Recording the activities of Heron Angling Society

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

Monday, 16 April 2018

Lawler Pairs boat competition results

For the most part, conditions were perfect for the sixteen Herons taking part in this years Lawler Pairs boat competition on Sunday 15th April. As well as partners combined weights contributing to the trophy and individual results rewarding championship points, it was decided the event would also coincide with the boat accumulator prize monies since that event was previously cancelled.
Catches were encouragingly varied with 6 species landed overall. Bags consisted of whiting, dogfish, pouting, dabs, thornback rays and some small smoothhounds. 
The heaviest fish of the day fell for B. Morris, fishing with partner T. Morris on the weir bank. The thornback ray pulled the scales down to a healthy 13lbs 3.4oz, a personal best for Ben.  
This was closely followed by another personal best ray, L. Perry-French’s offering came in at 12lbs 9oz. 
Along with this fish, Lewis and brother Bradley managed a combined weight of 48lbs 8.6oz for 2nd place, behind Ben and Tony Morris in 1st. Tony took the individual honours with an impressive weight of 42lbs 11.2oz. 

Full Results as Follows;

1st- T. Morris & B. Morris, 75lbs 13.4oz
2nd- B. Perry-French & L. Perry-French, 48lbs 8.6oz
3rd- A. Wood & D. Neiles, 37lbs 2oz
4th- K. Morris & D. Perry, 24lbs 15.8oz
5th- D. Morris & I. Morris, 22lbs 8.3oz
6th- P. Gower & K. Wilton, 11lbs 13oz
7th- S. Mannering & C. Zacharia, 11lbs 4.2oz
8th- R.Gower & M. Roach, 2lbs 7.4oz

Individual Results 
1st- T. Morris, 41 fish, 42lbs 11.2oz
2nd- B. Morris, 27 fish, 33lbs 2.2oz
3rd- D. Neiles, 24 fish, 24lbs 13.2oz
4th- L. Perry-French, 8 fish, 24lbs 9oz
5th- B. Perry-French, 18 fish, 23lbs 15.6oz
6th- I. Morris, 19 fish, 16lbs 2.2oz
7th- D. Perry, 13 fish, 15lbs 4.2oz
8th- A. Wood, 14 fish, 12lbs 4.8oz
9th- K. Morris, 11 fish, 9lbs 11.6oz
10th- C. Zacharia, 8 fish, 7lbs 13.2
11th- P. Gower, 2 fish, 6lbs 7.2oz
12th- D. Morris, 14 fish, 6lbs 6oz
13th- K. Wilton, 5 fish, 5lbs 5.8oz
14th- S. Mannering, 4 fish, 3lbs 7oz
15th- R. Gower, 3 fish, 2lbs 6oz
16th- M. Roach, 2 fish, 11.4oz

B Morris 13lbs 3oz Ray

L PerryFrench 12lbs 9oz Ray

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Jackson Cup Results

Conditions were nigh on perfect for the eleven anglers who headed to Deal for the Jackson Cup beach competition on Sunday 8th April. Unfortunately, things were very slow. Nine managed to weigh in a fish each with the exception of S. Stephenson who returned with 5 for a resounding victory from Walmer. Dogfish made up the majority of catches with Stephenson and M. Roach also finding a flounder each. L. Perry-French took the heavy fish pool with his dogfish of 1lbs 12oz
Full results as follows;

1st- S. Stephenson, 5 fish, 6lbs 1.8oz
 2nd- L. Perry-French, 1 fish, 1lbs 12oz
3rd- D. Neiles, 1 fish, 1lbs 6.8oz  
4th- R. Wall, 1 fish, 1lbs 4oz
 5th- B. Morris, 1 fish, 1lbs 2.8oz  
5th- A. Wood, 1 fish, 1lbs 2.8oz  
7th- B. Perry-French, 1 fish, 1lbs 2oz  
8th- I. Morris, 1 fish, 15oz
  9th- M. Roach, 1 fish,  8.8oz

Monday, 26 March 2018

Tamkin cup results

Seemingly the recent cold spell really has taken its toll on the shore fishing at Herne Bay as the 11 anglers taking part in this years  Tamkin Cup for the Heron found out. 
The competitors spread out from Studd Hill to Lane End, the Kings Hall and several Reculver marks. All bar one returned reporting barely a bite in the 4 hour event. 
S. Stephenson took the honours in the end however, returning from the Kings Hall with a male thornback ray of 4lbs 13.6oz. 

Full results as follows;
1st- S. Stephenson, 1 fish, 4lbs 13.6oz 
Simon with his ray