Lymington & District Sea Fishing Club was founded in 1936 and is affiliated to the Angling Trust and Marine Regional Group Wessex.  Lymington lies in the picturesque coastal area between the New Forest and the shores of the Solent, opposite Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wight.
The clubhouse, completed in 1993,is located off Bath Road car park, Lymington. It provides a congenial place to socialise with fellow anglers and offers the opportunity for members to improve their knowledge and skill at the regular tackle talks and demonstrations held there.

The aims of Lymington & District Sea Fishing Club are to promote shore fishing and boat fishing for all anglers, in a safe and friendly environment and to encourage conservation of fish stocks. New members, in particular juniors, are always welcome. A membership application form is available to download from the web site. The club is also on facebook. A monthly newsletter is sent out to all members.

Numerous competitions are held throughout the year at various beaches along the Hampshire and Dorset coast. As well as the monthly competitions, there are also several leagues: for example, The Shingle Bank League and the Win-Sum League. There are also three open shore competitions during the year.

Boat fishing is divided into two sections: large boats {or charter boat} fishing and shallow boats {privately-owned craft}. The large boat section has something for everyone and for all levels of skill and competitiveness.
  • Monthly large boat competitions out of Lymington: semi-competitive, fished to minimum size limits.  from April - December.
  • Match Boat League competitions out of Lymington, Poole and Weymouth: highly competitive and based on species, with no size limits.  Fished from April - September.
  • Recreational boat trips out of Lymington, Poole and Weymouth, on weekdays and weekends.  Friendly atmosphere, no pressure.  Fished January - December.
  • The Shallow {or small} boat section is fished from privately owned boats, which stay within a designated area, with competitions running throughout the year.
  • In addition, a boat competition open to both charter and privately owned boats is held in the autumn.  

Officers of the Club

Officers of the Club
Club President:  Mr Derek Smith, Esq.
Club Vice-Presidents: Miss S. Moody, Mr R. Davies, Mr C. Clark, Mr R. Lane, Mr R. Saunders,
Honorary Life Members: Mr R. Bayzand, Mr V. Everitt, Mrs G. Moody. Miss S. Moody. Mr A.D.Smith,
Officers of the Club. 
 Chairman:  Mr Alec S. Harmer. 01590-674045.  Vice-Chairman: Mr Roland Blomfield. 01590-683363.  
Hon. Secretary:  Mrs Gina Moody. 01590-674962.  
Assistant Hon. Secretary: Ms Sue Moody. 01590-674962.  Hon. Treasurer: Mr Alec Harmer. 01590-674045.
 Hon. Auditors: Mr Colin Saunders & Mr Derek Smith. Docket Steward. Mr Robert Flicos. 01590-676785.
Shallow Boat Commodore. Mr Brian Ansell-01590-672628.
Large Boat Commodore. Mr Alec Harmer. 01590-674045. Vice Boat Commodore. Mr Robin Lane. 07876 471901.
Clerk of Scales. Mr Steve Monkton. 07925 549313.
Shingle Bank Secretary. Mr Andy & Ollie Hopkins. 01590-678597. & Mr Terry Kempton. 01590-675088.
Shore Secretary. Mr Roland Blomfield. 01590-683363.  Win-Sum League Secretary. Mr Colin Saunders. 01425-629923.  
Hon. Cup Custodian. Mrs Jackie Saunders. 01425-629923. Publicity Officer. Mr Brian Ansell. 01590-672628.
Newsletter Editor. Mr Brian Ansell. 01590-672628. Hall Secretary. Mrs Gina Moody. 01590-674962.
Committee Members:
Mr Ben Daniel. 07824 641965. Mr Chris Ellis. 07790 231350. Mr Alan Martin. 02381-943452.
Mr Adrian Moody. 02380-668131. Mr Jamie Munden. 07938 484196. Mr Malcolm Stote. 07894 902254.

The Latest Club News 

 Angling Trust Wessex Marine Division - notification of AGM 9th July 2021.
{Elm Tree Pub, Poulner, Ringwood 7pm for 7.30pm start}.

Good morning Wessex member clubs,
I have been asked to bring the following to your attention:
With Covid restrictions now easing it's time to get back to business once again as regards the progress of fishing related activities in our area.  As we have been unable to conduct a proper AGM since the lockdown some 12 months or more ago, it's now time to re-launch the Wessex Division and elect a committee to take us forward to address local issues which both include Club and environmental matters whilst arranging events to encourage local angling for all to join our sport.  The current acting committee has been somewhat depleted during the past couple of years and although the nucleus of the committee are keen to continue their support, we welcome the influx of new voices to help us move forward.  If you are willing to help {6 meetings per year} please confirm your interest to Acting Secretary Brian Bleese  BBleese@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk  Further details of the AGM plus proposals for the updating of the rules of the Division can be found on the Wessex Website www.anglingtrustwessex.co.uk 
Please note the following to be considered at the AGM:
Proposed Rule Changes.
Rule 3. 1d To change the existing rule to allow 'a quorum of at least 8 voting members' to be present at the AGM instead of the current 18 voting members.
Rule 4 To change the quorum needed for a General Meeting from 6 to 4 and must include either the President, Chairman or Vice Chairman.
Both changes have been proposed by the existing acting committee to assist with the conducting of meetings given the reduction in numbers of clubs within the region and the resultant reduced attendance at meetings.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on the 11th July.
                                                         Ray Ashby.  President.

The Club's Link Page

Christchurch Angling Centre is owned by Tom Bagnall who sponsors some of the boat and shore competitions.  Tom participates in many club activities, is also a very good angler and on some occasions makes a very good cup of tea.     www.christchurchanglingcentre.co.uk 

Angling Trust is where you can get the latest news on all aspects of angling and the latest news about covid-19 regarding angling. www.anglingtrust.net

Sea Angling News is a free local angling paper to which I send all the club reports. You can go on-line to read all the news etc and club reports from all around the coast.  https://issuu.com/seaanglingnews

Lymington Harbour Commissioners a good site for local tides and weather reports.    www.lymingtonharbour.co.uk

Sea Angling News is a free local angling paper with all the angling news.  www.seaanglingnews.com 


Fish of the Month

Fish of the Month
December fish of the Month.
Shore:  Adult:  Stephen Pitman with a whiting weighing in at 1lb 6-1/2oz.    Boats:  Adult:  Robert Flicos with a whiting weighing in at 2lb 14oz.
March fish of the Month.
Shore:  Adult:  
Keith Warren with a dogfish weighing in at 1lb 13oz.  Junior:  Oliver Warren with a dogfish weighing in at 1lb 11 1/2oz 

Shore Competitions

Shore Competitions
Shore Competitions are organised by Roland Blomfield.  For more information please phone Roland on 01590-683363.
Shore competitions - These are fished Friday evenings and weekends. Shore competitions are free to enter except for the optional pools - optional pools are £1.00 each for the best round fish, best flat fish and this is given out on the night and there is an optional pool for the best specimen of 80%, this will roll over until won. The club supports the shore section with an annual top up of prize money. A weigh and return scheme is adopted on all shore competitions and we have club certificated scales on the beach and we run a measure and return league to encourage our anglers to replenish fish stocks for sustainability.
1st Sunday 13th December, 2nd Saturday 16th January, 3rd Saturday 13th February, 4th Saturday 27th March, 5th Saturday 24th April,
6th Saturday 22nd May, 7th Saturday 5th June, 8th Saturday 24th July, 9th Saturday 21st August, 10th Saturday 18th September,
11th Saturday 16th October, 12th Saturday 20th November, 1st for 2022 Sunday 19th December.

Shingle Bank League competitions are organised by Andy & Ollie Hopkins 01590-675088 and Terry Kempton 01590-675088.
Shingle Bank competitions - fished one match per month, mid-week. No league joining fee only competition fee paid on the night. The boundaries are from Hurst Castle and Backwaters to Camden Hurst car park at Hordle Cliff, ending at the steps nearest to the cafe, all fish caught are weighed in on this competition. Winner is the angler with the total weight for the year from all competitions fished. It is not necessary to fish every competition to win.
1st 8th December, 2nd 25th January, 3rd 22nd February, 4th 24th March, 5th 6th April, 6th 5th May, 7th 3rd June, 8th 19th July, 9th 3rd August,
10th 16th September, 11th14th October, 12th 30th November, 1st for 2022 14th December.

Win-Sum League competitions are organised by Colin Saunders on mobile 0780 2511 522.
Win-Sum League - this is a bait supplied, pegged beach league consisting of 8 competitions, with an entry fee of £48.00 and a match fee of £10.00 which includs optional pools for longest round and longest flat fish of the night. All competitions are held on a Wednesday evening.
1st 10th March, 2nd 21st April, 3rd 12th May, 4th 23th June, 5th 7th July, 6th 18th August, 7th 22nd September, 8th October.

Shore Competition Results

5th Shore Competition 24th April 2021.  
On Sunday 24th April the club held its 5th Shore Competition which was a rover. The weather for the competition was dry and sunny but with a strong north-east wind. Seven club members signed on including one junior. Only one member managed to catch any fish and that was Roland Blomfield with three sole for a total weight of 1lb 8.6oz. The heaviest one was 9oz which won Roland the best flat fish pool.
The best round fish pool and the best specimen fish pool are both rollovers until the next competition.
6th Shore Competition 22nd May 2021.
On Sunday 22nd May the club held its 6th shore competition. Due to the strong winds the venue was changed and was fished at Friars Cliff instead of the White House at Milford-on-Sea. The weather for the evening was sunny with a very strong north-west wind. Seven club members signed on and five weighed in eight fish consisting of dogfish, pouting, smoothhound and whiting. for a total weight of 9lb 11.2oz. The best round fish of the evening was a smoothhound weighing in at 3lb 3oz caught by Luke Woodford. The flat fish pool and best specimen pool are both rollovers until the next competition.
1st Glenn Short 4lb 3-3/8oz, 2nd Luke Woodford 3lb 3oz, 3rd Roland Blomfield 1lb 1.4oz,
4th Paul Watson 14-1/8oz, 5th William Waterhouse {Jnr} 5.2oz.
7th Shore Competition 5th June 2021.
On Saturday evening the club held its 7th shore competition which was held at Barton-on-Sea. The weather for the evening was sunny with light winds, five club members signed on but only one managed to weigh in fish. Best round fish of the evening was a conger eel weighing 1lb 2oz caught by Roland Blomfield. Best flat fish and specimen pools are both rollovers till the next competition.
1st Roland Blomfield 1lb 2oz.

Shingle Bank League Competition Results

Shingle Bank League Competition 6th April 2021.
On Tuesday evening the 6th April the club held its 1st Shingle Bank League competition since lockdown was lifted. The weather for the evening was dry and very cold -5 with a light north-west wind and a calm sea. Twenty-one seniors and two juniors signed on, but sadly only four managed to catch fish which consisted of pouting and dogfish. The best fish of the night was a dogfish weighing-in at 1lb 10.2oz caught by Paul Watson. Eight fish were weighed in for a total weight of 6lb 2.4oz. All the fish are gently returned to the sea after weighing.
1st Malcolm Stote 1lb 14oz, 2nd Paul Watson 1lb 10.2oz, 3rd Glen Short 1lb 8.4oz, 4th Sir Tom Bagnall 1lb 1.8oz.
Shingle Bank League Competition 5th May 2021.
On Wednesday evening the club held its 6th Shingle Bank League competition in perfect weather conditions with a light north-west wind, but a big sea swell. Fourteen club members signed on, and thirteen weighed in fish consisting of dogfish, small eyed rays and conger eels. The two best fish of the evening were a small eyed ray weighing in at 5lb 9 1/8oz caught by Ben Daniel and a dogfish 1lb 14 3/8oz caught by Paul Watson.
1st Glen Short 12lbs 2 5/8oz, 2nd Ben Daniel 10lbs 0.5oz, 3rd Malcolm Stote 7lb 14 5/8oz, 4th Danny Panks 7lb 2oz, 5th Chris Ellis 5lb 9 3/4oz,
6th Pete Chamberlain 4lb 14.5oz, 7th Keith Panks 4lb 1oz, 8th Paul Watson 3lb 2.8oz, 9th Roland Blomfield 1lb 9.8oz, 10th William King 1lb 4.2oz.
7th Shingle Bank League Competition 3rd June 2021.
On Thursday evening 3rd June the club held its 7th Shingle Bank League competition. The weather for the evening was good, sunny and warm with a south/west breeze. Eighteen club members signed on and ten weighed in twenty-one fish consisting of dogfish, bream, pollack, conger eel, smoothhound and spotted and thornback rays for a total weight of 35lbs 9.3oz. All fish are returned to the sea gently after weighing. The best fish of the evening was a smoothhound weighing 9lb 2oz caught by Ben Daniel.
1st Ben Daniel 9lb 12-1/8oz, 2nd Luke Woodford 6lb 3oz, 3rd Malcolm Stote 5lb 4oz, 4th Paul Watson 4lb 2oz, 5th Keith Panks 2lb 9oz,
6th Ollie Hopkins 2lb 7oz,  7th Danny Panks 2lb 3oz,  8th Terry Kempton 1lb 14.2oz,  9th Chris Ellis 10oz,  10th Glenn Short 9oz. 

Win-Sum League Competition Results

Adult Win-Sum League Competition 12th May 2021.
On Wednesday evening the 12th May the club held its 1st Adult Win-Sum League competition, the venue being Southbourne. The weather was dry and breezy and eleven club members signed on. Ten found the fish which consisted of plaice, brill, bass, sole, smooth hound and dogfish. All fish are measured straight away and gently returned to the sea.
The largest round fish pool went to Charlie Nash with a dogfish of 62cm. The largest flat fish pool also went to Charlie with a plaice of 27cm. The smallest fish pool went to Glenn Short with a plaice of 20cm.
1st Ben Daniel 460pts, 2nd Malcolm Stote 395pts, 3rd Andy Richmond 201pts, 4th Pete Chamberlain 181pts, 5th Billy King 153pts,
6th Glenn Short 137pts, 7th Charlie Nash 99pts, 8th Chris Ellis 92pts, 9th Paul Watson 57pts and 10th Luke Woodford 55pts.

Boat Competitions

Boat Competitions
Shallow Boat Competitions for 2021.  Organised by Brian Ansell for further information please contact Brian on 01590-672628.
All competitions are fished on Sundays.
1st, 21st December.  2nd, 24th January. 3rd, 21st February. 4th, 7th March. 5th, 18th April. 6th, 16th May. 7th, 20th June. 8th, 18th July. 9th, 1st August.
10th, 26th September. 11th, 24th October. 14th November {Club Open Competition}. 12th, 28th November. 1st for 2022. 12th December.

Large Boat Competitions for 2021.  Organised by Alec Harmer for further information please contact Alec on 01590-674045.
All competitions are fished on Sunday out from Lymington aboard charter boat Private Venture skippered by Arthur Savage.
1st, 6th December. 2nd, 18th April. 3rd, 2nd May. 4th, 13th June. 5th, 11th July. 6th, 1st August. 7th, 26th September.
8th, 31st October. 9th, 14th November. 1st for 2022, 12th December.

Vernon Everitt Match Boat League Series Competitions.  Organised by Robin Lane for further information please contact Robin on 07876 471901.
1st, 4th April. 2nd, 8th May. 3rd, 19th June. 4th, 17th July. 5th, 7th August. 6th, 4th September. 7th, 2nd October.

Recreational Charter Boat Fishing Trips.  Organised by Robin Lane for further information please contact Robin on 07876 471901.
Recreational Week-End Trips fished on a Saturday or Sunday.
1st, 9th January. 2nd, 23rd January. 3rd, 20th February.4th, 7th Match. 5th, 24th April. 6th, 16th May. 7th, 27th June.
8th, 10th July. 9th, 15th August. 10th, 9th October.11th, 14th November. 12th, 28th November.
Recreational Mid-Week Trips fished on a Monday to Friday.
1st, 5th February. 2nd, 17th March. 3rd, 28th April. 4th, 26th May. 5th, 9th June. 6th, 21st July. 7th, 11th August. 8th, 17th August.
9th, 15th September. 10th, 20th September. 11th, 29th September. 12th, 26th October. 13th, 10th November. 14th, 8th December.

Evening fishing trips in the Solent.
3 Fishing for cod on "Voyager" out from Lymington Haven meeting at 5.00 till 5.30 p.m. Please contact Robin Lane on 07876 471902.
So book your space early by phoning Robin Lane.

Shallow Boat Competition Results.

5th Shallow Boat Competition 18th April 2021.
On Sunday 18th April the club held its first Shallow Boat competition since the lockdown was lifted. Only four club members managed to get out in their boats on this day which was dry, sunny with light winds but a little chilly. Fish caught consisted of dogfish, pouting and whiting.
1st Adrian Moody 13 fish for 44pts, joint 2nd Barry Littlefair and Dennis Mapes both with 11 fish for 32pts, 4th Alan Martin 10 fish for 25pts.
All fish are returned alive and points awarded.

Large Boat Competition Results

2nd Large Boats 18th April. 
On Sunday 18th April six club members headed out into Christchurch Bay for their first Large Boat competition of the year aboard Private venture, skippered by Art Savage. Neap tides, a flat sea and spring sunshine were a welcoming return after the recent Covid restrictions. Drifting for pollack and plaice proved fairly productive, with a surprise bonus of a cuckoo wrasse for the Large Boat Commodore Alec Harmer. Moving to an inshore mark to target the plaice found them to be obliging, with Ed Taylor catching nine of the just over a dozen sizeable flatties coming aboard. With the tide easing another move was made further out to anchor over rough ground, producing ballan wrasse, pouting and dogfish. Other species caught during the trip included an undersized turbot and the only black bream of the day, both caught by club president Derek Smith, and a mackerel of 1lb 5oz caught by Ed Taylor.
1st Ed Taylor 89pts, 2nd Arran Harmer 75pts, 3rd Derek Smith 54pts, 4th Alec Harmer 47pts, 5th Roland Blomfield 43pts, 6th Andrew Foster 37pts.
3rd Large Boats 2nd May 2021.
With Covid restrictions still applying, six club members fished their May competition aboard Art Savage's Private Venture, to the west of Christchurch Bay. Hitting a perfect weather window, the target species were again plaice, pollack and bream. Drifting for pollack proved productive for all the anglers, with Derek Smith leading the way with six fish. The plaice were less accommodating, however nearly all the members had at least one fish. A final move further out produced a similar result with black bream. Other species included dab, dogfish, conger eel and grey gurnard.
1st Arran Harmer 126pts, 2nd Ed Taylor 123pts, 3rd Derek Smith 81pts, 4th Alec Harmer 65pts, 5th Malcolm Gerrish 52pts, 6th Roland Blomfield 42pts.
4th Large Boats 13th June 2021.
Seven club members headed out into Christchurch Bay for their June competition aboard "Private Venture" skippered by Art Savage, on one of the hottest days of the year so far. With strongish tides, the decision was made to fish various inshore marks, either drifting or at anchor. Fishing proved to be steady throughout the session, although a lot of the fish were frustratingly undersized. Species caught were black bream, conger eel, dab, dogfish, grey and tub gurnard, mackerel, plaice and undulate ray.
1st Ed Taylor 97pts, 2nd Malcolm Gerrish 86pts, 3rd Arran Harmer 85pts, 4th Derek Smith 72pts, 5th Alec Harmer 64pts, 6th Andrew Foster 46pts,
7th Roland Blomfield 21pts.

Vernon Everitt Match Boat League Competition Results

Vernon Everitt Match Boat League Competition Results
Vernon Everitt Match Boat League Series 2021.
Nineteen club members have signed up for this year's competitions which started on Sunday 4th April. Eighteen club members boarded three charter boats out of Weymouth. With all boats having to adhere to covid rules the charter boats were Supanova skippered by Lyle Stantiford, Meerkat skippered by Ryan Casey and Sally Anne Joe skippered by Colin Baker. The first of the seven matches started with a big fish day which was to test the anglers' ability to catch species in deep water where weights of up to 2lb were needed to get to the sea bed.
All the boats left the harbour on a bright, dry, calm day and headed to a mark called Kidney Banks were blonde rays can be found. Forty-seven in total were caught, also dogfish and smoothhounds and all the fish were returned.
After a number of hours, the skippers all pulled up anchor and moved to deeper water where bullhuss, spurdog, whiting, tope, conger eels, thornback and spotted rays were caught.
Notable fish that were caught:
Martin Bobbett a smoothhound 14lbs 8oz, Malcolm Stote a blonde ray 15lbs, Cliff Newbold a blonde ray14lbs, Robin Lane a blonde ray 15lbs 8oz, Robin Lane a bullhuss of 7lb and John Bellamy also a bullhuss estimated to be 12lbs+
Results: Places per boat.
Supanova.  1st Paul Hollyoake 6 species 237pts, 2nd Ed Taylor 7 species 205pts, 3rd Martin Bobbett 6 species169pts, 4th Chris Rogers 4 species 145pts, 5th Andy Southwick 4 species 85pts, 6th Mark Boldick 4 species 65pts.
Meerkat.  1st John Bellamy 7 species 276pts, 2nd Chris Ellis 6 species 175pts, 3rd Ben Daniel 4 species 135pts, 4th Garth Smith 5 species 125pts, 5th Karl Bates 3 species 70pts, 6th Paul Wilson 2 species 40pts.
Sally Anne Joe.  1st Rod Giles 8 species 220pts, 2nd Malcolm Stote 6 species 201pts, 3rd Cliff Newbold 7 species 195pts, 4th Mat Osbourne {Guest} 4 species 185pts, 5th Robin Lane 5 species 150pts, 6th Richard Day 3 species 140pts.

Recreational Charter Boat Trips  Results

Recreational Week-end Trip 24th April 2021.  On Saturday 24th April the club held a week-end fishing trip aboard Voyager out from Lymington skippered by Kevin Duell.  The weather was not good with a force 4 -6 easterly wind, but we managed to fish the North Head buoy area.  As the weather conditions got more uncomfortable, we moved closer in shore to fish for plaice, but sadly no luck so moved off Taddiford and still no plaice.  Skipper Kevin was very helpful all day and fish caught included thornback rays, smoothhounds, dogfish and turbot.
Results: Tom Rutter 2 thornback rays 13lbs and 5lb plus 2 smoothhounds and 4 dogfish. Alan Rutter 1 smoothhound 5lb 8oz plus 1 dogfish. Mark Boldick a turbot 3lb 4oz. Nelson Phillips 1 dogfish. Harry Gray 1 dogfish. Karl Bates sadly blanked.
Recreational Mid-week Boat Trip 28th April 2021.
On Wednesday 28th April the club held a mid-week recreational fishing trip in which six club members boarded charter boat "Voyager" skippered by Kevin Duell out from Lymington Haven Marina. With the forecast good for the day Kevin headed to a mark called Southbourne Rough where we were hoping to catch bream. As soon as Kevin dropped anchor, we were not disappointed. Bream were being caught weighing between 1lb and1-1/2lb. When the tide slackened, we moved to the Dolphin Bank drifting for plaice. A number were caught with Pete Drodge having five and the best plaice went to Malcolm Gerrish at 1-1/2lb
Recreational Mid-week Boat Trip 26th May 2021.
On Wednesday 26th May six club members held a mid-week recreational fishing trip aboard "Mistress Linda" skippered by Phil Higgins out from Poole.  Phil took us out from Poole Harbour to a mark in Swanage Bay where we spent a number of hours catching over 100 bream with most being returned.  Sizes varied between small and up to 2lb in weight.  Phil then took us back into Poole Bay where we drifted for plaice, the best by George Dark being around the 2lb mark.  Robin Lane had a small turbot which was returned to the sea.  Our final stop was a mark called the Half Bank where bream, dogfish, smoothhound and plaice were caught.

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