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
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.
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
Full results: Points
Richard Hipperson 30 + 5
Ian Childerhouse 29
Leon Smith 28
John Catchpole 27 + 5
Gary Moore 26
Simon Bottomley 25
Ian Wells 24
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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.
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:
Salthouse 519 fish, giving 103lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling and flounder
Kelling 729 fish, giving 143lb* fish principally whiting, and dabs
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:
Salthouse 366 fish, giving 72lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling, pout and dog fish
Kelling 553 fish, giving 99lb* fish principally whiting, dabs, and occasional rockling and pout
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.
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.
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Mundesley was the venue for the first match of the 2020
NAC Summer League, although it didn’t feel like summer on a cool February
evening. Low tide was 19:20pm so two subjects of pre match chatter were the hope
for an early kick off to maximise chances of a good catch to make up from the
previous 2 weeks (Gorleston and Bacton), and what were the final league positions
in the winter league (see end of report for ……..)
Early kick off was made possible by the JIT* arrival
of Andy Turk with his disco dashboard, completing the 9 man team, so the decision
to walk off in Peg positions and fish the first groyne nearest to the foot of
the beach path. Match rules were to be applied i.e. over 18cm and converted weight
points, to give a good chance of a decent result.
Set up on the beach completed the whistle was blown for
cast in (6:45pm). Being low tide, it was hoped there’d be some early successes.
But it proved to be a struggle to catch anything of size other than an influx
of weed after about hour which for some turned the session into one of
gardening not fishing, and certainly not catching. 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 36 fish (304 weight points) caught. 25 whiting, 7 dabs, 4 rockling. The biggest round went to Ian Wells (Peg 2), whilst biggest round was shared by Russell Taylor (Peg 9) and Nathan Drewery (Peg 7) both catching 25cm Dabs.
The first podium spot of the Summer League went to
Russell Taylor (Peg 9) who caught 9 fish for 75 weight points, No 2 podium
position to Nathan Drewery (Peg 7) catching 4 fish for 50 weight points, with
Andrew Turk (Peg 3) picking up the No 3 spot with 5 fish for 39 weight points.
All in all a good nights fishing no one blanked, nice
venue, easy access, clean ish (if don’t count the weed), and we stayed dry. The
final winter league position will have to remain ‘sealed’ for the moment until
the NAC ‘weighting handicap lottery factor’ is applied……..more later.
Next weeks match (10th February 2020) will be
held at Salthouse, a chance to get some practice on the shingle
ahead of the Joc Goudie International Beach Masters 15th – 16th
February 2020, see you all next week
JIT – Just In Time (Nissan speak)
Full results: Points
Russell Taylor 30 + 5
Nathan Drewery 29 + 5
Andrew Turk 28
Simon Bottomley 27
Richard Hipperson 26
Ian Wells 25 + 5
Billy Rush 24
Ian Childerhouse 23
Neil Rowe 22
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With the rain coming down and
checks on mobiles ongoing to see if it would rain all night, 11 anglers, with
new fisherman Jinxy Burnell joining us, met at Bacton hoping for a bigger catch
of sizeable fish than we had seen at Gorleston for the last match of the winter
league. The rain continued as we drew Pegs, checked that it would be a ‘length’
match (over 18cm), and as all had arrived on time, we all agreed to start fishing
at 6:30pm. Jinxy had the pleasure of being pegged next to Nathan Drewery (Peg
The rain kept on coming as we
walked off to our respective Pegs checking the sky for any breaks in the black clouds
and checking out the beach for favourable fishing conditions (wave craft?). Wet
and cold with a little breeze and with only a slight swell on the sea we all tried,
what Ian Wells (Peg 2) declared to me later, to “adopt a positive attitude”
Early signs were a repeat of Gorleston
with early catches of whiting being below 18cm as everybody set in for a night
of “slim pickings”. The saving grace were the few 19cm Whiting and small
Dabs which started to be caught so that we all started to record catches. But
still it continued to rain!
A total of 50 fish (1022cm) were finally
caught, comprising 13 Dabs, 2 Flounders, 34 Whiting and 1 Rockling, slim
pickings but nobody blanked. The biggest round was recorded by Billy Rush (Peg
5) a 29cm Whiting, whilst Russell Taylor (Peg 10) pulled in a 29cm Flounder,
well done guys!
Mr “Positive Attitude” Ian Wells
(Peg 2) took the No 1 Podium with 9 fish and a total length of 188cm position,
No 2 position was Russell Taylor (Peg 10) with 7 fish and a total length of
148cm, and closely behind him No 3 spot was taken by John Catchpole (Peg 3)
with 7 fish and a total length of 142cm a difference of 4cm…..so size does
The final Winter league
positions will be published shortly, but I predict that the winners name will
begin with an ‘Ian’. The Summer League (mmm’ should think of a better name) kicks
off with a trip to Mundersley on 3rd February 2020, see you there.
Full results: Points
Ian Wells 30
Russell Taylor 29 + 5 flattie
John Catchpole 28
Billy Rush 27 + 5 round
Ian Childerhouse 26
Tyler Rush 25
Neil Rowe 24
Simon Bottomley 23
Nathan Drewery 22
Jinxy Burnell 21
Gary Moore 20
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Following last weeks ‘whiting
fest’ at Sheringham the mood was good as a total of 14 fisherman managed to negotiate
the cross Norfolk traffic to Gorleston. A great turn-out!
Nev Brighton joined us for his
first NAC Match, and managed to secure Peg 11 with John Catchpole taking Peg 12
to show him the ropes, we look forward to seeing him at future matches.
The weather was on its best behaviour
with a little wind, crisp and cold with a gentle swell on an ebbing tide.
Nathan talked it up with the possibility of Rays reported being caught offshore
so all were in a hurry to hit the beach.
The decision to record catches
over 18cm was an inspired call as the first couple of catches set the scene for
the evening with very small Whiting of 18cm – 20cm being recorded on the score
cards. This set in for the evening as you can see from the weight points
recorded, see below. Whilst a total of 134 fish were recorded the
biggest flat was a 26cm Dab caught by John Catchpole on Peg 12, the biggest
round was a 29cm Whiting caught by Simon Bottomley on Peg 8.
In No 1 Podium position was Ian
Childerhouse with 20 fish on Peg 10, followed by Russell Taylor from Peg 2 with
17 fish, and the ever dependable John Catchpole taking on Peg 12 taking No 3
slot by 1 weigh point from Simon Bottomley in No 4 position on Peg 8 (“must
have been that Dab John”…Simon).
Bacton beckons for next week
(27th January 2020), see you all there.
Catchpole 28 +
Bottomley 27 + 5
Nev Brighton 5
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anticipation of the effects of storm Brendan on the match, and whether the
rumoured early arrival of Dog Fish was true, and who in the top three in
the league would take the night, 10 intrepid NAC anglers kitted up for the
storm and headed for the shingle at the end of Sheringham’s promenade (Lifeboat
up in the shelter of the cliffs the wind was only breezy and the sea had a
slight swell with no visible weed. The match kicked off in great style
with Nathan Drewery quickly catching a 58 cm Dog Fish on Peg 4. So they were
about, it wasn’t a rumour !.
The evening progressed and proved to be ‘Whiting fest ‘ with over 100 Whiting caught the biggest of which were a 40cm caught by Russell Taylor, 2 x 37cm caught by Ian Wells on Peg 3, and 2 x 36cm caught by Gary Moore on Peg 5. The total number of fish for the night numbered 114 and in addition to the 100 Whiting and the Dog Fish there were few Pouting, Rockling and a 29cm Flounder caught by guess who ? (Mr Drewery was having a successful night !).
managed to catch fish, no blanks. The only quiet point was when storm Brendan
arrived and we all felt the wind and were rapidly drowned with rain, well for
those without a bivvy. When 10:30pm arrived there was a quick stroll back along
the shingle and promenade to the car park for ‘results’ (speedy admin Russell
!) and a chance to dry off.
Drewery on Peg 4 picked up a well-deserved No 1 podium spot (354 weight points)
a clean sweep that also included the biggest Round and Flat. Andrew Turk came in at No
2 on Peg 2 with 17 fish (310 weight points – a personal best), and Simon
Bottomley taking No 3 podium spot fishing from Peg 1 (304 weight points –
another personal best), close on their heels was Gary Moore on Peg 5 (294
weight points). A quick check by of the Pegs shows those in Pegs 1 – 5 came in
the top 5 for the night.
a successful night justifying the feeling of anticipation with everyone
catching sizeable whiting, storm Brendan’s impact was limited, the Dog Fish
arrived (well 1!), and Nathan Drewery took No 1 for the night. I’m sure Ian Childerhouse
and Ian Wells will be back on the podium soon. Finally congratulations to
Russell Taylor for winning the Team of 5s match held at Salthouse on 12th
10 anglers turned up for tonight’s bait pack match, for a bit of fun a half pint of mixed maggots was added onto the bait pack specifically to target flounders, by the end of the match most had caught fish on maggots either by tipping off worm or 30 plus on a hook.
An unseasonably warm evening with a light breeze made for a pleasant evening with a slight swell early on and very little weed.
Top rod on the night by a long way was John Catchpole on end peg 10 with 14 fish 3lb 3 1/3oz including a 26cm flounder caught on maggots, second podium spot went to the ever consistent Ian Childerhouse on the other end peg 1 with 9 fish for 1lb 8oz and finding his form in third place was Andrew Turk, with 6 fish for 11 1/3oz.
Biggest round fish also went to John Catchpole with a whiting of 28cm but his flounder was pipped by a 27 dab for Ian Childerhouse taking biggest flat of the night.
A tough evening fishing for most being plagued by under sized pin whiting and dabs.
Next weeks match is back to Sheringham which fished really well last time.
10 anglers turned out for the last match of 2019, a wise decision was made to walk along past the life boat station and fish on the shingle bank , with high tide being at 9pm it was all set to be a good night with a slight wind but generally flat calm conditions. We were not disappointed with 119 sizeable fish carded for a total weight of 46lb 1/3oz, top rod on the night with 17 fish for 6lb 14 1/3oz was Ian Childerhouse, 2nd place went to Nathan Drewery also with 17 fish and pipped by 2 1/3oz , with 61lb 12oz, and final podium spot went to Ian Wells with 15 fish for 5lb 10 2/3oz. Heaviest round was Ian Childerhouse with a lovely 36cm whiting and heaviest fat went to John Catchpole with a 28cm flounder. All in all a very busy night for all lets hope it continues for the next match at Waxham which will another first time venue.