1st Large Boats 6th December.
On Sunday the club held its 1st Large Boat competition of their 2021 season aboard Art Savage's charter boat Private Venture who headed to a mark west of the Needles. A keen northerly breeze was mitigated to some degree later on by some welcome sunshine, and the day remained dry. Fish came in steadily throughout the day, including rays, some decent sized whiting and dogfish. Jumbo pout was a welcome addition, but, as usual, strap congers were a constant nuisance, ruining the prospects of contacting the cod, which remained as elusive as ever.
Results: 1st Arran Harmer 87pts, 2nd Derek Smith79pts, 3rd Roland Blomfield 50pts, 4th mark Duncan 46pts, 5th Alec Harmer 41pts.
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 Boat Competition 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.