SEVEN junior West Bay SAC members signed on to fish this year’s Frank & Peggy Daw Memorial Match from East Pier.

There was not quite the record turn-out of the previous year, but every competitor managed to land several fish.

Conditions were a little challenging with heavy downpours throughout the match but, towards the end, everyone managed to dry out in some welcome sunshine.

With a gentle off-shore breeze, sea conditions were flat calm and several different species showed with pout, weever, flounder, ballan and corkwing wrasse, red mullet and sea scorpion brought to the scales.

The harbour holds a large number of weever fish at this time, which are venomous and need handling with great care – a total of 16 weevers were caught during the match.

The competition was neck and neck between Connor Hallett and Nathan McMaster, both weighing in a good number of fish, including two legal-sized fish each but it was the latter who took the trophy with Hallett a close second and Eden Lynham securing third place.


1 Nathan McMaster 470g (334g legal weight), 2 Connor Hallett 854g (289g legal weight), 3 Eden Lynham 365g (73g legal weight)

Heaviest flat fish: James Lawrence (53g plaice)

Heaviest round fish: Connor Hallett (215g corkwing wrasse)

Heaviest weever: Ewan Chambers (31g)

Smallest weever: Ewan Chambers (4g)

Wooden spoon: James Lawrence

Sponsors on the day: Delphine and Richard ‘Tiny’ Daw, Watchouse Cafe and Kay Guppy.

Richard Daw, son of the late Frank and Peggy, would like to thank all the juniors and parents who supported this match.