Write up and results of 2023/2024 fishing competitions
01/03/2024

Fishing competition results

October 22nd 2023 Whiting competition

Report on fishing competition, bonus fish Whiting Sunday 22nd October 2023
This competition was the first of the 20233/24 series and the target species was whiting. This was
fished with the new rules which considered only two of each fish being caught.
Great weather, sunny and little wind. Six boats went out; Lee and Bob in Womble; Richard in Puffin;
Dave in Western Lines; Brian in Jolly Gee ; Mike and Paul in Kaikoura and Dan in Lil Bluz.
Lee headed for Gurnard and Brian headed for Peel Bank. All other boats fished off the Bramble Bank.
Many species were caught, but no Whiting. This is probably because the water temperature was
above 15 deg C (see pic)
Brian caught loads of Bream (see pic), dogfish and smooth hound and was the winner with 190
points. Lee came second 2nd with 167 points, catching Brem, Dogfish and Smooth hound. Bob came
3rd with 128 points, catching a lovely Cod of 5lb 8 oz (see pic) and two Dogfish. Mike cam 4th with
Dogfish and Pout. Richard, Dave, and Paul came equal runners up with 93 points each, catching
Dogfish. Although Richard thought he had caught undersized Whiting, but turned out to be Poor
Cod. Also loads of congers were caught, but not now included.
The next competition will be on Sunday 12th November, the target fish being Cod.
Mike


Depth and Temperature off Brians boat2

Brians bream haul

Bobs 5lb 8oz cod

November 11, 2023 Biggest Cod

Report on fishing competition, bonus fish Cod Saturday 11th November 2023
This competition was the second of the 20233/24 series and the target species was Cod. A change of
date from Sunday to Saturday was made, as the weather was better on Saturday.
Great weather, sunny and very little wind. Eight boats went out with 13 people; Lee and Bob in
Womble; Richard in Puffin; Dave in Western Lines; Brian in Jolly Gee ; Mike and Chris K in Kaikoura;
Danny in Kingfisher, James in Meaty B with two crew of Ashton and Joydon; Ray and Paul in Spray.
Most boats headed for the Bramble bank, except Brian who went towards Gurnard.
Dogfish pouting, whiting, Cod and loads of congers were caught. Congers no longer count. Brain was
the winner with a 64cm Cod, (about 5lb) bass and dogfish. He gained 263 points. Bob came joint
second with Dave A with 172 points, catching whiting, pout, and dogfish. Lee came 3rd with 147
points, catching dogfish and whiting. Danny B came 4th with 145 points, with dogfish, pouting and
whiting; James came joint 5th with Chris with 120 points, with dogfish and a whiting; Mike came joint
6th with Ray, Ashton, and Jaydon, with 93 points, with two dogfish; Richard and Paul were joint 7th
with I dogfish worth 47 points,
The next competition will be on Sunday 3rd December, the target fish being Cod.

Brians 5Lb Cod

December 2nd 2023 Biggest Cod

Report on fishing competition, bonus fish Cod Saturday 2nd December 2023
This competition was the third of the 20233/24 series, and the target species again was Cod.
Another change of date from Sunday to Saturday was made, as the weather was better on Saturday.
But Little did we know that the light mist forecast would turn out to be dense fog all day,
Five boats Ventured out with 5 people signing on.
Dave in Western Lines took top honours this time, with a real good session consisting of
A 6lb8oz codling along with 2 of each dogs, whiting, pout and a nice undulate, giving Dave a total of 363.
Lee in Womble took second spot with 2 dogs 2 whiting and a nice 6lb6oz Bass giving Lee a total of 189.
Dan Bonner took Lil bluz down towards gurnard before heading back towards the Cowes area.
giving himself a catch of 2 dogs and a Bass returning him 135 for his efforts,
Brian Gourley in jolly Gee had a tricky day returning just 2 dogs for 93 points, this in turn knocking him off top
spot, but he was quick enough to remind me that form is temporary, and that class is permanent.
if Brian had a sticky day we really need to feel for Danny Bunday on King Fisher , he came up to the club signed on and then headed out towards the east before his engine just died off Norris, he managed to get her restarted and called me to let me know he was heading back in, I offered immediate assistance but he was confident he could limp back to the Corinthian , he called me to let me know he made it back ok and all we can do now is hope we see him on the next comp, the 1 point for signing on seems irrelevant but it may help at the end Who Knows

December 29th Heaviest flonder/social

Report on fishing flounder competition and fishing social, Friday 29th December 2023
This competition and social was held in the morning and prizes were awarded and a buffet
was provided in the afternoon. This competition was a bit of fun and was not meant to be
included in the annual series.
Many thanks to Lee for donating the prizes and Jan for the wonderful buffet spread. Thanks
for Lee and Jans family helping too.
A great turn out with eleven people in their boats some doubling up. Boats went out near
the breakwater and up as far as the Folly. The weather was fairly settled and sunny at times.
All fishermen made it back to the club around 1pm and started tucking into the great buffet,
plus their own beverages.
Prizes were awarded to all, with Danny in Sonic Blue taking first prize with a 1 lb flounder;
2nd was Dave A with a nice 48cm bass caught near the Folly; 3rd was Pat, who caught bass,
pout and a dogfish, 4th was Lee who caught school bass and crabs. Other competitors; Bob,
Brian, Mike, Sean, Richard, Tim and Tom, caught a mixture of pout, school bass and crabs.
A great time had by all.
The next competition is the January cod competition on Sunday 14th January
Mike

Great Buffet

Dannys flounder and Daves Bass

January 14th Biggest Cod

Report on fishing competition, bonus fish Cod Sunday 14
th January 2024
This competition was the first of 2024 and the target species was Cod. Great weather, sunny and
very little wind, although quite cold. Six boats went out with 8 people; Lee and Bob in Womble;
Richard in Puffin; Dave in Western Lines; Brian in Jolly Gee ; Mike and Shaun in Kaikoura; Dan in Lil
Bluz.
Most boats headed for the Bramble bank, and Ryde Middle West
Dogfish pouting, whiting, and congers were caught. Joint first place was Mike, Shaun, Lee and Bob,
with 147 points, catching two whiting and two dogfish; followed by Brian with 120 points and joint
third was Richard and Dave with two dogfish with 93 points. Mike also caught a decent whiting of
38cm.
The next competition will be on Sunday 17th March the target fish being Plaice. No competition in
February. Mike

Mikes 38cm whiting

Report on fishing competition, bonus fish Plaice Sunday 17th March 2024

This competition was the second of 2024 and the target species was Plaice. Weather was a bit blustery and wet to begin with SW winds of 4-5. It cleared up in the afternoon with some warm sunshine, but still blustery.  Six boats went out with 10 people; Dave in Western Lines, Lee with his family Kayley and Harry in Womble; Richard in Puffin; Brian in Jolly Gee ;  Paul with Bob in Monty D; Mike and Lez  in Kaikoura.

Most boats headed East for the shelter of the island near Barton Bay and Peel Bank. Dave, Lee and Mike headed for Hill Head initially.

Plaice, Dogfish, Smooth hound, and Thornback ray were caught. First place was Dave with two plaice of 34 and 28cm and two dogfish giving 279 points; second was Kayley with two dogfish and a Thornback Ray giving 133 points; Joint third with two dogfish giving 93 points was Harry, Lee, Richard, Brian, Pauk, Bob, Mike and Lez.  Lez also caught a smooth hound and Thornback skate, which, unfortunately were both under size.

The next competition will be on Sunday 14th April the target fish being Skate and Ray.

Mike

Report on fishing competition, bonus fish Plaice Sunday 17th March 2024

This competition was the second of 2024 and the target species was Plaice. Weather was a bit blustery and wet to begin with SW winds of 4-5. It cleared up in the afternoon with some warm sunshine, but still blustery.  Six boats went out with 10 people; Dave in Western Lines, Lee with his family Kayley and Harry in Womble; Richard in Puffin; Brian in Jolly Gee ;  Paul with Bob in Monty D; Mike and Lez  in Kaikoura.

Most boats headed East for the shelter of the island near Barton Bay and Peel Bank. Dave, Lee and Mike headed for Hill Head initially.

Plaice, Dogfish, Smooth hound, and Thornback ray were caught. First place was Dave with two plaice of 34 and 28cm and two dogfish giving 279 points; second was Kayley with two dogfish and a Thornback Ray giving 133 points; Joint third with two dogfish giving 93 points was Harry, Lee, Richard, Brian, Pauk, Bob, Mike and Lez.  Lez also caught a smooth hound and Thornback skate, which, unfortunately were both under size.

The next competition will be on Sunday 14th April the target fish being Skate and Ray.

Mike

Harry with his two dogfish

Kayley with her Thornback skate