Pier defeated in shield competition

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SKEGNESS Pier Angling Club (SPAC) held its latest event, which was an inter-club match against Humber Sea Angling Club (HSAC), at Trunch Lane.

The two long established clubs were competing for a shield which was last fished for more than 40 years ago, in 1969, from Skegness Pier, when SPAC were the winners.

On this occasion, HSAC brought along some of the top match anglers in the area, including an England international and this was reflected in the final result.

The 14 SPAC anglers managed a total weight of 23lb 14 3/4oz, at an average of 1lb 9oz per man, but the nine men HSAC team ran out easy winners with 36lb 4 1/2oz, at an average of just over 4lb per angler.

Individually, Grimsby’s Mark Taylor was on top form for HSAC, taking first place with 12 nice flatties weighing in at 10lb 9oz.

Mark also shared the heaviest flatfish prize with his team mate Steve Robinson, both with specimen 1lb 4oz flounders.

Some way behind in runners-up spot was Gainsborough ace Simon Drayton, whose 11 flatfish and a small weever tipped the scales at 7lb 10oz.

Match organiser Chas Tibble was the only SPAC angler to get in amongst the prizes, targeting smaller fish close in to take third place with 12 flounders, a plaice and a bass for 6lb 5 1/4oz.

Grimsby’s Adie Cooper also caught a small bass, which weighed in at 14oz to take the heaviest round fish award.

The prize presentation took place in the Lakeside Leisure facility at Trunch Lane, where Chas Tibble presented the inter-club Shield to HSAC chairman Nigel Crabtree.

The resurrected match will now become an annual feature of the SPAC match programme, with next year’s event to take place at a venue in the Humber area.

The next SPAC match is a species hunt and will be held on Sunday, May 22, from 7.30-11.30am at Sandilands.

This will be an open event and for further information, contact SPAC secretary Chas Tibble, tel 07984 967988 or email chastibble@hotmail.com.

l Pictured: Third placed Chas Tibble, pictured with one of his flounders, at the inter-club match between SPAC and HSAC, held at Trunch Lane.