Welcome to Bembridge Angling Club

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
 
2016-7 season
(Starting 1st Nov 2016) Listed with most recent first
 
 
Points Comp 16th September
 For the second competition in a row, members enjoyed near perfect angling conditions for their recent catch & release competition. Fifteen members entered with varying numbers of points being allocated to individual species caught, according to rarity, with a maximum of five examples of any one species to count.
Competitors were keenly anticipating getting among the newly arrived winter cod but these proved elusive & generally low numbers of any species were recorded on the day.
In form Liam Smith recorded a total of 27 points to take first place.
Matt James & Alan Deeming tied for second place with 25 points each.
Ian Mann took the optional sweep with a Bass of 4 lbs 8 ½ ozs.
 
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.
 
Skate / Ray Comp 27th August
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.
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
 
Plaice Comp 16th July
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.
 
Bass Comp 2nd July

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

 
Points Comp 18th June
 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
 

2015-6 season
(Starting 1st Nov 2015) Listed with most recent first
 
Comp 23rd October: cancelled due to poor forecast
 
Comp 9th October: cancelled due to poor forecast
 
Comp 25th September: cancelled due to poor forecast
 
Conger Comp 11th September

Despite excellent conditions last Sunday, only a disappointingly low total of 14 members  entered their Conger Eel catch & release competition.

Club chairman Ross Staplehurst had a particularly successful day putting his crew on a Conger laden wreck well offshore resulting in all the top places being won by them having caught a high proportion of the overall total of 63 fish reported.

In the interest of conservation, the basis of the competition was the most Congers returned.

Matt Porter took first place with 13 conger returned.

Ross Staplehurst took second place with 12 conger returned.

Dave Peach & Mark Jones took equal third place with 11 conger returned.

Ross’s crew had some added excitement on the day when a large Thresher Shark decided to take the bottom gear of crew member Colin Hicks. Unfortunately the fight did not last long when the fish decided to head for the horizon & the line broke but not before it had leapt clear of the water a couple of times, as they often do.

 
Comp on 28th August was cancelled due to poorforecast
 
Comp 14th August was made points :

Having been previously forced to cancel a number of boat competitions due to forecasts of strong winds, members of Bembridge Angling Club were very fortunate that their most recent competition coincided with the only day of perfect conditions in a week of unsettled weather.

Despite the good weather & ideal tide, only a disappointing 17 members entered.

In the interests of conservation, the competition was catch & release with varying numbers of points being allocated to each fish caught according to the rarity of the species. Boats were able to fish over a large area with those going well offshore reporting Conger to 60 lbs whilst those closer in caught a good variety including Tope, rays, Conger, Bass & dogfish.

Matt Porter amassed 50 points to come out on top, closely followed in second place by Ian Mann with 47 points. Liam Smith was third with 33 points.

Martin Dye won the optional sweep for the best single Bass with a fish of 5 lbs 3 ½ ozs

 
 
Comp 10th July : cancelled due to a poor forecast
 
Comp 26th June : cancelled due to a poor forecast
 
 
Bream Comp 12th June : cancelled due to a poor forecast for small boats.
 
The club chairman & competition secretary reviewed  forecasts for the Bream comp scheduled for  Sunday 12th June & concluded that it would not be fair to expose those small boats that would have entered the comp to the marginally dangerous conditions for them that would be likely to be encountered. They thus regretably decided to cancel the competitioin.
 
Comp 15th May was made points :

Having been forced to cancel their first scheduled competition of the year due to delays in annual boat maintenance, Bembridge Angling Club was hoping for a good turnout for its boat competition last Sunday.

Unfortunately the local weather forecasts, although indicating dry & sunny, also indicated south west winds progressively increasing to strong through the day & only 21 competitors eventually signed on. The strong winds materialised sooner than anticipated & most boats opted to find what shelter they could close in within Sandown Bay with some moving back to more sheltered waters off Bembridge as the day progressed.

In the interests of conservation, no fish were to be returned to the scales & instead a variety of numbers of points were allocated according to what species of fish was caught with a limit of 5 specimens of any one species applying.

Black Bream were a favourite target species on the day but they proved very localised with some competitors struggling to catch them in numbers. In order to amass a good number of points, other species were also needed but proved somewhat elusive for a lot of competitors.

Club chairman Ross Staplehurst was the eventual winner with 30 points.

Alan Deeming came a close second with 29 points

Third spot with 27 points was shared by Phil Lewis & Ian Mann.

 
Points Comp 1st May : cancelled due to delayed boat lifts
 
 Cod + Whiting Comp 28th Dec: cancelled due to poor forecast
 
 Cod + Whiting Comp 20th Dec: cancelled due to poor forecast
 
Cod Comp 6th Dec: cancelled due to poor forecast
 
Open Cod Comp 22nd Nov: see details under "Open Results"
 Open Cod Comp 8th Nov: postponed due to poor forecast
 

 
2014-5 season
(Starting 1st Nov 2014) Listed with most recent first
 
Comp on 20th Sept was made points

Despite glorious conditions for fishing, only 14 members  entered the competition.

In the interests of conservation, this was a catch & release competition with varying numbers of points being allocated to specific species according to their rarity.

1st with 38 points was Dave Gawn

2nd with 26 points was Phil Mason

3rd with 21 points was Andy Pocock

Cod seem to have moved inshore early this season with several specimens being caught.

Mark Jones won the sweep  with a cod of 16lb 5 oz

 
 
 Comp shown as TBA on 6th September was made a Skate/Ray comp

Taking advantage of a good weather window, 20 members entered the competition. This was a catch & release competition for any species of Ray with varying numbers of points being allocated to individual species according to the rarity of the species. In addition there was an optional sweep for the heaviest Bass.

Liam Smith extended his lead at the top of the championship leader board by coming first with a total of 52 points.

Steve Simmons was second with 42 points & Antony Stanyon was third with 29 points.

Steve Simmons also took the sweep with a Bass of 5 lbs 14 ½ ozs

 Comp shown as TBA on August 23rd was cancelled
 
Conger Comp on August 9th

Unfortunately the weather forecast for the afternoon did not look too good for the smaller club boats so only the larger boats entered resulting in only 13 participants.

Despite increasingly challenging conditions as the day progressed, 53 Congers were recorded as having been returned.

Matt Porter was first with 12 fish returned.

Nick Ring was second with 10 returned

Mark Tutton was third with 7 returned

 
 
 Conger Comp 26th July Cancelled due to poor forecast
 
 Plaice Comp 12th July Cancelled due to forecast of winds SW F5 to F7 
 
 Bass Comp 28th June

Despite a far from perfect forecast on the previous day, twenty two members of Bembridge Angling Club enjoyed very reasonable conditions for their recent boat based Bass only competition. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has advised the EU that current levels of Bass mortality due to both commercial & recreational fishing need to be cut by 80% to avoid a complete collapse of the stock in future years. In recognition of this, BAC imposed a bag limit of just 2 fish per angler which is one less that the legal bag limit of 3 fish recently introduced by the EU.

Given his considerable experience of fishing for Bass, it was no great surprise that Martin Dye achieved first place with a 2 fish bag of 13 lbs 2 ozs that included an excellent sweep wining specimen of 9 lbs 2 ozs.

Matt Porter was second with 2 fish for 9 lbs 5 ozs,  narrowly beating his skipper, Ross Staplehurst, into third  spot with 2 fish for 9 lbs 4 ozs.

Liam Smith’s single fish of 8 lbs 1 ½ ozs put him in fourth spot
 
   Eddy Salisbury Comp 7th June

Once the early morning breeze subsided, sixteen members of Bembridge Angling Club enjoyed excellent calm & sunny conditions for their recent boat based competition. This was in memory of Eddy Salisbury & was restricted to fishing within a 2 nautical mile radius of Princessa Buoy & was based on a list of various numbers of points being allocated to particular species with the fish being returned.

Phil Mason repeated his last year’s victory in this competition by once again coming out top with a mixed variety of species for a total of 40 points.

Liam Smith was second with 38 points & Gary Smith was third with 35.

Matt Porter won the optional sweep for the heaviest Bream with a specimen of 2 lbs 2 ½ ozs.

 
 Bream Comp 24th May
 

Once the early morning fog cleared, members of Bembridge Angling Club enjoyed excellent calm & sunny conditions for their recent boat based competition for Black Bream.

Numbers of good sized Bream caught by anglers has severely diminished over recent years, prompting Southern IFCA to commence a monitoring programme of their local breeding sites.

In recognition of the need to conserve local stocks, BAC imposed a strict 3 fish limit per angler.

Despite boats fishing marks all over a large area, no really large specimens were recorded & some competitors failed to even record the limit of 3 decent fish.

Marcus Gawn achieved first place with a 3 fish bag weight of 7lb 3 ½ ozs
Mark Tutton included a sweep winning fish of 2 lbs 13 ½ ozs in his  second placed 3 fish bag of 7lb
David Gawn was third with 3 fish for 6lb 8oz
Liam Smith was fourth with 3 fish for 6lb 2oz

 
Smoothound Comp 10th May

Members of Bembridge Angling Club benefited from better conditions than had been forecast for their recent boat competition for the most Smoothounds released.

Rather than the breeze increasing as had been forecast, the breeze steadily decreased during the competition which, combined with a good deal of sunshine, made for an enjoyable day although fish were less plentiful than had been hoped for.

Liam Smith maintained his winning way with this competition by once again coming first with 18 fish returned. Alan Deeming was second with a disappointing 6 fish & Gary Smith was third with 5 fish.

 
 Flatfish Comp due 19th April was cancelled due to a combination of a poor forecast & the fact that the adverse weather had prevented the final return to the water, the previous day, of the last batch of boats receiving their annual maintenance.
 
 
Cod & Whiting Comp Due 28th December cancelled due to adverse forecasts.
 
Cod & Whiting Comp Due 14th December cancelled due to adverse forecasts.
 
Open Cod Comp Due 30th November was held. See Open Results
 
Open Cod Comp Due 16th November postponed due to adverse forecasts.
 
Open Cod Comp Due 2nd November postponed due to adverse forecasts.
 

2013-4 season
(Starting 1st Nov 2013) Listed with most recent first
 
Conger Comp on 19th October was cancelled due to adverse forecasts
 
Comp on 21st September was cancelled due to adverse forecasts
 
Comp on 17th August was cancelled due to adverse forecasts
 
Plaice Comp on 3rd August was cancelled due to adverse forecasts
 
Comp on 20th July was cancelled due to adverse forecasts
 
Flatfish Comp 6th July was cancelled due to forecast of wind increasing during day.
 
Bass Comp 22nd June
 

Perfect settled conditions resulted in 22 members of Bembridge Angling Club entering their recent boat competition for Bass. In recognition of the current national decline in Bass stocks, the club had decided to do its bit for conservation by imposing a 2 fish bag limit.

As it turned out, this was somewhat unnecessary as only 3 competitors weighed in a total of 4 fish.

1stwith 2 fish for a total of 11lb 2oz was Liam Smith

2ndwith a single sweep winning fish of 7lb 2oz was Joe Filipe

3rdwith a single fish of 2lb 10 oz was Steve Simmonds

JUNE 20
Some how between Kev Basham & the County Press the CP issue of June 20th carried a repeat of the report they previously published about the comp on 1st June & my submitted report on the comp of 8th June was cut severley and incorrectly reported as having been held on the previous weekend.
 
Points Comp 8th June

17 members of Bembridge Angling Club entered their latest boat competition.

With conservation in mind, fish were not brought to the scales. Instead there were varying points allocated to different species that had been released with the winner being the competitor with the most accumulated points.

Absolutely perfect conditions combined with a favourable tide allowed boats to roam far & wide in search of a wide variety of species.

Not a single competitor failed to record a catch.

 

Alan Deeming took top spot with 47 points

Phil Lewis was second with 38 points

Matt Porter & Ray Lewis were joint third with 20 points each.

 
Eddie Salisbury fixed area comp 1st June

16 members of Bembridge Angling Club enjoyed excellent conditions for their recent Eddie Salisbury memorial competition. This is the only competition in the club’s fixture list where fishing is restricted to a fixed area. In recognition of Eddie’s favourite fishing area, competitors’ boats were restricted to within a 2 nautical mile radius of West Princessa Buoy off Culver.

With conservation in mind, fish were not brought to the scales. Instead there were varying points allocated to different species that had been released with the winner being the competitor with the most accumulated points.

The ongoing poor water clarity contributed to the fairly modest returns.

Amazingly there was a tie for both first & forth place.

 

Skippers Joe Filipe & Phil Mason tied for top spot with 27points each.

Geoff Jones was just one point behind in third spot with 26 points.

Darren Webster & Ross Staplehurst tied for fourth place with 22 points each.

 

Bream Comp on 25th May was cancelled
 
Smoothound Comp 4th May
 

20 members of Bembridge Angling Club recently enjoyed near perfect conditions of hot , calm weather for their boat competition targeting Smoothound.

There would probably have been an increased number of competitors had the tide time not dictated a very early morning start.

In the interests of conservation, the competition was for the most fish returned, some of which were tagged for research purposes.

12 competitors reported having released a total of 99 fish.

Liam Smith repeated his success at winning the last time this competition was held by once again coming first with 25 fish returned.

Alan Deeming was second with 17 fish & Gavin Jackson was third with 11 fish.

 
Cod Comp Sunday 29th December

Forecasts from the previous day that had indicated winds increasing during the late afternoon of the competition did not prove to be correct and those boats that did enter experienced reasonable conditions throughout.

Target species were Cod & Whiting with the best specimen to take honours whilst the single heaviest fish would take the optional sweep.

As a consequence of the dubious weather forecasts, only 21 members entered.
Despite favourable water clarity, only 9 competitors weighed in.
1stand also sweep winner was Derek Ohren  with a cod of 21lb being 58.13% of the BAC record.
2nd Marcus Gawn with a whiting of 2lb 5½oz  49.34%
3rd Rob Grimaldi with a cod of 17lb 1½oz    47.32%
4th Gavin Jackson with a cod of 16lb 5oz     45.16%

 
 
Cod Comp Sunday 22nd December was cancelled
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Cod Comp Sunday 17th Nov
Several members of Bembridge Angling Club apparently overlooked the fact that they were scheduled to have a cod only competition on the weekend immediately following their open cod competition.
In consequence only 25 entered despite a very favourable weather forecast.
The normal inshore grounds had been heavily fished by large numbers of boats on the day before as a result of near perfect weather conditions and this probably accounted for why only 4 cod were weighed in from only 3 anglers
Alan Deeming opted to fish a less exploited mark and was rewarded with a winning bag of 2 cod for 23 lbs 6 ½ ozs which included the sweep winning heaviest cod of 16 lbs.
Phil Mason took second spot with a cod of 7lb 6 ½ oz
Ray Ellis was third with one of 6lb 14 ½ oz
Due to unsuitable tide times for the next few Sundays, the next scheduled competition is not until Sunday 22nd December.
Members are reminded that their annual prize giving evening is on Friday evening 6th December in the clubhouse. Food will be provided.
 
 
Open Cod Comp Sunday 10th Nov
For a report as submitted to the County Press please see under "Open Results" (includes photos of winners)
I should point out that the rather good report in the County Press was, nevertheless, somewhat different to that which I submitted.
 
 
 

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.

 
 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.
Flatfish Comp 29th May: Removed from fixture list due to delayed boat lift.
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