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ANGLING: Weymouth duo in species hunt success
THE annual Weymouth Species Hunt was fished under a new format this year – moving from the classic singles event to a pairs event.
This attracted 38 anglers from all over the UK and two from the Netherlands, fishing in 19 pairs.
The competition took place over two days from four Weymouth charter boats – Al’s Spirit, Meerkat, Supanova and Wild Frontier.
The 2013 hunt was very fortunate to have a new main sponsor in the shape of tackle giant Snowbee, who funded the £2,000 prize pot along with an extensive array of tackle goodies topped with other tackle gear sponsored by Weymouth Angling Centre.
The objective was simple; as a pair, catch as many different species as possible. Each pair could catch two fish of each species.
The first counts as one point and the second as two to give a possible total of three points per species.
Therefore, if a competing pair caught two pollack, scoring a maximum of three points, any further pollack caught would not count and they would have to turn their attention to landing other species.
The pair with the most points at the end of the two days wins.
Day one was the best day weather wise, but with a biting north-easterly force five or six wind, conditions were testing for both skippers and competitors.
All skippers made similar plans to find as many species for the anglers as possible, ranging from targeting hard-fighting conger eels to drifting up and down the breakwaters looking for tiny blennies and gobies.
The end of day one saw a close run thing at the top with only eight points separating first and second place.
Just edging in front were the pair of Ray Barron and Glenn Milligan, who finished with a total of 59 points and 24 species.
Second was Mike Patten and Ian McLean on 51 points and 21 species – with prizes going down as far as 10th place, all was to play for on day two.
The day started with the trip down the harbour and the boats were greeted with a north-easterly gale with gusts to 40mph.
Competitors knew things were going to be tough with only the relative shelter open to them around the Northern shore and the Portland harbour areas.
As is the strength and depth of the variety of species from Weymouth, even these restricted areas produced a phenomenal 27 different species on the day.
As the boats arrived back into port at 4.30pm, there was a buzz at the Sailors Return among all competitors as to who had won.
In third place was the North and South team of Ken Smith and Mike Lelliott, winning £200 each.
Team Wurzels, Patten and McLean, claimed £300 each for second, and managing to hold on to their lead on a fiercely-contested final day were the dynamic duo of Milligan and Barron, who scooped £500 each.
Massive thanks must go to organiser Andy Selby of Wey-mouth Angling Centre for once again putting on a fantastic event which without doubt will grow year on year.
Thanks also go to sponsors Snowbee and the hospitality of the Sailors Return.
WEST Bay SAC is a very popular club with a busy fixture list throughout the year and have just released a round-up of some of their September match results.
Members fished at West Bexington where a warm and calm evening proved hard going with fish in short supply.
P J Wheeler took the match with a weight of 2530g, runner-up was Derek Smith with 1055g and Steve Harwood followed up in third place with 455g.
Smith also had the best specimen with his 945g dogfish and Paul House won the most species pool.
The following Thursday saw a good turnout for a match fished at Lyme Bay, with a variety of species caught including ballen wrasse, pout and shore rockling.
On this occasion, Dave Cornick took top honours with 2109g, Steve Fowles was second with 1505g and Craig Horton third with 1335g.
Cornick also bagged the best specimen on the night with a ballen wrasse of 1,894g which is a creditable 104.41 per cent.
Most species pool was won by Ollie Mears with three corkwing wrasse, pout and shore rockling.
The annual Lyme Bay Trophy was fished at Seaton again this year with West Bay going for the hat-trick.
This annual inter-club friendly is fished between four clubs and competitors tried their luck at positions from Culverall Point to Seaton Hole.
After six hours of fishing it soon became clear that West Bay had won again, with Simon Bowditch finishing as the top points scorer.
Results: 1 West Bay 62 points; 2 Honiton 42 points; 3 Lyme Regis 16 points; 4 Beer and District 15 points.
Saturday, Oct 19 – Dorchester SAC shore match at Abbotsbury 4-9pm Saturday, Oct 19 – Weymouth AS shore match at Ringstead 3.30-9.30pm Sunday, Oct 20 – West Bay SAC daytime match at West Bexington 1- 6pm Sunday, Oct 20 – West Bay Water Sports Charity Open in aid of the Weldmar Hospice Trust. Sign on at Park Dean in West Bay from 9am, fishing 11-5pm, scales close at 6pm. Entry £10, juniors £5 and all proceeds to Weldmar. Penn Points competition.
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