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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.

 1st Peter LightPeter Light receiving £250 first prize from club presidenty Bob Cowley

 

2nd Jim McKeenJim McKeen receiving £150 second prize from club president Bob Cowley

 

3rd & Specimen Martin Dye

 Martin Dye receiving £100 third prize & £50 for heaviest cod from club president Bob Cowley

4th Alan Payn

 Alan Payn receiving £50 forth prize from club president Bob Cowley
 
Prize TableEstensive prize table meant everyone who weighed in got a prize.
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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.

 

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Prize Table 2015

 

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Mark Tutton (left of pic) receiving 1st prize from Bob Cowley

 

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Todd Long (left of pic) receiving 2nd prize from Bob Cowley

 

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3rd price being collected on behalf of Gary Smith

 

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Matt Porch (left of pic) receiving 4th prize from Bob Cowley

 

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Todd Long (left of pic) & Matt Porch receiving pairs prize from Bob Cowley

 

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Raffle prize table

 

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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

 

INCLUDING:
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).

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Matt Porter receiving first prize of £250 sponsored by Sainsbury’s

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Matt James receiving second prize of £150 sponsored by Pascall Atkey & BAC

 

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Dave Gawn receiving Third prize of £100 sponsored by Nick Challen

 

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Dave Peach & Matt Porter receiving Pairs Heaviest Bag Prize of £25 each sponsored by members Ross Staplehurst & Dave Gawn

Prize Table

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)

 
Martin Dye receives his first prize of £250 from club president Bob Cowley (right of picture)
 
 
Phil Lewis receives his second place prize of £150 from club president Bob Cowley (right of picture)
 
Mark Tutton receives his third place prize of £100 from club president Bob Cowley (right of picture) 
 
Harry Hayward receives a £350 echo sounder for his cod from club president Bob Cowley (right of picture)
 
Pairs winners Martin Dye & Mark Tutton receive £25 each from from club president Bob Cowley (middle of picture) 
 
 

Bembridge Angling Club 2011 Open Cod Competition

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.

Also many thanks to Kev Basham for his continued support by way of publicity in the County Press.

Many thanks also to Phil Lewis & team for an excellent raffle not to mention the hot bacon rolls.


 
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Main Prize Table (smaller prizes not shown):-


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Winner with his catch:-


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Steve Jacobs, left of picture, receives his £300 first prize from club president Bob Cowley

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Second placed Geoff Thorner receives his £200 prize:-
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Third placed Jim Mckeen receives his £100 prize:-

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Forth Placed John Hardman receives his £50 prize:-

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Geoff Thorner with his heaviest cod 31 lbs 5 ozs:-

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Bembridge Angling Club 2010 Open Cod Competition
80 anglers signed on for Bembridge Angling Club’s open Cod boat competition, despite a dubious forecast which suggested some strong winds for a time in the middle of the competition.
Due to the small tide and despite the forecast, a number of boats opted for offshore marks but the smaller ones were forced to retreat inshore when the strong winds that had been forecast actually went through the area.
At the close, 29 anglers weighed in an estimated total of around 40 Cod.
 
Mark Smith opted to fish a traditional inshore mark & was rewarded with a competition winning bag of four fish for 54 lbs which took the £300 first prize.
 
Alan Deeming opted for a middle distance mark and his two fish bag of 38 lbs took the second place prize of £200. His bag included the heaviest Cod of the competition at 20 lbs 10 ozs for which he received a rod donated by Scotties fishing tackle shop Newport.
 
Nigel Cunningham's 32 lbs 7 ½ ozs took the £150 third place prize jointly donated by Joe Filipe &Nick Challen Building Renovation Services.
 
Steve Miller’s bag of 31 lbs 4 ½ ozs took the fourth place prize of £90 jointly donated by Charles Smallman & the Bembridge Harbour Company
 
Fishing together, Mark & Liam Smith amassed a joint 6 fish bag of 77 lbs 5 ½ ozs to take the pairs prizes of £25 each donated by Dave Gawn & Ross Staplehurst.
 
In all, 19 heaviest bag prizes were awarded which included donations from:- Scotties, Lynx Marine, AA Coombes, Lightwater Fishing, UK Hooks, Spinnaker Chandlery, Kevin Sampson plus other friends of BAC
 

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Above: Bob Cowley (left of picture) presenting Mark Smith with £300 first prize sponsored by BAC

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Above: Bob Cowley (left of picture) presenting Alan Deeming with £200 second prize sponsored by BAC


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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

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Club President Bob Cowley (right) presents Winner Liam Smith with £200 first prize in the 2010 open Bream competition.

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Club President Bob Cowley (right) presents Second placed Wayne Egerton with £150 in the
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Club President Bob Cowley (right) presents Third placed, plus heaviest single Bream winner, Hugh Rackett with £75 plus £25 in the 2010 open Bream competition.
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A run of exceptional calm & hot weather leading up to the weekend of Bembridge Angling Club's open Bream competition prompted a near record entry of 72 anglers.

 

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.

Details of prizes & sponsors were included in the Notice Board section up to October when they were replaced by details of the imminent Open Cod comp.

 

 


Bembridge Angling Club 2008 Open Cod Competition Prize Table

Including £300, £200, £100 and other smaller prizes

Open Cod Prize Table

 

 
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Pete Bennett 2008 Open Winner
Pete Bennett 1st prize £300
Geoff Jones 2nd prize £200
Geoff Jones 2nd prize £200
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Mike Wyatt 3rd prize £100
Mike Wyatt 3rd prize £100
Pete Bennett heaviest Cod 18lbs 2ozs
Pete Bennett heaviest Cod 18lbs 2ozs
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Pete Bennett & Paul Fincham pairs winners
Pete Bennett & Paul Fincham pairs winners

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Bembridge Angling Club finally managed to hold their Open Cod boat Comp at the third attempt.
Despite a mid week forecast of dreadful conditions for the weekend, it actually turned out to be perfect with calm seas and sunshine after a frosty & foggy start.
The inaccurate forecast combined with the two postponements, probably accounted for the slightly reduced but still excellent entry of 90 anglers.
The significant success of the boats that went afloat on the Saturday was, unfortunately, not matched by competitors on the competition day when many boats struggled or failed entirely to find fish.
The fact that only 23 of the 90 competitors brought 31 Cod to the scales speaks for itself.
Club President Bob Cowley presented the prizes as follows:-
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.
His pair, Paul Fincham contributed to their total combined bag of 62 lbs 4 ½ ozs to also take £25 sponsored by Ross Staplehurst.
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Geoff Jones went away with the £200 prize also sponsored by BAC for his second placed 3 fish bag of 25 lbs.
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Mike Wyatt’s 2 fish bag of 22 lbs 13 ozs was good enough to take the third place prize of £100 jointly sponsored by Charles Smallman plus Nick Challen Building & Renovation Services.
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Such was the quality & quantity of the prize table that every competitor that brought a Cod to the scales went away with a worthwhile prize. Two lucky winners each went away with top range hand held VHF radios each valued at £125 having been donated by Cobra Marine Electronics. Other prizes included a £50 garment donated by Seasafe, a rod donated by Pryde of Cowes, a significant quantity of tackle sponsored by UK hooks, boat engine oil donated by Vectis Oils & tackle donated by Scotties.
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The club particularly thanks all its sponsors in these difficult times, plus tackle shops for their assistance, competitors for their support & Kev Basham for invaluable publicity especially in light of the number of postponements.
 
 
 
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