Competitions.

Sunday 18th August. Sunday 8th September. Sunday 13th October. Sunday 3rd November. Sunday 1st December.

Large Boat Competition 19th May.

On the 19th May, ten anglers fished the second round of the Large Boat competitions aboard "Private Venture" skippered by Arthur Savage in glorious conditions.
Owing to the large tide, a number of areasaround Christchurch Ledge and Southbourne Rough were targeted and a mixture of large bream, pouting, dogfish, undulate rays, pollack and mackerel were caught.
The match was a closely contended between Jane Hopkins and Ed Taylor throughout the day, with Ed just taking first place with a last minute fish to increase his lead by just a few points. Towards the end of the day smoothhounds up to 12lbs provided excellent sport for several members. The largest smoothhound was caught by Arran Harmer. Unfortunately Roland Blomfieldlost a larger fish close to the boat due to his snapped hook.
Results:
1st Ed Taylor 113pts, 2nd Jane Hopkins 109pts, 3rd Arran Harmer 94pts, 4th Alec Harmer 74pts, 5th Mark Duncan 57pts, 6th Roland Blomfield 47pts,
7th Derek Smith 28pts, 8th Anton Emblen 16pts.

Jane & co
Ed Taylor.
Arran Harmer.
Anton Emblem

Large Boat Competition 7th April.

Ten members headed out into Christchurch Bay for their first large boat competition of the year aboard "Private Venture" skippered by Art Savage. Strong tides and easterly winds necessitated fishing fairly close in. Drifting for pollack and plaice failed to produce any results, so a move further out to anchor over rough ground was tried. This proved to be more productive but the fish had tobe worked for.
Several mini-species were caught, including a good baillons wrasse by club president Derek Smith. Unfortunately for him mini-species are not included in the competition, he was however, compensated later by catching one of only two plaice to be caught on the day. As the tide began to flood one last move was made. Again, sport was slow but resulted inthe best fish of the day in the shape of an undulate ray for Ed Taylor. It weighed in at 12lbs 6oz before being sfely released. Other species caught included tompot blenny, black bream, grey gurnard, dogfish, pouting and whiting.
Results:
1st Ed Taylor 60pts, 2nd Paul Hollyoake 42pts, 3rd Roland Blomfield 39pts, 4th Derek Smith 34pts, 5th Mark Duncan 33pts, 6th Arran Harmer 29pts,
7th Jane Hopkins 23pts, 8th Alec Harmer 20pts, 9th Malcolm Gerrish 9pts, 10th Anton Emblen 0pts.