Thursday, 9 July 2020

Fishing Comps 2020

Beach Fishing Competitions will be resuming from Sunday 11th October 2020. Unfortunately there will be NO Boat Competitions this year.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

                                                   The  Tamkin cup 2020
It was a lovely evening for our second competition of the year, a slight wind and calm waters with high hope's of a good catch of skate for everybody. But it was not to be, with only 4 anglers heading out from the Kingshall up to Reculver.

        1st; S.Stephenson 10lb 1.4oz
        2nd; T.Morris          8lb.0.4oz
        3rd; P.Gower           2lb 1oz

Sadly the fourth angler did not catch anything sizeable.
The heaviest fish went to S.Stephenson with a skate of 8lb 12.8oz . There were 2 specimen dogs caught, first to the scales came T.Morris with dog weighing  in at 2lb. Then shortly  after came P.Gower with his dog that tipped  the scales at 2lb 1oz, his first specimen.

Friday, 1 November 2019

3 Day Autumn Boat Festival - 26th/27th/28th October

Strong SW winds on Saturday 26th October meant a limit to stay inside the pier head was imposed on the eight anglers heading out for day one of the Heron’s 3-day Autumn boat festival.
Spreading out along the east side of the bay, there were enough whiting, dabs and dogfish to keep the entrants busy enough but none could find the anticipated rays.
Tony Morris was leading the way after the first day with 41 fish for 24lbs 7oz.
Meanwhile, Chris Zacharia and Simon Stephenson encountered engine trouble which ended up in them having to be recovered by the coast guard and they missed the weigh-in.
Day two came and the wind had switched round to NE but had dramatically dropped. With no limits enforced, 9 anglers set out and ventured a bit further, finding much better numbers of fish. Still with just whiting, dogfish and dabs to show, Tony Morris extended his lead with a great haul of 130 fish for 59lbs 3.2oz. Dave Neiles found the heaviest fish of the day, a dogfish of 1lbs 11.4oz whilst Murray Brett lead the way for the flatfish trophy with dabs weighing 1lbs 6.2oz.
On Monday, the wind had dropped even more but catch rates were slightly lower overall. The only ray of the event was landed however at 6lbs 3.2oz and fell for Ben Morris who finally bested his father, Tony, winning the day with 97 fish for 54lbs 11.8oz.
A fifth species for the competition was also brought to the scales from Kevin Morris who unusually landed a herring!

Full results (including class winners by elimination rules) as follows:

Saturday 26th;
1st- T. Morris, 43 fish, 24lbs 7oz
2nd- A. Wood, 30 fish, 14lbs 6oz
3rd- B. Morris, 24 fish, 11lbs 13.2oz
4th- D. Neiles, 21 fish, 10lbs 5.6oz
5th- D. Morris, 19 fish, 8lbs 7.8oz
6th- K. Morris, 13 fish, 6lbs 13.2oz

Sunday 27th;
1st- T. Morris, 130 fish, 59lbs 3.2oz
2nd- B. Morris, 114 fish, 55lbs 8.4oz
3rd- D. Perry, 65 fish, 30lbs 15.8oz
4th- K. Morris, 59 fish, 27lbs 14.8oz
5th- M.C. Brett, 56 fish, 27lbs 3.3oz
6th- C. Brett, 49 fish, 21lbs 14.8oz
7th- M. Brett, 24 fish, 11lbs 0.4oz
8th- D. Neiles, 19 fish, 10lbs 11.4oz
9th- A. Wood, 9 fish, 3lbs 14.2oz

Monday 28th;
1st- B. Morris, 97 fish, 54lbs 11.8oz
2nd- T. Morris, 114 fish, 53lbs 6.4oz
3rd- K. Morris, 76 fish, 35lbs, 1.4oz
4th- L. Perry-French, 58 fish, 28lbs 1.2oz
5th- B. Perry-French, 55 fish, 26lbs 4.6oz
6th- D. Morris, 47 fish, 23lbs 13oz
7th- D. Neiles, 28 fish, 16lbs 3.6oz
8th- A. Wood, 26 fish, 15lbs 3.6oz

Class 1: Aggregate
1st- T. Morris, 137lbs 0.6oz (£50)
2nd- B. Morris, 122lbs 1.4oz (£30)
3rd- K. Morris, 69lbs 13.4oz (£20)
4th- D. Neiles, 37lbs 4.4oz
5th- A. Wood, 33lbs 7.8oz
6th- D. Morris, 32lbs 4.8oz
7th- D. Perry, 30lbs 15.8oz
8th- L. Perry-French, 28lbs 1.2oz
9th- M.C. Brett, 27lbs 3.3oz
10th- B. Perry-French, 26lbs 4.6oz
11th- C. Brett, 21lbs 14.8oz
12th- M. Brett, 11lbs 0.4oz

Class 2: Heaviest 1-day Catch;
T. Morris, 59lbs 3.2oz

Class 3: Greatest No. (1-day)
B. Morris, 114 fish

Class 4: Heaviest Catch Round fish (1-day)
K. Morris, 35lbs 1.4oz

Class 5: Greatest No. Round fish (1-day)
D. Perry, 65 fish

Class 6: Heaviest Catch Flat fish (1-day)
M.C. Brett, 1lbs 6.2oz

Class 7: Heaviest fish
D. Neiles, 1lbs 11.4oz

Class 8: No. Varieties
M. Brett, 3 Varieties

Class 9: Heaviest 1-day Catch by a Lady
Not Won

Class 10: Heaviest 1-day Catch by a Junior
L. Perry-French, 28lbs 1.2oz

Class 11: Heaviest 1-day Catch by a Senior
T. Morris, 59lbs 3.2oz

Class 12: Heaviest Catch on Monday
B. Perry-French, 26lbs 4.6oz

Monday, 21 October 2019

Evans Trophy - 19th October 2019

Saturday 19th October saw the return of the Heron’s much coveted Evans Trophy boat competition.
With 8 anglers taking part, the 4 boats headed out in conditions which were slightly choppier than anticipated. Thankfully the wind was short lived and by the end of the event, the seas were much calmer. 

All returned with reasonable catches of whiting and dogfish whilst dabs, bass and a lone thornback were also landed. 

The latter fell to T. Morris and at 6lbs 10.6oz he won the heavy fish pool for the event. Having one of his good days, Tony easily bested the competition and with 41 fish for 33lbs 11.6oz took top honours. 

Meanwhile, both D. Neiles and L. Perry-French returned with a sizeable bass each, Lewis’ offering of 2lbs 5oz currently leads the way for the Derek Line Bass Trophy.

Full results as follows;

1st- T. Morris, 41 fish, 33lbs 11.6oz
2nd- B. Morris, 26 fish, 16lbs 4.6oz
3rd- S. Mannering, 18 fish, 12lbs 7.6oz
4th- D. Neiles, 12 fish, 10lbs 13.6oz
5th- A. Wood, 12 fish, 8lbs 3oz
6th- C. Zacharia, 14 fish, 7lbs 6.6oz
7th- B. Perry-French, 10 fish, 5lbs 5.6oz
8th- L. Perry-French, 6 fish, 4lbs 6.4oz

Jubilee 2nd Round - 6th Oct 2019

Just 5 Herons took on the challenging weather to fish the 2nd round of the Jubilee beach competition on Sunday 6th October. With the winning weight from the 1st round at a paltry 4.8oz for T. Morris, it was all to play for.

On the whole, fishing was fairly slow but dogfish, whiting and an eel were caught with none of the entrants drawing a blank. 

K. Morris took top honours with 5 fish from the hundred steps. Combined with his 3oz rockling from January, it was good enough to take the trophy. Kevin also won the heavy fish pool with a dogfish of 1lbs 9.4oz. 

Fishing nearby, T. Morris was second whilst B. Morris took 3rd spot from the Kings hall. The only near-notable catch was for Ben who returned with a whiting of 1lbs 0.2oz, 3.8oz short of a specimen.

Full results as follows;
1st- K. Morris, 5 fish, 5lbs 2oz
2nd- T. Morris, 5 fish, 4lbs 2.6oz
3rd- B. Morris, 3 fish, 3lbs 7oz
4th- S. Stephenson, 1 fish, 1lbs 9oz
5th- D. Morris, 1 fish, 15.6oz

Overall winner;
K. Morris, 5lbs 5oz

Monday, 16 September 2019

Old Rules Competition 15th Sept 2019

Five Heron’s set out from the club house in very warm and calm conditions on Sunday 15th September for the Old Rules Boat Competition.

With this event, the anglers have 4hrs to fish but also have to row their boats to and from their mark.
It was very quiet on the fish front this time, with just two anglers landing a catch. B. Morris took the heavy fish pool with a skate of 6lbs 3.8oz but was bested to top spot by K. Morris.

Kevin landed 2 dogfish and a small ray of his own for a combined weight of 7lbs 15.4oz.

Full results as follows;

1st- K. Morris, 3 fish, 7lbs 15.4oz
2nd- B. Morris, 1 fish, 6lbs 3.8oz

B. Morris and the heaviest ray of 6lbs 3.8oz

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Open Limits Bass Competition 21st June

In an exceptionally poor turn out, just 2 anglers headed out in search of bass for the open limits bass competition on Sunday 21st July. 

The lone boat headed to a rocky mark not far from reculver in search of bass. 

B. Morris landed 4 but they were all just undersize by a centimetre or two. T. Morris also had a small bass but again, undersize. 

Tony then landed a decent eel around the 2lbs mark while Ben followed up with a smaller version of his own. 

In the last hour the pair were unusually treated to a few wrasse, B. Morris had 3 including a good sized Ballan and a very pretty Corkwing too. 

Neither could muster anything to weigh in by the end of the event however.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Over The Low 7th July 2019

Seven Anglers took to the shore for the Heron’s Over-The-Low beach competition on Sunday 7th July.

The event is notorious for poor catches as is often the case with daytime summer fishing and unfortunately this year was no exception. 

In fact, no one could return with a sizeable catch. K. Morris landed two small bass from Bishopstone point and S. Stephenson also had one of 30cm.

B. Morris came close with a 1lbs 8oz bass from the same mark as well but the fish only measured just over 40cm, the minimum size being 42.

T. Morris was sick as a parrot however as he reportedly lost a bass around the 4-5lbs mark at his feet whilst fishing the Rand. He watched helplessly as the fish simply “let go and swam away”.

B. Morris with almost big enough winning fish. 

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Claire V. Weniger 16th June 2019

The SW wind was a little stronger than anticipated for the 9 anglers taking part in this year’s Claire V. Weniger Boat Competition on Sunday 16th June. Nonetheless, boats were launched and expectations were running high.
Unfortunately though, it was very quiet indeed for most. Despite a few rays showing as well as smoothhounds and dogfish, the general catch rate was very slow indeed.
In fact, the only boat to have any resemblance of doing well was partners, D. Perry and K. Morris.
Kevin had 6 dogfish whilst Dave managed 13 fish including 2 smooth hounds to 6lbs 18.8lbs for the win.
Andy Wood also boated a hound of 6lbs 9.8oz whilst the heaviest ray went to Phil Gower at 6lbs 1oz.

Full results as follows;

1st- D. Perry, 13 fish, 24lbs 1.6oz
2nd- A. Wood, 2 fish, 7lbs 15.6oz
3rd- K. Morris, 6 fish, 6lbs 15.4oz
4th- D. Neiles, 5 fish, 6lbs 10oz
5th- T. Morris, 2 fish, 6lbs 5,6oz
6th- P. Gower, 1 fish, 6lbs 1oz
7th- B. Morris, 2 fish, 5lbs 15oz
8th- M. Roach, 1 fish, 5lbs 1.8oz

Friday, 7 June 2019

Iris Trophy - Sunday 2nd June

Despite ideal conditions, just 8 anglers headed out from the club house on Sunday 2nd June for the Iris Boat Trophy. 

Due to good catches of smoothhounds, bass and skate from our shores, expectations were high for the event but unfortunately fell staggeringly short. In fact, 3 of the 4 boats mostly just found dogfish and even those were very low in number. 

Fishing closer in at Reculver however, B. Morris did manage to find a hound of 9lbs 9.4oz but his partner, T. Morris, bettered it by a mile. 

Tony’s best fish was a 12lbs 6oz smoothhound and along with 4 others, 3 dogfish and a bass of 2lbs 5.2oz, he easily won the competition. 

Meanwhile yet another engine failure, this time for Ian and Dave Morris, meant their fishing was cut short whilst they awaited rescue!!

Full results as follows;

1st- T. Morris, 9 fish, 40lbs 9oz
2nd- B. Morris, 1 fish, 9lbs 9.4oz
3rd- K. Morris, 6 fish, 7lbs 9.6oz
4th- D. Perry, 3 fish, 7lbs 4.8oz
5th- I. Morris, 3 fish, 3lbs 10.2oz
6th- D. Morris, 2 fish, 2lbs 9.6oz
7th- B. Perry-French, 2 fish, 2lbs 6.6oz
8th- L. Perry-French, 1 fish, 1lbs 4.8oz

T. Morris

 B. Morris

 D. Morris & I. Morris being towed in by D. Perry & K. Morris