Jane Hopkins was crowned the 2016 champion when 10 members fished the Club’s November large boat competition aboard “Private Venture” skippered by Arthur Savage. This was the last competition of the year and decided the Club’s Large Boat Champion for 2016.
Rumours of large cod, conger, pollock and whiting from the day before saw Arthur heading out to the needles to anchor a series of gulleys approximately a mile offshore. Unfortunately a stiff North Easterly wind gusting force 6 at times meant that we were unable head out any further.
A steady stream of whiting, dogfish, pout and conger came throughout the day with a number of notable fish, including Arran Harmer with a conger eel of 22lb 8oz which nets him the Commodore Cup for the second year running for the largest conger caught a nominated competition; Robin Lane with a near specimen pollack of 15lbs 7 ozs; Alec Harmer with a cod of 11lbs 15 ozs and Anton Emblem thornback ray of 8 lbs 8 ozs.
1st Alec Harmer 71 points; 2nd Arran Harmer 70 points; 3rd Robin Lane 55 points; 4th Jane Hopkins 54 points; 5th Peter Drodge 48 points; 6th Malcolm Gerrish 47 points; 7th Anton Emblem 40 points; 8th Roland Blomfield 35 points; 9th Nelson Phillips 35 points; 10th Harry Gray 25 points.