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West Bay retain Lyme Trophy
This is an inter-club competition between Lyme Regis, Honiton, Beer and West Bay and has been running since 1970. Beer & District, being the host club, chose to fish Seaton.
The sea was very calm and clear with the match being run on a points system with fish being awarded points for difficulty in various species.
Plenty of mackerel, garfish and scad were caught in daylight as well as plaice and dabs, also a few mullet were landed on float tactics. As it got dark a few pout and dogfish were caught.
A few competitors chose to fish the rockier areas of Seaton, catching wrasse and bull huss, which were measured and returned.
In all 14 species were caught.
West Bay bagged 143 points, Lyme Regis were second with 78, Beer third with 68, and Honiton fourth with 40.
This year, 61 competitors took part and the top three individual scores were as follows: Mark Wickenden 26pts (West Bay), Simon Skinner 24pts (West Bay), Chris Sweetland 17pts (Beer & District)
EIGHT species were weighed in at Abbotsbury as 16 members fished.
The match took place during a falling tide, the fishing was very patchy but those that walked a long way towards West Bexington found a few more dogfish.
Phil Maggs landed a small conger eel – and a few whiting are starting to appear.
Result: 1 Lea Windsor (4,805grms, six dogfish, one mackerel), 2 Steve Harwood (4,625grms, six dogfish, one whiting), 3 Phil Maggs (3,870grms, one conger, one dogfish, one poor cod, two pout). Species pool: Craig Horton – three