Visitors victorious with pairs plaudits

Alan Steadman.
Alan Steadman.

Visiting match anglers from the North East took the top places in the annual Skegness Pier Angling Club’s Lincolnshire Pairs match.

The event was held in perfect conditions on the secluded beach at Drake Road.

Neil Cutler won Zone B with seven smoothounds and a flounder measuring 623cm in total.

He paired up with Gareth Gardiner, who took second place in Zone A, with a similar catch measuring 556cm.

This gave them first place in the pairs event with a combined three points.

Neil also won the longest flatfish prize with a 37cm (1lb 5oz) flounder.

Just one point behind the winning pair were Stevie 
Graham and Tommy Tate, who took first place in Zone A and third place in Zone B 

Stevie also took individual honours on the day, catching nine smoothounds measuring 707cm.

There was a tie for third place, with two pairs ending up on eight points.

Wrangle’s Paul Cridland and Alan Steadman came out on top on countback, with a combined fish length of 920cm.

There was another tie for the longest round fish, with Corby’s Paul Marshall and Ian Nelson from Grimsby sharing the honours, each with a 100cm smoothound.

Overall there were 67 rounds caught in the match, along with a number of flounders and a couple of decent silver eels.

Garry Hutson won the Dodsworth Cup as Skegness Pier Angling Club held round 11 at Trunch Lane.

His total length of 1459cm saw off runner-up Karl Nangle (1387cm) and Dave Shorthouse 1106cm) in third.

Match 12m held at Moggs Eye, saw Paul Marshall win the Festival Trophy with a meagre 74cm.

Adie Cooper was second (53cm) and Fred Donner was third (25cm).

The next SPAC match will be held on July 25 from 5-9pm at Chapel Point, with club members fishing for the Roy Parker Memorial Cup.

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

For further information call Chas Tibble on 07984 967988 or email