Angling: Hegg bags a shore prize at Weymouth

BILLY’S CATCH: Billy Short with his thornback ray of 106 per cent of specimen

BILLY’S CATCH: Billy Short with his thornback ray of 106 per cent of specimen

First published in Sport by , Angling correspondent

CONDITIONS were perfect for Weymouth Angling Society’s latest monthly shore match.

Anglers fished in the harbour from low water up and over the top of the tide. A variety of species were caught on the day including ballan wrasse, corkwing wrasse, silver eel, thin-lipped mullet and thick-lipped mullet.

The winner, catching five good-sized eels was Pete Hegg, with a weight of 3.33kg; runner-up was Dave Lane with a ballan wrasse, corkwing wrasse and five eels for 2.81kg.

In third place, with a thick-lipped mullet and a thin lip, for 1.56kg, was Phil Cheeseman and fourth was Ray Barnes with an eel of 490g.

Top junior on the night, with an eel of 300g, was Ethan Casey.

A silver eel won the best specimen, which was also the heaviest fish, weighing 1.05kg, caught by Dave Lane and netted by Ian Burden, who was a spectator at the time.

Boat League

THE Weymouth AS held their monthly boat league with the top angler on the night, fishing on his own boat Celastine, was Ray Goodwin with a total of 310 fish points.

Second place, with one less fish than Ray was Steve Goodwin with 300 points and in third place was Billy Short, who notched 205 points.

Short, who was fishing aboard Gypsy, had the best specimen with a cracking 106 per cent thornback ray.

Team League

THE shore team league was fished as a rover with some impressive catches.

Altogether 100 fish were registered for nine different species.

Top team on the day were the Chickerell Mafia, claiming all 13 points available by winning every category.

Runners-up were Kiss my Wrasse and Codfathers, both with six points.

Clam Spears followed with three points, while Snafu propped up the rest with one point.

Species caught included red and tub gurnard, wrasse, black bream, scad, dogfish and poor cod, but the outstanding fish was an undulate ray of 4.7kg, caught by Phil Cheeseman of the Chickerell Mafia.

This fish represents 103.63 per cent of specimen.

Team standings are now as follows: Chickerell Mafia (76pts), Kiss My Wrasse (47pts), Codfathers (38pts), Snafu (35pts) and Clam Spears (31pts).

MAKING A MARK

 

EIGHTEEN members of Weymouth AS entered and fished various marks around the Dorset coastline.  
During the week, anglers may weigh in their bass at any tackle shop with certified scales or at the club any evening.
The winner this year was Keith Diplock who caught a cracking bass of 8lb 11oz at one of his favourite marks along the Purbeck coast.
Runner-up was Mick Channon with 4lb 13oz and in third was Ray Barnes (2lb 2oz).

DIARY DATES

Saturday, August 9 – Lyme Regis AC – Junior League match 1-4pm

Samalite League match at Cogden 5-10pm

Sunday, August 10 – Lyme Regis AC – Boat match 9am-5pm

Sunday, August 17 – West Bay SAC – specimen & Species Festival.

West Bay SAC Boat match for the Senator Shield 9am-5pm

Wednesday, August 13 – Lyme Regis AC – shore rover match 6.30-10.30pm

West Bay SAC – Wednesday boat match 6.30-9.30pm

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