|2019 OPEN COD COMP 5TH JANUARY 2020|
Bembridge Angling Club was very pleased (and amazed) that they were able to finally go ahead with their annual open competition from boats at the fifth, and what was planned to be the final, attempt.
By very good fortune, a day of fairly calm weather was forecast in between days when strong winds were forecast.
In recognition of the general lack of any numbers of Cod in the English Channel, the club had taken the unusual decision to include Whiting, in addition to the normal Cod as target species. In the interests of conservation, it was decided that only the heaviest single fish from each competitor would count & the main prizes would be determined by just the weight of their single fish.
All this resulted in a very pleasing entry of 64 anglers, of which only 26 returned fish to the scales. Of those, there were only 2 cod with the winner coming from Sandown Bay & the other from the Nab.
Karl Skoludek took the first prize of £250 sponsored by Sydenhams with a Cod of 12 lb 12½ oz
Chris Selby took second prize of £150 sponsored by Pascall Atkey with a Cod of 5 lb 7½ oz
Steve Simmonds took the third prize of £100 sponsored by Charles Smallman with a Whiting of 3 lb 3 ½ oz
Les Mosdale took the fourth prize of £50 sponsored by BAC with a Whiting of 2lb 12oz
A good number of table prizes, donated by club president Bob Cowley were taken by subsequent individual Whiting weighing down to less than 1 ½ lbs.
Karl Skoludek and Charles Smallman took the pairs prize of £45 each which was sponsored by club members Dave Gawn, Ross Staplehurst & Alan Deeming
Calum Smith, being the only junior to weigh in, took the Junior rod donated by Des Westmore.
Steve Simmonds took both the prize rod for the best specimen donated by Odessa Angling Centre plus a second prize rod for the best Whiting donated by East Cowes Tackle with his Whiting of 3 lbs 3 ½ ozs being 67.76% of the club record & 58.52% of the Island record.
The club thanks all the kind sponsors of prizes, tackle shops for helping take advance entries, County Press for ongoing support and, not least, all those anglers who entered.
President Bob Cowley (left) presenting 1st prize to Carl Skoludek
President Bob Cowley (left) presenting 2nd prize to Chris Selby
President Bob Cowley (left) presenting 3rd prize to Steve Simmons
President Bob Cowley (left) presenting 4th prize to Les Mosdale
President Bob Cowley (left) presenting Junior rod to Callum Smith
Boat Lift Out & Scrub off donated by Bembridge Boat Storage
Boat Lift Out & Scrub off donated AA Coombes
Boat Rod donated by Dave Gawn
Various packages of items of fishing tackle donated by club President Bob Cowley