Four hardy juniors fished the first leg of CBVSACs Junior Winter league at Colwyn Arches this evening. Fresh and frozen bait was provided free of charge by Joe from Jokers tackle in Colwyn Bay, so many thanks for that Joe! Great bait and it worked a treat.
After losing my title of Rockling king to club legend Norman recently, it would be interesting to see if Tom could hold up the family tradition of success while slug hunting.
The kids set up in front of the Arches, fishing over the rough ground and Tom got top spot fishing next to the rock groyne.
Things were slow to start off with but as the daylight faded he was first in with a fish of 21cms.
I had set a rod up and soon reeled in a treble header of small slugs, but i packed in after some tangles and once the flooding tide started splashing up onto the prom.
The fish moved in and all the lads were catching with Jack registering a small Whiting and everyone increasing their lengths with mainly small Rockling.
Tom Davies found a good fish, which was 27cm long and was weighed at 00-05-12 which qualifies as a specimen so he was made up, as you can see from the photo
Tom Jones had a bit of trouble when the noddy who had set up next to him wound him in twice in succession and after untangling the rigs, threw Toms back into the rough stuff at the bottom of the wall, resulting in one lost rig and the other coming back fishless. A stern glare and some clearly audible venting of my frustration meant he didn’t do it again, but Tom Davies had used this time to his advantage to catch a double shot to move into the lead.
Tom Jones was not to be outdone though, and caught steadily for the rest of the match, including a double header of his own, followed by a specimen of 25cm and 00-05-04.
These were enough to seal the victory and at the end of the match, Tom Jones was the winner with 7 Rockling for a total length of 134cms, and maintained the family tradition to earn the title of “The Slug Prince“
Tom Davies was second with 4 Rockling for 85cms, Jack Peters was third with 2 Rockling and a Whiting for 56cms and Dan Peters was fourth with 2 Rockling for 31cms.
After the prize giving, I held a raffle for a nearly new Salt rodrest, which had been very kindly donated for one of the juniors by Phil Greaves ( Phil the bill on Sunny Rhyl forum ). Many thanks to Phil for this donation. Phil also donated a fixed spool reel which will be kept aside and can be used as a spare by any of the kids in the matches or if a new angler joins and needs to borrow some equipment to get started.
The four lads names were place into a hat, and Dan managed to pull out his brother Jacks name so as the rodrest had a double head theres a good chance they will be sharing it anyway.
The lads coped with the conditions admirably, but were glad to be heading home out of the biting wind to look forward to the second and final leg at Rhyl Foryd in April and hopefully some better conditions.