With twelve anglers against just six, the Heron had the advantage from the off against the Greenhill club for the annual challenge trophy. Although, with the winner to be decided from each clubs top 5 weights, it was not yet a foregone conclusion.
The competition started at 4pm on Sunday 13th October and was
fished right up the flood tide to 8pm on Herne Bay beaches from Swalecliffe
point to cold harbour. It started with strong SW winds and rain too but had
calmed down to a fairly pleasant evening by the end.
Crabs and weed were
present but thankfully not too excessive for anyone and 12 anglers weighed in
The best fish landed came to T. Morris with a nice bass of 2.30lbs from
Studd Hill and his elder brother M. Morris also had a sizeable bass from middle
bank at 1.58lbs.
Other catches included whiting, flounders and eels with M.
Morris also landing the greatest number of fish.
After the final tally it was
however, the Heron who triumphed with a top 5 combined weight of 13.32lbs to the
Greenhill clubs' 6.00lb exactly. To really rub salt in the wound it was the
three Heron Morris brothers who took the top three spots but due to elimination
rules this opened the floor to D. Foreman with a whiting of 0.78lbs for the
heaviest fish pool and S. Stephenson for the greatest number with 4.
individual results as follows;
1st- M. Morris, 8 fish, 5.34lbs
Morris, 6 fish, 3.30lbs
3rd- T. Morris, 2 fish, 2.94lbs
Stephenson, 4 fish, 2.08lbs
5th- R. Joyce, 4 fish, 1.90lbs
6th- M. Bryant,
7th- D. Foreman, 2 fish, 1.02lbs
8th- T. Sadik, 2 fish,
9th- P. Thornton, 1 fish, 0.68lbs
10th- B. Morris, 1 fish,
11th- L. Perry-French, 1 fish, 0.38lbs
12th- P. Gower, 1 fish,