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