I enjoyed a great trip to Ireland to fish the European Federation of Sea Angler, Irish Winter beach Festival at Wexford and Waterford despite some of the worst gales on the Irish South East coast for years.
The weather battered competitors fishing all three days, the entry included a large number of International anglers from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.
It is an event I helped to start in 1988 along with Dave Houghton of Leisure Angling Liverpool.
Nowadays EFSA Ireland have taken it on, arranging accommodation for visiting anglers at Sean Ogs hotel in Kilmuckridge with competitors fishing the nearby beaches although on this occasion several sheltered venues had to be used including Cheekpoint 40 miles away in Waterford.
I have won the Winter Beach event four times including the first two year and then again later in the nineties, but since I have had a lean time, but this year things proved different and I ended as individual EFSA Irish Winter Beach Champion with a last cast flounder on day three to win by a single point from Ian Golds of Portsmouth who was second on count back from my son, Richard Yates of Deal and Saul Page who also tied for second, but claimed third and fourth prizes on count back.
Team winners were Alan Yates, John Wells, Saul Page and Neil Marsh with Saul and Neil also winning the Pairs. In total the five man squad took home over 4500 Euros, whilst individual trophies included Waterford Crystal vases.
My win was worth twenty Penn points in the National league for an event with over 200 competitors and I am now on 32 points for January, something of a personal record as well as a change of angling fortune, it’s nice to get lucky occasionally.
Full result: 1 Alan Yates, England 66pts; 2 Ian Golds, England, 65pts; 3 Richard Yates, England;4 Saul Page, England 65pt; 5 Dave Dobbie, Scotland 63pts; 6 Alan O’Dowling, Ireland,63pt; 7Joe Byrne, Ireland 59pts; 8 Bill Lindfield, England 59pts; 9Michael Quinn, Ireland 58pts; 10 Neil Marsh, England, 57pts.
Four-man Team: 1 Alan Yates, Saul Page, Neil Marsh, England; 2 Jock Goudie, Jimmy Connell, Iain Reid, Dave Dobbie, Scotland; 3 Brian Maxwell, David Neil, Brian Burn Sandy Wason, Scotland.
Pairs: 1 Saul Page, Neil Marsh England; 2 Dave Dobbie and William Kennedy Scotland; 3 Gordon Thornes Bill Lindfield England.
Other zone winners: Alan O’Dowling, Ireland; Michael Quinn, Ireland; Dave Lovelock, Bristol; Gordon Thornes, Connors Quay.
Codling are coming!
February is always the coldest month and by the looks of the weather nothing changes and its sure to shut down the shore fishing in many regions.
A run of codling are expected in the lower North Sea and there are already signs that despite the very low temperatures the codling are there.
Hot South East venues in the coming months are Aldeburgh dirty Wall, Orford, Walton and Clacton piers, Gravesend and Dover’s Admiralty pier which has recently produced a catch of 16 fish between 2lb and 3lb, nothing bigger although Dover Breakwater can produce the bigger codling as Spring starts to appear and the daffs are up in my garden.
Penn League events
For match anglers looking to get amongst the Penn points here are several February Penn League events worth a look:
Feb 15: Fountain Inn SAC Open. Seabrook and Hythe. Fishing 12.30 until 5.30 200 peg limit for wider pegging. entry £15 pool £10 pre book only. £1000 top prize contact is Brian Barnes Tel 01303 239024
Feb 15: Mersey Anglers open at Otterspool Promenade in the River Mersey. Fishing is 11am until 4pm. Book on at Otterspool Pub from 9.30am.100 pegs. North West Size limits. £15 all in. no pendulum casting. John Waugh 0151 639 7974; Ian Griffiths home 0151 201 5095 07739 166380.
K Kelly 07724 793910.
Feb 21/22: Skua SAC 2 day Open Talacre promises to be a dab bonanza with this venue in flatfish form. Saturday fishing is from1pm to 5 pm. Sunday fishing 1.45pm to 5.45pm. Pre-booking essential, limited pegs, 3 hooks 100% payout. Pete Corker 07711622015 or Gordon Thornes 01244813003
Feb 22: Seaton sluice sweepstake. Cambois pier to Amble pier (excluding piers) Fishing 6pm until 10pm. register at Church Point car park Newbiggin 4.45pm. £10 entry 100% payout More info from Gav Owen (07974130205) or Barry Tweddle (01670-732851)
Sea Angler Penn Clubman events
Clubs - don’t forget to enter a team in the new Sea Angler Penn Clubman league competition – It’s open to all angling clubs and is aimed at club evening fixtures.
Team, members are automatically entered in the individual event. E Mail teams (4) names and details to me at: Alankyates@aol.com
Or fill in the form in Sea Angler magazine. The event does not start until 1st MAY 09 – Any queries on how the event works give me a call on 01303 250017.