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