5th Large Boat Competition 11th July 2021.
For their July monthly Large Boat competition eight club members headed to a mark south of the Needles aboard "Private Venture" skippered by Art Savage. With plenty of cloud cover and light winds it was ideal fishing conditions. First stop produced a few mackerel and then a movie to a mark further out produced plenty of pout for everyone, plus several black bream to nearly 3lb. Other fish included undulate ray, pollack and tope. After slack water the rest of the day was spent targeting place, both on the drift and at anchor. In addition to plaice, dogfish and black bream also put in an appearance. Other species caught during the day included conger, tub gurnard and scad.
1st Alec Harmer 106pts, 2nd Arran Harmer 95pts, 3rd Malcolm Gerrish 95pts (less fish), 4th Jane Hopkins 83pts, 5th Marc Duncan 55pts, 6th Roland Blomfield 50pts, 7th Derek Smith 50pts (less fish), 8th Andrew Foster 34pts.
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.
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.
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.