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NAC Match Report Sea Palling 28th September 2020

NAC Match Report Sea Palling 28th September 2020

Following the weekends high winds and storms the fourth winter league match planned for Sea Palling was always going to be ‘interesting’ especially as we would be fishing down the tide (HT 18:01pm). Through the week, once posted, a few members seemed very tentative that the match would be held given tide and aftermath of the storm. One notable doubter (Mr Hipperson) proposed Yarmouth/ Gorleston but agreed to go on with Sea Palling as to quote “he needed the practice”.

As early arrivals myself and John Spalton (with his support pack) went to check the tide and identify fishing spots. Result! no problem with beach access spots both to the left and right with a swirling tide in each of the Sea Palling lagoons. In total 11 arrived to fish, and with no pegging it was decision time fish left, or right? Fishing on the far left myself and Chick spent the night trying to master the tide, whilst those who fished to the right seemed to have a much better night.

In total 39 fish caught (weighing 29lbs 15/16 oz) of which 14 were Bass, 9 Flounder, 10 Dab with a few eels. The largest round was a 54cm Bass caught by Richard Hipperson, the biggest flat was 34cm Flounder caught by Richard Hipperson. So, it looks like Richard did not ‘need the practice’.

Match Result:

So, with no guesses as to who was match winner. Winner was Richard Hipperson with a haul of 11 fish with a total weight of 11lbs 15/16ozs ((573 weight points). Second was Ian Childerhouse with 7 fish weighing 5lbs 14/16 ozs (282 weight points). Third was Andrew Tusk catching 2 fish weighing 3lbs 12/16 ozs (181 weight points)

The lucky peg draw went to John Catchpole. (the only thing Richard Hipperson did not win!).

Next weeks match planned to be at Heacham – watch out for Facebook details

Full results:                     Points

Richard Hipperson          30         + 10 (flat & round)

Ian Childerhouse             29

Andrew Turk                   28

Barry Iseton                     27

John Spalton                    26

John Catchpole               25

Ian Wells                          24

Neil Rowe                        23

Nathan Drewery             22

Chick Roper                     5

Simon Bottomley            5

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

See below for the current COVID-19 Risk Assessment to be applied for each Monday night match. In summary everyone is to take care and stay safe, each member to manage their own COVID-19 risk.

NAC Match Report Weybourne 21st September 2020

NAC Match Report Weybourne 21st September 2020  

Third match of the league and it is a welcome back to Weybourne and the shingle. An earlier meeting time of 17:45pm meant that all were all ready to hit the beach for a 18:30pm cast off. The weather was warm with a little breeze and an incoming tide (22:25pm) spirits were high. Even an instruction to walk off in order (no pegging as part of COVID-19 mitigation) seemed to have passed everyone by as all were keen to set up and fish.

Whilst on the theme of COVID-19 all members are requested to book in on the Facebook or What App application (supports track & trace), having exact monies and socially distancing (supports reducing contamination risk). A bottle of sanitiser is available within the Admin Box for the match.

The beach was popular with a few late holiday makers, so the team set off and pegged up the beach. See the image below showing peg and fish caught locations. Confidence was high and early small dabs started to appear and set the mood for the evening. No blanks! everyone caught. In total 158 fish caught (32lb 2/16oz weight), of which 147 were Dabs. The largest ‘round’ was a 24cm Bass caught by Ian Childerhouse (Peg 8), and the largest ‘flat’ was a 29cm Flounder caught by Pete Simmonds (Peg 4).  

Match Result:

Fresh from his early bath last week Pete Simmonds (Peg 4) achieved his first podium spot of 2020/2021 season with a haul 19 fish with a total weight of 4lb 2/16oz. Second spot went to Leon Smith (Peg 2) with 15 fish and a total weight of 3lb 7/16oz. Third podium spot went to Chick Roper (Peg 3) catching 18 fish with a weight of 3lb 6/16oz. Close to the leaders Richard Hipperson (Peg 13) catching 15 fish with a weight of 3lb 5/16oz deserves a mention. Clearly the Kelling end of the beach was very productive.

On a final note Russell’s luck peg draw went to Ian Childerhouse.

Next weeks match planned to be at Sea Palling – watch out for Facebook details

Full results:                     Points

Pete Simmonds               30         +5 (flat)

Leon Smith                      29

Chick Roper                     28

Richard Hipperson          27

Ian Childerhouse             26         +5 (round)

Barry Iseton                     25

Clive Parker                     24

John Spalton                    23

Ian Wells                          22

Russell Taylor                  21

Andrew Turk                   20

John Catchpole               19

Simon Bottomley            18

Nathan Drewery             17

Roger Cunnington           16

Neil Rowe                        15

NAC Match Report Overstrand 14th September 2020

NAC Match Report Overstrand 14th September 2020  

The weather set fine to make it an enjoyable night on the beach. Gathering in Overstrand car park in the late summer sunshine there was an air of anticipation as to whether it was going to be one of those special evenings with everyone catching. The tide was in and would be dropping as we hit the beach, so the debate was which side of the promenade to fish. Decided to fish from the end of the prom towards Cromer.

With new government guidelines (see Angling Trust information) members socially distanced whilst checking in, paying fees etc. A COVID-19 Risk Assessment for NAC Members has been developed and a copy will be placed on the Facebook and NAC websites. Members are requested to support application of the risk assessment by booking in (supports track & trace), having exact monies and socially distancing (supports reducing contamination risk).

The club welcomed Harvey Edwards who was joining the match under the careful mentorship of John Catchpole. Also, Val Read and Josh Harper who seem to have picked up the sea fishing bug, came along to check us out with the view of joining later. So, with introductions over, a cohort of 15 fishers fell down the cliff to the beach (looking forward to climbing back after the match). Whilst no Pegs laid out, a simple ‘walk off’ in order made sure we achieved social distancing.

Tide was up to the groynes, so all set up carefully, Peter Simmonds on his return to the league, took an early bath before kick-off due a freak wave drowning his bait and gear. No doubt will dry out in time for next week. Early fishing set the trend for the evening, not a lot of movement on the water, and fortunately not a lot of weed. Then the news we were all waiting for, the first fish. A 24cm Bass caught by newcomer Harvey Edwards, must have been John’s mentoring skills. A great start for Harvey’s sea fishing career. (see photo). But the night progressed with low numbers of fish caught. Nice night, a shame no one told the fish.

So, the 2nd venue of the Winter League generated a small haul of fish. In total a total of 12 fish caught (9 1/2lb weight, 437 weight points). Highlight of the night was Ian Childerhouse (Peg 18) with a 56cm Bass. Largest flat was a 28cm Flounder caught by Nathan Drewery (Peg 15). Leon Smith (Peg 14) continued his personal ‘cod run’ with a 23cm Codling

Match Result:

Podium spot went to Ian Childerhouse (Peg 18) who caught 2 fish (including that magnificent Bass) for 174 weight points, No 2 position to John Spalton (Peg 1) with 3 fish with 112 weight points. No 3 spot went to Nathan Drewery (Peg 15) 2 fish 54 weight points.

A good night especially for Harvey (24cm Bass) who is now on track to become the next Ian Childerhouse (56cm Bass) just another 32 cm to go.

Full results:                     Points

Ian Childerhouse             30 + 5 (round)

John Spalton                    29

Nathan Drewery             28 + 5 (flat)

Russell Taylor                  27

Leon Smith                      26

Ian Wells                          25

Harvey Edwards              24        

Neil Rowe                        5

John Catchpole               5

Pete Simmonds               5

Roger Cunnington           5

Clive Parker                     5

Simon Bottomley            5

Chick Roper                     5

Andy Bunn                       5

NAC Match Report Bacton 7th September 2020

NAC Match Report Bacton 7th September 2020  

After an absence of over 6 months due to the COVID 19 pandemic it was a case of welcome back to NAC members to the first winter league match of the 2020 – 2021 winter league. The location in Bacton was new, easy to find and easy to walk down to the beach. Only slight issue was the high-level entry barrier keeping Ian Wells and new member John Spalton unable to access the car park in their respective vehicles.

With everyone gathered, 13 members agreed to no pegging just a simple walk off in order with low numbers lining up towards the gas terminal and the higher numbers towards the caravans. With a low expectation of large fish, it was agreed to fish over 18cm and conversion to weight points. All were keen to cast out and take advantage of the incoming tide although there was much frowning as early casts brought in a few bits of weed. Would we catch and what would we catch?

After an hour or so with the tide heading in at pace, fish arrived (for some). For a first night of the league 12 caught 67 fish, a total of 978 weight points (20lb 6/16 oz) not a bad night overall. The haul included 51 whiting, 10 flounder, 2 bass, 1 turbot (see picture), 1 sole and 2 dabs. The biggest round was a 39cm Bass caught by Ian Wells off Peg 2, the biggest flat was a 28 cm Flounder caught by Neil Rowe from Peg 7.

Match Result:

The first podium spot of the Winter League went to Ian Wells (Peg 2) who caught 7 fish for 183 weight points, No 2 podium position to Barry Iseton fishing off Peg 13, unlucky for some – but not Barry who managed to include a turbot amongst his 8 fish with 124 weight points. No 3 spot went to Neil Rowe Peg 7 with 8 fish 104 weight points.

A good nights fishing, a nice way to start the new season. Welcome back all

Full results:                     Points

Ian Wells                          30 + 5 (round)

Barry Iseton                     29

Neil Rowe                        28 + 5 (flat)

John Catchpole               27

John Spalton                    26

Ian Childerhouse             25

Andrew Turk                   24

Leon Smith                      23

Andy Bunn                       22

Nathan Drewery             21

Russell Taylor                  20

Simon Bottomley            19

Chick Roper                     5

NAC Match Report Bacton 16th March 2020

NAC Match Report at Bacton 16th March 2020

Back to Bacton for this week’s match, and hopefully some bigger fish, maybe a few dog fish. The omens looked good as we gathered in the Red House car park. The wave watchers (all 11 of us) checking the incoming tide (Low Tide was 18:10pm) for all those little gullies that may hide a decent Bass, Flounder or Dog fish. The vote was taken to fish to size limits, confirming the feeling that there were some big fish there to be caught.

The early indications were good with lots of little Whiting confirming there were fish, the task was to find the bigger ones. The weather was good, slight swell, little wind, and cool. The incoming tide was coming in at a pace so there a retreat of the rod rest and gear. The bigger fish then arrived with Neil Rowe (Peg 3) catching a 70cm Dog Fish (Biggest Round of the night), it took two measuring sticks to confirm the length. Neil was now on a roll, and quickly followed it with another Dog Fish of 55 cm.

But Neil was not alone, Dene Conway (Peg 2) bagged a 62 cm Dog Fish, with Paul Grothier (Peg 10) – welcome back Paul, and Ian Childerhouse (Peg 11) catching 57 cm Dog Fish. Not to be left out Russell Taylor (Peg 8) picked up a 56cm Dog Fish, with Simon Bottomley (Peg 4) and Leon Smith (Peg 6) picking up 55cm Dog Fish (Leo caught x 2). Woof woof !. (as said by Donald Sutherland in Kelly Heroes).

It wasn’t just a Doggie night with a few decent Whiting of 32 cm caught by Dene Conway (Peg 2) and Ian Wells (Peg 5). Biggest Flat of the night went to John Catchpole (Peg 1) of 25cm.

Fish Caught
Whiting 12
Dog 9
Dab 4
Rockling 1
Codling
Pout
Total 26

Match Result:

A total of 26 fish with a combine weight of 20lb 11/16 oz. (13lb 4/16 oz last week)

A first No 1 podium position went to Neil Rowe (Peg 3) with 2 fish 216 weight points (4lb 8/16 oz) – see photograph receiving prize money from with Russell ‘results’ Taylor, No 2 podium position to Dene Conway (Peg 2) with 4 fish 162 weight points, Leon Smith  (Peg 6) picking up the No 3 spot with 2 fish 124 weight points.

Next week is Walcott (23rd March) – 18:20pm High Tide, but watch out for What’s App / Facebook for announcement as the COVID 19 situation may impact on the event. At time of writing Dene still up for members to purchase all their essential bait and tackle requirements for those recreational solo outings

Full results:                     Points

Neil Rowe                        30 + 5 points (round)

Dene Conway                  29

Leon Smith                      28

Ian Childerhouse             27

Simon Bottomley            26

Paul Grothier                   25

Russell Taylor                  24

John Catchpole               23 + 5 points (flat)

Nathan Drewery             22

Ian Wells                          21

Andrew Turk                   5

Report collated by Simon Bottomley

NAC Match Report – Weybourne 9th March 2020

NAC Match Report at Weybourne 9th March 2020

From last weeks disappointing catches on the sand, tonight was a “return to the shingle” of Weybourne, North Norfolk offers so many different beach conditions. Weather was to put it bluntly poor with gales, rain and everybody prepared to hunker down especially those with a bivvy. Fishing down the tide (HT 6:20pm) 11 keen anglers pegged to the left of the pipe. As a change to previous weeks it was decided to fish to size limits.

Things were looking good with Leon Smith (Peg 1) and Russell Taylor (Peg 10) catching 62cm (see photo) and 59cm Dog Fish respectively with their initial casts (Chris Beare was your 35cm Dog Fish caught on an early cast?).  There were fish about with 25 fish caught (listed below) totalling 13lb 4/16 oz. The haul included an impressive Whiting of 39cm for Russell (felt like a cod he thought……must have been so disappointed when he saw it was a Whiting), and Leon not missing out catching a 34cm Whiting. There were also a few Whiting around the 25 – 30cm mark. Biggest Dab was caught by James Ward Bishop (Peg 3) with a 27cm Dab.

Fish Caught
Whiting 12
Dog 3
Dab 10
Rockling  
Codling  
Pout  
Total 25


Match Result:

The podium spot went to Leon Smith (Peg 1) with 5 fish 168 points, No 2 podium position to Russell Taylor (Peg 10) with 2 fish 123 points, with Neil Rowe (Peg 9) picking up the No 3 spot (again – same spot as last week) with 5 fish 78 points. Given the weather conditions it was an impressive haul! Well done. (last week only 11 fish caught totalling 3lb 8oz).

Next week is back to the sand at Bacton (16th March) – 18:10pm Low Tide. Get your bait requests in early as there may be some Bass about (see a posting early this week in the What App group from Andy Bunn)

Full results:                     Points

Leon Smith                      30  + 5 (round)

Russell Taylor                  29

Neil Rowe                        28

James Ward Bishop        27 + 5 (flat)

John Catchpole               26

Eamon Finch                    25

Chris Beare                      24

Nathan Drewery             23

Andrew Turk                   22

Ian Wells                          5

Ian Childerhouse            5

Report collated by Simon Bottomley and additional on the peg reporting from Russell Taylor (thanks)

NAC Match Report Overstrand 2nd March 2020

NAC Match Report at Overstrand 2nd March 2020

The signs were good as 10 anglers gathered at Overstrand’s beach car park. The previous storms had abated, and the hope was that we were in for a good nights fishing. Weather was fine, cool, with only a little breeze, and what’s more an incoming high tide. We opted to fish to the left of the promenade with walked pegs, paying particular attention to exits over the revetments which would be needed as the tide rose (planned 4.0m by 23:30pm)

The first few casts confirmed that tide was low and there was some weed. The likely fish fest seemed very unlikely as everyone took stock of low catches only 11 fish overall (3lbs/8oz). Mr Consistent (Ian Childerhouse Peg 3) broke the small whiting monopoly with match winning dog fish of 55cm. Was biggest round at the end of the match. Other notable catches that need to be mentioned if Neil Rowe’s (Peg 1) 32cm whiting, and Ian Wells (Peg 7) 31cm whiting. Sadly 4 of the group blanked, showing how difficult the session was, but am sure they’ll be back with a vengeance next match. No flat fish caught.

Fish Caught
   
 
Whiting 10
Dog 1
Dab  
Rockling  
Codling  
Pout  
Total 11
   

Match Result:

The podium spot went to Ian Childerhouse (Peg 3) with 2 fish 67 points. No 2 podium position to Ian Wells (Peg 7) with 2 fish 32 points, with Neil Rowe (Peg 1) picking up the No 3 spot with 1 fish 24 points.

Hoping for a better catch next week at Weybourne (9th March) – 18:20pm High Tide. Watch this space re possibility of it being a bait pack match, maggots anyone?

Full results:                     Points

Ian Childerhouse             30 + 5 (round)

Ian Wells                          29

Neil Rowe                        28

Dene Conway                  27

Simon Bottomley            26

John Catchpole               25

Gary Moore                       5

Russell Taylor                    5

Richard Hipperson            5

Nathan Drewery               5

NAC Match Report for Cley on 24th February 2020

NAC Match Report at Cley 24th February 2020

Following previous Monday night cancellations due to Storms Ciara and Dennis the WhatsApp through the week confirmed that a few of us had a fishing itch to scratch no matter what the weather. So, with 48 mph winds expected 7 anglers decided to brave the wind and head to Cley. Whilst it was windy the sky was clear with no rain.

Meeting up by the ‘bus shelter’ at the Cley car park it was decided to make it a match point night as oppose to a length match that was planned. I think some anglers had in mind a bit of practice ahead of the Teams of Five meeting on 1st March. As a concession to the weather and that everyone arrived on time, we kicked off at 6:30pm and planned to fish to 10:00pm.

Whilst windy the early signs of fish were good, with all catching quickly. The usual chat up/down the Pegs confirmed the feeling that little of size was being caught, although most were catching the odd small size whiting and dab. No one blanked, always a result, with a total of 53 fish (520 weight points) caught. The star fish of the night was Richard Hip person’s (Peg 7) Codling of 34cm ……a codling! (see photograph) and a 26cm Dab caught by John Catchpole (Peg 4). As the tide started to ebb the dreaded weed arrived, very frustrating.

Fish Caught
Whiting 37
Dab 13
Rockling 1
Codling 1
Pout 1
Total 53

Match Result:

Codling – Richard Hipperson (34cm)

The podium spot went to Richard Hipperson (Peg 7) with 11 fish 136 points (did I mention that Richard caught a codling). No 2 podium position to Ian Childerhouse (Peg 1) with 12 fish for 89 points, closely followed by Leon Smith (Peg 3)  picking up the No 3 spot with 10 fish 86 weight points, just pipping John Catchpole (Peg 4) by 1 x weight point).

Itch scratched, despite the wind and weed, we all caught and all in all a good nights fishing. See you all next week at Overstrand (2nd March)

Full results:                     Points

Richard Hipperson          30 + 5 (round)

Ian Childerhouse             29

Leon Smith                      28

John Catchpole               27 + 5 (flat)

Gary Moore                     26

Simon Bottomley            25

Ian Wells                          24

Cromer Sea Angling Club 1960s – 1980s (CSAC)

A series of documents including minute books, records, invoices, scrapbook, and photographs covering activities of the club from 1960s to the early 1980s have been passed to the NAC. Committee felt that these records should be shared with readers of its web site as they are a great historical record of the Cromer Sea Angling Club.

The series of photographs below shows a snapshot of the good old days of fishing for cod along the North Norfolk Coast.

So if your not fishing on a wintry night take some time to reminisce on those amazing fishing catches.

Am happy to supply scan of originals, please make a request via the NAC Facebook page and personal message me.

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