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:-