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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)

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.

NAC Match Report Great Yarmouth 31st January 2022

NAC Match Report Great Yarmouth 31st January 2022

Nathan nails Great Yarmouth in the final match of the 2021/2022 winter season

Even the storms of the weekend did not stop the Norfolk Angling Club from fishing the last match of the winter season, 22 matches fished in total.

It was a close call as to where, with the winds playing havoc with our original planned venue of Cromer (where to fish ?), then a move to Walcott (wind made it impossible) then the combined weather watch talents of John Spalton and Nathan Drewery checking out and declaring Great Yarmouth the best place to fish given the ongoing weather conditions. A few messages on WhatsApp (what a useful bit of technology for the angling community) meant that 8 members landed up on the road outside the Premier Inn ready to fish. Given the various weather apps comments it was a surprise to find the wind only breezy and temperatures better than expected.

Lots of banter re how to fish these challenging conditions should we fish to size limits or 18cm + . As no social media chat re sizeable fish, the vote taken to fish to 18cm+ with the hope that there would be also some sizeable fish. With a start time of 6:30pm the early indications from the first casts highlighted the inclement conditions. Tide meant we were fishing from the dunes (HT 20:00), a tide raging left to right due to westerly winds and what was most surprising was the bundles of weed, the size of seal pups and just as heavy. A few bits of gear lost (some retrieved) to the sea.

With the usual suspects catching “cardable” fish it was a competition to see who would actually catch something that would feature in a size limit match. A total of 103 fish caught between all members, no blanks. Of which 81 were Whiting, 1 Rockling and 21 Dabs. The honours for the biggest flat were shared between John Spalton (peg 7) and Russell Taylor (peg 3) catching 25cm Dabs. Whilst the honours for biggest round were also shared between Nathan Drewery (peg 8) and Russell Taylor (peg 3). Well done all, tough night. Congratulations to Nathan who still managed to deliver the goods.

The final results on a rough night were:  (2 fish between John and Marc but same weight points)

Match Result:

1st          Nathan Drewery                                        peg 8                            26 fish  233 weight points (4lbs 14/16oz)

2nd         Russell Taylor                                             peg 3                             11 fish 129 weight points (2lbs 11/16oz)

3rd         Marc Lawson                                              peg 2                             13 fish 110 weight points (2lbs 5/16oz)

4th         John Spalton                                              peg 7                           11 fish  110 weight points (2lbs 5/16oz)

Biggest flat shared John Spalton / Russell Taylor 25cm Dab

Biggest round shared Nathan Drewery / Russell Taylor 31cm Whiting

Lucky peg draw went to Russell Taylor (Peg3) – thanks for the photos of the Gt Yarmouth skyline at 7:00pm

For full results see image below.

So, concludes 22 matches of very close competition through the winter. The winners of the league will be declared shortly following adjustment (i.e., 4 lowest scores, determined by random number generation,  to be dropped – i.e. max scoring matches per person is 18). See summary to be prepared shortly. As a taster of the 22 matched fished 14 were over sand with 8 on the shingle (if anyone interested ? )

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.

A big thank you to Norfolk Angling Club

A big thank you from Norfolk Angling Club for all your donations and support through our Christmas appeal. A special thanks to Eamon and Ian for their kind donations. Below is a letter from Walking with the Wounded not only thanking us, but explaining how all the £ will be spent. Thanks again……SimonDear The Norfolk Angling Club,

YOU Left No-one Behind From Lockdown This Year. Thanks to your efforts, Walking Home For Christmas has raised the wonderful sum so far of over £135,000, with more money continuing to come in each day. The money raised will enable Walking With The Wounded to continue to be there for all those in need. We recognise that those who served, deserve. Whether mentally wounded, socially wounded or physically wounded, they deserve the care, support and means they and their families need to function in society, serving in the communities in which they live, reigniting their sense of purpose and making a positive contribution again. We do four things: employment, mental health, care coordination and volunteering which are saving jobs, homes, relationships and lives for the veterans who are struggling since leaving the military. At the beginning of the event, and on the back of the past two years, we set you a challenge of ensuring that no-one is left behind from lockdown. Our Veterans have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic and they deserve our support at a critical moment. And how you answered our call! From Edinburgh to London, Belfast to Cardiff, throughout the UK nearly 1,300 people came together to fund over 1,650 mental health therapy sessions. Your £1,010.17 raised is a key part of this and we couldn’t be prouder of your efforts.

Every small step you took on your walks will make a big difference. Thank you so much again from the whole team here at Walking With The Wounded to you and those who donated to you. We are humbled by your efforts.

Well done again and a very happy new year to you. Thank you. Fergus Williams CEO, Walking With The Wounded

What your support means to those like Mark that we help…Mark joined the Parachute Regiment and completed 12 months of hard training. Disaster struck when he seriously injured his ankle, and he was unable to complete his essential parachute jumps. He successfully transferred to the Coldstream Guards and immediately started reconnaissance work. He was deployed to Northern Ireland and was involved in several incidents that caused him accumulative trauma. Mark left the military to look after his mother who had become seriously ill, and his father was struggling to look after the family alone. Sadly, in 1994, Mark’s mother passed away and this caused his mental health to spiral downwards. For 23 years, Mark struggled with his symptoms. He left his marriage and his home and went to live in a squat. He sought help from his GP but declined the anti-depressants that he had been prescribed. In 2012,Mark applied to take a Close Protection Security Course (CPS) with the intention of going to Iraq. However, the reintroduction to a military-style environment, made him aggressive and disassociated. In 2018, he contacted WWTW to help him find a new, stable career path and was introduced to Chris his Employment Advisor. Chris immediately referred Mark to NHS TILS (Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention, Liaison Service) for assessment and treatment. He was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and treated through talking therapies and grounding techniques. Chris supported Mark and helped him to complete his applications forms for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) support and Universal Credit – a daunting task that Mark had been unwilling to undertake. In 2019, Chris invited Mark to go to Lesotho, Africa with a team from WWTW. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and Mark, who had responded well to therapy, accepted. He flew to Lesotho and worked to rebuild an orphanage. He also helped to teach the children Maths, English, and woodworking skills. The trip helped him relate to others and to understand and appreciate their battles. When Mark was ready to look for employment again, he had decided he wanted to become an HGV driver. Chris got in touch with the Royal British Legion to fund his HGV Class C Licence training. He also introduced him to courses in Mental Health and Counselling, so that he could better understand his own issues. Mark has now finished his therapy and is no longer on medication. He has received his HGV Class C licence and WWTW has just secured funding from the Royal British Legion for his HGV C+E training (driving with a drawbar). He is feeling confident and is in a very strong position to get work.‘ Last year, Christmas was not great. I was still in therapy; I had no work and I’d just got back to an empty home after being in Africa with the team from WWTW. This year, everything has changed. I have a new partner; I am independent and very soon, I expect to be in a new job. Thanks to Chris and WWTW my life is coming together. The past is gone, and this Christmas is all about making some new, happy memories.

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NAC Match Gorleston 17th January 2022

NAC Match Report Gorleston 17th January 2022

Nathan on form at a moonlit Gorleston 

The moon was up and full as we gathered to draw pegs at Marine Parade car park, Gorleston. As no gossip re big fish or unicorns (Cod) it was decided to fish 18cm+ length match, same as last week. 11 anglers pegged from just below right of the car park (peg 11) to peg 1 near the chalets. Tide was coming in, and with a moonlit beach (see photo) it looked to be a good session, reinforced by the Spalton weather cam earlier in the day, Gus and his gang know a good sea when they see one !.

Early catches set the trend for the whole match with small whiting and dabs making the running with high numbers of singles/doubles/trebles but nothing really of size. Any match recording fish over 18cm is one where there is a lot more writing than fishing, with the advantage for keeping your step count up with the running up/down the beach with your bucket. Gorleston was no exception to that rule.

With 318 fish caught (averaging 30 per angler) there was a lot of recording to do. Always difficult at night when its cold. So, a gentle reminder to check your adding up and handwriting to ensure we have an easy reporting session. Plus, when many of the fish are similar size, please identify your biggest flat/round….thanks as it takes more time to do the numbers than spent fishing.

In total the 318 fish recorded a total length of 6854cm. Nathan fishing off peg 1 fishing a blinder, picking up 55 fish for a total length of 1154cm, well fished, sympathies to Marc Lawson (peg 2) who had to do all the recording and writing up. Whilst 2nd and third place were contested by Eamon Finch (peg 4) and Ian Childerhouse (Peg 11). Of the 318 fish caught 233 were whiting, 84 were dab, a final 1 pout made up the numbers. See match results below and images. Reported numbers for podium have been rechecked and validated with a calculator. Biggest flat, a 26cm Dab was caught by Russell Taylor (peg 3) with biggest round going to guess who, with a 31cm Whiting (Nathan Drewery – peg 1). So, with only 2 more matches to the end of the Winter League it’s a well  fished Nathan and well fished all and see you at Salthouse next week for the penultimate match of the 2021/2022 Winter League.

Match Result:

1st          Nathan Drewery                                        peg 1                            55 fish                1154 cm

2nd         Eamon Finch                                              peg 4                             34 fish               729 cm

3rd         Ian Childerhouse                                        peg 11                       33 fish               712 cm

Biggest flat Russell Taylor 26cm Dab

Biggest round Nathan Drewery 31cm Whiting

Lucky peg draw went to Russell Taylor

For full results see image

Next match will be on 24th January 2022 at Salthouse with HT @ 22:29pm (so fishing the flood. Keep an eye on our WhatsApp group for any latest information

Ps. well done all NAC Teams A/B who fished 16th January at the Teams of 5 match at Salthouse

NAC Match Report Sea Palling 10th January 2022

NAC Match Report Sea Palling 10th January 2022

Ian Childerhouse shows how to fish to length at Sea Palling and retains the Simon “Luggy” Farrow Cup  

The last time we fished Sea Palling it was the 20th September with fish very hard to find (only 13 caught by 9 anglers  with 10 blanks….not a happy time). Would history repeat itself with this 2nd match? In total 12 anglers met in good time for a 6:30pm kick off, despite the move of car park due to a very soggy field. It was a welcome back to Marc Lawson.

We decided to fish either side of the slip way with peg 6 being opposite the slip. After requesting a short walk Ian Childerhouse picked up peg 12 which was easy going to the right of the slip, he had smile on his face, did he know something the rest of us didn’t. With the threat of low fish numbers, we decided to fish to length (anything over 18cm was carded but by length, not converted to weight points)

Early fishing showed what we were in for with wee whiting and wee dabs making an appearance. But activity on that right side of the pegs seemed to be keeping a smile on the faces of Ian Childerhouse (peg 12), Neil Rowe (peg 9), Stephen Medlar (peg 11) and John Spalton (peg 11). The reason was obvious when cards were checked at the end of the night, they’d found lots of fish relative to the last match. A Sea Palling local who stopped by for a chat confirmed that that end of the beach was the most productive….see facts and data, one to file for the future.

It proved a wise move fishing a length match as no one blanked. In total 182 fish caught giving a total of length of 3953cm. Of the 182 fish caught 48 were Dabs, 2 Rockling and 132 were wee Whiting. Viewing the overall results, it was congratulations to Ian Childerhouse for showing how to fish a length match and in winning the Simon “Luggy” Farrow Cup, and it clearly was a bit of a tussle on that end of the beach with only 6 cm separating 2nd and 3rd podium spot.

Match Result:

1st          Ian Childerhouse                                       short walk, peg 12                   27 fish                578cm

2nd         Neil Rowe                                                                          peg 9                       23 fish               529cm

3rd         Stephen Medlar                                                                peg 11                     23 fish               523cm

Biggest flat shared Eamon Finch and Ian Childerhouse 26cm Dab

Biggest round Neil Rowe 31cm Whiting

Lucky peg draw went to Eamon Finch

  • Simon “Luggy” Farrow Cup held annually in memory of Simon Farrow a previous member of the club who died in 2016.

For full results see image

Next match will be 17th January 2022 at Gorleston with HT @ 20:24pm (so fishing the turn and down the tide). Keep an eye on our WhatsApp group for any latest information

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