Second success for Shorthouse

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LARGE whiting shoals just offshore resulted in excellent catches for competitors in the first two Skegness Pier Angling Club matches of 2012.

In match one held from Trunch Lane, Kettering’s Dave Shorthouse won his second match in succession with 21 whiting and three dabs weighing in at 14lb 12-and-three-quarter oz. Close behind, in second place, was Friskney’s Mark Holmes, whose 20 whiting and one dab tipped the scales at 14lb 4-and-three-quarter oz.

Wrangle’s Alan Steadman needed just one more fish to overhaul the top pair, but in the end had to settle for third place with 25 fish for 14lb 0.75oz.

Alan also shared the heaviest round fish prize with Shorthouse, both with 1lb 4oz whiting. Croxton’s Dave Burr took the heaviest flatfish award, with a 12oz dab.

There was another very close finish in match two held from Chapel Point, with Alan Steadman coming out on top by the narrowest of margins. His 17 fish catch weighing 9lb 14oz, was just enough to beat off a strong challenge from Shorthouse, whose 18 whiting and two dabs weighed in at 9lb 9-and-a-half oz.

In-form Jim Robinson travelled up with Shorthouse from Kettering to take third place with 16 fish for 9lb 5-and-three-quarter oz.

New member Danny Smith used his local knowledge to win the heaviest round fish prize with a nice 1lb 4oz whiting and Skegness local Dave Bradley was the final prize-winner, taking the heaviest flatfish award with a 1lb 1oz flounder. In total there were 315 fish recorded over the two matches, with the vast majority returned alive to the sea, under the SPAC catch and release match format.

The next SPAC match will be held on Sunday, February 5 from 2pm to 6pm at Jackson’s Corner, with club members fishing for the Healey Cup.

There is also an open section, which non-members are more than welcome to participate in.

For further information call SPAC Secretary Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or