Recording the activities of Heron Angling Society

Monday, 11 December 2017

The Accumulator results

The Heron’s final championship competition, The Accumulator, took place on Sunday 10th December and for the eight entrants who took park it was a very cold event. 
The staunch NW wind did die down a little by the end but conditions were testing throughout and the results reflected it. 
Just whiting were weighed in with the heaviest fish falling for D. Morris at 13.2oz from reculver. 
Studd Hill produced the better results with winner D. Neiles landing 16 fish from the area. 
Full results as follows;
1st- D. Neiles, 16 fish, 6lbs 8.2oz
2nd- S. Stephenson, 9 fish, 4lbs 6.2oz
3rd- A. Wood, 8 fish, 3lbs 3.8oz
4th- D. Morris, 6 fish, 2lbs 13.8oz
5th- T. Morris, 5 fish, 1lbs 11.2oz
6th- B. Morris, 2 fish, 10.4oz
7th- I. Morris, 1 fish, 6.2oz
8th- P. Morris, 1 fish, 4.8oz

Monday, 27 November 2017

Maureen Cup results

Biting, cold NW winds greeted the 11 anglers fishing the Heron’s Maureen Cup on Sunday 26th November. Thankfully though, it dropped significantly as the contest went on and the evening was fairly pleasant by the end. 
With numerous other competitions taking place, Herne Bay’s beaches were busy and the Heron members spread out. Unsurprisingly, whiting were the order of the day with Studd Hill proving the most productive. Fishing the beach there, junior angler P. Morris landed a nice 10.2oz flounder along with her offering of 16 fish whilst Dad, I. Morris took top spot with 30 fish from the same mark. 
The harbour arm did well for twins Lewis and Bradley Perry-French with Lewis landing the heavy fish prize with 11.6oz whilst the West beaches in between proved decidedly poor. 
Full results as follows;
1st- I. Morris, 30 fish, 12lbs 2oz
2nd- T. Morris, 25 fish, 11lbs 4.2oz
3rd- L. Perry-French, 17 fish, 7lbs 6oz
4th- P. Morris, 16 fish, 6lbs 10.8oz
5th- D. Neiles, 16 fish, 6lbs 1.4oz
6th- B. Perry-French, 14 fish, 5lbs 12.8oz
7th- K. Morris, 13 fish, 5lbs 0.2oz
8th- M. Bowman, 9 fish, 3lbs 11.2oz
9th- D. Morris, 8 fish, 3lbs 7.2oz
10th- B. Morris, 7 fish, 2lbs 13.8oz
11th- A. Wood, 7 fish, 2lbs 8.2oz

Poppy Morris with her flounder

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Last Chance Trophy results

Sunday 19th November saw 10 Herons set out from the club house for the last boat competition of the year, “The Last Chance Trophy”.
As anticipated, large numbers of whiting were the return along with a smattering of dogfish and dabs. 
True to form for the year, T. Morris emerged the winner fishing a mark off of the rand. In the staunch and very cold NW winds, the next 3 spots were also claimed by members of the Morris family with Tony’s son, B. Morris coming in 2nd and nephew D. Morris 3rd. 
Full results as follows;
1st- T. Morris, 103 fish, 48lbs 14oz
2nd- B. Morris, 73 fish, 33lbs 14.8oz
3rd- D. Morris, 65 fish, 30lbs 10oz
4th- I. Morris, 59 fish, 27lbs 12.6oz
5th- A. Wood, 24 fish, 14lbs 6.4oz
6th- D. Neiles, 20 fish, 13lbs 1oz
7th- L. Perry-French, 25 fish, 11lbs 12.6oz
8th- B. Perry-French, 21 fish, 9lbs 6.6oz
9th- P. Gower, 7 fish, 3lbs 3.2oz

Winner T Morris and his haul

Monday, 13 November 2017

Heron Beach Festival results.

Saturday 11th and Sunday the 12th saw 12 anglers take to Herne Bay’s beaches for the annual Heron Beach Festival. 
Saturday saw reasonable weather conditions with a moderate NW breeze and plenty of whiting on show along with a couple of dogfish and a single dab. 
S. Stephenson found the better numbers from the harbour arm and over the 4hrs bagged up just over 16lbs whilst his nearest competitor, A. Wood, came in second with 11lbs 11oz from Hampton Jetty. 
Sunday came and the NW wind was ferocious, making fishing very difficult indeed. 
I. Morris found the best spot of the day, netting 8lbs 0.6oz from Studd Hill, including a flounder with his catch. The only other species landed was a rockling for D. Smith from Hampton. 

Full results as follows (including class winners by elimination rules);

Saturday 11th;
1st- S. Stephenson, 33 fish, 16lbs 0.3oz
2nd- A. Wood, 28 fish, 11lbs 11oz
3rd- B. Morris, 27 fish, 10lbs 11oz
4th- T. Sadik, 25 fish, 10lbs 7.8oz
5th- D. Neiles, 21 fish, 9lbs 5.8oz
6th- P. Morris, 16 fish, 7lbs 12.8oz
7th- T. Morris, 20 fish, 7lbs 10.2oz
8th- I. Morris, 17 fish, 6lbs 15oz
9th- L. Perry-French, 18 fish, 6lbs 11oz
10th- B. Perry-French, 18 fish, 6lbs 7oz
11th- D. Smith, 7 fish, 3lbs 0.4oz

Sunday 12th;
1st- I. Morris, 20 fish, 8lbs 0.6oz
2nd- T. Morris, 9 fish, 3lbs 15oz
3rd- B. Morris, 10 fish, 3lbs 12.2oz
4th- D. Smith, 7 fish, 3lbs 2.2oz
5th- S. Stephenson, 7 fish, 2lbs 15.4oz
6th- T. Sadik, 6 fish, 2lbs 7.2oz
7th- B. Perry-French, 2 fish, 13.2oz
8th- L. Perry-French, 2 fish, 12.6oz

Class 1: Aggregate;
1st- S. Stephenson, 18lbs 15.7oz (£50)
2nd- I. Morris, 14lbs 15.6oz (£30)
3rd- B. Morris, 14lbs 7.2oz (£20)

Class 2: Heaviest 1-day catch;
S. Stephenson, 16lbs 0.3oz

Class 3: Heaviest Fish;
P. Morris, 1lbs 2oz

Class 4: Greatest No. (1 day);
A. Wood, 28 fish

Class 5: Greatest No. Flats (1 day);
I. Morris, 1 fish

Class 6: Greatest No. on Sunday;
B. Morris, 10 fish

Class 7: Heaviest 1 day catch by a Lady;
P. Morris, 7lbs 12.8oz

Class 8: Heaviest 1 day catch by a Junior;
L. Perry-French, 6lbs 11oz

Class 9: Heaviest 1 day catch by a Senior;
D. Neiles, 9lbs 5.8oz

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

3-day Autumn boat festival results

With storm “Brian” beckoning, it was very uncertain as to whether or not this years 3-day Autumn boat festival would go ahead on 21st, 22nd and 23rd October. 
As it transpired, the storm was not nearly as bad as forecast and with the wind coming from the SW on Saturday it was deemed safe enough to fish within a limit marked out between Hampton pier, the pier head and the main pier. 
4 boats head out and the results were very underwhelming to say the least, after 5 hrs of fishing, D. Neiles led the way with a single dogfish and a whiting whilst only 3 other anglers managed a catch at all. 
By Sunday, the wind had swung round to the West, threatening North West and safety dictated the day be called off. 
Monday came and it had dropped off dramatically, going back to a comfortable South West which meant 5 boats comprising  11 anglers set out to try and make amends for the disappointing start to the event. 
Huge catches of whiting were the result with a few dogfish and pouting also showing along with a dab, an eel and a 5lbs 5oz ray also falling to D. Neiles. 
The best of the catches came from the shallow end of the copperas though, with T. Morris landing a very impressive haul of 144 fish for the win. 
Full results as follows including class winners (by elimination rules);

1st- D. Neiles, 2 fish, 1lbs 14.8oz
2nd- A. Wood, 1 fish, 1lbs 9.4oz
3rd- T. Morris, 3 fish, 1lbs 1.2oz
4th- L. Perry-French, 2 fish, 14.4oz


1st- T. Morris, 144 fish, 64lbs 7.6oz
2nd- M. Morris, 106 fish, 51lbs 0.4oz
3rd- B. Morris, 94 fish, 43lbs 9.6oz
4th- I. Morris, 71 fish, 33lbs 9.7oz
5th- L. Perry-French, 61 fish, 32lbs 4.6oz
6th- B. Perry-French, 61 fish, 31lbs 1.6oz
7th- D. Neiles, 48 fish, 30lbs 4.8oz
8th- K. Morris, 58 fish, 28lbs 5.3oz
9th- D. Morris, 51 fish, 23lbs 8.3oz
10th- D. Perry, 43 fish, 21lbs 13.2oz
11th- A. Wood, 38 fish, 19lbs 10.2oz

Class winners;
Class 1, Aggregate 
1st (£50)- T. Morris, 65lbs 8.8oz
2nd (£30)- M. Morris, 51lbs 0.4oz
3rd (£20)- B. Morris, 43lbs 9.6oz

Class 2, Heaviest 1 day catch
T. Morris, 64lbs 7.6oz

Class 3, Greatest No. (1 day)
M. Morris, 106 fish

Class 4, Heaviest catch round fish (1 day)
B. Morris, 43lbs 9.6oz

Class 5, Greatest No. rounds (1 day)
I. Morris, 70 fish

Class 6, Heaviest catch flat fish (1 day)
I. Morris, 5.3oz

Class 7, Heaviest fish
D. Neiles, 5lbs 5oz

Class 8, Varieties
D. Perry, 3 varieties

Class 9, Heaviest catch by a Lady (1 day)
Not won

Class 10, Heaviest catch by a Senior (1 day)
K. Morris, 28lbs 5.3oz

Class 11, Heaviest catch by a Junior (1 day)
L. Perry-French, 32lbs 4.6oz

Class 12, Heaviest catch on Monday
B. Perry-French, 31lbs 1.6oz

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