English Shore Championship
12th and 13th October
It was the first time this Championship was fished in Orford; w e booked the Premier Travel Inn as our Headquarters which was 30 minutes car journey to the quayside. It was also the first time we had used a Travel Inn for our Headquarters, but with first class rooms , 25 yards to the restaurant and bar it was an excellent choice.
The prizes were supplied by the WAC. Who gave us a very good discount making it possible to present prizes down to 12 th place. Once again many thanks to Andy Selby for providing the prizes .
We all arrived on the quayside with great expectations as there are lots or Cod all around the south coast and we are at last fishing the “Mecca”; we loaded the ferry with 19 anglers and an assortment of tackle bags, rods and boxes. We had a half mile trek across the shingle to the beach, after a bit of huffing and puffing we were ready to start, flat seas and a little overcast , not the best conditions! After an hour we could tell it was not going to be very good, but at least everyone was catching fish with no blanks, with that well known boat angler, Dave Clark thrashing the shore anglers.
Day 1 results
1st . Dave Clark 8lbs 7ozs. with a codling of 4lbs. 2ozs.
2nd . Brian Allum 7lbs.10ozs with a codling of 3lbs 8ozs
3rd . Eddie Painter 4lbs 3.5ozs.
We had a bonus today with only a 250 yard walk to the beach as we are fishing the “Narrows” The fishing was about the same with everyone catching but nothing exceptional.
Day 2 results
1st. Sirius the Virus aka Peter Campbell 6lbs 4.5ozs with 2 codling
2nd. Tony Porrit 5lbs 7ozs with a dogfish and codling
3rd. Janet Sargeant 4lbs 7ozs with a of 3lbs 15ozs
Overall the fishing was pretty poor but once again the social side was brilliant. We booked a dining room for dinner and the presentation prize giving. Once again we had a blind draw for the 2 persons and 4 persons teams which gives the prizes a far more even spread .
Gold pin – B. Allum 11. D. Hilton
Silver pin – P. Campbell 12. J. Hunt
Bronze pin – D. Lovelock 13. R. Clough
04. E. Painter 14. J. Campbell
05. C. Sargeant 15. B. Flack
06. T. Porrit 16. P. Curtice
07. J. Sargeant 17. B. Booker
08. R. Cleal 18. J. Knight
09. I. Hopper 19. P. King
10. D. Clark
Teams of Two
Gold medal B. Allum C. Sargeant
Silver medal P. Campbell I. Hopper
Bronze medal J. Sargeant J. Lovelock
Teams of Four
Gold medal B. Allum B. Flack D. Clark I. Hopper
Silver medal T. Porrit E. Painter D. Lovelock J. Hunt
Bronze medal R. Cleal C. Sargeant J. Campbell D. Hilton
Shore Festival Officer