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.
Main prizes 2015
Prize Table 2015
Mark Tutton (left of pic) receiving 1st prize from Bob Cowley
Todd Long (left of pic) receiving 2nd prize from Bob Cowley
3rd price being collected on behalf of Gary Smith
Matt Porch (left of pic) receiving 4th prize from Bob Cowley
Todd Long (left of pic) & Matt Porch receiving pairs prize from Bob Cowley
Raffle prize table