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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

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 Mundesley 3rd February 2020

NAC Match Report Mundesley 3rd February 2020

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.

Match Result:

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

NAC Match Report Bacton 27th January 2020

NAC Match Report Bacton 27th January 2020

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 9).

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!  

Match ‘results’:

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… size does matter.

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

NAC Match Report Gorleston 20th January 2020

NAC Match Report Gorleston 20th January 2020

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.

Match ‘results’:

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.

Full results:

Ian Childerhouse                         30

Russell Taylor                               29

John Catchpole                            28 + 5 flat

Simon Bottomley                         27 + 5 round

Richard Hipperson                       26

Rob Smith                                     25

Andy Turk                                     24

Ian Wells                                       23

Chris Beare                                   22

Billy Rush                                      21

Neil Rowe                                     20

Tyler Rush                                     19

Nathan Drewery                          18

Nev Brighton                                  5

NAC Match Report Sheringham 13th January 2020

NAC Match Report Sheringham 13th January 2020

In 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 station end).   

Setting 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 !).

All 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.

Nathan 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.

In all 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 January.

Next match will be 20th January at Gorleston

Full results:

Nathan Drewery             30pts + 5 Round + 5 Flat

Andrew Turk                   29pts

Simon Bottomley            28pts

Gary Moore                     27pts

Ian Wells                          26pts

Russell Taylor                  25pts

John Catchpole               24pts

Ian Childerhouse            23pts

Barry Iseton                    22pts

Neil Rowe                        21pts

NAC Match Report Waxham 6th January 2020

NAC Report 6th January 2020 Waxham

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.

Full results

John Catchpole 30pts +5 round

Ian Childerhouse 29pts +5 flat

Andrew Turk 28pts

Dene Conway 27pts

Nathan Drewery 26pts

John Harvey 25pts

Neil Rowe 24pts

Ian Wells 24pts

Richard Hipperson 23pts

Russell Taylor 22pts


NAC Match Report Sheringham 30th December 2019

NAC Report 30th December 2019 Sheringham

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.

Happy new year to everyone.

Full results

Ian Childerhouse 30pts +5 round

Nathan Drewery 29pts

Ian Wells 28pts

John Catchpole 27pts +5 flat

Neil Rowe 26pts

Andrew Turk 25pts

Barry Iseton 24pts

Simon Bottomley 23pts

Gary Moore 22pts

Chick Roper 21pts

NAC Match Report Cley 23rd December 2019

NAC Report 23rd December 2019 Cley

11 anglers braved the latest NAC Match at Cley, with a cold south westerly blowing, pegging was to the left of the car park. Plenty of undersized fish from the off and it was a struggle to find treble shots of good ones. However 52 sizeable fish were carded and no one blanked so always a bonus.

Top rod on the night was the ever consistent Ian Childerhouse with 9 fish 3lb, second podium spot and in the frame again was Richard Hipperson with 7 fish for 2lb 7 2/3oz

And final podiums spot was John Catchpole making a welcome return after his skiing holiday, with 5 fish for 1lb 14oz.

Biggest flat was Neil Rowe with a 28cm flounder and biggest round was Chick Roper with a 34cm whiting. Well done also to guest angler Kevin Warner with a credible 4th place.

Next weeks match is at Sheringham, last match of 2019.

Full results

Ian Childerhouse 30pts

Richard Hipperson 29pts

John Catchpole 28pts

Kevin Warner 27pts

Nigel William 26pts

Neil Rowe 25pts +5 flat

Chick Roper 24pts +5 round

Andrew Turk 23pts

Sam Ellis 22pts

Gary Moore 21pts

Nathan Drewery 20pts

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