Gateshead angler Neil Cutler won the 2017 SAMF UK MASTERS at Skegness, in Linconshire, on the 20th and 21st October. Neil picked up the top prize of £960 in cash and a top of the range Anyfish Anywhere rod.
60 anglers from across the UK competed for the title on beaches between Trunch Lane and North Shore, where anglers were greeted with relatively calm conditions on the first day but the second day saw testing conditions with the remnants of Storm Brian causing havoc. Luckily the wind on day two was mainly off the shore but competitors had to endure sand storms and lots of weed in the sea in some places. However there were plenty of fish to be caught, mainly whiting but with a sprinkling of dogfish, codling dabs, flounders and even two eels and sole.
All sections fished well, on the first day competitors needed between 19 and 52 fish to come in the top few in their sections (Stuart Dewhurst from Preston had 52 fish and only came second in his zone!!!). Mike Watts from Ely, Cambridgeshire had the best overall catch with 47 fish for 16lb 2oz with a bag of whiting and dabs. Runner up on day one was Neil Cutler with 24 fish for 11lb 14oz also with a bag of whiting and dabs. Heaviest fish on day one was a dogfish of 1lb 13oz caught by Mark Taylor from Grimsby, runner up heaviest fish was another dogfish weighing 1lb 12oz caught by Tommy Tate from Sunderland.
The competition was divided in to 4 sections of 18 pegs, zone prizes were 1st £80 and 2nd £45.
The zone positions on day 1 were:-
A zone 1st Neil Cutler 11lb 14oz.
A zone 2nd George Smith 11lb 1oz.
B zone 1st Tommy Tate 9lb 1oz.
B zone 2nd Bill Lindfield 8lb 14oz
C zone 1st Jody Lemm 11lb 10oz
C zone 2nd Gary Medler 9lb 15oz
D zone 1st Mike Watts 16lb 2oz
D zone 2nd Stuart Dewhurst 12lb14oz
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.
Day 2, with more difficult conditions, anglers still needing between 25 and 42 fish to score well. Top catch was made by Orry Turner, a past winner from the Isle of Man with 39 fish for 17lb 15oz. Orry caught a mixture of whiting and dabs. Runner up on day 2 was Gary Medler from, another double past winner with 33 fish for 15lb 9oz, also whiting and dabs .
Biggest fish on day two was a dogfish of 2lb 3oz caught by Adrian Bordianu from Norwich, second heaviest fish was a codling of 1lb 12oz caught by Bill Linfield from the Wirral.
Day 2 zone winners
A zone 1st Orry Turner 17lb 15oz
A zone 2nd Andrew Dawkins 16lb 11oz
B zone 1st Gary Medler 15lb 9oz
B zone 2nd Dave Shorthouse 15lb 0oz
C zone 1st Neil Cutler 12lb 12oz
C zone 2nd Bob Gascoigne 10lb 10oz
D zone 1st Gary Hutson 15lb 4oz
D zone 2nd Mark Taylor 13lb 0oz
A mystery pairs competition was run within the match and winners were:-
Qualifiers for next year’s masters:
Day one –
Mike Watts, Tony Thomas, Simon Bone, Mark Coleman, Mark Taylor, Andy Young, Brett Bartram & Don Jenner.
Day two –
Adrian Bordianu, Marc Corlett, Ian Reynolds, Bob Gascoigne, Stuart Littlewood, Ian Ashcroft & Lee Collins.
Two ladies fished Heather Lindfield from the Wirral and Lesley Malby from Penrith. Heather is the champion with 22 points to Lesleys 23 points.
1 Neil Cutler 2 pts £850
2 Gary Medler 3 pts £550
3 Jody Lemm 4 pts £400
4 George Smithl 5 pts £300
5 Tony Thomas 6 pts (1171 fish pts) £200
6 Mark Taylor 6 pts (1115 fish pts) £150
7 Simon Bone 6 pts (997 fishpts) £100
8 Bill Lindfield 6pts (915 fish pts) £75
9 Bob Gascoigne 6pts (852 fish pts) £75
10 Gary Hutson 7pts (1033 fish pts) £50
11 Tommy Tate 7pts (817 fish pts) £50
12 Mike Watts 8pts £50
13 Dave Shorthouse 9pts £50
Overall champion and both day winners also received Anyfish Anywhere rods and trophies.
Neil was overall champion with a perfect score of 2 zone wins giving him 2 zone points. He caught 53 fish, all whiting dabs for 1185 fish points. Gary Medler ran him close with a zone 2nd on day one and a zone win on day two giving him 3 zone points, Gary caught 54 fish for 1224 fish points.
Cash prizes down to 13th position overall and numerous extra prizes of donated tackle took the list down another 30 places. Section pools for 1st & 2nd places, plus the two heaviest fish each day, giving a total cash prize fund in excess of £4400, plus tackle prizes and trophies. SAMF is grateful to our member Julian Shambrook of ANYFISH ANYWHERE who donated rods for the prize table. We are also very grateful to Paul Fenech, another member, from SEA ANGLER MAGAZINE for also donating a large number items for the prize table
Everyone who attended agreed that once again the event had been a success, next years event is on 28th & 29th April at Kelling Heath, North Norfolk, further information about this event from Andy Steele, secretary, or Tony Thomas, competition secretary.