 4lb 6 2/3 oz, winning the match and fishing on his favourite beach was Pete SImmonds with 14 fish 5lb 4 1/3oz.


30pts Pete SImmonds

29pts Russell Taylor

28pts Andrew Bunn

27pts Paul Grothier

26pts Dave Mathers

25pts Leon Smith

24pts Billy Rush

23pts Paul Thorburn

22pts John Catchpole

21pts Ivan Allen

20pts Richard Hipperson

19pts Dene Conway

18pts Simon Bottomley

17pts Jimmy Shaul Shaul

16pts Keith Shaul

15pts Tyler Rush

5pts Colin Clifford

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