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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Furness fishermen’s flounder feast

MORE than 400 flounder were caught in the RNLI Open.

The event, fished from the Kingfisher car park to Priory Point in ideal conditions and attracting 26 anglers, was organised by the Furness Fishing Association beach section.

Operating a catch and release system, the winner’s haul measured in at 830cms, with Chris Rowland landing an estimated 28 fish.

Matty White, of the Furness Fishing Association, was second with 803cms, and fellow club member Kevin Dickinson third with 789cms.

The largest fish landed measured 43cms. There was a variety of baits used which included lug, creeper and mackerel.

Furness Fishing Association beach section secretary Darren Turner had a pretty good day, attracting fish on a lug and mackerel cocktail.

He said: “Unfortunately there was quite a low turnout because there were a lot of other competitions on.

“Fishing was great. I think there was over 400 fish caught between the 26 anglers, so it’s a lot of fish.

“Every species caught was flounder. I had a petty good day myself, I had 20 fish but I was still nowhere near the running.

“Conditions were great, there was no wind. It’s completely different to when you fish off the front of Walney, the conditions can vary.

“Down at Priory Point it was quite calm, it was a good day. The tide came in fairly slowly, but it was absolutely right for fishing. Everything goes in measurements, we are catch and release and everything is done on a points system.”

During the match, club secretary John Fazackeley landed a sea trout, but the migratory fish was not eligible, and was returned.

“Fishing has been pretty good lately, we’ve had a few matches and a lot of fish have been caught,” added Turner.

The club gave a full pay-out on the day and is set to make a donation to the RNLI.

The next match is a club event, which will be held at Plumpton on Sunday, October 28.

Booking on is at 7.30am at Canal Foot, with fishing from 8.45am to 11.45am.

After that the club will hold a members competition at Holker on November 4.

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