Like magic the cod that were in the river and providing the anglers with some sport have vanished. The red weed has returned and this may be part of the problem.
Last Saturday three charter boats and three private boats went out and the total catch was one flat fish. The HCA league match on the Sunday showed no improvement, only five out of the twenty-five entrants weighed in.
It was not all doom and gloom last weekend there were plenty of cod caught on the Yorkshire coast. Karl Nangle found the fish on the Saturday with a five bag haul and on the Sunday Simon Drayton fishing in the Yorkshire Federation match had five codling to take the honours on the day.
Next weekend it is the British Open at Bridlington and it looks like the cod have arrived just in time. The tides are very big next weekend and this is going to cause problems for some of the venues. Areas such as Mappleton, Skipsea and Hornsea are all worth a cast. At the moment most of the fish are around the Withernsea area but with the bigger tides the cod should move along the coast.
Bait suppliers may have problems sourcing worms before the event; with the poor tides prior to the start they will be struggling to get fresh blacks and yellow tails.
Humber SAC rearranged their scheduled match from the coast and moved it on to the River. First spot went to Mick Kinnaird with 2lb 6oz, followed by Steve McGregor, who’s scratching tactics proved successful. Third placed Adie Cooper had 1lb 6½oz. The biggest flatfish was caught by club Chairman Nigel Crabtree with a 30cm flounder.
The club’s next match is this Sunday it is an Open at Humberston creek. The match starts at 08.30 and finishes at 12.30 with registration from 07.00 at the car park. Entry fee is £15 a head. The main gate will not be open so anglers will have a walk to their pegs.
Reckits SAC were in action last Sunday and Mike Brockman was in sizzling form; he had five cod for 7.61 kg including the best fish, a cod of 3.53kg. Next was John Levesley who weighed six cod for 5.88kg. Third placed Jamie Foxton landed four cod for 3.38kg. In the Premier League it was Bruce Crane who came out top with two cod for 1.51kg. Second placed Paul McColin weighed a single cod of 1.45kg and in third Peter Fenby weighed 1.40kg.