A poor representation saw just two anglers fish the open limits bass competition on Sunday 24th July. Whilst both boated hounds to 9lbs, fishing was very slow and no bass were caught. Regards Ben
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Monday, 18 July 2016
Just 6 anglers turned out for the Heron's over the low beach competition on Sunday 17th July. Bright sunshine and calm, clear waters meant fishing was going to be tough on the busy Herne Bay beaches. Indeed it was, but 2 anglers managed a sizeable catch, M. Morris weighed in a reasonable Thornback Ray from middle bank at 6lbs 5.2oz for top spot whilst B. Morris had an unusual catch of a gilthead bream. Fishing the apron at reculver towers, the 11.4oz fish was enough for 2nd place. Full results as follows; 1st- M. Morris, 1 fish, 6lbs 5.2oz 2nd- B. Morris, 1 fish, 11.4oz Regards Ben
|B Morris 11.4oz Gilthead Bream|
|M Morris 6lb 5.2oz Ray|
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Despite favourable conditions, fishing was tough going for the 12 anglers who set out in the boats for the Heron's Iris Trophy competition on Sunday 26th June. Most headed for the Weir bank area with catches from there mainly comprising of Thornback Rays. D. Neiles returned with the heaviest fish of the day with his skate of 11lbs 15.8oz whilst K. Wilton boated three for second place with his weight of 19lbs 12.2oz. Junior twins, Bradley and Lewis Perry French also did well with skate and small smooth hounds and one of them even landed a small tope!! C. Zacharia and his partner, S. Mannering went further afield and were the only pair to find the dogfish although unfortunately for them, little else. For the second event in a row however, it was T. Morris and B. Morris who went in search of the smooth hounds off of Bishopstone and got amongst a few. B. Morris had the largest at 7lbs 15oz and with 3 more his combined weight of 25lbs 2.6oz won him the trophy. Full results as follows. 1st- B. Morris, 4 fish, 25lbs 2.6oz 2nd- K. Wilton, 3 fish, 19lbs 12.2oz 3rd- B. Perry-French, 7 fish, 18lbs 4.2oz 4th- L. Perry-French, 5 fish, 16lbs 12.2oz 5th- I. Morris, 3 fish, 16lbs 7.6oz 6th- T. Morris, 3 fish, 15lbs 3.2oz 7th- D. Neiles, 2 fish, 13lbs 11oz 8th- P. Gower, 2 fish, 7lbs 10.4oz 9th- C. Zacharia, 6 fish, 7lbs 4.2oz 10th- S. Mannering, 5 fish, 6lbs 11.8oz 11th- M. Morris, 1 fish, 6lbs 0.4oz 12th- A. Wood, 1 fish, 2lbs 3oz
|B. Morris with 2 of his 4 hounds|
|D. Neiles 11lbs 15.2oz Ray|
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Perfect, flat calm conditions prevailed from the off for the 10 Heron's fishing the Claire V Weniger boat competition on Sunday 22nd May. The 5 boats headed out in various directions to the Weir Bank, Woolpack and Copperas. Skate, dogfish and smoothhound accounted for the majority of the weights with a few obligatory whiting and a surprise (barely sizeable) codling which fell for T. Morris. Tony also hooked into a nice bass toward the end of the event which, weighed on a portable scale, came in at 3.96lbs before being safely returned. Perry-French brothers Lewis and Bradley did very well between them, Lewis weighed in 8 sizeable rays which helped him toward 3rd spot whilst Bradley had the heaviest fish of the day with his skate of 10lbs 1.6oz. Meanwhile M. Morris also did well on the rays bringing 9 to the scales but his weight of 60lbs 9.6oz was still only enough to bag second place as his nephew, B. Morris, got amongst the hounds. Although none of them were particularly large fish, Ben bagged a good number of fish in the 7-8lbs bracket along with 2 rays and dogfish for a total weight of 77lbs 3oz. Full results as follows; 1st- B. Morris, 18 fish, 77lbs 3oz 2nd- M. Morris, 14 fish, 60lbs 9.6oz 3rd- L. Perry-French, 9 fish, 50lbs 5.4oz 4th- T. Morris, 13 fish, 34lbs 2.2oz 5th- B. Perry-French, 11 fish, 30lbs 1.3oz 6th- D. Perry, 6 fish, 20lbs 1.3oz 7th- I. Morris, 7 fish, 19lbs 7.3oz 8th- A. Wood, 4 fish, 14lbs 8oz 9th- K. Morris, 3 fish, 12lbs 4.4oz 10th- C. Zacharia, 3 fish, 11lbs 6.6oz
|B. Morris with one of his hounds|
|Lewis and Bradley|
|T. Morris had to return this 4lbs bass|
Unfortunately I was unable to attend this competition but 8 members did fish. Eventual winner S. Stephenson had a ray from Walmer as well as dogfish whilst second place M. Morris picked one up fishing long rock.
Full results as follows; 1st- S. Stephenson, 4 fish, 6lbs 2.4oz 2nd- M. Morris, 1 fish, 5lbs 11.6oz 3rd- A. Wood, 2 fish, 1lbs 5.6oz 4th- D. Neiles, 1 fish, 1lbs 2.6oz 5th- B. Perry-French, 2 fish, 15oz 6th- L. Perry-French, 1 fish, 13.2oz Regards Ben
Monday, 9 May 2016
We could not have asked for better conditions for the 2016 Spring Boat Festival, fished over two days on the 7th & 8th of May.
Saturday was the marginally better weather, the light southerly breeze meant the inshore Herne Bay waters were flat calm and sun cream was highly advisable!
Sixteen anglers set out on day one in seven boats and although a little slow going, all but one weighed in a catch.
Rays were the main target with the obligatory dogfish and whiting also showing. A few smoothhounds were also landed although none of notable size were brought to the scales.
Day one ended with T. Morris taking the lead, his weight of 24lbs 13.6oz was closely followed by junior angler, L. Perry-French who bagged 24lbs 3oz. With 3rd place, joint 4th and 6th spots only a couple of lbs behind all was to play for on the Sunday.
Day two came and the wind had picked up a little and swung round more Easterly. Catch rates were similar to Saturday although the hounds appeared more elusive with just a couple landed.
Only thirteen fished Sunday and D. Neiles returned with a decent haul of 18 fish, comprising largely dogs and a ray, to manage 3rd spot for the day, whilst leader T. Morris finished in second place and his partner B. Morris first with 26lbs 12.4oz including four rays of his own.
Full individual day results, aggregate and class winners (by elimination) as follows;
1st- T. Morris, 9 fish, 24lbs 13.6oz
2nd- L. Perry-French, 11 fish, 24lbs 3oz
3rd- L. Simpson, 11 fish, 21lbs 9.6oz
4th- B. Morris, 10 fish, 21lbs 2.2oz
4th- M. Morris, 5 fish, 21lbs 2.2oz
6th- B. Perry-French, 5 fish, 18lbs 14.2oz
7th- D. Neiles, 7 fish, 16lbs 0.8oz
8th- J. Simpson, 5 fish, 15lbs 5.4oz
9th- I. Morris, 4 fish, 12lbs 4.6oz
10th- P. Gower, 2 fish, 6lbs 9.8oz
11th- R. Gower, 1 fish, 5lbs 2.8oz
12th- C. Zacharia, 3 fish, 4lbs 0.4oz
13th- D. Morris, 3 fish, 2lbs 14oz
14th- K. Wilton, 1 fish, 1lbs 15.8oz
15th- A. Wood, 2 fish, 1lbs 2.8oz
1st- B. Morris, 8 fish, 26lbs 12.4oz
2nd- T. Morris, 7 fish, 25lbs 13oz
3rd- D. Neiles, 18 fish, 25lbs 10.6oz
4th- B. Perry-French, 5 fish, 19lbs 6.6oz
5th- D. Morris, 4 fish, 15lbs 5.2oz
6th- L. Perry-French, 5 fish, 14lbs 15.6oz
7th- M. Morris, 3 fish, 14lbs 7.6oz
8th- A. Wood, 6 fish, 10lbs 15.6oz
9th- I. Morris, 3 fish 10lbs 7oz
10th- K. Wilton, 4 fish, 5lbs 0.6oz
11th- C. Zacharia, 2 fish, 4lbs 3.6oz
12th- R. Gower, 3 fish, 2lbs 13.8oz
13th- P. Gower, 2 fish, 2lbs 13oz
Class 1; Aggregate
1st (£50)- T. Morris, 50lbs 10.6oz
2nd (£30)- B. Morris, 47lbs 14.6oz
3rd (£20)- L. Perry-French, 39lbs 12.6oz
4th- B. Perry-French, 38lbs 4.8oz
6th- D. Neiles, 31lbs 11.4oz5th- M. Morris, 35lbs 9.8oz
7th- I. Morris, 22lbs 11.6oz
8th- D. Morris, 18lbs 3.2oz
9th- A. Wood, 12lbs 2.4oz
10th- P. Gower, 9lbs 6.8oz
11th- C. Zacharia, 8lbs 4oz
12th- R. Gower, 8lbs 0.6oz
13th- K. Wilton, 7lbs 0.4oz
Class 2; Greatest no. (1 day)
D. Neiles, 18 fish
Class 3; Heaviest fish
M. Morris, 9lbs 12.6oz
Class 4; Heaviest 1-day catch of skate
T. Morris, 22lbs 4.8oz
Class 5; Heaviest catch flat fish (1 day)
Class 6; Heaviest catch round fish (1 day)
B. Morris, 15lbs 4.2oz
Class 7; Aggregate weight by a junior
L. Perry-French, 39lbs 12.6oz
Class 8; Heaviest catch by a senior (1 day)
C. Zacharia, 4lbs 3.6oz
Class 9; Greatest no. varieties (1 day)
L. Simpson, 4 varieties
Monday, 25 April 2016
Four boats comprising eight anglers set out from the club house on Sunday 24th April 2016 for the Lawler Pairs competition. Here, weights are combined between partners for the trophy but individual weights are also recorded towards the championship. Weather conditions were less than ideal with a steady 15mph NW wind and occasional gusts on a very overcast day. All the boats opted for the pier head area as catches of rays have been better close in of late. Relative new-comers D. Morris and I. Morris set out in a small 'tod' with a borrowed British seagull outboard directly from the beach outside the club for their first trip out and they weren't disappointed as both landed their first rays as well as dogfish, in fact their weights were only 1oz apart and they finished a very respectable second place. Meanwhile G. Mummery and his partner K. Wilton's venture finished early as the lumpy seas took their toll causing Kelvin to suffer sea-sickness. Both still managed to boat a skate each though with G. Mummery bagging the biggest of the day at 7lbs 12.6oz and winning the heavy fish pool. Eventual winners T. Morris and B. Morris returned with 5 skate between them along with dogfish and some nice sized whiting, this is the first time the pair have won this event in ten years of trying! Full results as follows; 1st- T. Morris/ B. Morris, 42lbs 10.2oz 2nd- D. Morris/ I. Morris, 41lbs 9.4oz 3rd- C. Zacharia/ M. Morris, 32lbs 1.4oz 4th- G. Mummery/ K. Wilton, 16lbs 1oz Individual results; 1st- T. Morris, 13 fish, 27lbs 6.2oz 2nd- C. Zacharia, 7 fish, 23lbs 11oz 3rd- D. Morris, 7 fish, 20lbs 13.2oz 4th- I. Morris, 5 fish, 20lbs 12.2oz 5th- B. Morris, 5 fish, 15lbs 4oz 6th- G. Mummery, 4 fish, 11lbs 8.8oz 7th- M. Morris, 4 fish, 8lbs 6.4oz 8th- K. Wilton, 1 fish, 4lbs 8.2oz
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Kevin spoke to the members present about what is expected of members while in the club.
The Heron Angling Society is a fun, relaxed, family friendly club that has been spoilt recently by a small number of incidents and this cannot continue. He proceeded to lay down the law and explain how things stand.
We welcome social members who support our aims. The fishing club ethos “to promote interests in fishing” with a bar and socials.
We are not and never will be a Social Club.
Our bar staff are volunteers not professionals and they give their time for free. We do not expect abuse and arguments about when the bar person is going to close the bar, especially on Sundays. If there is a time notice on the bar – Today the bar is closing 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm etc – then that is when the bar will close.
Membership is a privilege not a right. Any form of aggressive, abusive, disruptive or anti-social behaviour is not acceptable. Persons using this type of behaviour (under Club Rule 8) will have membership withdrawn without appeal and there is a strong possibility the Sunday bar opening could go back to 12.00 – 2.00pm.
There are a lot of members both fishing and social that have spent a vast amount of time and effort and in some cases their own money to make this club what it is today and we will not have it spoilt by a handful of people who are only here because the beer is cheap! This statement was met with wholehearted support from all members present and will be vigorously implemented.
Despite the spiteful Easterly wind, eleven anglers set out on Sunday 10th April for the accumulator boat competition. The accumulator gets its name as prize money is awarded on a sliding scale through the final standings but money is deducted based on attendance and passed on to the next placed entrant. With their recent abundance, skate were top of the agenda but also present were the usual whiting and dogfish. In excess of 20 skate were brought to the scales but only one was a notable size with the majority small male fish. M. Morris won the heavy fish pool with his ray of 9lbs 9.6oz and along with 5 more thornbacks also claimed 1st place. Brother, T. Morris was 2nd and D. Perry 3rd both with 3 rays a piece, all three competitors fished at the pier head. Full results as follows; 1st- M. Morris, 10 fish, 40lbs 3.4oz 2nd- T. Morris, 7 fish, 20lbs 11.6oz 3rd- D. Perry, 6 fish, 18lbs 10.2oz 4th- B. Morris, 9 fish, 17lbs 12oz 5th- B. Perry-French, 6 fish, 15lbs 3.2oz 6th- L. Perry-French, 5 fish, 14lbs 11.6oz 7th- L. Simpson, 4 fish, 11lbs 2oz 8th- J. Simpson, 3 fish, 7lbs 15.6oz 9th- C. Zacharia, 3 fish, 2lbs 1.2oz 10th- K. Morris, 2 fish, 2lbs 0oz (K. Wilton returned early due to engine failure and didn't weigh in).
|M. Morris with 2 of his 6 rays|
|D. Perry, T. Morris and M. Morris|
Ten anglers turned out for what looked as though it might be a good beach comp on Saturday 2nd April. Fishing up to high water into darkness on a neap tide, rays were the main target for most. The weather was reasonable with a light southerly wind although rain was an issue later on. As it transpired the final result was very poor, in fact only 1 entrant weighed in a sizeable fish and won the event with his dogfish. Others reported small whiting and the only other talking point came to K. Morris who thought he had a sizeable dab but upon inspection at the weigh in it turned out to be a plaice!!
Full results as follows; 1st - M. Morris, 1 fish, 1lbs 7.4oz