Torquay 3rd & 4th July 2010
Expectations ran high for the days wreck fishing as reports of 80 cod in a day, large Pollack, conger and a chance of a Ling or two, had been received from various sources.
We all assembled in the harbour eagerly waiting to head off into the sunshine on a flat calm sea. The boats set sail “almost” on time. After a brief spell catching some fresh Mackerel, the boats headed off to their chosen wrecks, with one travelling some 28 miles, and with the other boats heading off in different directions, plenty of sea would be covered.
Both EFSA and the local skippers learnt a lot at this venue. As opposed to their normal Channel Island & mid channel drift fishing over the wrecks & reefs, the venue this time was the inshore wrecks and reefs. It seems that most of the fishing around this area is on the drift, this became apparent with one skipper retrieving his anchor from the storage hold (I’m sure the bar code was still intact) that said they put us on the marks to allow us to catch fish as you can see by the total amount of fish caught.
Half way results
Today’s plan was to fish the inshore reef/bank, some plans never seem to be followed as our 1st drift was over a small wreck wedged in between a rocky pinnacle and an area of rough ground. Still the fish were obliging to some anglers.
We then moved to a rough ground mark where Jerry Knight caught what Ray thought was a brand new species, the silver whiting, they then discussed the existence of the blue whiting. After hours of trawling the internet I can confirm that both species do exist;
Menticirrhus Littoralis is the silver whiting, unless you are in Australia where the Sillago Bassensis is the silver or school whiting, Micromesistius Poutassau is the blue whiting, do not confuse these with the fish that was actually caught which I believe is the Merlangius Merlangius or English whiting, hope that clarifies this matter!
Best entertainment of the day was witnessing Ray retrieving the anchor by hand, just goes to show that all that bait gathering & manual labour has improved his fitness. It was worth sacrificing my penguin for! The Sea Gods obviously approved as he won the boat by one point!
Just as a matter of interest, this is the list of all fish caught over the two days.
Grey gurnard 22
Ballan wrasse 43
Black bream 2
Cod 2 Total caught 2546
Overall individual results
1st R.Russell 200 % 26th V.Allen 150.52%
2nd A.Selby 200 % 27th R.Shattock 148.21%
3rd M.Patten 195.27 % 28th K.Clarke 146.08%
4th C.Newbold 194.64% 29th B.Senior 143.94%
5th R.Marschalek 194.29% 30th A.Smith 142.07%
6th B.King 192.97% 31st G.Latimer 138.59%
7th R.Barron 192.86% 32nd R.Shipway 138.57%
8th D.Mann 180.65% 33rd D.Lynes 138.55%
9th A.Currier 178.37% 34th R.Evans 136.26%
10th P.Dack 175.27% 35th B.Cann 134.52%
11th P.Bailey 172.16% 36th D.Clark 132.21%
12th C.Searles 171.53% 37th S.Baker 131.12%
13th D.Oliver 169.74% 38th J.Bond 129.95%
14th G.Galbraith 169.64% 39th J.Knight 126.6%
15th J.Whippy 169.49% 40th R.Quinn 124.76%
16th P.Hart 168.69% 41st M.Smith 118.53%
17th K.Sampson 166.64% 42nd I.Mclean 116.07%
18th K.Bowden 164.41% 43rd M.Bobbett 110.12%
19th T.Carrolan 164.04% 44th D.Latimer 100.28%
20th N.Bryant 157.79% 45th M.Claridge 99.48%
21st G.Croft 155.41% 46th R.Troy 80.62%
22nd M.Ruff 154% 47th K.Scaggs 66.67%
23rd K.Smith 151.43% 48th S.Drew 45.71%
24th M.Osborne 151.36% 49th D.Styles 35.48%
25th M.Wuest 151.14% 50th J.Philipson 14.18%
Two man open
1st C.Newbold & D.Mann
2nd P.Dack & B.King
3rd R.Russell & K.Smith
Four Man Open
1st N.Bryant, R.Barron, P.Dack & B.King
2nd C.Newbold, D.Mann, R.Shattock & C.Searles
3rd R.Russell, R.Marschalek, K.Smith & B.Senior
Four man executive
1st P.Bailey, M.Patten, R.Marschalek & M.Claridge
2nd R.Evans, M.Ruff, B.King & G.Galbraith
3rd C.Searles, A.Smith, D.Oliver & T.Carrolan
Top overseas angler
Rose Ann skippered by Mike Baker with an average of 53.21 points per angler.
• Entry fee = £141
• Travel costs = £80
• Accommodation = £90
• Food = £42
• Drinks = £100
• Bait = £45
• Best ever Chinese = £40
• Watching Andy Selby collect the silver pin after 20+ years as a member = priceless!