Five juniors fished the fourth leg of the summer league near Splash Point on Saturday night, including new member Rhys, welcome in Rhys!
Joe had again provided bait to give us a start, and as the kids sent their baits out, all us dads got busy with the bait pumps.
We fished just under an hour down and then a couple back up, with the fish expected to come on with the flooding tide. Fishing any later would have meant fishing a flooding tide in the dark which wouldn’t have been safe down here with gullies filling in behind us, and as expected, all was quiet for the first hour.
We were pushed back off the further bank, which meant Tom would have been fishing into the middle of a gulley, so we made a quick dash along the match length to the mouth of the gulley to give him a better chance of fish.
As we were passing, Rhys was reeling a fish in, which caused a bit of excitement as we thought it might have been a Bass. We were a little disappointed to find it was only an Eel, but this was good news for Rhys as Eels are longer, and it took him into a good lead. After getting Tom fishing again, I walked back down to measure it at 55cms and photograph it, before Rhys released it.
Next in was Dan, with a Weever. I had decided not to measure Weevers and told everyone before the match that they would count as 10cms each and then be released straight away by the dads.
As expected, things picked up now, and Tom had managed a tiny Whiting, and then a treble header of Weevers in consecutive casts which made the move worthwile.
The tide was pushing us back across the top of the bank now, and we were carefully watching the gully behind us, but the fish were still coming in.
Rhys, Dan and Hari all added 2 Weevers each to their bags, and Tom had one Weever and another tiny Whiting, before it was time to pack up and head back to the cars for the prizes.
Rhys Jones was the winner, in his first ever match, with an Eel and 2 Weevers for a total length of 75cms. He won £7.50 and as with all those who took part, received a good bag of tackle donated by Joker. Thanks Joe, and well done Rhys!
Tom Jones took second place with 4 Weevers and 2 Whiting for 61cms.
Dan Peters was third with 3 Weevers and Hari Vincent was fourth with 2 Weevers. Jack Peters was fifth and unfortunately failed to catch.
Our next leg is at the Foryd on 11th August.