There was controversy at Chapel Beach Angling Club’s latest match at The Boating Lake, Trunch Lane.
When the club arrived at the beach, the beach reclamation people were working nearby and two of their staff came along and asked if they were fishing a match and what time it would be finishing.
With the match fishing from 11.45am till 3.45pm the club asked if this would be a problem, as if so, they would move further down the beach.
Having been advised that this was not a problem as long as they were off the beach by 4pm (as that was when they were moving the pipes), the match got underway.
The match started and all was going well with several fish being caught but at approximately 3pm another member of the beach reclamation staff informed the anglers they had to leave the beach because they were ‘coming down with the pipes’.
Although the anglers explained that they had been told we were fine until 4pm, the reclamation team insisted that the anglers packed up straight away.
The anglers at this point ended up abandoning the remainder of the match.
Unsure how to proceed, the anglers asked John Cook from Lakeside Leisure for his advice. He agreed that as three quarters of the match had been fished the results should stand as they were and the club should pay out on the match as it stood.
The match the anglers were fishing in was for the Species Match and Rick Jarvis came in first place with two turbot and five flounders.
In second place with a flounder and a bass was Danny Smith and in third place was Barry Staniland. Danny also took the biggest flat fish and the biggest round fish prize money with his catch.
The next match is on Sunday, June 16 at Moggs Eye.