Humber to hold national final

It has been a busy week, on Monday I received a call from Alan Yates from Sea Angler magazine the planned Penn Final had been cancelled on a venue down south as it clashed with an International event. So the magazine was looking for a venue and the Humber had been suggested. At first it was the Humber Wall at Grimsby , but there were doubts whether there would have been enough water on a 6.3 tide. Also if there would have been enough comfortable fishing room for the 50 finalists.

I contacted the man of the moment Nigel Crabtree chairman of the Humber SAC, and the wheels were set in motion , I must admit at a very fast and furious pace. Nigel and I were on the phone to various people. We had to find accommodation and a venue to fit 50 anglers in and also one that was a fair venue .

In the end it was Hessle foreshore that has been chosen on the 11th June , it is an afternoon tide and it should be a good match and also should attract the spectators to see the top anglers from all over the country who have qualified for this event.

It is not the first time that Humber SAC have organised this event , they did the first ever Penn final at Humberston Creek. They were delighted at the organisation then and had not hesitation in asking the club to step forward and help out in fairly short notice.I will keep you all informed of times and events that will be taking place.

The Humber club where in action last weekend and here is the report from Club Chairman Nigel Crabtree

The match was fished on Courtaulds Straight  with 9 anglers (one of them a new member), with all the usual good natured banter and backchat that is now the norm for the club. (new jokes and members always welcome). We were catching and had an average of about 6 fish each until Steve in the last hour or so decided to show us how it’s done. 

1st   Steve McGreggor 16 fish for 4lb – 2,1/4oz

2nd  Nigel Crabtree 7 fish for 2lb – 12,1/2oz 

Biggest Flat Nigel Crabtree 31cm Flounder

Biggest Round Simon Drayton 16 cm Whiting

Lucky Peg Steve Robinson.

Next weeks meet is on Sunday 10/4/11 meet at the Sloop inn, Waterside road, Barton, at 7:30am

There was also a boat match in the Humber but I have not got the results as most of the committee are in Scotland catching monster skate they only got there on Thursday and the biggest so far has been 199lb caught by John Pyle. There was also one of 129lb caught on the same day. Hopefully there will be pictures and more stories next week.

There has been skate of a smaller size showing this week on the Yorkshire coast with good numbers being caught on a variety of baits. There have also been confirmed reports of smooth hound form the Lincolnshire coast so things are starting to look up for the shore anglers.

The boat anglers down there are having a fantastic time with lots of different types of species being caught.

Clee Angling centre had their mid week bash and the anglers were entertained by a show of master class angling by Mr. Brain Tuck , who mystified his audience with a dazzling display of angling skills , he had an amazing 28 fish for 576cm, nearly double the next angler Adie cooper who had 19 fish for 365cm. John Atkinson was next in , but he was next to Mr. Tuck and could just not take it all in, being well and truly battered by the small fish wizard Mr. Tuck.

Here is Chas Tibbles latest report

Latest SPAC match report as follows:

“Visiting anglers took all the prizes in the latest Skegness Pier Angling Club (SPAC) match held at Jackson’s Corner, Ingoldmells. Top Grimsby match angler Karl Nangle won the match with a last cast flounder, which added to one he caught earlier, gave him a total weight of 1lb 9oz. Corby’s Paul Marshall caught 4 smaller fish to take second place with 1lb 6¾oz and also won the Derby Miners Cup by default, as Karl isn’t a Club member. Close behind in third place with 1lb 6oz was another skilled Grimsby match angler, Garry Hutson, who also won the heaviest round fish prize with a 1lb 3oz bass. Ex-RAF team angler Mick Wiggans travelled up from Norfolk to fish and took the heaviest flatfish award with a specimen 1lb 2oz flounder.

20 Club members are participating in an inaugural SPAC knockout competition this year, run in conjunction with the match programme. Wrangle’s Alan Steadman was the first angler to progress to the second round, catching a tiny 14oz smoothound to beat Skegness local Wayne Sumner’s 2 flatfish by 3oz.

The next SPAC match will be held on Sunday 24th April from 8:30am till 12:30pm at North Shore Road, with Club members fishing for the Stan Marvin Cup. There is also an open section, which non-members are welcome to participate in. For further information please contact SPAC Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or”