NAC Match Report Salthouse 2nd November 2020

NAC Match Report Salthouse 2nd November 2020  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Match Result:

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

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

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

Finally, the lucky peg draw went to Andy Turk.

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

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

Full results:                     Points

Peter Simmonds              30

Russell Taylor                  29

Ian Wells                          28         (+5 round)

Andrew Turk                   27

Ian Childerhouse             26

Billy Rush                         25

John Spalton                   24

Barry Iseton                     23

Leon Smith                      22

John Catchpole               21

Neil Rowe                        20

Paul Goodson                  19         (+5 flat)

Simon Bottomley            19

Darren Smudger Smith  18

Richard Hipperson          5

NAC Match Report Bacton 26th October 2020

NAC Match Report Bacton 26th October 2020  

It was back to Bacton, for the second time, for the eighth match of the winter league with a sense of anticipation, especially as we numbered 18 people fishing. It was a welcome back to Harvey Edwards who according to John Catchpole has not stopped talking about his catch at Overstrand of his first Bass. This time he brought his Dad to share in the pleasure of night fishing, who was going to win that competition. We were also joined by Alan ‘Dusty’ Miller and Mirka Sniegocka as guests of Andy Bunn. So, it was a bumper turnout. Thanks for signing in on Facebook/What App – helps the administration.

With 18 fishing, and the need to social distance Russell agreed to peg out the beach (to reduce crowding at the off). We pegged from right hand side of car park up to the gas plant. Tide was reducing fast and the old groynes were clearly visible as everyone took up their pegs and set up for a 19:00pm kick off (Low Tide 21:50pm). Weather was calm, dry, clear skies with a very low swell. Scoring to be 18cm + with converted weight points.

Early catches showed that the evening was going to be limited to Whiting and Dabs all fairly small, so it was going to take a special skill to pick up the larger size rounds or flats. In total 129 fish caught, total weight 31lb 2/16oz, converted to 1493 weight points, comprising 54 Dabs, 68 Whiting, 5 Flounder and 2 Bass.

The largest round was a 38cm Bass caught by Ian Childerhouse (Peg 16), with Roger Cunnington (Peg 17) just missing out of the largest round with a 37cm Bass. The honours for the largest flat were shared between Ian Wells (Peg 8) and Nathan Drewery (Peg 7) both catching 30cm flounder (was it the same Flounder? ). Fishing patchy but all caught, no blanks. The final question of the night “who was the best fisherman in the Edwards family” …..the answer was Harvey with 5 fish (54 weight points) beating Dad with 3 fish (26 points). See you both soon.

Match Result:

1st  Ian Childerhouse      (Peg 16) with 11 fish weighing 3lb 5/16oz                       (160 weight points).

2nd Nathan Drewery       (Peg 7) with 10 fish weighing 3lb 3/16oz                       (154 weight points)  

3rd Richard Hipperson    (Peg 1) with 15 fish weighing 2lb 14/16oz                     (139 weight points)

Finally, the lucky peg draw went to Richard Hipperson.

Next week’s match will be at Salthouse HT 19:31pm – watch out for Facebook/Whats App for details

Note: if for whatever reason you cannot make it, please let others know by calling/message 0773 664 0541 or better still use the NAC What’s App Group so we can draw pegs on time etc

Full results:                     Points

Ian Childerhouse             30         +5 (round)

Nathan Drewery             29         +5 (flat)

Richard Hipperson          28

Andrew Turk                   27

Roger Cunnington           26

Russell Taylor                  25

Mirka Sniegocka              24

Barry Iseton                     23

Billy Rush                         22

Ian Wells                          21         +5 (flat)

John Spalton                    20

Alan ‘Dusty’ Miller          19

Harvey Edwards              18

Andy Bunn                       17

Simon Bottomley            16

John Catchpole               15

Neil Rowe                        14

Nigel Edwards                 13

NAC Match Report Sheringham 19th October 2020

NAC Match Report Sheringham 19th October 2020  

After last weeks fish fest at Walcott, 15 very keen fisherman gathered at the Sheringham esplanade for hopefully a similar fish count and an exciting nights fishing. After some discussion it was decided to fish along the promenade with 2 -3 anglers per set of groynes up to the Lifeboat station. With High Tide expected at 21:14, anticipation was high. Would be still fishing on the cobbles/beach or fishing from the promenade. Luckily the weather was fine, a light swell on the tide so hopefully all would be able to remain on the beach.

Initial signs were that it would not be a fish fest, and the decision to score over 18cm was a good decision. In total 64 fish caught with a total weight of 32lbs (1537 weight points). In the fish haul there was a real mixture ranging from Bass, Coal Fish, Pouting, Eel, Sole, Flounder, Whiting and a couple of Rockling (see fish caught table). The largest round was shared between John Spalton (Peg 3), Andy Bunn (Peg 15), and Ian Wells (Peg 7) who all caught 40cm Bass. The largest flat caught went to Leon Smith (Peg 1) with a 34cm Sole. Please see the graph showing the peg numbers/name and weight points a useful guide to anyone fishing Sheringham promenade.

Match Result:

Winner on the night was our famous fishing drummer Ian Wells (Peg 7) with 11 fish weighing a total of 6lbs 8/16ozs (311 weight points), including a 40cm Bass. Second was Leon Smith (Peg 1) with 9 fish weighing 4lbs 7/16ozs (214 weight points), including that magnificent 34cm Sole. In third place was Nathan Drewery (Peg 2) also with 9 fish but weighing 3lbs 13ozs (182 weight points). Interesting match with a wide variety of fish caught, well done all, see you next week……stay safe.

Finally, the lucky peg draw went to Leon Smith.

Next week’s match will be at Bacton LT 22:20pm – watch out for Facebook/Whats App for details

Note: if for whatever reason you cannot make it, please let others know by calling/message 0773 664 0541 or better still use the NAC What’s App Group so we can draw pegs on time etc

Full results:                     Points

Ian Wells                          30         +5 (round)

Leon Smith                      29         +5 (flat)

Nathan Drewery             28

Russell Taylor                  27

John Spalton                    26         +5 (round)

Ian Childerhouse             25

Andy Bunn                       24         +5 (round)

John Catchpole               23

Neil Rowe                        22

Barry Ineson                    21

Richard Hipperson          20

Pete Simmonds               19

Andrew Turk                   18

Simon Bottomley            5

Chick Roper                     5

NAC Match Report Walcott 12th October 2020

NAC Match Report Walcott 12th October 2020  

With the memory of last week’s fish famine at Heacham, there was a sense of excitement to be welcomed back to Walcott. With a planned 13 fishing it was agreed to split the pegs to either side of the jetty. By 18:00 11 were ready to get cracking, however we still waited until 6:15pm for the remaining 2. In the end we decided to draw peg numbers then walk off to pegs leaving gaps for any late comers, we needed to catch the outgoing tide. Note if for whatever reason you cannot make it, please let others know by calling/message 0773 664 0541 or better still use the NAC What’s App Group all so that we can draw pegs on time etc

By 19:00pm 11 casted off. The early signs were positive with catches all along the beach. It looked like it was going to be one of those nights where everyone would catch. In fact, the famine of last week had changed to a Whiting fest.  The Whiting were coming in fast and furious with multiple doubles and trebles creating a sizeable haul. In total 292 fish caught at a weight of 83lb 1/16oz, of which 284 were whiting. The largest of which was caught by Richard Hipperson (Peg 1) of 35cm well done Richard. Of the remaining fish caught there was a Bass, and few Dabs/Flounder and a single Rockling. The largest flat went to Andy Bunn (Peg 10) with a 27cm Flounder, great result Andy. The pace was fast and furious with match cards being scored as fast as possible to keep up with the haul. No one blanked!

Match Result:

Match winner on the night was Andrew Tusk (Peg 11) with a haul of 32 fish, with total weight points of 461 points (9lb 10/16oz). Andrew just pipped by 1 weight point Ian Childerhouse who caught 34 fish earning him 460 weight points (9lb 9/16oz) for second podium spot. Third was Russell Taylor (Peg 8) with 35 fish and 454 weigh points. With only 7 points between the first 3, or a single 20cm Whiting, it was a tight match. Well done to all who fished and spending Tuesday clearing their vehicles of all the damp sand.

The lucky peg draw went to Ian Childerhouse.

Next week’s match will be at Sheringham HT 21:14pm – watch out for Facebook/Whats App for details

Full results:                     Points

Andrew Turk                   30

Ian Childerhouse             29

Russell Taylor                  28

Nathan Drewery             27

Richard Hipperson          26 + 5 round (Whiting)

Andy Bunn                       25 + 5 flat (Flounder)

John Spalton                    24

Simon Bottomley            23

John Catchpole               22

Neil Rowe                        21

Barry Iseton                     20

NAC Match Report Heacham 5th October 2020

NAC Match Report Heacham 5th October 2020  

The “doomsters” (thanks Boris for that one) had been saying it couldn’t be done, weather would be foul, tide at the wrong time and general unfavourable conditions. But the magnificent 7 thought differently and arrived in time to check out the sea at just after 5:30pm. Amidst banter of it “the tide is on its way in” and “look at that interesting gully” we surveyed the tide seemingly on the horizon hoping that by 7:00pm we could actually have water to fish in.

By 6:30pm and setting up on the beach pegging from the groyne to towards the bright lights of King’s Lynn, the tide was well on its way in covering those interesting gullies and sand quickly. When the whistle went to cast off at 7:00pm the water was there and running at a pace. The weather then decided to add some extra wind/rain just to make it interesting. We were off!

The initial pull ins showed the amount of weed. A ‘ping’ of mobile phones suggested an early catch for John Catchpole (Peg 7) but the bubble of excitement of a sole bring caught was soon burst, see photo. There followed a number of Eels being caught by Ian Childerhouse (Peg 4), John Spalton (Peg 1), Neil Rowe (Peg 3) and Nathan Drewery (Peg 5). In total 11 fish landed of which 9 Eel, 1 Whiting and 1 Flounder. Slim pickings but which certainly tested your fishing technique. Biggest Flat, a 20cm Flounder was caught by John Spalton (Peg 1). Whilst the biggest round, a 29cm Whiting was caught by Simon Bottomley (Peg 5).  Luckily for Simon that Eels didn’t count in the ‘biggest round’ award.

Match Result:

Podium winner on the night was Mr “consistent” Ian Childerhouse (Peg 4) with 4 fish, Eels, with a total weight points of 140 points (converted to 2lb 15/16oz). Second was John Catchpole (Peg 7) with 2 fish with 2 Eels with total weight points of 70 (converted to 1lb 7/16oz). Third position awarded to John Spalton (Peg 1) with 2 fish gaining 52 weight points (1ln 1/16oz). Whilst not perfect conditions an enjoyable night was had by the magnificent 7.

The lucky peg draw went to Simon Bottomley. Big thanks Nathan/John S for loan of headlights.

Next week’s match will be at Walcott LT 22:20pm – watch out for Facebook/Whats App for details

Full results:                     Points

Ian Childerhouse             30

John Catchpole               29

John Spalton                    28 + 5 (flat)

Neil Rowe                        27

Nathan Drewery             26

Simon Bottomley            25 + 5 (round)

Russell Taylor                  5

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

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