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12

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2014

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Dear Member,

Those of you that receive messages via e mail and go on social media websites will know that it was my intention to retire, and that we were looking for someone to take over as secretary. The good news is that several people have responded and volunteered to help in whatever way they can.

The committee are now looking at ways which this can be done with the idea that several members will take on the roles previously done by myself i.e. memberships and organising the Masters etc.

This being the case, obviously with a reduced workload, it is my intention to stay on for the foreseeable future to oversee the new structure and look after the finances etc.

I am delighted that it is looking like SAMF has a brighter future. To have several new people working for the organisation and bringing in new ideas can only be beneficial. 

We will let you all know what is happening shortly, but in the meantime SAMF needs you to continue to support us and to encourage those that are no longer members to re-join. I will also be sending this letter to ex members in the hope that they will become members again.

Please send your subscriptions either by sending a cheque using the tear off slip below, or by using PayPal via the website. If you would like to transfer the £20 electronically our bank account details are: Santander, sort code 09-01-53, account number 48723288. Life members will receive their membership cards in the post.

Just to let you know the masters is planned for June in Kent, Dover Breakwater and Sandown beach. We are also looking to fish the return leg of the Scotland challenge at Silloth in May. Anyone wanting to be selected for the team please let myself or Darren know.

Regards

Andy Steele

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I enclose my Annual Subscription of £20 for SAMF membership for the year 2014, or £200 to cover life membership. Please make cheques payable to ‘SAMF’

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06

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08

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2013

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MEMBERS NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2013

 

Dear Member,

This newsletter has also been sent to ex members in the hope that they will re-join SAMF.

Welcome to the December newsletter, I hope you all had a good xmas and all the best for the new year. I have to start on a sad note to tell you that 2 members have died recently – Ray Hornby and Ian Joyce. Both were stalwarts of the Irish Pairs but also put in appearances at the Masters, they will be missed especially in the North West.

 

There is a lot of information contained in this newsletter but the most important bit is that it is subs renewal time again. For those members whose membership runs through from last year i.e. new members who joined late in the year to fish the Masters, and Life members, I will have enclosed a 2013 membership card. The rest of members will need to send me a cheque for £20 made payable to SAMF and fill in the reply slip at the end of this newsletter. You can also renew on line via the website using PayPal. Bank transfers are also available if that’s what you want to do send me an e mail for bank account details. Please don’t forget to re new your subs because it costs time and money to send out reminders. I also need to know if you are a member of the Angling Trust which will reduce our insurance costs.

It is vitally important that members continue to support us, without this support SAMF cannot operate.

 

MASTERS 2012 – OTTERSPOOL

The following is the press release from the Masters 2012 at Otterspool. Full results can be found on the website:

Southampton angler John Brown won the 2012 SAMF UK MASTERS at Otterspool on the river Mersey on the 3rd and 4th November.

80 anglers from England, Wales and the Isle of Man competed for the title and conditions were good for both matches.

Otterspool is on the river Mersey which is a very wide sea estuary with all the usual expected species available to be caught – codling, whiting and flounders being the main species. Tides are strong on the Mersey and which made anglers think about how they tackled it. Strong grip leads were necessary when the tide was running and some of the areas were very snaggy with competitors loosing several sets of gear. Even though the venue did not fish as well as it could there were enough fish on both days for competitors to target with every competitor bar a couple catching fish. On the first day competitors needed 25 fish to come in the top three in their sections. Welsh angler and past winner Joe Arch from Cardiff had the best overall catch with 26 fish for 16lb 9oz. The heaviest fish caught on day one was a codling of 6lb 2oz caught by Mike Hughes from Bangor.

The zone positions on day 1 were:-

A zone 1st       John Brown                            6lb 6oz.

A zone 2nd       Bill LIndfield                           5lb 7oz.

A zone 3rd        Ashley Sampson                      4lb 9oz

B zone 1st        Mike Hughes                           9lb 9oz.

B zone 2nd        Dave Hutchinson                     6lb 2oz

B zone 3rd         Dave Lynch                            5lb 15oz

C zone 1st        Richard Burrow                                   9lb 0oz

C zone 2nd          Neville Charlesworth               7lb 5oz

C zone 3rd        Shane Russell                          6lb 2oz

D zone 1st        Joe Arch                                  16lb 9oz

D zone 2nd          Steve Bonner                           10lb 0oz

D zone 3rd        Alan Price                                8lb 14oz

ALL SAMF MATCHES ARE FISHED ON A CATCH AND RETURN FORMULA, THE FISH ARE MEASURED AND THEN IMMEDIATELY RETURNED. A CONVERSION CHART THEN CONVERTS THE LENGTH TO WEIGHT  WHICH GIVES EVERY ANGLER THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING WELL EVEN ON THE LAST CAST BY CATCHING A LARGE FISH.

Day 2 again saw good conditions and anglers needed up to 27 fish to score well. Top catch was made by Ged Stevens from Barrow In Furness with 27 fish for 10lb 15oz. The biggest fish on day 2 was a codling of 3lb 7oz caught by Peter Corker from Holywell North Wales.

Day 2 zone winners

A zone 1st       John Williams                          4lb 15oz

A zone 2nd      Gareth Gardiner                                   4lb 11oz

A zone 3rd        Gary Woods                            3lb 11oz

B zone 1st        Shane Russell                          5lb 1oz

B zone 2nd        Mike Emery                             4lb 15oz

B zone 3rd        John Rushton                           4lb 4oz

C zone 1st           Joe Perry                                  7lb 4oz

C zone 2nd        John Brown                             6lb 4oz

C zone 3rd        Mike Watts                              5lb 14oz

D zone 1st        Ged Stevens                             10lb 15oz

D zone 2nd          Pete Corker                              10lb 11oz

D zone 3rd        Julian Shambrook                    8lb 7oz

 

FINAL POSITIONS

1          John Brown                             3 pts

2          Shane Russell                          4 pts

3          Bill Lindfield                           7 pts

4          Pete Corker                              8 pts     (689 fish pts)

5          Alan Price                                8 pts     (567 fish pts)

6          Joe Perry                                  8 pts     (517 fish pts)

7          Richard Burrows                      9 pts     (514 fish pts)

8          Mike Emery                             9 pts     (505 fish pts)

9          Joe Arch                                  10 pts (955 fish pts)

10        Stuart Littlewood                     10 pts (528 fish pts)

There were just one lady fishing this year, Heather Lindfield, who finished a creditable 19th overall, her best ever Masters position.

A pairs competition was run within the match and winners were:-

1                    Pete Corker  & Alan Price both from North Wales

2                    Dave Lynch & Joe Perry both from Merseyside

3                    Mike Hughes & Gary Woods both from North Wales

John was overall champion with a 1st place and a 2nd place in his zone giving him 3 points.  John is a successful match angler who has also represented England. He had 6 fish including a codling of 4lb 9oz on day one and 15 fish on day 2 for 6lb 4oz.

Shane Russell from Conwy ran him close also with a zone 3rd and a 1st giving him 4 points.

Cash prizes down to 8th position overall and section pools for 1st 2nd  & 3rd places giving a total cash prize fund in excess of £3600, plus tackle prizes and trophies. SAMF is grateful in particular to our member Julian Shambrook of ANYFISH ANYWHERE who donated many of the zone, and individual prizes including a top of the range rod for the winner’ We are also grateful to SEA ANGLER MAGAZINE for also donating items for the prize table

Everyone who attended agreed that once again the event had been successful, and this venue will be used again for major events.

Next year’s final is scheduled to be fished on the Isle of Man in November. Qualifying matches are already being run around the country. Contact Andy Steele, 01772 611597, for details of local events and how to organise qualifiers.

 

AGM 2012

As usual the AGM took place during the weekend of the Masters and the full minutes can be viewed on the website, the following are the bullet points from the meeting:

  • We had 170+ members in 2012- the same number as last year. 79 fished the Masters.
  • MASTERS 2013 – Due to go to the South East there was a proposal by Mike Emery to run the competition on the Isle of Man, as discussed at last year’s AGM. In the newsletter I canvassed members on whether they would support the Isle of Man competition and the result was split 50/50. After a discussion during which it was felt the members on the Isle of Man deserved to have the final because of their support over the years, there was a unanimous vote in favour. More details about the competition further down.
  • The committee was voted in on mass with no changes.
  • TREASURERS REPORT :– The figures show that SAMFs worth is £7313.92 which is an increase of £671.17 from 2011. Membership has stabilised this year with an increase in takings of £400 together with a decrease in expenditure which has halted the slide that we have experienced in the past few years. Even though we are still in a strong position we still need to be careful with expenditure but I am now in a position to start putting back some of this money to the members in the form of sponsorship.SAMF subscriptions will remain at £20 for 2013.

 

 

CHALLENGE MATCHES

BELGIUM /HOLLAND  – The report on the 2012 match in Holland, which SAMF, won can be found on the website. This year’s match against Holland and Belgium is provisionally on Chesil on the weekend of 28th June, no further details are available yet, but if you are interested in being in the team please contact Darren Phillips on 07971215876 or myself.

SCOTLAND  – We have been invited to send a 15 man team to fish against a Scottish Federation team on the  9 June. The match will be a one day event and will coincide with a large open competition the next day. As usual it will be bait supplied and the target species will be Bass, Flounders, Plaice and Dabs. It will be held on a beach in the Aberdeen area. Again if you would like to be in team please let either Darren or me know.

 

WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

This year’s championships are taking place in Grandola, Portugal on the 4th to 11th May. If anyone wants to be considered for the team please contact Andy Gallacher on 07957949884 or myself. Also the team will be looking for a manager if anyone is interested in doing that.

 

MASTERS 2013 – ISLE OF MAN

As agreed at the AGM this year’s masters will be on the Isle of Man fishing on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November. Mike Emery has managed to get a deal for traveling anglers with the Steam Packet Company. This includes bed and breakfast at the Ramsey Park Hotel, which is near the venue, plus reduced cost on the ferry. The boat will leave Fleetwood on Thursday night and arrive at 6am, return on the Sunday. 2 nights in a twin room is £113 per person and 3 nights is £149 per person. Anyone taking up this offer will get the ferry for £45 for 2 people (normal price £179). Arrangements for this competition will be made earlier than usual because of the logistics etc.

 

DAIWA PAIRS

Once again the SAMF 2012 Daiwa Irish Pairs had continued to be a solid event well supported. And if anyone wants any information about the pairs then a full report and result listings can be downloaded from www.irishpairs.co.uk This year’s dates are registration, friday 20th September Fishing 21st to 26th September. Invitation packs will be sent out in February to those on the mailing list. The SAMF committee is dealing with an insurance claim as a result of a dog having to have an operation to remove a baited hook from its stomach. This allegedly happened during a match on Ventry and irrespective of whether the insurance company pays out it goes to show the value of being a member of an organization like SAMF even if it is just for the insurance cover.

 

NATIONAL SEA LEAGUE

The 2012 SAMF National Sea League was held on the North Norfolk shingle ridge over the weekend of 1st/2nd December fishing the beaches of Cley, Salthouse and Kelling/Weybourne.  Repeating their success of 2010 on the same beaches, Worthing based PRIME ANGLING did the business taking the top spot with 63 penalty points winning £2,000 and 1st place trophies.  Runners up were the Northumberland crew of SEATON SLUICE with 85 points winning £1,250 and 2nd place trophies.  Final podium place went to a Suffolk team of IPSWICH SEA ANGLERS with 97 points winning £750 and 3rd place trophies.

Day 1 kicked off with a fresh south westerly with a slight swell and ideal conditions for the North Norfolk shingle but as the match progressed this switched to north westerly increasing to very strong in the last hour with wave heights well over 2 metres. The changing conditions did not deter the fish though as 1938 were carded weighing 461lb predominantly dabs along with a few flounders up to 36cm and pockets of whiting up to 44cm.  Top team on the day was SEATON SLUICE who took a healthy lead with 37 penalty points from GWENT DON’T KNOWS on 47 points and both GARY EVANS MATCH TEAM and PRIME ANGLING on 48 points. Top individual on the day was S Vickers of Stowmarket Exhaust & Tyres with just over 10lb from peg 149 in Zone E.

Day 2 saw a continuance of the strong north westerlies which had stated to abate although the wave heights were still approaching 2 metres. The rough action overnight had produced a lot of feed and along with the serious swell contributed to a reduced number of 1277 fish being recorded weighing around 294 lb. Again the majority were dabs with a few flounders up to 37cm, whiting up to 38cm and a lone bass. Getting their act together for a last day charge, PRIME ANGLING were by far the best team on the day with just 15 penalty points from IPSWICH SEA ANGLERS on 37 points and ANGLERS DEN on 40 points. Top individual on the day was Dave Cook of Ipswich Sea Anglers with just under 7lb from peg 143 in Zone E.

PRIME ANGLING’s performance on the final day enabled the team of Paul Stevens (captain), Joe Arch, Darren Bond, Colin Carey and Darren Newlands to take the title with a healthy margin of 22 points on 63 points.  Consistent performance from SEATON SLUICE enabled them to use their Day 1 success to finish runners up on 85 points.  An outstanding performance on Day 2 enabled IPSWICH SEA ANGLERS to grab third place with 97 points.  The best Individual over the two days was Micky Bell of Seaton Sluice on just 6 points with runner up Steve Adams of Ipswich Sea Anglers on 8 points.

The organising team of Holt Sea Angling Club would like to thank Brian Payne (Mayor of Holt) who presented the Team and Pools prizes as well as the Kelling Heath Holiday Park staff for helping to make it a memorable event.

The 2013 National Sea League Final will be in Eastbourne on the weekend of 24th/25th November fishing 10:00 – 3:00 on both days.

The full report and results can be seen on the SAMF website.

Regards

Andy Steele

SAMF Secretary

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Jan
12

Newsletter January 2012

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MEMBERS NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2012

 

Dear Member,

Welcome to the January newsletter. I hope you all had a good xmas and new year.

Firstly I would like to tell you all that John Amery has now stood down as chairman, this is obviously a sad moment but I am pleased to say that he accepted my proposal for him to become President of the Federation. We made a presentation to him after the meeting in recognition and gratitude for everything he has done for SAMF. Darren Phillips was voted in as the new Chairman.

There is a lot of information contained in this newsletter but the most important bit is that it is subs renewal time again. For those members whose membership runs through from last year i.e. new members who joined late in the year to fish the Masters, and Life members, I will have enclosed a 2012 membership card. Please note this means brand new members and not those who lapsed their membership for one year or more. The rest of members will need to send me a cheque for £20 made payable to SAMF and fill in the reply slip at the end of this newsletter. Those of you on line can also join via the website using paypal. Please don’t forget to do this because it costs time and money to send out reminders. I also need to know if you are a member of the Angling Trust which will reduce our insurance costs.

It is vitally important that members continue to support us, without this support SAMF cannot operate.

 

MASTERS 2011 – ORFORD

The following is the press release from the Masters 2011 at Orford. Full results can be found on the website:

Grimsby angler George Smith won the 2011 SAMF UK MASTERS on the beaches of Orford Ness in Suffolk on the 11th and 12th November.

64 anglers fromEnglandandWalescompeted for the title and even though there was a strong onshore wind on Friday, calming down for Saturday, conditions were good for both matches. The anglers had to leave and return at staggered times to cross to the island by boat, this operation ran smoothly using two boats, the normal one and one supplied by the Natural trust.

Orford Ness is a 10 mile long shingle spit between the River Alde and the North Sea, located just South of Aldeburgh.  Orford ‘Island’ is famous for its deep-water fishing. Orford Ness is a SSSI and is a very important nature reserve for rare species of plants and strict rules have been requested by the National Trust who have agreed to our access to this fantastic venue. We are grateful to Natural England who granted us permission to use this venue.

The venue did not fish as well as it can do and some of the areas were very snaggy with competitors loosing several sets of gear. Also disappointing was that none of the large fish that this venue is famous for put in an appearance. However there were enough fish on both days for competitors to target. The species caught were mainly codling, whiting, dabs & dogfish. On the first day competitors needed between 11 and 23 fish to come in the top two in their sections. Local angler David Cook from Leiston had the best overall catch with 23 fish for 10lb 2oz. There were two heaviest fish caught on day one, of equal weight, codling of 2lb 8oz caught by Tony Thomas from Sheringham and Alan Doy from Beccles.

Day 1 zone positions

A zone 1st        Colin Carey                             9lb 10oz.      

A zone 2nd        Nick Haward                           5lb 1oz.               

B zone 1st         Tony Thomas               7lb 6oz.

B zone 2nd        George Smith               7lb 4oz

C Zone 1st David Cook                                    10lb 2oz

C Zone 2nd Michael Emery                               8lb 1oz

D Zone 1st Saul Page                            8lb 12oz

D Zone 2nd Ian Reynolds                                   6lb 12oz

ALL SAMF MATCHES ARE FISHED ON A CATCH AND RETURN FORMULA, THE FISH ARE MEASURED AND THEN IMMEDIATELY RETURNED. A CONVERSION CHART THEN CONVERTS THE LENGTH TO WEIGHT. THREE YEARS AGO SAMF INTRODUCED SIZE LIMITS IN THEIR MAJOR COMPETITIONS ON COD, WHITING AND BASS TO TRY AND ENCOURAGE MORE ANGLERS TO FISH MATCHES. AS A RESULT THIS REDUCED THE ACTUAL NUMBERS OF FISH COUNTING TO AN ANGLERS SCORE BUT GAVE EVERY ANGLER THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING WELL EVEN ON THE LAST CAST BY CATCHING A LARGE FISH.

Day 2 again saw good conditions and anglers needed 10 and 20 fish to score well. Top catch was made by Richard Yates from Dover with 14 fish for 8lb 9oz. Once again the biggest fish was a tie – two bass of 2lb 9oz caught by Glyn Savin of Lymington and Christopher Spall.

Day 2 zone positions:-

A zone 1st        Richard Yates               8lb 9oz

A zone 2nd       Christopher Spall                      7lb 5oz

B zone 1st         Keith Morley                7lb 10oz

B zone 2nd        Martin Waters              5lb 0oz

C Zone 1st Matt White                          7lb 4oz

C Zone 2nd Paul Stevens                                   6lb 14oz

D Zone 1st George Smith                                  8lb 2oz

D Zone 2nd Neville Charlesworth                      7lb 12oz

FINAL POSITIONS

1          George Smith               3 pts                

2          Richard Yates               4 pts (748 fish pts)                   

3          Keith Morley                4 pts     (674 fish pts)   

4          Paul Stevens                             5 pts

5          Colin Carey                              6 pts     (760 fish pts)   

6          Matt White                               6 pts     (540 fish pts)   

7          David Cook                             8 pts     (646fish pts)    

8          Tony Thomas               8 pts     (590 fish pts)

Unfortunately there were no Ladies or juniors fishing this year.

A pairs competition was run within the match and winners were:-

1                    Colin Carey  & Paul Stevens both from Worthing

2                    Gary Hutson (Cleethorpes) & George Smith (Grimsby)

3                    Nick Haward (Blythburgh) & Mark Sharman (Lowestoft)

George was overall champion with a 1st place and a 2nd place in his zone giving him 3 points.  George is a successful match angler who has represented England on numerous occasions. He has fished the masters for as long as I can remember and he is a popular winner having been beaton into 2nd place twice in recent years by a countback on fish points. 

Richard Yates from St. Margarets near Dover ran him close also with a zone 3rd and a 1st giving him 4 points.  

Cash prizes down to 8th position overall and section pools for 1st and 2nd places giving a total cash prize fund in excess of £4400, plus tackle prizes and trophies. SAMF is grateful in particular to our member Julian Shambrook of ANYFISH ANYWHERE who donated many of the zone, and individual prizes including a top of the range rod for the winner. We are also grateful to ULTIMA and SEA ANGLER MAGAZINE for donating items for the prize table

Everyone who attended agreed that once again the event had been successful, and this venue will be used again for major events.

Next years final is scheduled to be fished at Otterspool in the Mersey estuary in October/November. Qualifying matches are already being run around the country. Contact Andy Steele, 01772 611597, for details of local events and how to organise qualifiers.

 

AGM 2011

As usual the AGM took place during the weekend of the Masters and the full minutes can be viewed on the website, the following are the bullet points from the meeting:

  • We had 179 members in 2011- down by 25. 60 fished the Masters.
  • MASTERS 2012 – Due to go to the North West and we accepted a proposal by Richard Burrows that the North West Association of Sea Anglers run the competition at Otterspool on the Mersey. The proposal was for it to be held in November but some members prefered to have it earlier. Richard said they would look into this, which they have and the decision is still to hold it in November with on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th  Further details to follow and will be posted on the website ASAP.
  • There was a strong feeling at the AGM that we should consider holding a Masters on the Isle of Man. There is a strong contingent of members from there that have supported us for many years and they would be delighted to run the competition for us. I know a lot of mainland anglers would find the travel costs prohibitive but we would pick up quite a few new members from the island. The area rep has said that on average the ferry prices for a car with 2 passengers is approx. £185 and a car with 3 passengers is £230. This is based on travelling Thurs returning Sunday. If there were enough of us travelling we could get a discount on these prices. The competition would be held in November probably in 2013. I promised that I would canvass our members in this newsletter to see how many members would be prepared to travel to the Isle of Man,  So please let me know either using the membership form at the end or send me an e-mail if you would be prepared to go to the Isle of Man to fish a Masters.
  • The following people were elected

Chairman – Darren Phillips

Vice Chairman – Eddie Painter

Secretary – Andy Steele

Treasurer – Mary Steele

AREA REPRESENTATIVES

South West Scotland – None

North West – Bill Lindfield

North Wales – Shane Russell                                                                                                   

North East – Bob Gascoigne

Anglia – Mark Sharman

Sussex – Paul Stevens

Hants & Challenge Match organiser – Darren Phillips

Kent – Saul Page & Richard Yates

Essex – Ian Reynolds

South West – Hugh Rathbone

South Wales – Joe Arch

Humberside – Rob Neale

 

TREASURERS REPORT :–

The  figures show that SAMFs worth is £6442.75 which is a small increase of £67.18 from 2010. Although making this small profit is good we need to understand what is happening – basically we are suffering from a lack of membership and entry to the masters as a result of the financial climate. There is not a lot we can do about this apart from manage the accounts as best we can. This year we were down £900 in membership fees so we had to look at where to reduce costs. We only sponsored the World club team this year. I only sent one newsletter in January to 500+ people to try and encourage them to rejoin and also 400+ letters to try and get people to enter the Masters. These were the only letters sent, which helped reduce the amount spent on printing and stationary with the telephone and broadband costs also reducing.

We are still in a relatively strong position as, long as we keep membership numbers stable, and just need to continue being careful with expenditure. For this reason I propose that SAMF subscriptions remain at £20 for 2012.

 

BELGIUM & HOLLAND CHALLENGE MATCH 2011

This year the annual International challenge between the UK Sea Anglers Match Federation (SAMF), Vlaamse Federatie Kusthengelverenigingen (VFK/Belgium) and Sprtvisserij Nederalnd (Holland) for the Alan Gilbert Memorial Trophy was hosted by the Belgians at Knokke Heist and Wenduine on 14-16 Oct.  The event competed by 15 man teams comprised of 2 x 4 hour matches.

Day 1 saw the teams fishing at Knokke Heist.  Colour in the water from previous blustery weather was clearing fast and did not bode well.  However, this match included 3 hours of darkness and hopes were still high.  Species caught included Bass, Cod, Dab and Flounder.  After the first hour reports of fish were rare but as darkness settled in things improved.  Catches were not great and unfortunately there were a few blanks. The Dutch emerged as overall winners of the first match with 289 points, SAMF followed closely with 316 and Belgium 3rd with 427.  Top angler on the night was Saul Page fromKent representing SAMF with 7 fish from A zone for 3.077Kg.

Day 2 saw the teams competing at Wenduine in glorious sunshine.  Despite the weather anglers soon started landing fish  including Dab, Flounder, Bass, Rockling and a surprise Eel.  Once again top rod on the day was Saul Page from SAMF with 12 fish for 2.326Kg.  Once again the competition was tight with SAMF winning the day on 298 points and Holland 2nd with 345.  Belgium again finished 3rd with 392.

The overall winners of the challenge and retainers of the trophy were SAMF on 614 points.  Runners up were Holland on 634 with Belgium
3rd on 819.  Top individual was Saul Page with an outstanding performance winning both days and finishing on 2 points.  Runner up was Benjamin Vlietinck of VFK with 7 points and 3rd was Martyn Reid of SAMF on 10 points.  Top Dutch angler was Peter Mesie on 19 points.

SAMF thank their Belgian hosts for yet another superbly organised event and great hospitality.  The 2013 Challenge will be held in Holland on the beaches of Zeeland.  If you would like to be considered for this event please contact either Darren Phillips or myself.

 

DAIWA PAIRS

Once again the SAMF 2011 Daiwa Irish Pairs had continued to be a solid event well supported. And if anyone wants any information about the pairs then a full report and result listings can be downloaded from www.irishpairs.co.uk

 

SAMF/CAF/FIRE/POLICE CHALLENGE

The 2011 Challenge will be held 27th and 28th January 2012.  This event has been moved from the original November date.  On day 1 we will fish Deneholm beach Horden Co Durham 16.00– 20.00.  Day 2 will be at South Beach at Blyth Northumberland from 10.30- 14.30. The accommodation has been arranged at the Best Western Hotel in South Shields.  As always in these events bait will be supplied.  Costs for team members are expected to be about £200 if staying at the hotel.  Anyone wishing to be considered for the team should contact Darren Phillips or Andy Steele

 

WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

We are pleased to say that the SAMF team of  Malcolm Stote, Stephen Durrant, Mark Pinder, Andy Gallagher, Bill Lindfield and Alan Lewis won the gold medal at the World Shore Angling Championships for Clubs with a very impressive 15 points over the four day event. The event was held from 1st – 6th May 2011 on the Belgian beaches of Knokke Heist and Wenduine and was attended by over 20 teams boasting many World class anglers amongst their ranks. The World Shore Angling Championships for Clubs is a highly regarded World event, second to the World Championships itself. The 2012 event will be held in the south west of France on 21st May with SAMF gaining automatic qualification. If anyone would like to be considered for the team please contact Darren Phillips or myself. We are also looking for someone to go as manager if anyone fancies doing that.

 

 

 

ANGLING TRUST

We have had several discussions in the past, especially at the AGM’s about a possible integration with the Angling Trust and the majority of members still want SAMF to keep its own identity and keep independent of the Trust. However members should be aware of the good work and representation that they make on behalf of recreational sea anglers.

Just recently they produced a document called Briefing for the Fisheries Debate in the House of Commons Tuesday November 15th 2011. This document, which is well worth a read, shows that with AT we have at last got a strong voice to represent our interests. We have never had an organisation which has been able to initiate such a debate on behalf of sea anglers. 

They are not looking for active support as they have personnel, lawyers etc in place, but they need support in the form of membership and we should at least be encouraging people to take membership up.  All the information can be found on their website. www.anglingtrust.net

 

NATIONAL SEA LEAGUE

Tony Thomas has been elected as the new league secretary taking over from John Amery. The 2012 Final will be held in North Norfolk as in 2010 on the weekend of 1st/2nd December 2012. All teams in every league will now qualify for the final providing the league has a minimum of 4 teams and that the qualifying team has fished in at least 4 matches in that league. Size limits for a Final will be determined by the League Secretary and Local Organiser. The results of the recent final can be found on the SAMF website.

Regards

Andy Steele

SAMF Secretary

 

 

 

 

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MEMBERS NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2011

 

Dear member,

Welcome to the January newsletter. I hope you all had a good Xmas and the SAMF committee wish you all a prosperous New Year.

Unfortunately I have to start with the very sad news of the death of one of our long serving members, Les Wilson. Les had been suffering ill health for a number of years but prior to this he was a committee member, but was more notably as the organiser of the National Sea League. His efforts in  running the Sea League was instrumental in it becoming the successful competition it now is. He was a very popular person, especially in the North West where he was a very active competition angler. The number of people who attended his funeral bears testament to this. He will be sorely missed and SAMF offers its condolences to his wife, Marion, family and friends.  

There is a lot of information contained in this newsletter but the most important bit is that it is subs renewal time again. For those members whose membership runs through from last year i.e. new members who joined late in the year to fish the Masters, and Life members, I will have enclosed a 2011 membership card. Please note this means brand new members and not those who lapsed their membership for one year or more. The rest of members will need to send me a cheque for £20 made payable to SAMF and fill in the reply slip at the end of this newsletter. Those of you on line can also join via the website using paypal. Please don’t forget to do this because it costs time and money to send out reminders. I also need to know if you are a member of the Angling Trust which will reduce our insurance costs.

MASTERS 2010 – CHESIL

The following is the press release from the Masters 2010 at Chesil. Full results can be found on the website:

Welsh angler Joe Arch won the 2010 SAMF UK MASTERS on the beaches of Chesil in Dorset on the 23rd and 24th October.

94 anglers from England and Wales competed for the title and even though the weather conditions were variable i.e. strong onshore winds on Saturday and offshore winds on Sunday, conditions were good for both matches. As you would expect on Chesil there was a variety of species caught including 2 red mullet of 1lb 14oz and 1lb 8oz.

The venue did not fish as well as it can do but there were enough fish on both days for competitors to target. There were 14 different species caught, the main ones being dogfish, codling, whiting, pouting & pollock. On the first day competitors needed between 7 and 10 fish to come in the top four in their sections. Colin Carey from Worthing had the best overall catch with 7 fish for 10lb 3oz. mainly whiting and flatfish. The heaviest fish was a tremendous whiting of 3lb 2oz caught by Gary Strange from Clacton on Sea. Second heaviest fish was a Bass of 2lb 9oz caught by Mike Groves from Kingston Upon Thames

Day one zone positions:

A zone 1st       Darren Newland                     3lb 12oz.      

A zone 2nd       Joe Arch                                  3lb 10oz.            

A zone 3rd      Hugh Rathbone                      3lb 5oz

A zone 4th      Mark Allanson                        3lb 2oz

B zone 1st        Nick Haward                          3lb 13oz.

B zone 2nd        Orry Turner                             3lb 1oz

B zone 3d        Chris Snow                             2lb 8oz

B zone 4th        Richard Burt                           2lb 7oz

C Zone 1st       Stuart Littlewood                   5lb 9oz

C Zone 2nd         Steve Martin                          2lb 13oz

C Zone 3rd         Peter Corker                           2lb 11oz

C Zone 4th       Eddie Painter                          2lb 11oz

D Zone 1st       Colin Carey                             10lb 3oz

D Zone 2nd      Dave Lane                               7lb 14oz

D Zone 3rd       Robert Tuck                            6lb 0oz

D Zone 4th       Tony Thomas                          5lb 8oz

ALL SAMF MATCHES ARE FISHED ON A CATCH AND RETURN FORMULA, THE FISH ARE MEASURED AND THEN IMMEDIATELY RETURNED. A CONVERSION CHART THEN CONVERTS THE LENGTH TO WEIGHT. TWO YEARS AGO SAMF INTRODUCED SIZE LIMITS IN THEIR MAJOR COMPETITIONS ON COD, WHITING AND BASS TO TRY AND ENCOURAGE MORE ANGLERS TO FISH MATCHES. AS A RESULT THIS REDUCED THE ACTUAL NUMBERS OF FISH COUNTING TO AN ANGLERS SCORE BUT GAVE EVERY ANGLER THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING WELL EVEN ON THE LAST CAST BY CATCHING A LARGE FISH.

Day 2 again saw good conditions and anglers needed 5 to 11 fish to score well. Top catch was made by Michael Groves from Kingston upon Thames with 7 fish for 5lb 9oz. The biggest fish was a codling of 2lb 5oz caught by Darren Phillips of Lee On Solent, 2nd heaviest fish was a mullet of 2lb 1oz caught by Stuart Dewhurst from Preston

Day 2 zone positions

A zone 1st       Steve Martin                           4lb 15oz

A zone 2nd     Stuart Dewhurst                      4lb 8oz

A zone 3rd      Robert Tuck                            3lb 7oz

A zone 4th      Steve Durrant                          3lb 5oz

B zone 1st        Michael Groves                       5lb 9oz

B zone 2nd       Keith Morley                           5lb 3oz

B zone 3rd        Paul Stevens                            3lb 9oz

B zone 4th        Les Trish                                 3lb 8oz

C Zone 1st       Richard Cleal                          3lb 13oz

C Zone 2nd       Orry Turner                             3lb 5oz

C Zone 3rd       Paul Tovell                              3lb 3oz

C Zone 4th       Richard Burt                           3lb 1oz

D Zone 1st       Joe Arch                                  4lb 4oz

D Zone 2nd      Darren Newland                     4lb 1oz

D Zone 3rd       Matt Brook                             3lb 3oz

D Zone 4th       Bill Lindfield                          3lb 2oz

FINAL POSITIONS

1          Joe Arch                                  9 pts               

2          Steve Martin                           10 pts             

3          Darren Newland                     11 pts             

4          Orry Turner                             15 pts

5          Colin Carey                             18 pts             

6          Robert Tuck                            19pts              

7          Michael Groves                       30 pts             

8          Keith Morley                           32 pts 

9          Richard Burt                           32 pts             

10        Billy Lindfield                                    35 pts             

11        Steve Durrant                          39pts              

12        Dave Lane                               42pts

13        George Smith                          50pts

14        Alan Price                               55pts

15        Hugh Rathbone                       57pts

16        Paul Stevens                            58pts

17        Les Trish                                 58pts

Ladies Winner was Heather Lindfield from Greasby.

Junior Winner was Henry Randell from Holt.

A pairs competition was run within the match and winners were:-

1                    Pete Corker (Holywell) & Darren Newland (Isle of Wight)

2                    Keith Morley (Kessingland) & Paul Tovell (Gorleston)

3                    Steve Durrant (Felixstowe) & Mark Pinder (Ipswich)

Joe was overall champion with a 1st place and a 2nd place in his zone giving him 9 points.  Joe is a 49 year old from Cardiff who was individual world champion in 1997 and member of the welsh team that took team gold that year. He was 2nd in zone on day 1 with 5 pollock and a bass,  all caught at short range He was 1st in zone on day 2 with 2 pout a dogfish, whiting and a garfish (caught in the last 5 mins). He is sponsored by Julian Shambrook of Anyfish Anywhere and the tackle he used was : 

rod  – Anyfish Anywhere big beach

reel – Daiwa 7HT

line – Ultima F1 platinum, powerflex shockleader,memorex snoods 

hooks  -kamasan

He regularly fishes chesil and is very experienced on the venue. His garfish was caught on the “washing line” rig !!

 Steve Martin from St. Leonards on Sea ran him close also with a zone 2nd and a 1st giving him 10 points.  

Cash prizes down to 17th position overall and section pools down to 4th place in each section each day giving a total cash prize fund in excess of £4800, plus tackle prizes and trophies. SAMF is grateful in particular to our member Julian Shambrook of ANYFISH ANYWHERE who donated many of the zone prizes and individual prizes including a top of the range rod for the winner’ We are also grateful to DAIWA & ULTIMA for also donating tackle for the prize table.

AGM 2010

As usual the AGM took place during the weekend of the Masters and the following are the bullet points from the meeting:

  • MASTERS 2011 – We had previously accepted a proposal by Ian Bowell to have a spring time competition on Orford Island. Unfortunately Ian has had to pull out of organising this and Mark Sharman volunteered to take over, which was accepted. It is now to soon to have a spring competition so he is looking for it to be moved to November. Further details to follow soon.
  • To try and increase numbers entering the Masters we introduced, on a trial basis, a 2 tier entry system. There were no objections to this and it will continue for next year. As I pointed out at the meeting the numbers fishing the Masters had been boosted by 38 anglers and a large number of these were new members thus boosting our membership and putting us back into profit for the first time for a number of years. Most people were positive about this move but I had received a few complaints, and I believe we took some stick on angling forums, but these people do not fully understand the reasoning for these changes. We have to change with the times and if we had stuck with the old system we would have had the lowest membership and entry to the masters ever.

TREASURERS REPORT :–

The accounts show that SAMFs worth is £6575.57 which is a small increase of £38.15 from 2009. Also we have to bear in mind that this year we have had the Forces challenge for 2009 included in these accounts which took place just after the AGM last year. We have had to take some serious action to halt the decline such as reducing sponsorship etc. At one stage in the year it looked like we were going to make a large loss but the increase in membership for the Masters has brought us back on track. The running costs, such as postage, printing & stationary, telephone & broadband have remained at a similar level this year. 

We are still in a relatively strong position and just need to continue being careful with expenditure. Sponsorship for the challenge matches will have to remain low this year but I am hoping to bring back the sponsorship for the pairs.

For this reason I propose that SAMF subscriptions remain at £20 for 2011.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS :-

Chairman – John Amery

Vice Chairman – Eddie Painter

Secretary – Andy Steele

Treasurer – Mary Steele

AREA REPRESENTATIVES

South West Scotland – None

North West – Bill Lindfield

North East – Bob Gascoigne

North Wales – Shane Russell

Anglia – Mark Sharman

Sussex – Vacant

Hants & Challenge Match organizer – Darren Phillips

Kent – Mark Rogers & Mick Davies

Essex – Ian Reynolds

South West – Hugh Rathbone

Individual League Organizers – Eddie Painter & Hugh Rathbone

South Wales – Joe Arch

Humberside – Rob Neale

BELGIUM & HOLLAND CHALLENGE MATCH 2010

A report by Darren Phillips:

The 2010 Challenge was held in Lymington on 2- 3 July.  This year the 15 man teams competed for the Alan Gilbert Memorial Cup, a fitting tribute to Alan an England International and regular member of the SAMF team.

Match 1 was competed at Milford Shingle Bank.  Weather conditions were ideal with light winds and sunshine.  A total of 81 fish were landed and consisted of Bream, Bass, Garfish, Mackerel, Pollack, Undulate Ray and Wrasse.  Top angler on the day was Ian Golds from SAMF who registered 6 fish for 171 points from zone B.  Heaviest fish was a Ballan Wrasse of 90 points landed by Darren Newlands at his first appearance in this event.  SAMF emerged as day winners with 269 points followed by Holland on 372 and Belgium with 407.

The second match took place at Pennington Sea Wall.  Bright sunshine and a strong North Westerly wind posed far from ideal conditions.  However, the teams landed 108 fish, mostly Bass but there were a few Bream along with a Golden Grey Mullet, a Flounder and a surprise Pipefish.  Top individual on day 2 was Dutchman Remi Lindhout who landed 6 fish for 90 points from zone C.  The heaviest fish was a Golden Grey Mullet caught by Rudi Jacobs from Belgium.  SAMF won the day with 318 points with Holland very close behind on 338 and Belgium with 380. 

SAMF were overall winners on 587 points, Holland 2nd with 710 and Belgium 3rd with 787.  Mrs Jane Gilbert, the Guest of Honour presented the cup and medals to SAMF team member Mike Perfect one of Alans oldest friends and regular fishing partner.  The top individual over the 2 days was Ian Golds from SAMF who won a rod kindly donated by Anyfish Anywhere.  SAMF would like to thank the Stewards and the staff of the Elmers Court Hotel.  The next event will take place in Belgium 14- 16 October 2011.

 

Top Ten Individuals

  Name Team Total Fish Points Total
1 Golds, Ian SAMF 253 3
2 Newland, Darren SAMF 195 14
3 Lindhout, Remi Holland 149 18
4 Vlietinck, Benjamin Belgium 148 19
5 Forster, Garrie SAMF 144 19
6 Punselie, Rob Holland 210 23
7 Phillips, Darren SAMF 147 24
8 Teunesen, Robert Belgium 129 26
9 Pinder, Mark SAMF 117 26
10 Geuze, Remco Holland 95 30

NATIONAL SEA LEAGUE

A report by John Amery:

Worthing based match team Prime Angling showed their mettle on the North Norfolk beaches to win both days competitions and emerge as clear winners of the 2010 SAMF National Sea League Final, fished 27/28 November.

Arctic conditions met the competitors on Saturday morning, with snow on the beaches, heavy seas and a biting easterly wind. Conditions were difficult but just fishable.

These conditions meant that the whiting that had been present in numbers prior to the match were not there and competitors targeted dabs, which were to make up the bulk of the weekends catches.

Prime Angling led the way by securing a zone win, a second and 3 thirds for a total of only 12 points and their angler Colin Carey winning his zone and having the biggest catch of the day.

Zone Winners were:-

Steve Llewellyn          Tim Relf          Ray Christoforato       John Horsup    Colin Carey

Rhonda Valley            Zziplex            Garry Evans MT         Eagles              Prime Angling

Day 1 runners up were Garry Evans Match Team fromSouth Wales with Anglian team Eagles in 3rd place.

Day 2 saw an improvement in conditions and whilst still very cold and showery the sea had dropped off somewhat and catches improved. Day 1 had seen 221 fish caught, day 2 was to produce 614.

Prime Angling again led the way and won the day with a total of 19 points in front of Castaway Tackle with 29 points and Avenue Angling with 32 points.

Colin Carey was again the top angler

Zone Winners Day 2

Tony Thomas  Carl Porter       Lee Caley        Andrew Hutchins       Colin Carey

Nth Norfolk    Castaway        Castaway        Garry Evans MT         Prime Angling

Local organiser Tony Thomas had a very successful weekend, having a zone second on day 1 and winning his zone on day 2 to be 2nd individual.

League secretary John Amery picked out Tony for special mention at the prize presentation as Tony had arranged the headquarters and accommodation, had singularly pegged the beaches and had done all the results.

It was agreed at the AGM that 2011’s final will be fished at Eastbourne.

Anyone interested in fishing or organizing a league should contact John Amery on tel. 01995 61211, john-samf@ry-isp.co.uk.

DAIWA PAIRS

The Pairs continues to be well supported and this year is the 30th anniversary. Nick is guaranteeing a 1st prize of #3000 with a limit on entries to 144 anglers, more details from the Pairs website – www.irishpairs.co.uk

FORCES CHALLENGE

A report by Darren Phillips:

Hosted by the Police, the 2010 Challenge Match between the Sea Anglers Match Federation (SAMF), Combined Armed Forces (CAF), Fire and Police Services was fished at Llandudno and Talacre North Wales 16- 17 Nov.

Match 1 saw the 15 man teams competing on Llandudno Beach.  Species expected were Dogfish and Whiting.   A total of 451 fish were caught, measured and returned during the 5 hour match.  The majority of the fish were Whiting but also included Cod, Plaice and Dabs.  Surprisingly no Dogfish were caught and apparently this is unheard on the venue.  The top individual on Day 1 was Steve Sheehan representing the CAF who caught 26 fish from peg 60 in C zone for a total of 256 points (2.56 Kg).  SAMF narrowly won the first match with 316 points just 21 ahead of runners up CAF with 337.  The Police finished third with 453 and the Fire Service scored 490.

Day 2 saw the anglers head off to Talacre.  The weather had changed for the worse and they were greeted by strong Easterly wind with rain that saw the beach turn into a sand storm.  Although unpleasant the competitors battled on landing 1018 fish comprising of Whiting, Dabs and small Codling during the 4 hour match.   Julian Shambrook took the top place on the day for SAMF catching 38 fish worth 700 fish points (7Kg) from peg 60 in C Zone.  SAMF benefitted greatly from the experience of the 9 English and Welsh Internationals within the team to win the day with 211 points.  CAF were once again the runners up with 370.  The Police scored 421 and the Fire Service 573.

SAMF emerged as the overall winners with a total of 527 points, followed by CAF (707), Police (874) and the Fire Service (1063).  Top individual over the 2 days was England International Malcolm Stote from Lymington with a very impressive 7 points.  Kevin Green was the top angler for the Police with 21 points (6th).  Top CAF team member was Nathan Lankaster with 26 points (8th) and Gary Geoghegan led the way for the Fire Service with 28 points (11th).

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE.

Despite a few leagues having been run the entry numbers to the final, which had been organized at Skegness, were very low there fore for the second year running we had to cancel the final. Because of this we have now decided to stop running this competition, and I would like to thank Eddie Painter for organizing the events over the past few years.

WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

This years club championships are being held in Belgium, a venue we know very well! Further details from John Amery, 01995 61211, john-samf@ry-isp.co.uk.

Regards

Andy Steele

SAMF Secretary

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