Chairmans Report Autumn 2019
Following a difficult year with weather conditions we have now come to the end of the summer fishing competition times and are changing to the winter schedule to suit the darker days & nights, where hopefully we will see some days with lighter winds and some favoured Cod showing up.
We held a Charity Memorial Comp on Sat October 5th in memory of Simon Leek; the event had a great turnout especially from Simon’s friends and family. With Don Sewell wining first place weighing in a18lb 6oz Blonde Ray. The monies taken, including Don’s kind donation of his prize money, a total of £342 being donated to Marie Curie.
The section is thriving and can boast 84 full members with 6 juniors, and all members are asked to try and recruit more to join where possible.
The annual cod comp preparations are well underway and have been for some time, the committee urge everyone to publicise and promote this event as much as possible. There will be two dates this year to prevent a repeat of last year’s bad weather cancellation. Posters are available from Paul Akerman. Again breakfast will be served in the club on the morning of the cod comp.
Finally the committee are constantly looking at ways to preserving the stock of fish whilst increasing the number of species you can enter into competitions, so for next year we have introduced mats and tape measures with coloured cards so that members can photograph their catch and return more species and fish alive.
Thank you to all, good luck, tight lines and be safe.
Concern has been expressed by several fishermen, including committee members, that we as anglers should be more aware of the danger to stocks of particular fish e.g. Thornback Ray & Bull Huss & others. It has often been the practice to weigh-in fish that are believed to meet the qualifying standard only to find that this is not so or they have been beaten in competition by larger specimens. The fish are then occasionally discarded rather than been reintroduced to their natural environment to further their life expectancy. It is felt by the committee that we must encourage the latter and set up, in the first place, a revocable system whereby anglers can access their likelihood of winning a prize before landing any prospective fish. As a committee we have agreed the following but in the first instance will not consider it mandatory.
With immediate effect, anglers that consider they have caught a fish that qualifies, and likely to win a prize, should contact a committee member via mobile or VHF before returning to port to see if any other anglers have recorded fish that might prejudice the validity of their claim. Obviously this will have the merit of deciding whether to land the fish, unless it is intended for human consumption. This way we consider we will be doing ‘our bit’ for conservation of the fish stocks, and who knows, maybe promoting the Angling Section of C.B.Y.C. as a responsible and caring club.
(2019 season) The committee are currently looking into ways in which fish can be entered into competitions without being returned, through video weighing, photographic evidence of measurements etc – more details to follow soon….