Cod Comp 2011

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The British Cod Championships 2011

Wednesday 16th of November saw the start of the annual West Wight Charter Skippers Association British Cod Championship. The competition is now 20 years old and continues to go from strength to strength. With 183 Anglers setting sail from Lymington expectations were high, the forecast looked good and the boats that in 2010 were limited to fishing on the Solent found themselves heading off to the most famous of winter Cod marks; The Needles.
Fishing commenced at 10am and it was only a matter of minutes before Merv Mimms on ‘Our Gemma’ radioed the first fish in, a beauty of 17lb to angler Paul Hannington….Comp ON! The radio went quiet and the phone then sprang into life and it was all go. When lines up was called at 4pm I was sure we were heading in to see a bumper weigh in and when I finally got Random Harvest to bed it became clear that we did indeed have some cracking fish. The competition is split into 3 prizes of £1000 each (Day Winners and Overall Champion). Overall is the man who catches the most cod and with both Dean Tompkins and Dave Doig landing 4 fish each there was certainly a lot to play for on day 2. Day one winner for the Heaviest Cod was local legend (to us skippers anyway) Bert Waller with a superb fish of 25lb 11oz. Bert was fishing aboard Eric Elliots Wight Rebel. There were another 6 fish over the 20lb mark and a total of 51 weighed in. Top Skipper for the day was our own Mike Cottingham (last year’s winner) with 7 fish.
Day 2 saw us only lose 3 anglers to the previous night excesses and with a better forecast we were all looking to see some sun. The match started in the same vain with Trevor Small’s ‘Rocket’ taking the first fish and then another within minutes. By lunchtime the tables were jumping all over the place a number of boats who had faired ok on Day 1 were now running off with 5 and 6 fish for just the mornings fishing. Word had reached me of another couple of mid 20 size fish so all looked pretty darn good again. Mike on Challenger was silent so we knew nothing of his progress and with a little misinformation thrown into the mix for good measure I was as unsure of the final results as anybody else. After a pint and some grand computing skills from my good lady, Jos, we were ready to call the results and hand out a huge array of prizes from our sponsors Garmin, Pure Fishing, World Fishing, Lonis, Bells, Force 4 and last but not least Stainless Steve Engineering.
After another superb day Dave Doig had added two more fish to his first day’s efforts and was crowned British Cod Champion. A 6 fish haul with a bag weight of 68lb 2oz saw him walk away with £1000 cheque . The heaviest fish was again a clonker of 25lb 10z taken by Ray Hazelden fishing aboard Bob Gawn’s ‘Wight Sapphire’. Bob had taken the heaviest fish on Day 1 in 2010 so a good result for him there too. Another 54 fish were weighed in bringing the total over the two days to 105 fish with many in the 15 – 20lb range it was a great result for all concerned. We are already looking forward to our next competition the Winter Species Open to be held on 27th December (entry forms downlaodable on competition page or from

This years results:-

183 Anglers
23 Charter Boats
105 Cod Weighed In
British Cod Champion:
Dave Doig – 6 Cod, 68lb 2oz, Challenger 2, Skippered by Mike Cottingham.
Heaviest Cod Day 1 – Bert Waller, 25lb 11oz, Wight Rebel, Skippered by Eric Elliot
Heaviest Cod Day 2 – Ron Hazelden, 25lb 1oz, Wight Sapphire, Skippered by Bob Gawn
Winning Skipper Mike Cottingham – Challenger 2, 10 Cod, 117lbs 6oz
2nd Overall – Dean Tompkins, 4 Cod, 42lb 7oz – Becky May, Skippered by Kev Sampson
3rd Overall – John Bellamy, 4 Cod, 40lb 14oz – Private Venture, Skippered by Arthur Savage

To Fish the British Cod Championships 2012 contact us and we will send you an application form.

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