Competitors in Bembridge Angling Club’s 2018 special Open Bream Competition from boats experienced far calmer conditions than the forecast from the previous day had predicted.
In the interests of conservation of this vulnerable species, the club had set a maximum bag limit of 2 fish per competitor.
Ongoing excessive commercial netting close inshore in Sandown Bay was almost certainly the reason why a large number of competing boats struggled to find bream on the traditional marks close to shore.
A few skippers were able to locate numbers of bream in very localised spots, albeit that the maximum size of fish fell well short of the size that was being experienced several years ago.
Alan Deeming managed to locate one of the elusive shoals for a good day’s sport and his two fish bag weighing 5 lbs 9 ½ ozs was enough to see him receive the first place prize of £250 kindly sponsored by Sydenhams (Builders Merchants) of Newport.
Martin Dye took the second place prize of £150 sponsored by Pascall Atkey (Cowes) with a two fish bag of 5 lbs 4 ½ ozs
Liam Smith took the third place prize of £100 sponsored by Nick Challen Building Renovations with his two fish bag of 4 lbs 15 ozs.
Martin Dye’s bag included a single fish weighing 3 lbs 1 oz which was, incredibly, identical to the weight of one of Andrew Ellis’ fish with them both being equally the heaviest single bream weighed in. Under the circumstances, officials decided that both should receive the advertised £50 with BAC contributing £50 to add the £50 already sponsored by member Charles Smallman.
Fishing with Alan Deeming, Phil Lewis made a significant contribution to their winning combined pairs bag of 9 lbs 14 ½ ozs to each take £45 jointly sponsored by members David Gawn, Peter Knight & Ross Staplehurst.
Callum Smith took the prize rod donated by East Cowes tackle for the best bream by a junior with his fish of 2 lbs 4 ozs in his total bag of 4 lbs ½ oz.
Such was the extent of the prizes available that every competitor who weighed in was awarded a prize.
The club is very grateful for the support of all the sponsors & donators of prizes plus East Cowes Tackle, Odessa Angling Centre & UK Hooks for assistance with entries and Kev Basham / IW County Press for publicity.
Alan Deeming (left) receiving first prize from chairman Ross Staplehurst.
Martin Dye (right) receiving second prize £150 sponsored by Pascall Atkey
Liam Smith receiving third prize.
Martin Dye & Andrew Ellis receiving prize for joint heaviest single fish
Callum Smith receiving best junior prize rod
And finally: A budding bromance ???
Unfortunately we were not able to hold a Cod open in 2017 due to weather.
2016 Open Cod Competition Results (Reserve date of 11th Dec)
A really good weather forecast of light winds prompted 93 anglers to sign on for Bembridge Angling Club’s annual open Cod boat angling competition. Despite the good weather & the coloured water which is usually conducive to good Cod catches, the fish were conspicuous by their absence to the point that only 10 anglers brought a total of 12 Cod to the scales.
Peter Light’s 2 cod bag total weight of 27lb 7oz saw him walk away with the first prize of £250 sponsored by Sydenhams Builders & BAC.
Jim McKeen’s 2 cod bag total weight of 22lb 13.5oz gained him 2nd place prize of £150 sponsored by Pascall Atkeys
Martin Dye’s single Cod of 15lb 7 ½ oz gave him both 3rd place prize of £100 sponsored by Nick Challen & £50 for the heaviest single cod sponsored by Charles Smallman.
Alan Payn’s 1 Cod of 13lb 8.5oz took the £50 4th place prize.
All remaining competitors who had weighed in then had their pick of the extensive prize table:-
5- Jacob Grimaldi 1 Cod 11lb 14.5oz
6- Phil Mason 1 cod 9lb 12oz
7- Geoff Thorner 1 cod 9lb 11.5oz
8- John Davies 1 cod 8lb 7oz
9- Jonathan Gray 1 cod 7lb 13.5oz
10- Ian Mann 1 cod 6lb 0.5oz
Of the competitors that had pre-registered as being paired, there were no instances of both paired competitors weighing in so Jim McKeen having the highest weight of a registered pairing at 22 lbs 7 ozs, took the joint pairs prize with his pair Nick Cassford. They received £45 each sponsored jointly by BAC members David Gawn, Peter Knight & Ross Staplehurst.
No Junior weighed in.
The club thanks all its sponsors plus East Cowes Tackle, Scotties & UK Hooks for taking entries & Kev Basham/County Press for publicity.
The most unusual catch of the day was a large radio control model aeroplane found floating by one competitor.
Peter Light receiving £250 first prize from club presidenty Bob Cowley
Jim McKeen receiving £150 second prize from club president Bob Cowley
Martin Dye receiving £100 third prize & £50 for heaviest cod from club president Bob Cowley
2015 Open Cod Competition Results (Reserve date of 22nd Nov)
The Club was faced with a difficult decision as to if they were going to hold their annual boat Cod competition recently. Very strong gales on the Saturday were forecast to subside to moderate force 3 or 4 winds on the Sunday of the competition. It was decided to go ahead and, although the morning started off very cold, the winds were, if anything, slightly less than had been forecast. This allowed skippers to fish a wide variety of marks.
Unfortunately the bad weather over the previous few days resulted in a much lower than normal entry of only 47 anglers.
As had been the case for a few weeks prior, fish proved somewhat difficult to locate with only 20 anglers returning at total of 23 fish to the scales. Most of those were very small in comparison to averages sizes in previous years with not one over 16 lbs being recorded.
Such was the extent of the prize table that everyone that returned a cod to the scales received a prize.
Mark Tutton walked off with the £250 first prize sponsored by Sydenhams Newport for his 3 fish bag of 20 lb 6 ozs
New club member Todd Long took both the £150 second spot prize sponsored by Pascall Atkey plus the £100 heaviest cod prize sponsored by Charles Smallman for his one fish of 15 lbs 12 ozs
Gary Smith took the £100 third place prize sponsored by Nick Challen Building Renovations with his single fish of 13 lbs 12 ozs
Another new club member, Matthew Porch, managed to catch 2 cod for a combined weight of 12 lbs 3 ½ ozs to take the £50 fourth spot prize.
Todd Long & Matthew Porch amassed a total of 27lb 15 ½ oz to take the pairs prize of £25 each sponsored by Dave Gawn & Ross Staplehurst
There was a good selection of table prizes for subsequent bags which were actually almost all single fish in the range of 8 lbs down to 4 lbs.
Martin Dye ran a very successful raffle at the weigh in with a good selection of prizes on offer.
The club is very grateful to all the sponsors of prizes plus Scotties & East Cowes Tackle for taking entries and all competitors for their support.
We are also grateful to Kev Basham & Clare Newman (sports editor of the County Press) for their ongoing help with publicity.
Main prizes 2015
Prize Table 2015
Mark Tutton (left of pic) receiving 1st prize from Bob Cowley
Todd Long (left of pic) receiving 2nd prize from Bob Cowley
3rd price being collected on behalf of Gary Smith
Matt Porch (left of pic) receiving 4th prize from Bob Cowley
Todd Long (left of pic) & Matt Porch receiving pairs prize from Bob Cowley
Raffle prize table
2014 Open Cod Competition Results
Bembridge Angling Club finally managed to hold their twice postponed open cod competition on Sunday 30th November.
Far from perfect forecasts during the preceding few days made for a difficult decision but, given that most boats should be able to find a lee shore from the forecast north winds, it was decided to proceed.
Despite some excellent prizes, the uncertain forecasts probably contributed to the lower than normal entry of 71.
The winds were fairly strong in the early hours of Sunday but subsided somewhat during the competition to less than had been forecast.
This allowed boats a wide choice of marks but fish proved somewhat elusive with only 14 anglers bringing a total of 19 fish to the scales.
Peter Bennett repeated his 2008 win by once again winning the £250 first prize, jointly sponsored by Sydenhams (£200) & Bembridge Angling Club, with 2 fish for a total weight of 33lb 11 ½ oz
Marcus Gawn won the £150 second prize, sponsored by Pascall Atkey, with 2 fish for a total weight of 29lb 1 oz. He also walked away with a £200 Helly Hansen voucher for the single heaviest cod of 21 lbs 10 ozs which he managed to land despite the handle of his reel breaking. Mark Tutton won the £100 third prize, sponsored by Nick Challen, with 2 fish for a total weight of 28lb 13 ½ oz4th with 2 fish for a total weight of 28lb 10 oz was Harry Hayward who selected a prize of his choice from the prize table. Peter Bennett & Paul Fincham with a combined total of 3 fish for 43lb 6 ½ oz won the pairs prize of £25 each sponsored by members Dave Gawn & Ross Staplehurst. Such was the prize table that everyone who brought fish to the scales received a prize. The club thanks all competitors for their support, Kev Basham & the IW County Press for publicity, Scotties Newport & Sandown plus East Cowes Tackle for taking advanced entries, and also, most importantly, all our kind sponsors: Sydnenhams, Pascall Atkey, Nick Challen, East Cowes Tackle, Scotties, Helly Hansen, AA Coombes, Bembridge Boat Storage, Spinnaker Chandlery.
Excellent array of prizes thanks to kind sponsors
Pete Bennett left of picture receiving 1st prize from club president Bob Cowley
Marcus Gawn left of picture receiving 2nd prize from club president Bob Cowley
Mark Tutton left of picture receiving 3rd prize from club president Bob Cowley
Marcus Gawn, left of picture, happy (??) to receive prize for heaviest cod.
Pete Bennett left of picture & Paul Fincham right of picture receiving pairs prize
Boat lift & scrub off donated by Bembridge Boat Storage
Boat lift & scrub off donated by AA Coombes
Sonik SK4 8-12 lb class Boat Rod donated by East Cowes Tackle
Sonik SK3 12-20 lb class Boat Rod donated by East Cowes Tackle
£20 voucher donated by Spinnaker Chandlery
Shower proof coat donated by UK Hooks
"Bits & bobs" donated by Pascall Atkey
Sainsbury's & Pascall Atkey Sponsored Open Cod Competition 2013
Senior officers of BAC were faced with a difficult decision on the Saturday morning as to whether to go ahead with the open competition on the Sunday. Conflicting forecasts ranged between F4 & F6 but all were giving winds coming from the northwest. It was finally concluded that sufficient sheltered waters could be found in the lea of land to allow most boats to participate so the decision was reached that the competition would go ahead.
Despite the far from perfect forecasts and an unfortunate error in the press, a very pleasing 76 members & guests eventually signed on. Conditions on the day proved quite challenging with uncomfortable beam on seas being experienced for all but the last hour or so of the competition.
Whilst there were fairly widespread reports of Conger eels being caught, captures of Cod were very localised with numbers of boats totally blanking.
That said, 24 of the competitors managed to weigh in a total of 30 Cod.
Heaviest bags of Cod:-
1st Matt Porter 32lb 3 1/2 oz (3 Cod) : £250 Sponsored By Sainsburys
2nd Matt James 21lb 9 oz (1 Cod): £150 sponsored by Pascall Atkey (£100) & BAC
3rd David Gawn 21lb 8 1/2 oz (2 Cod) : £100 sponsored by Nick Challen
4th Joe Filipe 19lb 12 oz (2 Cod) : choice of prize table (values up to £150)
Matt Porter & Dave Peach’s combined total weight of 48lb 12 oz won them the pairs prize of £25 each sponsored by members Ross Staplehurst & Dave Gawn
Matt James’ single Cod of 21lb 9 oz was good enough to take the heaviest single Cod prize of a rod donated by Des Westmore
Every subsequent heaviest bag of Cod brought to the scales resulted a prize from an excellent prize table that included several items donated by Pascall Atkey that were valued at over £50.
BAC thanks to everyone that supported the competition with special thanks to non- club members who entered.
Many thanks also to all our kind sponsors plus Scotties & East Cowes Tackle for collecting advance entries.
Thanks also to Kev Basham / IW County Press for publicity ( despite the last minute hiccup).
Matt Porter receiving first prize of £250 sponsored by Sainsbury’s
Matt James receiving second prize of £150 sponsored by Pascall Atkey & BAC
Dave Gawn receiving Third prize of £100 sponsored by Nick Challen
Dave Peach & Matt Porter receiving Pairs Heaviest Bag Prize of £25 each sponsored by members Ross Staplehurst & Dave Gawn
Excellent array of prizes for 4th place all the way down to the lowest bag weighed in such that everyone who weighed in got a prize.
Pascall Atkey sponsored Open Cod Competition 2012
After several failed attempts to hold a boat fishing Bass open competition sponsored by Pascall Atkey & Son of Cowes & having discussed it with the sponsor, it was decided that there would be no further attempts to hold it this year and all prizes were transferred to our boat fishing Open Cod competition which was finally held on Sunday the 18th November.
The 77 anglers who entered were rewarded with perfect flat calm & sunny conditions.
Unfortunately the previous run of good catches did not materialize and several fancied boats failed to trouble the leader board.
Only 20 of the competitors weighed in a total of 25 cod.
Club President Bob Cowley presented the prizes in the absense of our kind sponsor Nick Roberts who was unfortunately not able to attend due to family commitments.
Martin Dye was one of the few skippers able to continue his recent good run of catches when he returned 3 fish to the scales for a total of 44lb 13 ½ oz to take top spot.
His bag included the single heaviest cod brought to the scales which weighed 23lb 7 ½ oz.
Given the choice between the heaviest bag prize of £250 cash or the heaviest cod prize of an echo sounder valued at £350, he opted for the cash.
This meant that Harry Hayward received the sounder for his cod of 20lbs 6ozs which was the next heaviest rather than receiving the 3rd heaviest bag prize.
Phil Lewis caught 2 cod within the last 30 minutes of the competition to take the second place bag prize of £150 cash with a bag of 27lbs 3 ½ ozs.
Mark Tutton, fishing with Martin Dye, caught 2 cod for 19lb 7 oz to take the 3rd place prize of £150 cash.
Mark Smith also caught 2 cod for 17lb 2 ½ oz for 4th spot allowing him the choice of a magnificent array of prizes, several of which were valued over £80
Everyone who brought a cod to the scales received a prize.
Martin Dye & Mark Tutton caught a total of 5 cod for 64lb 4 oz to take the pairs prize of £25 each donated by BAC members Dave Gawn & Ross Staplehurst.
Phil Lewis ran a much appreciated raffle at the weighin.
BAC is extremely grateful to BAC member Nick Roberts, proprietor of Pascall Atkey & Son (Cowes) who generously donated prizes to the value of around £1000.
BAC would also like to thank Scotties (Newport & Sandown), East Cowes Tackle & UK Hooks for their help in displaying posters and collecting entries.
Thanks also to Kev Basham & the IW County Press for publicity.
Magnificent prize table thanks to Nick Roberts of Pascall Atkey & Son (Cowes)
With the competition having already been postponed from its original scheduled date, there were some anxious discussions held on the Saturday evening about whether the competition should go ahead on the reserve date of the 20th November. There was some concern about a forecast of south east breezes which would have become unsuitable for small boats if there was any increase on the Sunday.
In the end, it was decided to go ahead taking account of the large number of pre-booked entries and the difficulty there would be in getting the word out to everyone that it had it been postponed again.
Fortunately this turned out to be a good decision as the moderate SE breeze first thing soon moderated to a point where it was safe for even the smaller boats to venture some distance off shore.
Good catches in the preceding weeks, which included some much larger specimens than in recent seasons, resulted in 100 (not 96 as previously thought) anglers entering. This made it the best for entries in recent times and possibly ever.
Unfortunately the water round the coast had become very clear over the preceding few days and there had also been a lot of angling pressure on the Needles grounds mid week. As a result, a far fewer number of anglers than expected managed to bring fish to the scales with a lot of boats totally blanking. Only twenty three anglers weighed in a total of twenty seven fish.
Joe Filipe capitalised on his recent capture of a 31 lb Cod by putting Steve Jacobs over two excellent fish totalling 52 lbs 12 ozs for the first place prize of £300 sponsored by Sydenhams Builders Merchants (£200) & BAC (£100)
Steve Jacobs unassisted by Mark Jacobs also took the pairs prizes of £25 each sponsored by Dave Gawn (£25) & Ross Staplehurst (£25)
Geoff Thorner’s magnificent single specimen of 31 lbs 5 ozs took both the second place prize of £200 sponsored by Nick Challen Building Renovations (£100) & BAC (£100) and the prize rod for the heaviest cod donated by Scotties Fishing Tackle, Newport.
Jim Mckeen’s two fish bag of 23 lbs 7 ½ ozs took the third place prize of £100 sponsored by Bembridge Harbour Co (£40), Joe Filipe (£40) & BAC (£20)
John Hardman’s two fish bag took forth place and, rather than a choice of table prizes, he opted for £50 sponsored by Charles Smallman (£25) & Tony Law (£25).
Subsequent heaviest bags were given a choice from the prize table that included a haul out and scrub down of a boat donated by AA Coombes boat yard in Bembridge, another haul out & scrub donated by Attrills boatyard in Bembridge, a boat compass donated by Pascall Atkeys of Cowes, a £20 voucher from Spinnaker Yacht Chandlery in Bembridge and a large dry box donated by UK Hooks.
By way of thanks for the excellent number of entries, the club also added a number of smaller prizes to the prize table resulting in prizes being awarded down to 17th place which was a 7lb 5 oz fish.
The club thanks all the sponsors who donated money or goods and asks members to support these businesses when possible.
The club also thanks Scotties (Newport & Sandown), UK Hooks & East Cowes Tackle for their assistance with taking entries etc.
Many thanks also to Phil Lewis & team for an excellent raffle not to mention the hot bacon rolls.
Main Prize Table (smaller prizes not shown):-
Winner with his catch:-
Steve Jacobs, left of picture, receives his £300 first prize from club president Bob Cowley
Second placed Geoff Thorner receives his £200 prize:-
Third placed Jim Mckeen receives his £100 prize:-
Forth Placed John Hardman receives his £50 prize:-
Geoff Thorner with his heaviest cod 31 lbs 5 ozs:-
Geoff Thorner receives his prize rod for the heaviest cod:-
Bembridge Angling Club 2010 Open Cod Competition
Above: Bob Cowley (left of picture) presenting Mark Smith with £300 first prize sponsored by BAC
Above: Bob Cowley (left of picture) presenting Alan Deeming with £200 second prize sponsored by BAC
Above: Bob Cowley (left of picture) presenting Nigel Cunningham with £150 third prize jointly sponsored by Joe Filipe & Nick Challen Building Renovation Services.
Photos kindly supplied by Steve Jacobs (Hon Comp Sec)
A special thanks to non club members for supporting our event.
BAC thanks all the kind sponsors, tackle shops for taking entries & Kevin Basham for publicity.
Bembridge Angling Club 2010 Open Bream Competition
Club President Bob Cowley (right) presents Winner Liam Smith with £200 first prize in the 2010 open Bream competition.
As a result of the annihilation of virtually the entire breeding stock in Sandown Bay by commercial netters, many boats opted to fish to the East of the bay.
Those boats that managed to find Bream reported that they were virtually all small juvenile fish with the larger adults very difficult to locate.
In the interests of conservation, BAC would only accept 2 fish per angler.
Liam Smith walked off with the £200 first prize for his 2 fish combined weight of 5 lbs 4 oz
Wayne Egerton took the £150 second prize with 4 lbs 8 ozs
Hugh Racket took both the £75 third place prize, sponsored by Charles Smallman, for his 4 lbs 4 ozs bag and also £25 sponsored by Joe Filipe, for the heaviest single Bream of the competition at 3 lbs ½ oz
Gareth Croft took the £50 fourth place prize, sponsored by Nick Challen, with 4 lbs 2 ½ ozs
Liam & Mark Smith took £25 each for the paired combined heaviest braces of Bream sponsored jointly by Dave Gawn & Ross Staplehurst.
A number of other sponsored prizes were given for bags down to just over 3 lbs.
BAC thanks all their kind sponsors plus all competitors for supporting the club.
Bembridge Angling Club 2008 Open Cod Competition Prize Table
Including £300, £200, £100 and other smaller prizes
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Pete Bennett 1st prize £300
Geoff Jones 2nd prize £200
Mike Wyatt 3rd prize £100
Pete Bennett heaviest Cod 18lbs 2ozs
Pete Bennett & Paul Fincham pairs winners
The most successful angler was Pete Bennett who went away £360 better off having won £300 for first position with a three fish bag of 46 lbs 8 ozs, sponsored by Bembridge Angling Club, the heaviest Cod prize of £35, sponsored by Bembridge Harbour Improvements Company, for a 18 lbs 2 ozs fish plus £25 sponsored by Dave Gawn, as his share of the prize for the heaviest pairs combined bag.