Recording the activities of Heron Angling Society

Monday, 9 October 2017

Jubilee cup 2nd round results

Following the 1st leg of the two part Jubilee cup back in January, 13 Heron's headed out from the club house on Sunday 8th October. 
The weather had really settled from the previous few days strong NW winds, there was barely a breath of wind through the whole day and the bright sun was ever present. 
Despite high hopes, the fishing was poor with just 5 weighing in catches of whiting, eels and a dab. A couple of undersized bass were reported but none sizeable. 
In the end, only I. Morris weighed in more than one fish. 
Fishing from Beltinge, Ian had 4 whiting and a dab easily taking top spot. 
Unfortunately for him though, it wasn't enough to overturn junior angler, B. Perry-French's aggregate weight who did well on the dabs in January and had the heaviest fish of the second round with an eel of 15.4oz. 

Full results as follows;

2nd round;
1st- I. Morris, 5 fish, 1lbs 12.2oz
2nd- B. Perry-French, 1 fish, 15.4oz
3rd- S. Stephenson, 1 fish, 11.6oz
4th- A. Wood, 1 fish, 8.8oz
5th- D. Neiles, 1 fish, 5.8oz

Overall (top 3);
1st- B. Perry-French, 5lbs 2.4oz
2nd- I. Morris, 4lbs 13.8oz
3rd- S. Stephenson, 2lbs 9oz

Monday, 25 September 2017

Evans trophy results

Conditions were perfect for the ten Herons who took to the boats on Saturday 23rd September for the much coveted Evans trophy. 
All opted for the Weir bank area and weighed  in catches of whiting, dogfish and dabs whilst skate and bass remained absent from the event. 
Full results as follows; 

1st- T. Morris, 43 fish, 21lbs 6oz
2nd- B. Morris, 31 fish, 14lbs 13.6oz
3rd- D. Neiles, 22 fish, 14lbs 2.6oz
4th- L. Perry-French, 24 fish, 13lbs 5oz
5th- M. Morris, 22 fish, 11lbs 3.4oz 
6th- B. Perry-French, 21 fish, 11lbs 2.4oz
7th- A. Wood, 16 fish, 9lbs 13.8oz
8th- K. Morris, 18 fish, 9lbs 4.8oz
9th- D. Morris, 12 fish, 6lbs 8.4oz
10th- I. Morris, 13 fish, 6lbs 1.4oz

Monday, 18 September 2017

Old Rules competition results

In a good turn out, thirteen Heron's took up their oars for the Old Rules competition on Sunday 16th September. In the unique event, anglers must row their boats to and from their marks and may only use one rod with up to four hooks as were the rules in years past. 

To say the fishing was slow would be an understatement, most returned without so much as a bite!! 
P. Gower brought back a lone whiting which turned out to be just under size but the walk away winners were junior twins Bradley and Lewis Perry-French. 
The boys, already keen rowers, took their grandads self built boat and got out beyond the pier head. There, they both hooked into skate with Bradley also landing three dogfish for the win. 

Full results as follows;
1st- B. Perry-French, 4 fish, 10lbs 7.8oz
2nd- L. Perry-French, 1 fish, 4lbs 13oz

winners Bradley and Lewis

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

HAS vs GSAC shore challenge match results

The curse of clear waters and bright skies prevailed for this year's HAS vs GSAC shore challenge match on Sunday 10th September meaning catches were slow. 
The greenhill contingency consisted of nine members whilst the Heron had just eight and despite gloomy periods with a few intermittent showers conditions dictated just three anglers bringing a catch to the scales. 
The Heron's T. Morris got the best of the bunch from West beach with an eel and a nicely conditioned bass of 2lbs 0.05oz for the win. In second, Greenhill's Ryan Wall captured a lone mackerel of 12.32oz from the Kings Hall and third place Bradley Perry-French had a more unusual catch of a 5.25oz Ballan wrasse fishing at Hampton for the Heron. 

Full results as follows;
1st- T. Morris, 2 fish, 2lbs 8oz
2nd- R. Wall, 1 fish, 12.32oz
3rd- B. Perry-French, 1 fish, 5.25oz

Heron wins trophy with 2lbs 13.25oz to Greenhill's 12.32oz.  
Comp winner T Morris and his bass

Bradley with his Ballan Wrasse

Monday, 31 July 2017

Open Limits bass trophy results

5 Herons took part in this year's open Limits bass trophy with just two boats launching. The 18mph SW wind made conditions a little choppy but with both boats staying close to shore, it was never really a problem. 
All reported catches of bass with K. Grove also netting an eel in excess of 2lbs from black rock. B. Morris came closest to weighing in with a bass that was literally a few mm short of the required 42cm, fishing the end of Hampton rocks. 
Unfortunately though, after five hours of fishing, none of the competitors could muster a sizeable fish so for this year the trophy goes un-won. 

This Bass was just undersized

Sunday, 2 July 2017

'over-the-low' trophy results

Sunday 2nd July saw the return of the Herons' beach competitions with the 'over-the-low' trophy. 
6 members took to the very hot and sunny beaches, skeptical that any would weigh in despite the Bass ban being lifted to one per angler from the 1st of July. 
In the end however, 3 did manage to find fish and weigh in sizeable catches. M. Morris was fishing near Bishopstone point and amongst a reported 7 undersized bass, brought back a healthy eel of 1lbs 2.4oz. 
Meanwhile, B. Morris, fishing near middle bank at reculver managed a small hound pup of 1lbs 5.4oz and lost a bigger one at the waters edge. S. Stephenson made the most of his only hook up from the same spot though and landed a smoothhound of 3lbs 13.4oz for the win. 

Full results as follows; 
1st- S. Stephenson, 1 fish, 3lbs 13.4oz
2nd- B. Morris, 1 fish, 1lbs 5.4oz
3rd- M. Morris, 1 fish, 1lbs 2.4oz

Simon and his 3lbs 13oz hound

Ben had this pup for second spot

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Iris boat competition results

For the second boat competition in a row, the Herons' were forced to fish uncomfortable conditions as the westerly winds prevailed in the Iris boat competition on Sunday 25th June. 
Nine anglers headed out and to say the day was slow would be an understatement. In fact, just 3 managed to find sizeable fish in the end. 
I. Morris nabbed a small hound for 3rd spot whilst cousin B. Morris found two of a better stamp for second spot, the largest of these going 7lbs 7oz. It was Ian's dad M. Morris who came up trumps in the end though, along with a dogfish and 3 hound pups, Mick caught a nice skate which pulled the scales down to a healthy 12lbs 9.6oz. Small bass were also caught by others but the warm weather and continued drifts of weed are clearly taking their toll on our fishing of late. 
Full results as follows;
1st- M. Morris, 5 fish, 21lbs 1.6oz
2nd- B. Morris, 2 fish, 14lbs 7.6oz
3rd- I. Morris, 1 fish, 3lbs 10.4oz

B Morris and his brace of hounds

M Morris and his ray

Monday, 12 June 2017

Claire V. Weniger Boat Competition Results

Staunch 15-18mph SW winds greeted the 8 anglers who took to the boats on Sunday 11th June for the Herons' Claire V. Weniger competition. 
Catch rates were relatively slow but all weighed in bags consisting of skate, dogfish, smoothhounds and whiting. 
The heaviest fish of the day fell to D. Neiles with his ray of 9lbs 1.6oz whilst M. Morris had the heaviest hound at 8lbs 0.4oz. 
However it was again T. Morris who found the numbers of fish and with two rays of his own, easily took top spot. 

Full results as follows;
1st- T. Morris, 24 fish, 43lbs 5.7oz
2nd- L. Perry-French, 6 fish, 29lbs 6.3oz
3rd- B. Morris, 20 fish, 24lbs 13.6oz
4th- B. Perry-French, 11 fish, 24lbs 3.3oz
5th- D. Neiles, 10 fish, 24lbs 0.3oz
6th- A. Wood, 4 fish, 22lbs 10.6oz
7th- M. Morris, 6 fish, 22lbs 6.3oz
8th- I. Morris, 5 fish, 14lbs 14.8oz
Dave Neiles Heaviest Fish
Ian Morris with a nice hound of 7lbs 4oz
Tony Morris Competition Winner.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Dave Mann Diamond Jubilee competition results

With a particularly poor turn out, just 5 anglers took to Kents beaches on Saturday 3rd June for the Herons' Diamond Jubilee competition.  
In this event, anglers may fish any Kent beach of their choice (excluding venues where a fee is payable i.e. Samphire Hoe, Deal pier etc) but must be back to the club house within the allotted time. 
Those who did take part, spread far and wide to try and find the fish but across the 9hrs the fishing proved to be decidedly poor. 
D. Morris had the heaviest fish of the day from Dovers' Shakespeare beach, a dogfish of 1lbs 15oz whilst K. Wilton found one from Walmer beach too. 
In the end though the final hour spent at Ramsgate undercliff paid dividends for M. Morris who took 4 dogfish and an eel from the mark for the win. 

Full results as follows;
1st- M. Morris, 5 fish, 5lbs 15.2oz
2nd- D. Morris, 1 fish, 1lbs 15oz
3rd- K. Wilton, 1 fish, 1lbs 6oz

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Osman Cup results

Fifteen Herons took to the beaches on Saturday 20th May for the Osman Cup. It was decided from the off that we would Fish an extra hour to give us a little darkness and increase the chances of catching.
 Calm weather and mostly bright sunshine was the order of the day with just a light SW wind to contend with.
 Anglers spread from Studd Hill to Cold Harbour and despite all their best efforts, not one could bring back a sizeable catch. In fact only small, under size Bass were reported by anyone and the last, additional hour was largely hampered by copious amounts of weed.