The format for our final Clubman match of the year was the single longest fish for both points and cash prizes - a cod or a dog would be required to fulfill this criteria, while there would be an additional cash prize for a "mystery pair". In the event, however, only three species of fish were recorded namely cod, dabs and whiting.
With all anglers catching, it was a wait to the finish to determine the winners. With cards checked , Jim Morris (who had already stamped his authority on the Clubman Table) and Gary Tully took joint first place, both having a cod of 44cm, plus their relevant count back fish measuring equal.
Local tackle shop owner and vastly experienced match angler Paul Bonner was third. Cash prizes went to the top three. Paul expanded his winnings as he and Lewis Taylor were winners of the mystery pair.
Clubman Points were awarded accordingly to the top ten which determined the final placings for 2019. Click the Points Table Alternitavely to see points awarded at each venue through the past year go to www.wirral.fishing/points
Thank you to all who participated. Our final match of the year will take place at Egremont on Sunday 22nd December. Further details will be on our website soon.
There were plenty of whiting to be caught at our penultimate Clubman Points match of 2019.
However, with the format of the match set at each angler's best flat and round added together, it was going to be prudent to target a flat fish to go with either a whiting, cod or a dogfish.
As events turned out, no cod appeared and only two anglers - Jamie Pickup and Gary Tully - managed to catch dogs (with one of Jamie's measuring 65cm) but neither of these two anglers could find a flat to go with their dogs.
Consiquently it was down to the whiting and flat combination to determine placings at the conclusion. Guest angler John Rodgers took 1st place with his combination totaling 57cm. Bill Lindfield and Andy Sothern tied on 56cm but on count back it was Andy who took second and Bill third.
Cash prizes went to the top three. With John not being eligible for Clubman Points, it meant 10 points for Andy, nine for Bill and eight for John Wood, with the remaining being awarded accordingly.
Thank you to everyone who took part, our next match coming soon.
Based on the total length made up from each angler's best three fish or less, it was hoped that the dogfish would be putting in an appearance in numbers.
However, apart from a couple of dogs and two rays, it was small flounders and whiting that made up the majority of catches. Again, the fishing was relatively below par though on this occasion it was Jim Morris having a total of 134cm which included a ray of 83cm who took first place.
England international Bill Lindfield was second having amassed a total of 85cm. Cash prizes went to the top three and Clubman Points awarded respectively to the top ten - check the Points Table for current positions.
Alternatively to see all the scores from each match go to www.wirral.fishing/points
Thank you to everyone who participated, our next match coming soon.
The fishing was well below par at this promenade mark with nearly half of the competitors failing to catch. Even those that did could only, on average, muster two or three fish.
Being based on single longest fish, with a pool for the best flat fish, dogs or smooth hounds over high water were in demand to determine a winner, but apart from a single one of the aforementioned, catches consisted of flounders, eels, sole and small whiting.
The eventual winner was Andy Sothern who had a dog measuring 61cm amongst his bag of fish. Gary Tully caught a 37cm sole on his first cast and, after an anxious wait throughout the match, the fish gave him 2nd place. Nigel Conlon took 3rd with his flounder of 33cm.
There was cash prizes for the top three and Clubman Points were awarded accordingly to the top 10 with the result also determining Gary and Nigel as winners of the best flat respectively. Check out the Points Table for the latest update or alternatively click this link www.wirral.fishing/points to show points awarded at each match.
Thank you to all who took part, out next match coming soon.
Our species match at The Gun produced a total of six; namely smooth hound, conger, flounder, dab, cod and eel.
While good size fish were caught, along with the usual species they didn't appear in any great volume. In fact, on some pegs, there was a complete absence of fish. Dave Evans got off to a good start landing two species in two consecutive casts. As the match progressed, however, the lead was changing throughout, though at the conclusion only one angler - Ian Griffiths - had recorded four species which gave him first place.
Dave Evans and Steve Bonner had three species each but it was Dave with the better length to give him second meaning third for Steve. Fourth place went to Alex Campbell who counted a conger of just under a metre amongst his catch.
Cash prizes went to the top three with Clubman Points being awarded to the top 10. Check out the Points Table for the latest update or for a complete picture to go www.wirral.fishing/points
Thank you to all who took part. Next match coming soon