Sunday 3rd June, the second round of the BCFSA Boat Pairs Competition.
It was a sunny day and flat calm, a beautiful day for a boat competition! Following a bacon roll and coffee we left the harbour at around 11:30am.
Osprey steamed down the coast to Hurlestone Point for a few drifts with the feathers to see what was about…. the lucky few caught Pollack and small Wrasse, the unlucky few spent the drifts tackling back up after losing rigs to the tackle hungry rocks below!
Next move was closer to Porlock beach to try for the bonus fish of the day… Bull Huss. Nothing showed apart from a few doggies, so off we went again to one of Mr.Webbers hotspots, and boy did it produce!
Nathan on the stern corner was first to connect with a decent Tope grabbing his bait, with light tackle the fish was lost. 200lb traces and larger hooks resulted in 30 Tope being boated with another 10 to 15 lost through bite offs.
Big fish baits were only on the bottom a few minutes before the rod arched over with the run of another Tope.
Smaller baits put down for other species were being grabbed, there must have been a good pack of fish holding on Steve’s mark.
Tom Fitzpatrick and Steve Lodge boated Tope of 29lb on the day.
Credit must go to skipper Steve and first mate Will who dealt with a frantic hour with at times 3 fish putting a decent bend in the anglers rods, along with a fish being netted and one already on the deck.
Once the tide had picked up it was time to move back inshore for a change of venue to try for different species. More Dogs along with Huss, Ray, Black Bream and Rockling showed inshore to smaller baits. Points were very close at the top with Malcolm Bayldon on 9 species and Steve Lodge on 10.
The last move of the day was to White Mark for the final hours fishing. More Dogs were caught, with Malcolm picking up a Goby…. points were now all square with the top 2!
Steve Lodge then made his last cast and promptly wound in a Dogfish on the bottom hook, and on the top hook was a very welcome Poor Cod, bringing his species tally to 11.
A cracking days fishing aboard Osprey saw Tom Fitzpatrick take the pool for biggest fish and Steve lodge taking the pool for most species. In total 20 species were boated.
Teddy Boy also started off at Hurlestone, catching small Pollack and Wrasse, but no Mackerel. Next move was in close below Porlock where the Dogs and Bull Huss put in an appearance.The boat ended up at Foreland Point for the change in tide. Each spot bought a few more species, with Rick Crosby (thanks to a lucky Codling!) and Damian Close (with an equally lucky 1lb Conger!) going neck to neck on points for much of the day, until the final whistle sounded and Rick edged ahead with 510 points to Damien’s 470. Close on their heals were Phil ‘Smokey’ Lewis on 460 points and Dave Newman the ‘Limerick King’ with 456.
Heaviest fish on Teddie boy was Ricks 12.3lb Bull Huss, and most species went to Damian with 7. There were 9 species on the boat.
Top team on the day was Weston Super Mare B with 14 points and top angler on the day was Steve Lodge with 780 points.