ANGLING TRUST WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
Saturday 13th June the 2015 AT Wessex Region Boat Championship was held out of Poole. After registration and a bit of breakfast to set people up for the day in JD Wetherspoon, it was the short walk to the marina to load the 4 boats.
The weather was a bit more wind than forecast so not really suitable for the offshore banks but with the wind from the west it was fishable just around the coast between Old Harry Rocks and Swanage Bay.
Most boats tried 4 or 5 marks through the day with varying results and varying sizes of fish. Bream for instance little 8 ounce ones then some very nice good scrappers up to 2 pound. Other species were ballan wrasse, mackerel, dogfish, smoothound, Rays (mainly undulate), pollack, pout, gurnard, 1 whiting and 1 dab, 3 bass and 2 scad. All fish were returned to the water after being marked on score sheet.
Once back in port it was up to the Mariner club in Poole where over light refreshment and a buffet the day was discussed as to where many of us went wrong and what could and should have been.
The presentation then took place with Mr Kim Bowden as compare reading the results and The AT Wessex President Mr Ray Ashby presenting the prizes and congratulating the anglers on their achievements.
Once all results were calculated the position on the day was decided on boat percentage then fish points. Which meant the top 4 were the 4 boat winners all on 100% and it could not have been any closer on count back. First and winning the £200 first prize was Gillon Thomson with 130 points, second just 1 point behind Ray Barron with 129 points, in third 1 point behind that was Dick Prosser with 128 points then Colin Searles with 124 points. So if anyone from second to fourth caught one more fish they could have been in the winning position. The top 4 all had cash awards and from fifth down to almost half the entrants got to select from the prize table as provided by AT Wessex and donations from the participating anglers. Those who donated a prize were entered into a draw with that ticket holder receiving £25.
This Championship incorporates the Wessex Region Club Champion and this was the same two that were top in the main Championship with Gillon Thomson taking the winner’s trophy with Ray Barron the runner up both representing IBAC, the Individual Boat Angling Club.
This was obviously Gill’s lucky day as his was the first ticket out in the raffle where he selected the cash prize of £50 which left the rest to choose their prize from the mix of wine and fishing tackle on the table.
There was also an optional pool, £5 entry, and all money to the Angler with the most species. This was shared between Dick Prosser and Perry Dack who both had 8 species apiece.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the Skippers of “Boney M”, “Strongbow 2”, “Piscary” and “Random Harvest”, all who tried their best to find the fish in challenging conditions. The top boat on the day was Matt Rowe of Piscary with an average competitor score of 93 points, he received a plaque that said Top Boat in the 2015 Wessex Championship. This was not a complete surprise as Matt was also top boat just a week before in the Poole Species Championship.
Mr Kim Bowden then concluded this the Angling Trust Wessex Region 2015 Boat Championship by thanking the Skippers and all for taking part, as without the anglers the competition would not exist. Kim went on to wish everyone a good fish filled year and a safe drive home and hoped to see them at the event next year, date and venue yet to be arranged.
Mr Ray Ashby finished off by thanking Kim for organising this Championship and again thanked the skippers, who gave us a good day on the water and without them it would not happen.
Report by Kim Bowden
2015 Boat Championship Results
As promised here are the details from the AGM on Friday evening regarding the AT Wessex Junior Award Winners 2014. I now attach a photo of 8 year old Curtis Driver (Poole Dolphins), with his 2014 Specimen Fish of the Year Award and 15 year old Jaon Voller (Lymington & District) – 2014 Junior Angler of the Year. Jaon has won this Award 4 years in succession.
Higher Minimum Legal Size, an EU proposal to raise the minimum legal size for bass must apply to all those fishing for them – that’s the message the Angling Trust has sent to top decision makers at the EU and member of an EU working party who will be discussing further emergency measures for bass in Brussels tomorrow following the ban on pelagic trawling that was introduced earlier this month.
Indications coming out of the EU have been that the new proposed minimum size of 42cm would only apply to recreational catches while commercial fishermen would continue to be able to harvest immature bass at 36cm – effectively discriminating against recreational anglers.
In addition the EU is proposing a monthly limit on how much bass commercial vessels can catch. However, the proposal of 1 tonne per vessel per month means that up to 90 per cent of the under-10m fleet in England wouldn’t be affected at all, according to figures from 2010. This means it is even more important that the small scale commercial sector plays its part in helping to reduce bass mortality through a higher minimum legal size.
Recreational catches are already likely to be subjected to a three fish a day bag limit so the Angling Trust is insisting that a higher MLS for all fisheries, including technical changes to reduce discards of bass, will help move closer to the required 80 per cent reduction advised by scientists.
David Mitchell, Marine Campaigns Manager for the Angling Trust said:“Reducing total fishing mortality is the absolute priority and recreational anglers are playing their part in helping to achieve this. It’s fundamentally important that the small scale commercial fishing fleet, which won’t be affected by the proposed monthly vessel limit but which still has a big impact on bass mortality, plays its part too. This can all be achieved in a fair and balanced way with a higher minimum size for all those fishing for bass.
“It would also be a real kick in the teeth for anglers who have been campaigning for the minimum size to be increased over so many years to now be required to release immature fish in the knowledge that commercial fishermen will still be allowed to land them.”
The Angling Trust has sent the letter to national representatives from the UK attending tomorrow’s meeting, as well as other members of the working party, arguing that a new minimum legal size of at least 42cm (ideally 48cm) would:
- Address reducing fishing mortality from the ‘mixed fishery’ and recreational sectors in a fair, even-handed and non-discriminatory manner.
- Allow small scale vessels with catches below the proposed vessel limit to contribute to reducing fishing mortality in line with the ICES advice.
- Contribute to increasing the spawning stock biomass of bass and build resilience into the fishery.
- Move towards a higher yield per recruit from the fishery which would contribute towards reaching the target of maximum sustainable yield.
We’ve also encouraged our partner angling organisations at the European Anglers Alliance to contact their own national representatives in order to get as much support for our position as possible.
The Angling Trust and EAA partners have been invited to meet with the Commission in Brussels on Friday February 13th to discuss the emergency measures for bass, after which we’ll have more news to report on our campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates.
The full letter sent to members of the Working Party discussing bass tomorrow can be downloaded HERE.
England Boat Angling Squad Seeks New Blood
The Angling Trust has started its search for anglers to join Team England World Championships and Home Nations Boat squads.
This is an opportunity for knowledgeable club anglers or those with open competition experience to work alongside the current managers and team members to learn about international angling.
Team England are the reigning World Champions after taking gold in Weymouth in September 2014 and silver in Ireland during the SALC Home Nations Boat International in 2014. This initiative aims to increase the size of the talent pool from which teams are selected and demonstrates the ambition for continual improvement and success.
Any anglers interested in getting involved should contact the Angling Trust’s Competitions & Events Manager Sandra Drew on 01159 061301, or visit the website and download an application form. Closing dates for applications is 30th August with squad sessions to be held later in the year.
Applications can be found at www.anglingtrust.net/teamenglandsea
Photo – England Senior World Boat Team winning the World Championship title at the 50th FIPS-M World Boat Championships in Weymouth, England 2014
NOTES TO EDITOR
The Angling Trust is the National Governing Body for angling in England and represents all coarse, game and sea anglers and angling.
The Angling Trust is the recognised body for competitive international angling in England through membership with the International Angling Confederation (CIPS) and its International Sea Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-M), International Casting Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-Casting) International Fresh Water Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-ed) and International Fly Sport Fishing Federation (FIP-Mouche).
For further information contact: Competitions & Events Manager
Sandra Drew 0115 9061301 firstname.lastname@example.org www.anglingtrust.net
AT Wessex Boat Champ of Champs 2015
Wessex Region Marine
Saturday 13th June 2015
To be fished out of Poole
Sign in – 07.00 to 07.30 Presentation venue TBA
This is a bait supplied competition. Entry fee £72.50
1st Prize £200 + Other cash prizes and Prize Table
To enter you must be affiliated club entrant, or Individual member of Angling Trust
Entries close – 7thMay 2015
Contact – Kim Bowden, 12 Padnell Road, Waterlooville, Hants. PO8 8DZ
Mobile: 07879 894492
Fighting for the Future of Your Fishing
Entry form download
Wessex Champ of Champs
This Comp was fished at Stokes Bay/Gilkicker on Saturday 22nd November, with Gosport & District the host Club. This Competition was Catch and Release with a length to weight chart being used for all species. 20 anglers registered into this Competition, which was in conjunction with the Drayton Angling Club Open.
- Mick Amos (Drayton AC) 96 Whiting, 1 Pouting
- Richard Payne (Drayton AC) 53 Whiting, 5 Pouting and 2 Codling
Minimum size of 27cm was imposed for Whiting. The event was support by Clubs from Dorset, Wiltshire & Hampshire.
The 2nd photograph – a picture of Chris Clark Wessex Publicity Officer, with his £500 cash prize and Trophy, which was presented by
Jim Griffiths, Drayton AC Chairman & Competition Co-ordinator.
Our thanks goes to Jim for organising the above successful events.
50th World Boat Championship 2014 (Weymouth), here are 2 pictures from the 50th World Boat Championship 2014. The “fishy one” is Individual Silver Medallist, Colin Searles and Ray Barron, both double World Champions, holding Undulate Rays in practice for the Championships.
The other is obviously the Senior and U21 England Teams with mascot.
Full details can be found by following this link to the Fips-m.org website