Angling: Six of the best for ace Marshall

Second placed Adie Cooper with his ray EMN-160530-152951002

Second placed Adie Cooper with his ray EMN-160530-152951002

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Paul Marshall was in scintillating form in the Skegness Pier Angling Club (SPAC) annual away match, held in the tidal River Nene at Sutton Bridge.

Paul ran out an easy winner of the Frank Parkins Shield with a mixed bag of 22 flatfish and silver eels, measuring 566cm in total. It was an amazing six straight wins at the venue for the Corby-based match angler.

Third-placed Alan Steadman with one of his flounders EMN-160530-152927002

Third-placed Alan Steadman with one of his flounders EMN-160530-152927002

As there were no qualifying fish caught, he also shared the longest round fish prize with a 35cm (1lb 2oz) flounder.

Croxton’s Dave Burr shared the prize, and also took second place in the match with 13 flounders for 366cm. He also won the longest flatfish prize outright with a 37cm (1lb 4oz) specimen flounder.

Grimsby ace Adie Cooper finished third with a six-fish mixed bag for 176cm.

* Trunch Lane hosted the annual Species Hunt, with the format being 10 points for each different species caught and one point for each further fish of the same species.

Dave Shorthouse with his match-winning last cast dab EMN-160530-152939002

Dave Shorthouse with his match-winning last cast dab EMN-160530-152939002

The match went right to the wire with last year’s winner Adie Cooper leading up until the last cast when Stafford’s Dave Shorthouse pulled in a small dab to land his fourth species.

He also caught a whiting, a weever and a lesser spotted dogfish to win the trophy with 40 points. Adie had to settle for second with a flounder, a dab and a thornback ray for 30pts, but won the longest round fish prize with a 69cm (5lb 1½oz) ray.

Wrangle’s Alan Steadman came in third with four fish of two species for 22pts, and won the longest flatfish prize with a 29cm (10oz) flounder.

* The next SPAC match is on Saturday, June 11 from 3pm until 7pm at Wolla Bank when club members will fish for the Dodsworth Cup. There is also an open section which non-members are welcome to enter.

For more information, call SPAC secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or email chastibble@hotmail.com