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You should be aware that, as your Publicity Officer, I am constrained by a directive from the committee to not publicise individual catches except as part of reporting competition results or in the case of Island or National records.
This is primarily to avoid the chance of commercial fishermen exploiting the information for their own gain to the detriment of club members.
The reports shown below are as they were submitted for publication in the IW County Press
The published version often differs but this is out of my control
(Starting 1st Nov 2016) Listed with most recent first
|Conger Comp 2nd September
By a stroke of good fortune Bembridge Angling Club had chosen to hold its Conger, catch & release competition last Saturday which turned out to be perfect conditions unlike the Sunday which was unfishable.
Despite the favourable conditions of light breezes & a small tide, only a disappointingly low number of 11 competitors entered.
For some reason, fish were not feeding well & only unusually low numbers of Congers were reported.
Alan Deeming was very surprised to come out on first place with just 5 fish.
Phil Lewis & Mark Jones tied for second place with 4 fish each.
Colin Hicks & Greg Skinner tied for forth place with 3 fish each.
Les Rowsell won the optional Bass sweep with a fish of 2 lbs 1 ozs.
The next club competition is scheduled for Saturday 16th September with target species to be advised on club sites.
Members of Bembridge Angling Club enjoyed the near perfect angling conditions over the bank holiday weekend. Despite that, only a disappointingly low number of 12 entered their skate/ray only competition which was catch & release with different numbers of points being awarded to different species recorded.
|Skate / Ray Comp 27th August
Both Callum Smith & Dave Gawn tied for first place with 19 points each.
Liam Smith was third on 8 points.
Dave Gawn won the optional sweep with a Bass of 1 lbs 12 ozs.
|Points comp 30th July: Cancelled due to bad forecast
Fairly stiff wind from the West kept competitors to local IW marks. Unfortunately, despite some considerable effort by some skippers, only 2 undersize plaice were reported & thus nothing was weighed in.
Members of Bembridge Angling Club had been keenly looking forward to finally being legally allowed to retain just one Bass per day for the rest of 2017 when the club held a Bass only competition last weekend.
An acceptable, but far from perfect, forecast meant that only 18 competitors entered.
A strong north wind in the first few hours of the comp & an increasing west wind towards the end, restricted boats to marks relatively inshore and only 7 competitors brought fish to the weigh in.
Liam Smith maintained his recent good form by returning with a winning fish of 6 lbs 3 ½ ozs.
Martin Evemy was second with a 4 lbs 14 ozs fish and Martin Dye was third with a 4 lb 11½ oz fish.
The next scheduled competition is for Plaice on Sunday 16th July
Finally it looks like miracles do happen with our comp dates:-
Members were faced with a perfect forecast of no wind all day which actually turned out to be correct plus an excellent tide.
19 members entered but the perfect conditions resulted in some going mid channel & deciding not to return in time to weigh in.
Competitors had a wide choice of species to target with a maximum of 5 of any one species eligible.
A previous club champion, Liam Smith, continued with his good form by amassing a winning total of 45 points with a mixed variety of species.
Dave Peach was second with 36 points only narrowly beating Mark Jones into third spot with his 35 points.
A sweep for the single best bream was won by Hugh Rackett with a modest specimen of 1 lb 14 ozs which reflected the general lack of large specimens.
|Eddy Salisbury comp 10th June: Cancelled due to bad forecast
|Bream Comp 13th May: Cancelled due to bad forecast
|Flatfish Comp 29th April: Removed from fixture list due to delayed boat lift.
| Cod & Whiting Comp 31st December
The recent capture by Bembridge Angling Club member Harry Haward, of a Cod of 27 lbs 8 ozs raised hopes that BAC’s Christmas Cod & Whiting competition would be productive.
Despite the thick fog of the previous day, the 18 competitors enjoyed good visibility & calm conditions. In the interests of conservation, the competition was for the best single specimen of either species, both being prime eating fish.
Unfortunately target fish were hard to find with very few being brought to the scales.
Club chairman, Ross Staplehurst, opted to target Whiting & was rewarded with a competition winning specimen
of 2 lbs 12 ½ ozs.
Martin Dye’s Cod of 20 lbs 12 ozs was very narrowly beaten into second spot but additionally won him the optional sweep for the heaviest Cod.
Dave Peach was third with a Whiting of 2 lbs 4 ozs.
| Open Cod Comp: 11th December: See open results page
|Comp 12th November: cancelled due to poor forecast