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Club's Open Reports 2018.

Cod Open.

On Sunday 4th November we held are annual codopen competition which is kindly sponsored by Loni's Angling of New Milton. After the Saturday, which was very windy and the weather forecast stating the winds will decrease on Sunday, it was decided that the competition should go ahead but sadly in a restricted area which was the Solent only.
56 anglers signed on to a very wet start but for once the forecast was right. The winds dropped and the rain stopped but ubfortunately the fish never appeared. Only 3 codling were weighed in and a couple of thornback rays.
Results:
1st Steve barnes a codling of 5lb 1.4oz, 2nd John Baggs a codling of 2lb 9.4oz, 3rd Richard Rickman a codling of 2lb 5.6oz.
1st heaviest other fish a thornback ray weighing 6lb 5oz caught by Bill Devine. 2nd also a thornback ray weighing 6lb 4oz caught by John Sloper.
Unfortunately the team prize was not won and this will be carried over to next year's competition.

S.Barnes 2
B.Devine 1
R.Rickman.

Flounder Open Competition 7th January.

This year's Flounder Open kindly sponsored by Loni's Angling was full of highs despite the lows. The event saw 68 anglers attend with an increase in junior entrants covering a range of ages with all juniors coming back to the presentation at the end of the day getting a prize.
The weather proved challenging as anglers had to endure a blustery NE wind without a great deal of cover along theseawall. The number of flounders caught were a lot less than desired with only two being caught. There were a number of bass caught mostly around 2lb with a couple of larger ones near 4lb, at least these kept our anglers occupied.
The first reports of a flounder were towards the end of the match (roughly an hour to go), this one having being caught from the Lymington end of the wall. Roughly 30 mins later there were reports of another flounder caught, this time from the Pennington end of the wall. The second flounder was caught by local angler Roland Blomfield an angler who never seems to fail when it comes to this competition.
By the time the end of the competition came I hadn't heard of any more flounders been caught. Sure enough there were only two caught with the largest being 505g caught by Roland and the other flounder weighing 285g caught by Kevin Burke.
Roland claimed his £400 cash prize and the heaviest flounder prize of £200 cash was awarded to Kevin as each angler could only claim one prize. All the other prizes that weren't won have been rolled over to next year's event.
Five of the ten juniors that entered returned to the presentation and were all awarded a prize. Unfortunately the juniors didn't catch any flounders although some of them did land a few bass.
Thank you to all the anglers who attended the event this year. Next years Flounder Competition will be Sunday 6th January 2019.

Sadly there were a number of flounders washed up/dumped at the start of the seawall. There are a couple of reasons as to how this happened, but the most likely is that they were discarded by someone not being able to sell or use them for pot bait as the weather has been bad.