Hounds Abound on Lancashire Coast
The fishing is very productive at the moment, all along the Lancashire coast. A huge number of smoothhounds have arrived over the past few days, mainly at Clevelys. We always see one or two double figure fish landed each year but these are now nothing out the ordinary with people having multiple catches of the bigger fish from shore and boat.
There are still a large number of bass around, mostly smaller fish but with fish over the 5lb mark fro the Gynn Wall. Gareth Gardiner had the best bass reported last week, a fish of 7lb 6oz. There are plenty of sole about off the Wall and in other areas.
Without fail ragworm is out fishing any other bait for the better fish including hounds where it us even out fishing the normal favourite crab.
Fleetwood and District Angling Club fished their latest match on the new prom Cleveleys on a perfect evening. The fishing was a bit patchy but a number of fish were caught. These were mainly small tope, bass and small smoothhound. Fish bait produced the tope while crab and ragworm seemed to work best for the bass and hounds.
Winner on the day was Craig Thompson with an impressive ten fish, almost doubling the points of the second placed angler.
1st Craig Thompson 8 tope 1 bass1 smoothhound – 147 points
2nd equal John Hodgson 2 tope 1 smoothhound and Trevor Barnett 3 bass 2 whiting 1 tope – 71 points
3rd Alex Garden 2 tope 1 whiting 1 plaice – 42 points
4th Roy Slinger 2 bass 1 tope – 40 points
5th John Hughes 1 smoothhound – 26 points
6th Ray Rodger 2 tope – 21 points
7th Andy Eccles 2 tope – 19 points
8th Steve Lee 1 sole -14 points
9th Hughie Porter 1 bass – 13 points
A couple of good smoothhounds were lost at the edge. All other competitors blanked.
Leyland and District Angling Club fished their Conway boat match. The Presidents Trophy went tot Andy Adderley with 50lb of pollack and coalie. Second placed Nigel had 32lb followed by Craig Hastey on 30lb, Norman Pilkington 29½lb and Fred Howarth with 25lb.
The heaviest fish was Martin Darwin’s 8lb pollack. All agreed it was a good trip and with an excellent skipper.