Recording the activities of Heron Angling Society

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Autumn Boat Festival 2018 results

Three very different days greeted the fourteen anglers taking to the boats for the Heron’s Autumn Festival 2018 on Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th & Monday 8th October.
Saturday was misty and started off calm but the NW wind was slowly building throughout the day. Catch rates were far slower than expected with the usual hoards of whiting proving somewhat absent. Dogfish made up most of the bags along with some whiting and a showing of nice sized dabs up to 10oz.  In a slight rarity for Herne Bay waters, an undersized plaice was landed by Tony Morris and was duly returned.
T. Morris led the way with 23 fish for 23lbs 13.8oz whilst junior entrant L. Perry-French was in second with 13lbs 15.6oz. The next 5 spots were separated by little more than a pound so all was to play for on day two.
Sunday came and began with a nasty 20mph N wind. It was only the fact that the forecast predicted the wind to drop steadily throughout the day that it was deemed acceptable to fish. Not all fancied the weather however and just two boats ended up launching.
T. Morris continuing his winning streak with 24lbs of fish whilst D. Neiles came in second with 20lbs 4.6oz. Again, bags were made up of whiting, dogfish and dabs.
Conditions on Monday were far more conducive and 10 herons avoided the daily grind, taking to the boats again instead. Weights were much better overall, with T. Morris cementing the win easily, adding another 45lbs 3.2oz to his rout. 
In addition to the now present whiting, dogfish and dabs however, A. Wood landed a good sized pouting, M. Zacharia bagged a lovely bass of 3lbs 12.2oz and the heaviest fish of the day fell for B. Morris with a ray of 4lbs 6.4oz. 

Full individual day results, aggregate and class winners (by elimination rules) as follows;

Saturday 6th;
1st- T. Morris, 23 fish, 23lbs 13.8oz
2nd- L. Perry-French, 12 fish, 13lbs 15.6oz
3rd- P. Gower, 10 fish, 11lbs 9.8oz
4th- K. Morris, 17 fish, 10lbs 15.8oz
5th- B. Morris, 10 fish, 10lbs 14oz
6th- A. Wood, 9 fish, 10lbs 10.4oz
7th- B. Perry-French, 10 fish, 10lbs 7.4oz
8th- D. Morris, 14 fish, 6lbs 15oz
9th- K. Wilton, 4 fish, 5lbs 8.2oz 
10th- D. Neiles, 4 fish, 5lbs 0.4oz

Sunday 7th;
1st- T. Morris, 42 fish, 24lbs
2nd- D. Neiles, 33 fish, 20lbs 4.6oz
3rd- B. Morris, 23 fish, 15lbs 3.6oz
4th- A. Wood, 9 fish, 6lbs 9.4oz

Monday 8th;
1st- T. Morris, 88 fish, 45lbs 3.2oz
2nd- B. Morris, 48 fish, 28lbs 12oz
3rd- K. Morris, 47 fish, 25lbs 8.8oz
4th- A. Wood, 39 fish, 20lbs 7.2oz
5th- D. Morris, 34 fish, 20lbs 1.3oz
6th- D. Neiles, 34 fish, 18lbs 2oz
7th- M. Zacharia, 10 fish, 7lbs 5.8oz
8th- S. Mannering, 9 fish, 5lbs 5oz
9th- C. Zacharia, 9 fish, 3lbs 10oz

Class 1- Aggregate;
1st- T. Morris, 93lbs 1oz
2nd- B. Morris, 54lbs 13.6oz 
3rd- D. Neiles, 43lbs 7oz
4th- A. Wood, 37lbs 11.2oz
5th- K. Morris, 36lbs 8.6oz
6th- D. Morris, 27lbs 0.3oz
7th- L. Perry-French, 13lbs 15.6oz
8th- P. Gower, 11lbs 9.8oz
9th- B. Perry-French, 10lbs 7.4oz
10th- M. Zacharia, 7lbs 5.8oz
11th- K. Wilton, 5lbs 8.2oz
12th- S. Mannering, 5lbs 5oz
13th- C. Zacharia, 3lbs 10oz

Class 2- Heaviest 1 day catch;
T. Morris, 45lbs 3.4oz

Class 3- Greatest No. (1day);
B. Morris, 48 fish

Class 4- Heaviest 1 day catch round fish;
K. Morris, 25lbs 8.8oz

Class 5- Greatest No. rounds (1day);
A. Wood, 39 fish

Class 6- Heaviest 1 day catch Flatfish;
S. Mannering, 6.2oz

Class 7- Heaviest Fish;
M. Zacharia, 3lbs 12.2oz

Class 8- Greatest No. Varieties (1day);
D. Morris, 3 Varieties

Class 9- Heaviest 1day catch by a Lady;
M. Zacharia, 7lbs 5.8oz

Class 10- Heaviest 1day catch by a senior;
D. Neiles, 20lbs 4.6oz

Class 11- Heaviest 1day catch by a junior;
L. Perry-French, 13lbs 15.6oz

Class 12- Heaviest catch on Monday;
C. Zacharia, 3lbs 10oz 

B Morris 4lbs 6oz Ray

M Zacharia 3lbs 12oz Bass

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Evans trophy results

Saturday 29th September saw 8 Herons take to the boats for the coveted Evans trophy. 
All headed for the Weir bank area in ideal conditions and it was quickly apparent the whiting hoards are on their way back. 
Along with dogfish and dabs, T. Morris landed the most for the title. The talking point of the event however was a rare catch for D. Neiles with a red mullet. Dave also had the heavy fish pool with a dogfish of 1lbs 13.8oz.  

Full results as follows:
1st- T. Morris, 48 fish, 26lbs 0oz
2nd- K. Morris, 41 fish, 23lbs 0.8oz
3rd- B. Morris, 37 fish, 19lbs 5.2oz
4th- D. Morris, 29 fish, 14lbs 13oz
5th- D. Neiles, 16 fish, 11lbs 2.2oz
6th- K. Wilton, 7 fish, 8lbs 4.6oz
7th- A. Wood, 10 fish, 6lbs 1.6oz
8th- P. Gower, 7 fish, 3lbs 10.8oz

D Neiles with his Red Mullet

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

‘Old Rules’ Competition results

Six Herons took up their oars for the annual ‘Old Rules’ Competition on Sunday 2nd September. 
In the event anglers have 4 hours in which to fish and row to and from their chosen mark. Using just one rod each and 4 hooks maximum. The conditions weren’t ideal as a persistent easterly wind pushed through but worse still, the fishing was woeful. 
In the end just one angler managed to land a fish and win the event. B. Perry-French took the title with a dogfish of 1lbs 1.4oz. Hardly any other bites were even registered by others. 
Full Results as Follows;

1st- B. Perry-French, 1 fish, 1lbs 1.4oz

Winner Bradley

Thursday, 19 July 2018

(Not the) open limits bass trophy results

Just 4 anglers headed out of Herne Bay on a very hot, sunny and extremely busy 15th July for the (Not the) open limits bass trophy. 
It had been penned as a commodore competition with the plan being to fish an unfamiliar mark since the landing of bass is currently prohibited. But with the lack of members and the difficulties launching among the crowds, it was decided just to fish it as a stand alone competition. 
T. Morris and B. Morris headed to the west end of the weir bank and had a very slow day indeed, typically the only fish landed were 2 bass from Tony to 3lbs 12oz which were duly returned. 
D. Neiles and A. Wood faired much better at the NE corner of the bank though and managed to get among some smooth-hounds. A. Wood had the biggest at 8lbs 8oz whilst D. Neiles pipped him to top spot with 6 fish of his own. 

Full results as follows;

1st- D. Neiles, 6 fish, 31lbs 13oz
2nd- A. Wood, 5 fish, 29lbs 15.5oz
Andy Wood with his catch
Tony Morris and his 3lbs 12oz bass

Winner Dave Neiles   

Monday, 9 July 2018

Over-the-Low beach competition results

Just 5 anglers decided to take on the hot weather for the Over-the-Low beach competition on Sunday 8th July. 
Conditions like this are never easy and this year was no exception as not one could muster even an undersize fish let alone bring anything to the scales. 



Friday, 15 June 2018

Claire V. Weniger boat comp results

An early start greeted the ten Herons’ heading out of Herne Bay for the Claire V. Weniger boat competition on Sunday 10th June. 
The winds were a steady NE and whilst irritating, by no means uncomfortable, with sunny spells throughout. 
All five boats headed to the weir bank area but were spread out covering quite a distance. Rays, smooth-hounds and dogfish were the order of the day, with nothing huge being landed A. Wood had the heaviest fish with a ray of 8lbs 5.8oz. Andy also landed 13 other fish and for the second event in a row took top spot. His partner, D. Neiles coming second. 

Full results as follows;
1st- A. Wood, 14 fish, 42lbs 8.7oz
2nd- D. Neiles, 15 fish, 41lbs 0.4oz
3rd- B. Morris, 14 fish, 35lbs 12.4oz
4th- K. Wilton, 5 fish, 24lbs 8.6oz
5th- T. Morris, 10 fish, 21lbs 11.2oz
6th- K. Morris, 12 fish, 18lbs 2.3oz
7th- P. Gower, 3 fish 13lbs 14oz
8th- L. Perry-French, 2 fish, 9lbs 1.2oz
9th- D. Perry, 6 fish, 6lbs 14oz
10th- B. Perry-French, 2 fish, 6lbs 5.8oz

Winner A Wood

Monday, 4 June 2018

Iris Boat Competition results

In a fairly poor turn out, just 6 Heron’s set out for this years Iris Boat Competition on Sunday 3rd June. 
Despite blazing sunshine on leaving the beach, most of the event was shrouded in fog with a light NE breeze. 
On the whole, fishing was slow but some reasonable fish were still brought to the scales. A. Wood had the biggest of the day, a smooth-hound of 7lbs 7oz closely followed with one of 7lbs 2oz for B. Morris. 
Also landed were skate, dogfish and dutifully returned bass. 
Along with his hound, Andy won the event with 11 fish for 32lbs 3.2oz. 

Full results as follows;
1st- A. Wood, 11 fish, 32lbs 3.2oz
2nd- B. Morris, 9 fish, 29lbs 4.6oz
3rd- D. Neiles, 17 fish, 26lbs 10oz
4th- T. Morris, 7 fish, 18lbs 9.8oz
5th- C. Zacharia, 9 fish, 11lbs 11.6oz
6th- S. Mannering, 4 fish, 4lbs 15.8oz

Ben Morris and his 7lbs 2oz Hound

Winner Andy Wood

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Dave Mann Diamond Jubilee beach trophy results

Seven Heron’s ventured out for this years Dave Mann Diamond Jubilee beach trophy on Sunday 20th May. Whilst no championship points are given for the event, the entrants compete to win the trophy and the entry fee monies as prizes and can fish any Kent venue of their choosing (provided it is free to fish). 
It seemed, in the end, that the north Kent coast was barren as all that fished it returned empty handed.
 A.Wood did marginally better from Ramsgate’s undercliffe, returning with a flounder but the place to be was clearly Walmer. 
 S. Stephenson and T. Sadik returned with 44 fish between them, including mainly dogfish, and easily took the top two spots. 

Full results as follows;
1st- S. Stephenson, 27 fish, 33lbs 2.2oz
2nd- T. Sadik, 17 fish, 21lbs 13.2oz
3rd- A. Wood, 1 fish, 9.4oz

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Heron Spring Boat Festival results.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May saw the return of the Heron Spring Boat Festival. The weather couldn’t have been better with very little wind and warm sunshine on both days. 
Unfortunately this weather brings the crowds to Herne Bay’s shores and made launching very difficult, if not impossible for some, since the ‘trailer’ park at the harbour was full of cars (and no authority on site to deter them) meaning there was no space for the trailers to be left.  It was the only sour note on an otherwise cracking weekend. 
To the fishing, bags were varied with 7 species being weighed in. Amongst the rays, whiting, dogfish, pouting and smoothhounds, P. Gower also managed a lone dab and T. Morris had a very impressive catch of a specimen Black Bream of 1lbs 3.6oz. 
At the end of play Saturday, A. Wood was leading the heavy fish class with a lovely ray of 13lbs 0.4oz whilst B. Morris landed a nice smoothhound which was just shy of double figures at 9lbs 15.6oz. Overall, T. Morris led the day however with 26 fish for 55lbs 13oz. 
Sunday came and the catches were just as impressive. Whilst D. Morris took top spot with 6 rays amongst a few smaller species for 59lbs 6.4oz, the talking point came from M. Zacharia and her hound which pulled the scales down to an impressive 13lbs 9oz. Lewis Perry-French had another good sized one of 9lbs 6.2oz whilst I. Morris brought 5 rays to the scales. 
Overall honours however ended up yet again in T. Morris’ hands who remained consistent throughout. 

Full results as follows;
1st- T. Morris, 26 fish, 55lbs 13oz
2nd- L. Perry-French, 18 fish, 55lbs 0.6oz
3rd- I. Morris, 12 fish, 49lbs 4oz
4th- A. Wood, 16 fish, 45lbs 3oz
5th- P. Gower, 19 fish, 43lbs 15.6oz
6th- B. Perry-French, 24 fish, 43lbs 9oz
7th- B. Morris, 12 fish, 40lbs 15.4oz
8th- K. Wilton, 13 fish, 36lbs 12oz
9th- D. Neiles, 14 fish, 29lbs 7.6oz
10th- K. Morris, 32 fish, 19lbs 12.8oz
11th- D. Morris, 13 fish, 9lbs 10.6oz

1st- D. Morris, 15 fish, 59lbs 6.4oz
2nd- I. Morris, 8 fish, 36lbs 15.6oz
3rd- T. Morris, 38 fish, 35lbs 7.7oz
4th- B. Perry-French, 26 fish, 32lbs 13.4oz
5th- L. Perry-French, 15 fish 32lbs 12oz
6th- B. Morris, 18 fish, 29lbs 9.6oz
7th- M. Zacharia, 6 fish, 25lbs 13.6oz
8th- D. Perry, 9 fish, 14lbs 13.8oz
9th- K. Morris, 24 fish, 13lbs 11.6oz
10th- A. Wood, 10 fish, 11lbs 9.4oz
11th- P. Gower, 7 fish, 10lbs 4.6oz
12th- M. Bowman, 15 fish, 10lbs 3.6oz
13th- D. Neiles, 6 fish, 5lbs 10.6oz
14th- M. Roach, 6 fish, 4lbs 12.2oz
15th- C. Zacharia, 4 fish, 3lbs 9.8oz
16th- R. Gower, 6 fish, 2lbs 12.2oz

Class Winners (by elimination rules)
Class 1: Aggregate 
1st- T. Morris, 91lbs 4.7oz (£50)
2nd- L. Perry-French, 87lbs 12.6oz (£30)
3rd- I. Morris, 86lbs 3.6oz (£20)
4th- B. Perry-French, 76lbs 6.4oz
5th- B. Morris, 70lbs 9oz
6th- D. Morris, 69lbs 1oz
7th- A. Wood, 56lbs 12.4oz
8th- P. Gower, 54lbs 4oz
9th- K. Wilton, 36lbs 12oz
10th- D. Neiles, 35lbs 2.2oz
11th- K. Morris, 33lbs 8.4oz
12th- D. Perry, 14lbs 13.8oz
Class 2: Greatest No. (1 day)
T. Morris, 38 fish
Class 3: Heaviest Fish
M. Zacharia, 13lbs 9oz
Class 4: Heaviest 1-day catch skate
D. Morris, 49lbs 10.8oz
Class 5: Heaviest 1-day catch flatfish
P. Gower, 5.2oz
Class 6: Heaviest 1-day catch round fish
B. Morris, 21lbs 9.4oz
Class 7: Aggregate weight by a junior
L. Perry-French, 87lbs 12.6oz
Class 8: Heaviest 1-day Catch by a Senior
D. Neiles, 29lbs 7.6oz
Class 9: Greatest No. Varieties (1-day)
B. Perry-French, 5 varieties. 

A Wood 13lbs Ray

B Morris 9lbs 15oz Hound

L PerryFrench 9lbs 6oz Hound

M Zacharia 13lbs 9oz Hound

T Morris Specimen Black Bream.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Osman Cup Beach Competition results

Pessimism ensued that there would be anything to weigh in for the 8 anglers taking part in the Heron’s Osman Cup Beach Competition on Sunday the 22nd April as the  sun was shining brightly, the water was gin-clear and the beaches were packed with people. Never good fishing conditions. 
Nonetheless they all set out and persevered. I. Morris landed a thornback ray fishing near Bishopstone, his first from the shore, but unfortunately for Ian, the fish was undersize. 
Meanwhile T. Morris reported dropping a fish from the West beach. Things were poor indeed. 
However one member did return with a sizeable catch for the win, B. Morris landed a thornback ray of his own of 4lbs 13.4oz also fishing near Bishopstone and claimed all 12pts putting him in the current lead position for the championship. 

Full results as follows 
1st- B. Morris, 1 fish, 4lbs 13.4oz

B Morris 4lbs 13oz Ray