Alan Yates' sea fishing blog 16.6.08


My trip to Dover breakwater for the Dover Sea Angling Association annual species competition this week was cancelled due to a force seven wind predicted by the BBC shipping forecast and the competition switched to the less productive Prince of Wales pier inside Dover harbour.
The force seven winds never materialised and the competitors struggled whilst the breakwater looked frustratingly fishy all day in the calm sea and sunshine.
However, a last cast double shot of dogfish as the light faded added to my pout and flounder produced a winning total of 53 points.
The Dover points system for species events being 10 pts for the first of each species, 5 points for the second and three points for the third.
One point is then awarded for every 500 grams of the total weight, but only three of each species are allowed to be weighed in.
A fun match and I have got to admit it made a nice change from the usually aggregate weight race.


Congratulations to Weymouth angler, Phil Cheeseman on landed a new record garfish for Weymouth Angling Society during their latest monthly shore competition.
It weighed 0.78Kgs (1lb 11.5ozs) beating the previous record which had stood since 1986. But this is not the first time that Phil has held the club record for a garfish, records show that he also beat the record way back in 1966 when England won the World Cup! (We didn’t even make the European final this year).
Phil hooked his current fish at West Bexington on Chesil beach after switching to light float tackle when bites on the bottom dried up – the fish is 137.8% of the National specimen.

243.75m WITH 100gr LEAD

Whilst casting distances continue to edge further to and past 300 metres it is noticeable in the tournaments that distances with 100 grams are improving as more and more casters go lighter.
The latest round of the Kent Sportscast casting club held at Sutton Valance near Rochester saw Steve Morris the top caster on the day with a maximum distance of 243.75 metres using a 100 gram lead.
However, a new Personal Best with double that weight for Maidstone caster, Mark Cousens proves that it’s not all about maximum distance.
Mark produced his 222.84 metres using 200 grams and the back cast giving him a very practical edge in real fishing terms when hew needs to punch a big bait into a strong wind on a winter beach.


The Penn Sea League (PSL) is hotting up with in form Irish angler Dave Roe fresh from his Penn Final victory at Silloth taking over the lead from Ben Stockley of Weymouth and in close third is World number one match angler, Ian Golds.
Despite the fact he lives in Dublin, Dave Roe has been fishing events all over Ireland and some in England. All three of the top anglers are travelling around in search of Penn points scores and that what you need to do to score continuously throughout the year.


Here are a few of the potentially bigger Penn dates coming up over the coming months.

6th July the Amble Open shore Festival. Rover fishing from Lynemouth Pipe, to Seahouses Harbour. Fishing 9am until 1pm, entry £10. Ken 01665 830619 after 7pm m 07972026519 or Amble Angling Centre 01665 711200

12th and13th July the Masterline Family Festival. Brixham Breakwater. Fishing 9am until 2pm both days. Sign-on at car park end of Breakwater from 8am.  Martyn Green 01803 863279 or 07704602180.

20th of July the Newbiggin Sea Angling club. Bankhouse Summer Open, Newbiggin, fishing 9.30am until1.30pm. 1st prize £ 300 (£10 entry + pools) (£3 JNR) Fred Lothian: 01670 817585. Website: