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Mixed bag ( 27 March)
I had this report in this evening from Mark...
"Hi Tony fished behind the power station today loads of small whiting, pouting and Rockling only one decent Dab funnily enough the ragworm out fished the lug
Regards Mark Trotski"

Charlie needs help ( 25 March)
I had this email from Charlie Moss...keep your eyes open and lets see if we can help him...
"Hi Tony
i managed to cast the top half of my vintage red paul kerry moonraker beachcaster into the deep at dengemarsh on friday night, at high water, it was midnight and very dark. it did not go far so a good chance it will be found at low water or dragged up, could you please post a message to say if found hand it in to you, keep up the good work, see you for bait on my next trip
kind regards Charlie Moss" 

Follow up on Littlestone wall ( 25 March)
Here is the letter from the EA sent to local residents today...

25th March 2015

Our Ref: Littlestone Beach Recharge

Dear Resident,

We will shortly be commencing works to place shingle on to the beach between Littlestone and Jesson Groyne. The beach acts as a flood defence for the local community. This area has experienced erosion in recent years and we need to top up the shingle on the beach to ensure it continues to provide an adequate level of protection against flooding.

We will be placing approximately 53,100 m3 of marine sourced shingle on to the beach. The shingle will be sourced from the sea bed at a location near the Isle of Wight. The shingle has been selected to confirm to the requirements of the Environment Agency and Natural England for the beach.

The shingle will be placed on to the beach by a dredger, as shown in the photograph below. There will be one delivery of shingle per day, at or before high tide. The shingle will then be formed into the required beach profile by a bulldozer, again as shown in the photograph below.

We will need to close a section of the beach whilst we are working, to maintain the safety of the public. We will ensure that the closed section of the beach is minimised to reduce disruption to users of the beach. The closed section will be approximately 200m in length.

We will be starting work on Monday 13th April 2015. We will continue working for four weeks until Sunday 10th May 2015. We will then stop the works, as our dredger is required on another project. We will restart the works on Monday 01st June 2015 and we plan to continue until Friday 31st July 2015. Please be aware that we may have to extend our completion date if we encounter unfavourable weather.

The shingle will be placed by dredger at or before high tide, daily through each week. Where possible we will place the shingle during daylight hours, depending on tidal conditions. The shingle will be profiled by bulldozer between 8am and 4pm, from Monday to Friday.

We understand that you may be concerned about any disruption or other impacts of our works. If you wish to discuss any aspect of our works, please contact me by telephone on (01732) 222823, by email at or by letter at the address below.

May I thank you for your understanding while we undertake these necessary flood defence works.

Yours faithfully

Iain Phillips
Technical Advisor
Asset Performance (Romney & Rother)
Scots Float Depot
Military Road

TN31 7PH

 Early warning ( 24 March)
I have had a email from the EA concerning shingle recycling at Littlestone Wall...they intend to start 'rainbowing' (spraying) shingle on Littlestone beach from April 13th...I will put up more details closer to the is a photo from last time (around 2002)...

First bass ( 24 March)
I had this first report of the spring. a good beach bass from Paul Burden on facebook...don't worry Paul...a nice fish is always worth a report...
"hi i fished sandgate last night had a plaice and a whiting also a cracking 6lb 6oz bass hope its not to far from dungy (my usual haunt to post)"
Beautiful day ( 23 March)
I had this report in from Paul Child...
"Hi Tony though would pass on a good day just had (Monday 23/3/15), fished Littlestone wall towards Pirate Springs end 1030-1400 ish ... Had three codling today 2 about 4lb and one was  less, first came two before high tide in shallow water first about 11am. Water good colour. Another chap I spoke to had four of similar sized Codling  today fishing a couple hundred meters along from me. I Had some decent cod pulls and slack lines as well , but funny enough only one small fish ?? a small pout , - bait was being left on the hook as well.. I really rate Littlestone if you get the conditions right enough can be rewarding...Regards Paul"

Girls lead the way ( 23 March)
Here is a report of the DAA  Junior match at the weekend from Alex Whittlesea AKA Shirly Codling...
"Hi Tony,
The DAA Juniors braved the biting East
Wind today (wearing their brand new thermal suits provided by DAA and Shepway
Council) and fished the wall at Littlestone.
Fishing was hard, but they all
fished with enthusiasm catching Whiting and Rockling. Top catch of the day was
two Codling, the larger one weighing 2 1/2 Lbs.
Regards Shirl "
  Report just in ( 22 March)
I had this report on facebook from Kev Glover...
"Hi tony fished hythe last night brilliant result 2 cod 1 bass"
Its great to see so many codling just gets better and better!

The latest result ( 22 March)
Here is the latest result from the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society from Paul Jarrett...

"Result from our Dungeness match - 21/03/15

21 members fished in windy conditions, dogfish, whiting, dabs, rockling, flounders and dover sole were weighed in

Well done to Sam Collier for winning the match

Top 10 - Full result & league table to follow
1) Sam Collier - 10 fish, 11lb 6ozs
2) Howard Relf - 12 fish, 8lb 7ozs
3) Cieron Bull - 9 fish, 8lb 3.5ozs
4) Alan Jarrett - 17 fish, 5lb 12.5ozs
5) Adam Horton - 5 fish, 4lb 6ozs
6) Warren Ross - 7 fish, 3lb 11ozs
7) Mick Watt - 7 fish, 2lb 15ozs
8) Les Bates - 5 fish, 2lb 11.5ozs
9) Paul Jarrett - 6 fish, 2lb 8ozs
10) Keith Neame - 5 fish, 2lb 7.5ozs
Heaviest fish - Dogfish 1lb 15.5ozs (Howard Relf)"

The story so far ( 21 March)
I had a phone call from Nick Burton a little while ago telling me he was sending a photo by over high water at Littestone wall...four nice codling! Here is the report...
"Hi tony ,the cod father and my self fished the wall at littlestone today .cod
father 3 apprentice 1"

Last minute cod? ( 20 March)
Here is a report from Dave Harrington posted on facebook...very few anglers around this week so not many reports coming in...but those who have been are catching plenty of fish...last minute cod?...I think they will stay inshore until a better food source turns up when the seas begin to warm...then we will get the crab moult!
"Hi all 
My mate & I spent yesterday evening at Galloways, seeing if we could catch a last minute Cod.
Well mission accomplished, we had 2, both around the 4-4.5lb range. 
I had the first about an hour before high and my mate had his just before the high. We also had 4 Dogs, Whiting & a Pouting.
We were using a combination, Loop rigs & 2 hook clip downs loaded with fresh Blacks, fished at medium range."

Power station update ( 17 March)
I had a walk down behind the power stations to the 'boils' (the outfalls) today to where station B look at their new sea defences...the shingle 'bund' has been reduced and re-enforced with rock boulders then it has a raised walkway for pedestrians (not yet open) this backs on to B stations new flood overflow and looks can still get access to the frontage walking along the fattened shingle crest... 
For Cod's sake ( 15 March)
I had this email from Will Pearson...
"Hi Tony
Thanks for the tripod the other day. We fished down the end of the walkway night before last, (13th into morning of 14th)) 11pm-4am, using lug and tipping off with squid like you suggested. We got one cod, about midnight, 1 1/2 LB, were hoping for more but this was welcomed. Quite a few dogfish, a few whiting, several dabs 1 very small sea bass- (sorry no photo) all returned. A great session all in all, although it made us wonder with the dog fish it might have been preferable to use barbless hooks with all the difficulty in unhooking them and returning safely…  Also a quick note on all the discarded fish on the beach- why is this allowed to go on? It's a total waste of fish stocks and very stupid of the fisherman who thinks this might increase his chances of a bigger fish coming along, d'you know what I'm saying? Perhaps bans should be introduced to those that continue this practice? Many thanks Will"

Who let the dogs out ( 10 March)
I had this report in this morning from Les Rungay...
"Hi Tony, i fished behind boats mon night 10 .30 pm to 3.0 am used freshly pumped ungutted lug first fish 2.5lb codling,then 14 doggies on the trot,they were even beating ting&ling to the bait i did not see any more codling ....les"

The league so far ( 9 March)
Here are the up to date standings...

What a shame ( 9 March)
I had this sad report in from Mark...this gives us all a bad name...spring in a national nature reserve full of walkers...
"Morning Tony, this is the first time that i've posted on your site. Shame  its
not to say that i caught anything sizeable last night. fished just off the
walkway,was the only one down there. Quiet night with regards to catching
fish,only whiting and a couple of doggies. But what really annoyed me was that
who ever fished in the same spot as me thought it was ok to leave about 40 or so
fish dead on the beach. Why do people need to do this? Im not one for moaning
but this really gets me just as much as people leaving there rubbish on the
beach sorry for the rant. Mark from Deal"

You can never tell ( 9 March)
I had this report from Darren...
"Think I was fishing near to the guy who caught the codling in your comp.  Paul Gunner with a codling for 2lb .90.  There was 2 guys fishing near me one with a red fishing suit one with a blue,  down at littlestone who I see catch a codling.  I was fishing with my 8 year old and was lucky to catch 6 codling all around 2-3 lb .  Absolute crazy fishing for march. My boy who was excited he walked up to the guy in the blue fishing suit and showed them our catch. Darren"

The official result ( 9 March)
Here is the result from Malcolm Jones

DAA match result Sunday 8th March 2015 – Full Rover – 11-00 am – 3-00 pm

1st       Gavin Smith                       7 fish   7.65 lb.           
2nd      Nathan Elliott                  11 fish   7.15 lb.      
3rd      Steve Field                         9 fish   4.5 lb. 
4th      Paul Gunner                       1 fish   2.9 lb.      HF 3.65 lb. Codling
5th      John Smith                        13 fish   2.5 lb.              

Codling, whiting, dogfish, dabs, pouting and rockling weighed in.

24 fished and 23 weighed  Regards,  Malcolm

Great match today ( 8 March)
DAA fished another league match today good turnout with 24 members fishing, plenty of small fish about in very bright spring sunshine, best fish a codling from Littlestone wall..
1st. Gavin Smith with 7 fish for 7lb .65. 
2nd. Nathan Elliott with 11 fish for 7lb .15.
3rd . Steve Field with 9 fish for 4lb .50.
Biggest fish Paul Gunner with a codling for 2lb .90
Full results to follow...

Stand up and be counted ( 7 March)
This email went out to all DAA members (that we have email addresses) from our membership secretary Malcolm Jones to make sure that us fishermen are taken notice if you want to help do the survey...
"Dear Members, Rother and Shepway Councils are conducting visitor surveys in the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay area which finish at the end of March. The surveys aim to establish the level and nature of visits to the area, and look at matters such as visitor spend and awareness of the area’s importance for wildlife.  They recognise that some specialist site users - such as anglers, boat-users, walkers and others - may not be at the site at the time of the surveying. To cater for specialist users an on-line survey is now available, and can be accessed until March 2015 using the following web address:- I have done the on-line survey and it took around five minutes as I only opted to do one area being Dungeness Point.  It would take longer if other areas such as the power station stretch are chosen as well.  This is a golden opportunity for us anglers to voice our opinions and have our interest taken into account by the local authorities regarding the management of these areas in the future.  Well done if you have already taken part in the survey. Regards, Malcolm Jones DAA Treasurer and Membership Secretary"
Spring codling ( 7 March)
I had this email today from Issak...
"Morning Tony, thanks for the Lugs and advice yesterday, fished behind the boats last night from low to high and 4 hours down, was quiet to start with a few pin whiting, dubs and two rocking, was going to give up after two hours of high, then a beautiful 3.5lb cod smiling at me just after two hours after high and then hour and the another 2.8lb winking at me :-) I had something after didn't identified it what it is, never saw one, looks giant pout! It's 0.11lb anyway thank you very much for the bait and advice again, and see you soon! Issak"

Beach feeding ( 6 March)
I had this email from David concerning the start of shingle recycling this week...
"Afternoon Tony, 
Attached are a couple of pictures of the borrow pit operations as requested.  It’s difficult to get a sense of scale, but they are the best I could manage! 
Please can you pass on our thanks to your members for their co operation so far.  We haven’t had any problems with parking and on the only occasion we’ve had to ask anyone to move they have been polite and understanding. 
Thanks Again, David Collins, Romney Operations Team Leader"

 DAA match Sunday ( 5 March)
I have just seen this reminder from Steve Harvey (DAA Match Captain)...
"Match day on Sunday... Booking in the gate 9.15-10 fishing 11-3.... Still plenty of fish out there to be caught... Sundays booking in is a football free zone this week.... So no talk of the beautiful game.... In some cases not so beautiful... But that's another story"...Steve is a little bit sensitive concerning a certain premier please be gentle.

Superb codling ( 5 March)
Here is a great report from Dave Harrington...
"Hi Tony 
Just thought I'd share this report with you. 
Myself and a friend fished behind the power house last night (4th March) and the Codling are feeding again. 
We were using 3/0, 2 hook loop rigs loaded with Lug and Queenies we found on the beach. 
We arrived just before low & had Rockling, Whiting & Dabs from the off with the first Codling showing about 2 hours into the flood tide.
We fished up to high & had 8 Codling up to 4lb between us 6 for me & 2 for my friend. Another great session."

The burning issue...part two ( 4 March)
Here is a more detailed report from Trevor...
"Hi Tony,please find attached a picture of what is left of my boat woods which were burnt by beach anglers at the weekend,for those that do not know,boat woods are large pieces of hardwood with lanyards(strings) at one end to pull them up and down the beach,and they are used to get the boats up and down the steep shingle beach here at Dungeness, they are a vital piece of equipment if you work a boat from the beach,quite simply,if you haven't got any woods you cannot get to sea to earn a living,i actually chain mine up to try and deter anyone from taking them,whoever took them must have dragged all six away and thrown them on their fire! these things are NOT pieces of driftwood,you only have to look at them to know that they serve a purpose,i have had a quote to replace them,oak 6ft 6ins long by 6 ins wide and 4ins deep will set me back £180+ vat and carriage !! Can you please raise awareness through the site that beach fires are not allowed at Dungeness and that anything that is found near the boats should be left alone,we have had several incidents this winter with beach anglers helping themselves,of course it is the minority that give the majority a bad name, most beach anglers are decent people and leave our stuff alone and take any rubbish home, on a final note, if some anglers feel the need to build infernos on the beach because they are a bit cold I suggest they either buy a decent flotation suit to keep warm or take up an indoor sport so they stay warm !! Regards, Trevor Bunney Charter skipper Elizabeth Jane Dungeness"

Classic winter ( 4 March)
Here is a report from David Hutchinson...classic winter species...but no codling...
"I thought I would send in pictures of my efforts from Saturday.  It was a nice blow."

A Burning issue ( 3 March)
I had a report come in today that Trevor Bunny's boat 'Elizabeth Jane' had all it's launching 'woods' (skids) burnt on Saturday night. This could threaten his boats ability to get afloat! The six oak 'woods' will cost Trevor around £200 to replace...this is so irresponsible and puts all us beach anglers in a bad light!...Don't have a fire on the burn very well...we could face calls to ban beach fishing at night! The DAA rules are very strait fires !!!

They keep coming ( 3 March)
I had this photo sent in this afternoon from Nick Burton...his fishing buddy Steve Savage was fishing behind the boats this morning and took this nice codling...daylight, small tides...but they keep coming!

Behind the the breeze ( 1 March)
Plenty of fish...
"Hi Tony, I'm the guy who bought the tripod and trolley today. Anyway, Thanks for the 3 scores of lug because we caught loads of fish with them. And also thanks for the trolley and tripod. The tripod was great value for money! Thanks for your advice about fishing behind the boats because it was a great idea! Between me and my son we had 30+ whiting, about 20 rockling, 12 dabs, 1 pouting and the surprise of the day was 2 codling (both caught by my son Scott). One was quite small but just sizeable around 35cm so we decided it would be best to put it back. It was also a bit strange looking, Dark brown back and white eyes. The second codling was a good size about 45-50cm and it was a really fat fish. Could easily have been about 3 pounds. It was a really good days fishing and i will definitely be back at Dungeness soon."

Shingle recycling ( 27 February)
I had a phone call from the EA telling me they intend to start shingle recycling next Monday. They will be working from 8 till 4pm weekdays, once they have begun I will get some photos to show where they working. The four boats aren't moving and intend to work in small sections leaving the majority of beach open...if anybody has any problems just let me know.

The EA have permission to take shingle for the next 12 years from October to March so this winter they only have a month left. They want to work with fisherman and the DAA so we will see how things go.

More codling for Bob ( 26 February)
I had this report from Bob Fowler...when they get a bit could be like the old days!...
"Hi Tony, just a couple yesterday, but a great way to while away a few short hours on a mild and occasionally sunny February afternoon. Both came right on high from behind the power station and were in the 2-3lb range. Had a few dabs and whiting as well and dropped another codling just yards from the beach as I was packing away my gear at 6:00pm. For a change, I didn’t linger thinking that they might come back on the feed – how many times have we all done that for nil result! Note to self; picture quality marginal again, must get myself a decent phone camera.
Will catch up soon. Regards, Bob."
Robs phone shots 25.02.15 009
Dabin around ( 26 February)
I had this report just come in from Mark Burden...
"Hi Tony fished the point near the lookout station, a bit quiet usual Dabs Whiting and Rockling managed 3 Dab keep"
Tough luck Mark...the codling shoals come and go!

Second hand but good ( 26 February)
I had a phone call this morning from Mr Stone who was fishing Dungeness on Tuesday with his friend Charlie Chawner...Charlie had 9 codling to over 5lb!
This is the fourth report since last weekend of codling weighing over 5lb...will anybody this weekend go past 6lb?

Great weekend...quiet week ( 25 February)
After a cracking weekend it has gone a bit quiet this week...not the fishing but the number of anglers...well it is February! The weather is up and was 10 degrees on the beach this morning...the challenge this weekend will be getting fresh bait...on the plus side I have had a report of plaice behind the station!

Dave gets three ( 22 February)
Here is a post from Dave Harrington...
"Hi Tony 
I fished Littlestone today, 2 hours up, over the top & 2 hours down, and the Codling keep on coming as I had 3 today (2 keepers, 1 returned) along with loads of Dabs, Whiting & Rockling.
I was using 2 & 3 hook loop rigs loaded with fresh Lug.
The Cod came in either side of high water with the biggest about 1.5 hours after the top. My biggest Codling was around the 4lb mark."

Plenty of fish ( 22 February)
I had this report in from Nikki on facebook...
"Lots of whiting and dabs about last night. Fished the power station at Dungeness from 5 hours before to 1 hour after high tide. Lots more then in the photo. All sent back apart from one 29cm dab."

Codling in numbers ( 22 February)
I had this facebook report from Dan Sanger...quality fishing Dan...
"hi tony. just got home from denge marsh. very busy beach on arrival, we had to walk 100 yds past the diamond ad this was the 1st available gap when we arrived at 6pm. fished with 2 mates. took a while to get going but turned out ok in the end . we all had the usual whiting rockling and dabs. michael had 2 codlings , rhys had 4 codlings and i managed 14 codlings. i also misssed half a dozen slack liners. all on fresh blacks. i kept 10 the other 4 went back."
Yes Dan it has been very busy...with so many codling about...and some growing fish are going over 5lb...this is the best February fishing I can remember.

That's a nice plump codling ( 21 February)
I had a phone call from Issak...I said send me a report...and here it is...
"Hi Tony
Am the guy who forget to pay you the lead and the clips and payed for it yesterday!
Anyway, thank you so much for the quality of the blacks, I fished all the way to up tide and 3 hours down, lots of dabs and big whiting, and a wonderful 5.4lb cod and another 3.6lb cod as well which been caught just one hour after the high tide, was over the moooooon :-) Thanks and see you soon Issak"

Nice codling ( 21 February)
Here is a report from Dan Brain...
"Thanks for the excellent bait and advice yesterday. This codling came to lug an hour before low water behind the powerstation. Plenty of dabs and pin whiting around. A soggy but enjoyable day that made the drive back to London not seem so bad! Dan"

...more codling ( 20 February)
Just had this report from Conrado...
"Hi fished about 4 hours before high tide yesterday morning and caught my first of the two  cods one hour apart all from left over frozen baits from January."

Tomorrow...the big one ( 20 February)
We have this weekend the biggest February tide sequence I have ever seen fore casted. With so many codling about this could be a magical weekend...time will tell?

...and more dabs ( 19 February)
I had this report on facebook from Nikki Norman..."Hello, fished Dungeness from the power station 2 hours either side of the tide. 10 dab many whiting and rockling. Overall a good night."

Can it get any better ( 18 February)
I had this great report in from Bob Fowler...I think the camera shake is down to the shock of the good fishing after so many years of 'average'...
"Hi Tony, a quick trip to Denge last night resulted in the best of my very infrequent beach trips this winter and in February too! Ten keeper dabs and 5 codling – apologies for the poor picture quality, I was trying to hold my headlight as illumination to avoid shadows and clearly can’t multi-task. All the codling came in 45 minutes over high water and were between two and approximately five pounds. They were all were caught on some very scrappy left over lug backed up with some long frozen from the depths of my freezer. I even managed a double header – long time since two codling on the same rig came my way. Will try and pop in in the not too distant future – it seems an age since we last had a catch up. Best regards, Bob."

Codling galore ( 18 February)
I had this report in from Dave Harrington...I have to say I can't remember a February  better for codling than this just goes on and on...
"Hi tony,
Myself and 2 friends fished the Concrete Road at Dungeness last night.
We had 14 Codling up to 4lb 6oz, 12 Dabs up to 30cms, Whiting & Rockling. 
We fished from low up to 2 hours after high tide, using Portsmouth Loop rigs, loaded fresh & frozen Lug. Dave."

DAA match results ( 16 February)
Here are the top placings for yesterdays match from Malcolm Jones...

DAA match result Sunday 15th February 2015 – Full Rover – 4-00 pm – 8-00 pm 

1st       Darren Brooks                   9 fish   12.3 lb.           
2nd      Nathan Elliott                  11 fish   7.5 lb.       HF 3.65 lb. Codling
3rd      Simon Lacey                    19 fish   7.2 lb. 
4th      Dave Wood-Brignall        12 fish   7.15 lb.      
5th      John Smith                       17 fish   6.1 lb.            
 Codling, whiting, dogfish, dabs, pouting and rockling weighed in. 
24 fished and 23 weighed in

What a great day ( 15 February)
The DAA fished the latest match tonight...great turnout 24 anglers (including me) fished, won by Darren Brooks with 9 fish for over 12lb... I fished Galloways and found the odd codling...joined by Roy Godden who came down to test a new rod...not in the competition but Roy had three codling...
Just love those codling ( 15 February)
I had this email from Ian what a lovely day...
"Hi Tony
Havent sent you a report before but thought I would today.
3 of us fished Denge last night 2 hours either side of high water
on a somewhat deserted beach (must have been something to do with 
valentines day or a lack of bait)
Fish from the off with dabs whiting and codling. an interesting
few hours with my son catching his first codling.
We had 5 between us all about 2-3lbs range and 5 dabs all 27-28cm.
have attached a couple of pictures
Cheers Ian Shepherd"
At last ( 14 February)
Trade has been quiet this week with very few when Terry Gifford popped in to pick up his bait yesterday...I said please send in a report to cheer me it is...
"Hi Tony
Fished in front of the lookout tower and had a very busy day! Nothing rod 
breaking but enough to keep the three of us busy for a 7 hour stint including 
dab, codling, whiting, rockling and pouting and all three of us into double 
figures, very enjoyable days fishing with good bait, many thanks Terry, Lee and 
Ken Gifford."

A bit of a blow ( 12 February)
We have a strong wind forecasted for tomorrow...brilliant just what we needed for the weekend to 'stir' things up! To keep those codling interested!!
Don't forget we have our next round of the DAA match league on Sunday book in 2.15 till 3pm fish from 4 to 8pm...all members welcome.

A big thank you ( 12 February)
I had this come in fro Steve Harvey (DAA match captain) yesterday concerning the World Dab Fishing Championship 2015...
"Just like to say a quick one.... The wdc was a cracking day... Everybody involved did a brilliant job raising an excellent amount of money again.... But none of this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for a particular person who did alot of hard work getting everything to run like clockwork on the day.... So to Mr Simon"guvner "Newman we salute you - with Simon Newman."

Bait alert ( 10 February)
One of my bait diggers came in this afternoon to tell me that fresh bait will be in very short supply...this could happen every short tide sequence...the good news I have frozen in stock and live rag. So with the fishing still being good fresh bait is difficult to who ever you use make sure you book it...and be understanding!

The full result ( 9 February)
Here is the post from Simon Newman DAA chairman and organiser of the WDC...
2015 Tronixpro World Dab Fishing Championships
Dungeness, Kent
RNLI Fundraiser

192 anglers raised an incredible £5160 for the RNLI yesterday


Junior World Championship

Kane Wood Brignall 7 dabs for 1.44 kg

Runner up: Rory Amys 1 dab for 0.38kg


Winner: Alan Wood Brignall (Kanes Uncle) 6 dabs for 1.38kg

Runner up: Mick Knight 6 dabs for 1.32kg

3rd; Martin Bobbett 5 dabs for 1.24kg

4th: Phil Tanner 5 dabs for 0.96kg

5th; Dave Wood Brignall (Kanes dad) 4 dabs for 0.88kg

Pools paid to 26th place which was 2 dabs for 0.42kg.

As always, to all those who attended, helped in the organisation and running of the day, I SALUTE YOU."
Bait diggers should be valued ( 9 February)
Here is a view from Dave Wood Brignal....
"Does Derek think that the pumpers didn't start with a shovel ? . I used to 
regularly shovel 500 hundred worms a tide when we shovelled( yes blacks and 
yellows )   . Pumping is a hell of a lot easier on back and body . I think every 
bait collector deserves a pat on the back going out in the cold weather and 
silly o'clock in the morning !!! ."
I think there is a big difference in digging bait for local use ( I would say that wouldn't I?) which brings fishermen to this area as compared with those who pump bait and send it all round the can't carry on with uncontrolled digging for ever...the beach can't take it! 

Great day ( 8 February)
Here is a reported posted this evening by Judith Richardson the Dungeness RNLI Press Officer of the World Dab Championship held today at Dungeness...
"Good evening. Great day for the World Dab Fishing Championships 2015 at Dungeness, raising £5,160 for the RNLI to continue saving lives at sea. Thank you to everyone that came along and supported us. Here are a few photographs courtesy of Wendy Packer and myself taken at the prize giving."
  • Full results will be posted when available...

Last night's match ( 8 February)
I had a post from Paul Jarratt...Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society
"Result from our match at Dungeness 07/02/15

A very good turnout with 25 anglers fishing, fishing was very slow, whiting, dabs, rockling, flounders and codling were weighed in

Well done to Lionel Watson for winning the match

Top 10
1) Lionel Watson - 10 fish, 3lb 2ozs
2) Graham King - 9 fish, 2lb 9.5ozs
3) Alan Jarrett - 2 fish, 2lb 6ozs
4) Joe Stevens - 7 fish, 1lb 9.5ozs
5) Philip Underdown - 3 fish, 1lb 5.5ozs
6) Les Bates - 6 fish, 1lb 3ozs
7) Rob Bates - 5 fish, 1lb 3ozs
8) Paul Jarrett - 3 fish, 1lb 0.5ozs
9) Louie Smith - 5 fish, 15.5ozs
10) Tony Taylor - 4 fish, 15.5ozs

Heaviest fish - Codling, 2lb 3.5ozs (Alan Jarrett)

Our next match is at Dungeness 21/03/15, fishing 18:00 to 23:00"

Fabulous February ( 8 February)
I had this fabulous report in this morning from Simon Ward...
"Good morning Tony  I have just got back from fishing the diamond and I have to say that it was a session that I will remember for a very long time. I arrived around 6.30pm to find just 2 others fishing in front of the car park. so i grabbed my stuff and trekked it to the diamond(even though my good friend and fishing buddy told me  that a north easterly wind would make it hard to find the fish close inshore from this mark and so decided that he would not be fishing )oh boy was he soon as I got the rods set and baited the fish started coming and they didn't total i had 10 dabs ,5 nice sized  flaties, and finally 4 codling in the way of this fine 9 lb 4oz personal best followed by a  4 lb and then a 2lb the 4th one was little over a pound so she got returned.with nobody else to share the joy with or take a photo so I had to take some my self. Lol sorry if I have waffled on but I just wanted to tell someone lol.simon."
You are so right Simon...if don't go you won't know!
Brrrr that looks cold ( 7 February)
I had this photo sent in from Nick Burton who was out fishing this morning...
"Codling at the diamond"

When men were men...( 7 February)
I had this email yesterday from Derek...
"morning Tony
I read you worm article this morning about the poor bait pumpers 
and how cold they are walking along the beach all rapped up in 
there warm clothes a few years ago there were no such things 
as pumps they were called lug spades these people really earned
there money not like it is now days when some of the better
pumpers can get up and above 500 worms in one tide" 

Brave bait pumpers ( 5 February)
I just had to mention those bait pumpers who are out getting bait for this weekend (The Dab World Championship) braving the horrible north easterly wind...razor cuts right through you...lucky for us the wind eases on Saturday and gets a bit warmer for Sunday...those boys with the pumps really earn their money this time of year!

He who braves the cold ( 4 February)
I had this report come in tonight from Shane...thanks for that...they said they would...
"Hi tony,
Me and my mate popped in today and bought some frozen lug off you we caught plenty of fish rocklin,dabs,pouting,whiting and to finish off i caught this codling about 3lb put it to back to swim another lol.  Thanks again (the welsh lads)"

Reminder from Steve ( 4 February)
Here is a reminder from Steve Harvey DAA match captain...
"Don't forget folks the world dab champs this coming Sunday 8th Feb booking in from 8 am at the lifeboat station at Dungeness... It's a great day plenty of great raffle prizes up for grab including a brand new zziplex rod... Fish with your family and friends... Fishing from 11-4pm........ The next league match is Sunday the 15th Feb"

Herne Bay calling ( 3 February)
I had this email from Sam Cridland..."Hi,is there any chance you could put this on your site.the comp is in herne bay but i know a lot of people from herne bay look on your site.thx.sam." Job done Sam I hope this helps...
You're not alone ( 3 February)
I just had this email in from James, just shows your never Dungeness...
"I was also the only person on the beach Sunday night! Or so I thought. Lots of dabs and whiting from the walkway over high tide on lug/squid, then moved to the point to fish the low tide and flow – again, no-one else in sight. One solitary codling (plus one lost in the surf) on double lug, and plenty more dabs in particular - over two dozen in total. Great night / morning – extremely cold (wind chill -7 degrees) making it hard to defrost the bait, but as ever, well worth the trip. Sorry no pics – fingers too cold to even contemplate that! James Webster."

Plenty of beach ( 2 February)
Another great report from Paul Davis...
"Hi, had a great night fishing last night at the tower, we was lucky to be the only two fisherman on the beach!!!thought i'd just show you what we court had a few Dabs each, a couple of whiting and three lovely cod biggest arout 3.5lb goes to show they are still there..paul & rich..."
Still codling about ( 2 February)
I had this email from Nino this morning..."Fishing on Sunday 2 feb from behind the boat and cached two codling both 4lb each . Regards Nino costa"
This morning ( 1 February)
A customer came in this morning and told me he had three codling Friday night on the 'point' to about three and half pounds...just goes to show!

Catch reports today ( 31 January)
Customers who came in today, fishing last night and this morning...reported plenty of dabs, whiting and mention of codling today on the beaches, but out on the boats a different matter...charter skippers Jeremy and Anthony both reported decent catches of codling...just offshore...on top of the bank in ten metres...lets hope they move back in to the beaches soon!

Reminder...coming soon ( 30 January)
Just a reminder that on the 8th of February (Sunday week) we have the 'World Dab Championship' to raise funds for the RNLI...

Who broke the lock ( 29 January)
I had a call from Simon Newman who had been fishing today...making a serious dent in the local dab population (plus plenty of dogfish) he noticed the EA gate padlock has been broken again on the shingle haul road. Simon has replaced the lock and while he was doing this he found a set of keys? If anybody has lost a set Simon left them at Richardson's fish shop!

Beautiful bass ( 28 January)
I had a email come in today with this bit that was in 'Fishing news'...

I think these measures are great if they come to pass...years to late but better late than personal view I would like to see measures go further...more bass nursery areas with catch and release and a bigger size limit of 45cm.
I know we are going to have problems (challenges) with discards, but I think that the IFCA's should be brave and set a recommended retention size for each species.

Pretty Breezy ( 28 January)
Strong westerly winds today and forecasted for Thursday then backing north westerly for Friday...brilliant...we need the 'colour' in the water to keep the codling feeding inshore...looks like a weather 'window' on Saturday with the north westerly wind forecasted to ease. Sunday getting colder brrr.
A real 'dab' hand ( 27 January)
I saw on facebook that local Hotelier Simon Newman fisherman 'extraordinaire' had a superb dab session today...
"Cracking 3 hour session at the boards this afternoon. 18 dabs over 25 cm and put the same number back. Old worm did the damage. Sprat caught good sized ones but no where near as many. Saw a chap land a 3 lb codling as I arrived as well"

I wonder if he is in training for the 'World Dab Championship' just over a week away!!!

Full DAA match results ( 26 January)
Here are the full results from Malcolm Jones...between meals...
"Thought I would get most of the result sorted before the roast went on the table. Just finished it but sorting out the position table will have to wait until tomorrow evening - I'm stuffed!"

The next match is a later start (thank heavens) so I will have a chance to get to the beach before the 'kick-off'!

Beginners luck? ( 25 January)
I had this email from can't beat natural talent...
"Hi Tony
Took my 8 year old daughter fishing at Dengemarsh yesterday for the first AND last time lol. She beat me and her uncle hands down using my old carp gear, size 1 hooks and half a lug on each hook. She had 18 fish in total a mix bag of dabs whiting a ling oh and her first codling weighing 4lb, Which was only about 30 yards out!!! In all we had a good day with lots of big dabs kept 9 for the pot and return more. So just goes to show there is such a thing as beginners luck........ thats my excuse and im sticking to it. Lol. 
Regards Tony Ainsworth"

This afternoons DAA beach match ( 25 January)
Here are the top line results from Malcolm Jones...
"DAA match result Sunday 25th January 2015 – Full Rover – 1-00 pm – 5-00 pm 

1st       Lionel Watson              19 fish   13 lb. 6 oz.           
2nd      Dan Sanger                  11 fish   11 lb. 3 oz.      
3rd      Simon Lacey                 13 fish   9 lb. 4 ½ oz. 
4th      Dave Wood-Brignall     19 fish   8 lb. 9 ½ oz.      
5th      Joe Loftus                       5 fish   4 lb. 6 ½ oz.               HF 3 lb. 3 oz. codling

Codling, whiting, dogfish, dabs, pouting, flounders and rockling weighed in. 
22 fished and 20 weighed"
Full results will be posted later...Dungeness very busy...I fished down at Littlestone wall and 'blanked' yet again...I think I will go back to my boat fishing!

DAA Juniors on Saturday ( 25 January)
Here was the report posted yesterday by Terry Carper...1st junior meet .nice sunny & crisp "morning...6 fished fish caught whiting & rockling 
All enjoyed the fishing. Thanks to all that fished"

Round two on Sunday ( 23 January)
Steve Harvey has posted on facebook...
"We have a match Sunday..... Booking in 11.15 - 12 fishing 1 to 5.... I do believe there is another match being fished from the boats to the power station that's starting earlier than us.. However as our match is a rover there's no need for me to take any drastic action... It's a big tide and there will be plenty of marks to fish... Hope to see you all there"

Keep it clean ( 22 January)
I had this email from Mark "Messing on the beach" who went fishing yesterday at Dungeness...
"After arriving at the point,I was rather annoyed about the amount of litter certain anglers had left behind mainly paper wraps and squid boxes,so armed with a carrier bag I proceeded to tidy up the beach.10 minutes of labour and to my surprise 3 score of fresh blacks and a box of unused squid. Thanks guys for the bait, but please take your rubbish home, by the way you can freeze bait. Only had the one codling around 4 lb,,but missed 3 massive slack liners, enjoyable night. Many thanks, Mark Boakes"

The first of many ( 19 January)
I had this email come this morning from Ian Bryant...
"Hi Tony
Just a quick email
Popped in yesterday grabbed some squid and headed to beach for a session
15 fish in total mixed bag of whiting Dabs and a good size Dogfish and the biggest Rockling I've caught to date most fish were sizable all retuned to fight another day
as did the seagull that flew into my line and wasn't happy at us while we untangled him and set him free
on a final note my son got lucky a single hook with a single worm caught his first codling"

 Well blow me down ( 17 January)
I had this report in from Terry Gifford...
"Hi Tony
Just a report about the bait rather than the fish! Used blow lug, many thanks 
for the advice and it worked a treat! Caught from the off, nothing of any weight 
but plenty of variety including whiting (believe it or not!!), bass, dab and a 
very small thorny back! Lee forced us to post this picture and if you really 
concentrate and look hard enough you can just about see his bass, nice!!
Anyway will definitely use it again, many thanks
Terry, Lee and Ken Gifford."

DAA Junior section ( 17 January)
Here is the list of match's for the juniors...and its all free...

Free codling ( 17 January)
One of my regulars came in this morning and told me that he had six codling in a row last night...all on FREE bait...loads of big shellfish were washing up (sand gapers) on the beach...he stuck one on the hook...chucked out 40 metres...whack, codling...six times in a simple!

Big cod ( 16 January)
I had a report yesterday of a big 20lb on the beach...but sad to say it was washed up dead!!
Reports in today are of more codling up to 4lb...the fish aren't the problem...its getting the lugworm in these conditions!

Breezy day tomorrow ( 14 January)
I just checked the forecast for tomorrow...but is looking great after that...

I keep getting phone calls ( 14 January)
Will the cod stay?...Who knows...but what I do know is that cod just eat...and if the best food source is close to the beach, so will be the cod. Mature fish will move off to spawn around the end of the month, but immature fish (under 60cm.) could hang around all winter!

Cracking codling ( 14 January)
I had this report in today from Kevin Warden...
"I caught these 2,a dogfish,several whiting and a dab.The whiting and dab went back."

Parking on the EA road ( 12 January)
See below a post from Simon Newman Chairman of DAA concerning the restart of shingle recycling from the 'borrow pit'...
The following is from the Environmental agency: "Shingle extraction will be taking place at Dungeness during January, February and March 2015 on weekdays only. During this time DAA members will still be able to access the site with vehicles, but we ask them to observe the
following restrictions: 
Please keep the gate locked as normal. Please only park in the areas identified on the map above. There will be no site traffic on the area marked in green so parking will not be restricted. Please only park at the seaward edge of the area marked in yellow due to site traffic. Please give way to site traffic. When on foot please do not enter the area of beach where work is taking place. This will be clearly marked by signs.
We thank you for your co operation and look forward to sharing this unique site with you in future years". The green section is parking as normal, the yellow section, please park on the seaward side only.

I will notify you all when the start date is confirmed...

A bit breezy ( 12 January)
We fished the first DAA match of 2015...good turnout with the weather forecast...and before you say anything the bottom three fished Littlestone wall!...well done Graham King...a great effort!

A weather window ( 11 January)
This report came in from David Hutchinson...great day...
"Had a good day fished of the walk way it was windy but not too cold. Lots of shell fish and a few sprats washed up. 4 casts 4 codling also managed 3 dogfish and a few whiting.  The sun was rising into a beautiful sky and moon was still out. All in all a really good day."

Codling for tea ( 11 January)
I had this email from Recardo...yummy...
"Hi, always fish dungeness and check this site for a lowdown on the latest catches. Never caught anything much worth mentioning, but was happy with these.

Here's the photo...( 11 January)
I had this update from Trevor Knight...
"beach cod cheers mr hills happy 2015"

Great fish ( 10 January)
I just got this report from Trevor Knight...what a cracker...well done Trev...
"sorry for late message, i know its not from dungie but a sussex beach,it took 5 black on 6/0 clipped pennel at distance and it had two ting in its gut" it fought  all the way to beach an when the leader knot was on the reel i walked into water ghilled it an started back up beach i could not believe its length and fattness (i started shaking) as i realised it was a possible 20" i text '3am'me mate dave grinham from brighton tacklebox an said i think its a 20lber! got a few snaps an battery died,i then remembered some scales in my rodbag on beach it went 10kg, i then had another cast and rushed home to weigh it on two more sets of scales from my carp gear, 20.4lb"

A little bit windy ( 10 January)
I had this report come in this evening from Paul Child...
"Hi Tony
Quick line. Wanted to go to Dungie today but thought would be a bit blowy and the tide might be rather went to Hythe for a bit of shelter haven't been there for years it was extremely  windy very and had trouble getting the umbrella up..sea good colour and calmed down after about 1300hrs,lots of space on the beach. I thought on arriving had I made the right choice for today.  Fished along from the boats / ranges 2 hrs up and 2 down caught about at least 40 fish  probably more lost count. Most fish caught today were keepers all at my full range about 100-120yds. Selected a few and 70% went back and only with a score and half of dungie (became very economic with the lug towards the end with the lug just tipping the squid still taking fish... Mixed bag of Whiting Codling,Dogs and Bass.
 Codling to about 3.5lbs, 2.5 lb Bass decent channel whiting and some extremely large  Dogfish. Other anglers were getting fish as well. Just wondering now what Dungie would have been like today !Regards Paul"
Thanks for that Paul...behind the boats was fishable today, but it got a lot easier when the wind eased around lunch time! I have had a couple of 'second hand' reports of bass coming out!

It's been a good Christmas ( 8 January)
I had this report in from Alex Whittlesea (AKA Shirley Codling) yes it has been a great codling Christmas...
"Hi Tony, just an update of the last couple of weeks fishing. Nothing to get 
excited over, but nice to see some codling showing. Regards Shirl"
We still have plenty of codling ( 8 January)
Mark Harvey popped in this afternoon to drop off the key. He had a good day, some really 'chunky' dabs, big whiting and four codling...he would have put the smaller ones back but they were deep hooked.

Get ready...we have lift off ( 6 January)
This Sunday we have the first DAA match of the year...
Sunday 11th January 2015 - Full Rover.  
Booking in 10.45 am - 11.30 am
Fishing 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm
The first of the year ( 5 January)

It's unusual ( 5 January)
I had this email from Darryl...
"Hi Tony, I fished denge marsh today. I had 3 codling in 4 casts whilst it was 
still dark just after low water. I also had a few dog fish and dabs and not 
forgetting plenty of whiting. Just before high water I caught this it weighed 
just over 3lb not sure what it is, many thanks Darryl Nicholas."
Nice catch Darryl...the unusual fish I think is a 'lump sucker' (hen fish)...a few years ago we had a few of these washed when the sea got very cold.
Worth the wait ( 4 January)
I had this report today from James...
"Hi Tony – many thanks for the advice and bait yesterday (Sat night). I haven’t beach fished in over 30 years, and never at Dungeness – it was a childhood dream of mine in the 70’s! Very pleased to have got three codling over the size limit (biggest 2 ½lb) plus what seems to be a blinded 2lb pollack that’s been attacked by a squid? Several dogfish, smaller codling, whiting and a pouting. In all, well worth the 30 year wait, although I won’t wait so long until next time. Cheers. James Webster

Enjoy yourself ( 3 January)
 I had this email from Paul, I'm glad you had a good time...
"Hi Tony I went to Dungeness for the first time today, a 3 hour journey!
picture perfect weather, didn't catch big but caught a lot channel whiting, and quite a few dabs, cant wait to go again,
maybe next time I will catch my first codlin !
heres a few pics from todays fishing,
cheers paul from steyning, west sussex"

Ladies first ( 2 January)
I had this report from Keith Gabriel...
"Hello Tony
I've not reported before, so hoping this technology works with the attached photo.....
Thought a picture of a lady angler might make a change. So here's a picture of Shirley with the three codling she caught from a quieter stretch of Dungeness beach one morning over the Christmas period.
All the best for 2015. Keith"

Great start to the year ( 1 January)
It has been tough going with the strong south westerly winds on the beach...but it has been a great start for Kev...
"Hi tony this is a picture of my cod first ever cod traveled 4 hours to get here 
but was all very worth it "
Hello 2015 ( 31 December)
Wishing you all a great new year...this could be the best cod year in living's hoping!
Putting you in the picture ( 31 December)
I had this email from Conrad Evangelista...
"Lovely time at dungeness. Fishing and enjoying the views!!"

Rock Hard ( 31 December)
Paul Jarrett posted this on facebook...
"This is all you need turning up next to you when you're out fishing, a bloody great boat dropping boulders into the sea for nearly 3 hours LOL"
Don't worry...they will be cleared next week to re-enforce power station defences...good picture!

Paul gives his response ( 30 December)
I have to say Paul gives a very cogent view which I broadly support...but I think all views have some merit...but it would be wrong of me to censor catch reports when fishermen take the trouble to send them in the famous phrase..."even though I disagree with your views I will fight to defend your right to speak them"...
"Hi Tony
I feel that it is now my turn to defend myself from the responses / emails you are receiving about my catch, as it seems everyone else has. I would firstly like to point out that all the fish were over the size limit by quite a way. I also use the fish I catch to thank people who give me a lift places as I don't drive, I also trade my catch with other hunter / gatherers for Pheasant and Duck. Also this fish is eaten by myself, wife and when I cook for our families. It is up to the discretion of the angler as you rightly pointed out what he does with his catch and if people wish to release them then that is fine too. I like to eat my fish and I feel that if I spend the time to collect my own bait for free and catch the fish it is a way to keep the costs down in my own household and a much healthier way to eat. All the fish are filleted and put in the freezer for the coming weeks and months. If I was to buy this fish it would cost me a small fortune and as you rightly pointed out it is a far better more sustainable / ecological way to fish rather than buying the week old fish from the supermarket that is expensive and not of a good quality and caught using unsustainable fishing methods. I personally don't and would not ever buy supermarket fish for these reasons. Anglers do not have many days like this from the beach and when we do it makes up for all the sessions we have when we blank. I have been fishing 6 times in the last 3 months, I am not down there everyday as much as I would like to be. So taking 40 fish for the pot in the last 90+ days is a miniscule amount compared to that of the commercial boats and even some charter boats who go everyday they can. So people need to put it into perspective when they make comments about what a beach angler takes.
Kind regards Paul"

Very Busy ( 30 December)
I had this email from Kevin Warden...
"I fished from midday until 5pm on Dec 29th. The beach was totally packed from behind the power station to past the boats. I was the last person on the shallow end for a while then several other guys turned up to my left going towards the lifeboat station.I caught about 30 whiting and a dab. I returned all except the dab and 1 whiting. I have never seen it so busy, whilst it is lovely to have the cod back I do worry they will get fished out before they get a chance to breed."
Don't worry's Christmas, good weather and loads of fish! I have been fishing Dungeness since the sixties and yes it is busy but not as it was then...I know that is hard to for fishing the codling activity is tiny compared with the commercial is looking good for the next few years...remember cod grow at an amazing speed not so bass (which I'm really worried about), just enjoy it!

Codling...very tasty ( 30 December)
With cod 'fever' in full swing I have had some emails concerning the catches...
this is a comment from Jackie Winner...
"Why do so many anglers have the urge to keep so many SMALL 2/3lb codling with 
one angler taking 20.
As anglers we have over many years been struggling to find ANY codling of ANY 
size. We are all correctly having a go at the trawlers for hoovering up anything 
that swims,yet here are those very same people showing the same lack of care and 
respect for the cod.
Why don't they keep a couple and return the rest.The rise in codling numbers is 
great to see,but will be very short lived if this greedy attitude shown by some 
Let's all lead by example and have fish any fishing in years to come."
...and this one from Peter Webster...
"Was amazed today seeing the report by mr p hodges. Wot a lot of codling he 
killed to keep. Reminded me of the old english hunter in Victorian times with 
the photos of a dozen slaughted lion, rhino etc. come on lads give em a chance."...It comes down to personal views, we all have one...but let me make it clear the legal minimum size is 35 cm. ( the average breeding size 60 cm) to keep or return your catch is a personal decision. I hate waste...if the fish is to be eaten I have no problem...I have to say a lot of codling won't go back (hook damage)...they are not bass, on the other hand I will put back if they will 'go'.!
Another 'cracking' session ( 30 December)
Got in this morning and found this report from Dan Sanger...
"Hi tony. i just got home from fishing dungie, 8.30pm til 04.00am. 7 and a half hours. i landed 18codling , kept 6 for the table that were 50cm or over. the rest went back. also a bass off 44cm, a flounder and plenty of dabs whitings and dogs. feel free to do a report. if id stayed for a 14hour session idve had over 25 easily. a couple of pics of the few i kept."
Paul 'fills his boots' ( 29 December)
I had this report in today from Paul Hodges...
"Hi Tony
I fished in front of the lookout tower today from 8 am until 10pm. Things were slow to start with as there was a horrendous amount of tide and I couldn't hold even with 8oz fixed wires casting uptide. I didn't even manage a Whiting in the first 3hours, as the tide eased though the fish came on the feed. Over HW I had 12 codling in 10 casts with a couple of double shots too. Managed  couple of good sized Dabs too. There were very few Whiting all day, I did manage a good Channel Whiting of 1.5lb. In total I had 20 Codling, 10 X 3-3.5lb, 9 X 2lb and one that was deep hooked of 1.5lb. There was an added bonus of finding about 10 leads all balled up together too. The only down side was that I lost a few codling as well as breaking my tripod. Regards Paul"

Easier conditions ( 28 December)
I had this email this evening from Darryl...didn't he do well...
"Hi Tony, fished denge marsh
Today as it was too windy at the point.I had 7 codling biggest weighing 5lb 7oz 
also had a couple of nice dabs.thanks Darryl Nicholas."
Great day ( 28 December)
I had this report in today from Elliot Watson...
"Hello Tony, I fished the point this morning (27/12/2014) over low water, 2 hours down and 3 hours up, had 3 codling all around the 2lb mark. Cheers. Elliot."

Hitting in wall ( 28 December)
I had this report come in from Anthony fishing the under rated Littlestone wall...
"Came into your shop today for essentials and a bit of advice where me and my son could fish not too far from the advised us to go to Littlestone wall which was great as I have a shoulder problem and can't carry my gear too far.a great day was had by both of us catching 8 whiting and 2 codling 3lb each great place and met a couple of friendly fisherman as well. Many thanks Anthony Clive"

Arkam's Christmas codling ( 27 December)
Here is a report from Arkam...
"Hi tony...I have gone back to Dungeness Christmas day looking for a double figure cod,but that didn't happened.Ended up with 6 codling and 2 dabs,all came at range....there is always next time for a double figure one ;) Arkam"

Boxing day codling ( 27 December)
Matt Smith popped in the shop, and told me of his catch...I said send in a report...and here it is...
"26/12/2014 - matt smith
biggest one 4lb 5oz, took live bait whiting
smaller one 2lb 12oz, took straight lug on 2/0 2 hook flapper rig
fishing right of the boats near the point"

The best so far ( 26 December)
I had this report in from Steve ...superb fishing just before Christmas...
"Hi Tony, 
Steve Collins here, fished behind the boats again Tuesday, there was a strong south westerly wind. I had 5 codling 2 hours before high water the weights were 8lb8oz, 4lb8oz, 3lb6oz, 2lb8oz and 2lb6oz.  Then I went quiet until 2hours before low water, then the codling started to show again. I had 6 more in quick succession, the weights were 3x4lb, 1 at 3lb 6oz and the other 2 were between 2.5-3lbs. Two hours before high water again which was at 11.30pm, I had another 3 codling, 3.3lb and 2x 3lbs making my total of 13 with a few misses too!
I was joined by my mate Adam Pay at about 4pm who also had 3 codling between 2.5-3lbs. We fished on, up and over high water. The tide and weed was prolific, our 8oz leads were being dragged down tide. I started fishing at 9am and packed up at 1am, it was the best bit of fishing I've had of the beach. Here is a photo of me with all my catch. All fish took lug sausage.
I did have another go Christmas day/night and had another 5 codlings between 2.5-3lbs. This had been my best winter for codling, my total for this season so far is 30 codling which is fantastic. Cheers Steve."
...just wait till next year!

It was the night before Christmas ( 26 December)
I had this email from Elliot Watson...
"Hello Tony hope you're having a good christmas,
                  I fished Dengemarsh lastnight from low up to 3 hours after high water ahd had 7  codling, the biggest being about 3lb, kept 4 and put the others back. Then went to fish the point over low but didn't result in anymore codling. I'm heading back down tomorrow, so I shall drop the key off after tomorrows session.
Many Thanks Elliot"

"My best Christmas present" ( 26 December)
I had this email from Sunny...
"Hi Tony,
Here are some photos of the first 3 codling in Dungenness after trying for almost 10 years! 1.5-2 lb.
I have always been down here with high hopes for cod but nevertheless enjoyed my trips even without cod.
But today I have finally scored my first and to top it up with a hat trick!
My best Christmas present ever! Kind regards, SUNNY LEONG"

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas ( 24 December)
I hope you all have a good day tomorrow...I'm going fishing!! Back in the shop on boxing day!

Plenty of codling ( 23 December)
I had this email from Arkam who popped down from London yesterday...
"Hi Tony,,,fished yesterday's low tide really windy but worth it...I ended up with 10 codling,I kept the 4 small ones because they were deeply hooks. Arkam" 

DAA full match & end of year positions ( 22 December)
2014 a vintage year...well done to Paul Gunner! Special thanks to Steve Harvey who ran the matches and Malcolm Jones for doing all the stats.
DAA Match results ( 22 December)
I have just had the results from Malcolm (Statto) Jones....

DAA match result Sunday 21st December 2014 – Full Rover – 4-00 pm – 8-00 pm

1st Gavin Smith 31 fish 23 lb. 14 oz.

2nd Dave Wood-Brignall 15 fish 21 lb. 10 1/2 oz. HF 3 lb. 5 oz. cod

3rd Alex Veel 28 fish 17 lb. 14 oz.

4th Paul Gunner 17 fish 16 lb. 15 1/2 oz.

5th Simon Newman 25 fish 15 lb. 7 oz.

Codling, whiting, dogfish, dabs and pouting weighed in.

Strong W wind and overcast night.

24 fished and 23 weighed in.

Yes and even I had a codling...we must have had over 20 weighed in!

Its one big learning curve ( 22 December)
I had email from Shawn...we all have to start somewhere, and fishing a deep (crowded) storm beach in a south westerly gale is pretty tough...
"Hi Tony: A catch report for you: 
Species/Weight: 2 x Whiting (9oz and 4oz)
Veneue: Behind the boats 6:30pm – 11pm 21/12/2014 
I visited Dungeness for the first time yesterday night. Having followed your catch reports for the past month I was hoping to land some codling or maybe a bigger one. 
I had done some preparation and had high hopes. I bought some sprats and squid and blended them with some cod liver oil in the magimix (this was to be used as an attractant and stuffed in a course fishing swim-feeder on my running ledger – a “chum” mix). I also soaked some black lug (would have bought from you but you would have been closed by the time I got there) in the cod liver oil and had some fresh squid (although it was cleaned and from Waitrose!). 
When I arrived at the beach at 6:30pm it was pretty busy (competition on). Having got the okay from the gentlemen on my right to fish I placed myself between (it turned out) two DAA champions from 2013 and 2012. As well as busy it was pretty windy. Unfortunately one of the legs broke off my tripod so with two rods in the wind I was finding it pretty difficult to juggle everything. Particularly as I was using a size 4oz lead (and the guys around me were using 7oz apparently). 
I spent most of the evening picking my rods up off the shingle due to the tripod/wind problems. I’m also unable to get rid of the awful smell of chum despite having had three baths since getting home last night. 
As you can see from above, I didn’t catch much. More to do with my fishing ineptitude than the quality of the venue. Mr 2013 DAA Winner and Mr 2012 DAA Winner seemed to have a nice bucket of fish each. 
I’ll be back to try again with bigger leads, a working rod rest, and without the ‘chum’. 

Loads of codling ( 22 December)
The DAA held its last match of the year's Christmas special...loads of codling...Dave Wood Brignall had eight and he came second...
Sorry not a very good photo...
but that's down to me...a bit of camera shake (or is that shock)!

But well done to the 24 who fish it last night...loads of prizes...thanks to Steve Harvey (DAA match captain) for organising it! 

Full results to follow...

Looking out for a cod ( 20 December)
I had this report in today from Mike...
"Hi Tony, many thanks for the bait yesterday and my new tripod which i am well pleased with, i took your advice and fished in front of the look out tower from 6 pm - 1 am ,managed these two codling just after high tide , made a nice change from whiting !!! Michael Lloyds."

Season's Greetings from Steve ( 20 December)
Here is a report from the DAA captain Steve Harvey before tomorrows Christmas match...
"As you all know Sunday is the last match of the year. .. Id just like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has fished the league this year. .. Ill be quite busy on Sunday so wont really have time to mingle lol. ... Its been a pleasure again. .. You're a great bunch of lads and hope you'll be fishing again next year. ..The league in my opinion is going from strength to strength and i do appreciate you turning up in your numbers every fortnight. .... Ill be publishing next years dates soon on here plus handing them out on Sunday along with a couple of size limit changes. ... All that's left for me to say is all have a great festive season and see you all in 2015. ... tight lines"
Remember to compete tomorrow you must have competed in two DAA matches or more this year!

Don't forget the bass ( 19 December)
I had this report in from Pete...
"Hi Tony.
Had a trip yesterday the 18th in very windy conditions as you know from the weather reports blowing very strong fortunately it was blowing offshore behind us fishing behind the boats. I fished with my brother from about the afternoon and braved the wind and surf for 5 hours.  We had the usual things with a couple of dogs. And we both had 1 codling each @ 2.5lb. Then decided to pack up. However lasts cast of the day using a pulley pennel rig with 4/0 hooks a whole squid and dressed with 3 black lug.cast around 60 yds left it out for 5 minutes.wound in and it felt good on the retrieve got my brother to.stand by  as I thought it was a cod.  Sadly it wasn't. However it was a PB ..  a cracking Bass . Hooked at 8.15. Only had a rusty spring balance to weigh and  it registered@ 7.5lb.  26" long. So apart from the weather. A good session. Cheers Tony from Pete and Poge Gifford. From Chatham."

On the boards ( 18 December)
I had this report this morning from Nev...
"Hi Tony
Cheers for the bait.
I caught two codling today off the end of the wooden decking, the best was 5lbs (pic attached).  Lugworm tipped razor over low tide.
Many whiting, most sizeable plus a welcome Dab.  Around 10 persons fishing - didn't see any other Cod today but left before dark.  
Very comfortable day's fishing! Thanks again Nev Broad"

Wind makes fish ( 18 December)
Its good to see a break up in the have got to be in it to win it! Here is a report from Steve...and those fish do look hungry...
"Hi Tony,
Steve Collins here,
 I fished behind the boats again tonight 2 hours before high water. I had a slack line bite and I was in to my first codling of the night, which weighed 4lb 8oz.
Bang on high tide I had a slack line bite again and I was into my second codling of the night, it weighed bang on 4lb.
 "Both fish took lug sausage on the big 10 o hooks again, there is 2 good things about using these big hooks, you can fish with very big baits and you certainly don’t catch any whiting! Cheers, Steve."

Bad news ( 16 December)
I had a report yesterday on my 'facebook' page of mindless criminality from Rob Edwards...
"Hi Tony. Just a heads up to you and visiting anglers. My van was broken into on Sunday evening in the layby opposite the concrete road. Rig making box and two pairs of trainers stolen. So nothing major, but van needs a new door. Not good. Cheers for helping with the blacks after the confusion."
We don't need this sort of behaviour...I popped into the mobile police station at Lydd this afternoon to see if the Police are aware and requested the crime figures are sent into Lydd Town Council.
On the way back I stopped of at the CNC (nuclear) police station on the power station road and spoke to an officer concerning crime reports on Dungeness estate he hadn't heard of this event but reassured me that they are being vigilant...if anybody hears of anything...please email me!

Lookout for a cod ( 13 December)
I had this report in from Ken fishing today...its getting better...
"Hi Tony 
A good mornings fishing just in front of the lookout tower at three quarter low tide. Persevered through the hoards of whiting to land three cod including this one at 9lb which were caught on lug tipped with squid at distance, all returned.

Thanks Terry and ken Gifford "

Fill your boots ( 12 December)
I had this report in this morning from Andy Heslop...
"Hi tony we fished at back of boats from 11am to 8pm .
Collected lots of queen cockles that had been up .
Bait was lug and queen cockles .
First cast codling.
2nd cast codling
3 rd cast codling.
4th cast codling.
Then went quiet whiting and dogs.
Ran out of queen cockles just before it went dark then switched to full cuttlefish and lug. bang another codling . My mate had 2 codling on lug and cuttlefish.
Top day Andy

 Nice day weather bomb ( 11 December)
Just had this report in from Kevin Warden...
"Lots of whiting and a 2lb cod. We fished 3 hours up 2 down during the day. Cheers for the excellent lug. Kevin and Miserable Mick."

Here it comes...( 11 December)
Today's forecast...the first 'biggie' of the winter...

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Westerly backing southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 for a time, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Showers then rain, fair later.
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
This should be worth getting on the back off!!!...lets hope the cod agree!

Plenty of fish behind the boats ( 10 December)
Steve Collins popped in this afternoon after a bit of disaster with his Greys rod (expensive) so down to one rod...he knocked out codling from 2.5lb to 4lb and a bass of 3lb using big baits lugworm and cuttle, presented on...10/0 hooks! And I thought I fished heavy!

Batten down the hatches ( 9 December)
The forecast from tonight to Thursday (early hours of Friday morning) strong winds from the west southwest...great for stirring up the water and we hope the cod!

DAA Junior match ( 9 December)
Terry Carper sent me some great photos of the recent Junior match...
More match results ( 8 December)
Here are results from last night DAA match...
DAA match result Sunday 7th December 2014 – Full Rover – 4-8.00 pm

1st       Mark Harvey                25 fish   13 lb. 10 oz. 
2nd      Dave Wood-Brignall    24 fish    12 lb. 15 1/2 oz.
3rd      Alex Veel                      24 fish    12 lb. 6 1/2 oz. 
4th      Joe Loftus                      14 fish   10 lb. 12 1/2 oz.          HF   2 lb. 7 oz. cod
5th      Michael Smith               25 fish   10 lb. 2 oz.

Codling, whiting, dogfish, dabs, pouting and a herring weighed in.
                                                Cold, NW breeze and a clear night.

Match results ( 7 December)
Here are the results from yesterdays matches...
Paul Jarrett posted last nights results of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society...
Result from our final 2014 match at Hythe 06/12/14

18 anglers fished in freezing conditions, whiting, dabs, rockling, pouting, dogfish and codling were weighed in

Well done to Steve Richards for winning the match

Top 5
1) Steve Richards - 45 fish, 15lb 1oz
2) Paul Jarrett - 42 fish, 14lb 1.5ozs
3) Wesley Cheeseman - 37 fish, 12lb 13ozs
4) Dave Trigger Wood-Brignall - 26 fish, 10lb 4.5ozs
5) Sam Collier - 25 fish, 8lb 4.5oz

Heaviest fish - Codling 1lb 6ozs (Dave Wood-Brignall)
Our next match is Hythe 03/01/15, fishing 18:30 to 23:30

Dungeness Angling Association fish their Junior match yesterday morning...

Terry Carper posted this report on facebook...
"Just had the junior xmas meet 13 fished in cold conditions 11 fish caught and then all went to pilot for dinner thanks to Aarron The Boss for sponsoring the meal all the juniors got a voucher for £15 of which £5 was donated by Tony Hills of seagull tackle 
The juniors also had a raffle with prizes donated by Breakaway tackle
Thanks to all who attended "
PS I also heard that Micks Tackle had donated a reel as a prize...well done to those club members who helped make a great day for the juniors.

Dawn patrol ( 6 December)
Chris Radley just popped in after fishing the rising tide this morning behind the boats, Chris reported a 8 cod fish tally...1 x 7lb, 2 x 5lb and 5 x 2.5lb...a great morning range.

Reminder ( 4 December)
Don't forget this Sunday we have our penultimate DAA league match for 2014...what better way to spend a fiver!...Book in at the EA gate 2.15 till 3.00pm, fish from 4.00 to 8.00pm. If you need any information call Steve Harvey on 07786 538103...all members welcome.

At last ( 3 December)
I just had a look at the weather forecast for next week...batten the hatches next Tuesday if the forecast is right...we have the first major major south westerly gale of the season...better late than never! We desperately need this storm to wash some food into the beach to encourage those big cod into the beach...

Good news ( 3 December)
One of my customers (Curtis Brown) popped the key for the EA road back this morning I asked how did he do last night in years he said...loads of codling...over a dozen plus some good whiting. The codling weren't big nothing over 2.5lb but it was such great rod 'ratterling' fun!
All fish went back except one codling badly hooked!

Bad news ( 2 December)
I had an email from our Dungeness wildlife officer...
While rubbish collecting in front of the Dungeness Power Station on Sunday morning 30 Nov, I chatted with a number of anglers which complained about getting through the Whiting which is a challenge to all beach anglers. 
However, it is always disappointing to see piles of dead Whiting up and above the tideline which have been left by beach anglers from the night before. Surely, just give the fish a fighting chance again and put them back. 
These fish I photographed in front of the Power Station."
You can see the photo below...the way I see clear up the beach up so that nobody knows you were there...we don't need a bad press...

A beach beauty ( 26 November)
Simon Newman posted on face book tonight...
"Dungeness.....A short 3 hour session this evening down to low water and managed to sneak out this beauty......13lb 9oz and he ate a whiting an hour and a half before low."

A mixed bag ( 26 November)
Best report today in the shop today was a 4lb bass had last night (plenty of surf) otherwise the usual whiting, dabs, dogfish, small codling...and yes more whiting!!!

You hear of one, then four in a month ( 25 November)
I had this email from Ken...
I was fishing Dengemarsh last week and amongst the very numerous whiting I caught a fish I was not sure of.
When I got home, to my surprise I discovered it was a 2.5lb Coalfish !
In many years fishing Dungeness I had never seen one before.
Regards Ken Vizard"
Yes this is the fourth report in the last month...but this is the biggest!...unless you know different?

Latest result ( 23 November)
Here are the latest results from Paul Jarrett of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society...

Result from our Deal Rover match 22/11/14

16 members fished, whiting, dabs, rockling, pouting, dogfish and codling were weighed in

Well done to Sam Collier for winning the match

Top 5
1) Sam Collier - 30 fish, 15 lb
2) Tony Hockett - 22 fish, 11 lb 10.5ozs
3) Ashley Brown - 27 fish, 11 lb 7ozs
4) Wesley Cheeseman - 26 fish, 11 lb 3ozs
5) Paul Jarrett - 27 fish, 11 lb 0.5oz

Heaviest fish - Dogfish 1 lb 13.5ozs (Sam Collier)

Our next match is Hythe 06/12/14, fishing 19:00 to 00:00

With just two matches to go ( 19 November)
Here are the full results from Sundays match and current league placings with just two matches to go...

M'mm...I will continue to use big hooks with big the forlorn hope of catching a decent fish!!!

Last nights DAA match ( 17 November)
We had another good match last night...
1st place P. Gunner 36 fish 18lb 2.5oz.
2nd place M. Smith 27 fish 17lb 2oz.
3rd place n. Elliott 28 fish 17lb 1oz.
4th place D. Wood-Brignal 33 fish 14lb 3oz.

Heaviest fish M. Smith codling of 4lb 6.5oz...not in very good condition I think Michael was doing it a favor!

The DAA Junior Xmas match ( 16 November)
Here is a notification from Terry carper...
"Next junior Xmas meet is sat 6th Dec (not sun) meet at pilot 10.00--10.30am 
Xmas hats will be welcome email for details"
I gather there could be Xmas presents flying about for those taking part!

Enjoy the day ( 15 November)
I had this report come in today from David...
"Thanks for the bait and sound advice Tony, we fished Friday morning until 5pm, 
behind the boats.
Whiting all day, with a lovely looking codling to add to my dad's species list!
The Codling took a small simple bait of a single big lug tipped with squid on a 
single hook pulley rig. Returned, to get bigger for another time.
To our left and right, others landed codling and a single large cod late 
afternoon, great to see.
David & Daniel Martin - Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Well done Mark ( 15 November)
I had this report from Mark Boakes, great report and well done for getting out there when your not fully fit...
"Hi Tony, fished the point on Thurs low tide up blustery but fishable,had dogfish and whiting from the off, these two came 1 hour before high, fished worm and squid on 6o Pennal at distance,no weed and no snags for a change, great bait once again, cheers Mark."

Things that go bang in the night ( 14 November)
I had this report from Adam Hill...
"Hi just to let you know how it was fishing yesterday. 
Found some shelter from the wind to set up behind one of the boats. I walked a 
bit further north to a bay the tide had formed as struggled to hold bottom on 
the straight during the tide run. I stayed till late at night and had some good 
action. 5 bass up to about 4lb,  a big fat pouting, a few of the usual whiting 
and lost something big  close in the surf. Cheers Adam"

Some like it rough ( 14 November)
I had this report from David Hutchinson...who 'braved the weather yesterday...
"What  a rough day.  Nice surf no bass. Fished behind the boats today.  from 7-12.25  after that  the breaker's got too fierce with the tide.  Had 3 dabs countless whiting 2  deep hooked codling as pictured.  One of which when gutted appears to have eaten 2 sea mice (slugs) and even the crabs it had eaten were still alive.  All in all it was worth the day off work  and with the wind blowing out the cobwebs,  feeling ready for Christmas."

Looking good this weekend ( 13 November)
The forecast is looking very good...light rain...after a 'blow'!                                        On Sunday we have another round of our 'famous' DAA match series fishing 4 to 8pm, book in on the road 2.15 to 3pm. All members (new and old) very welcome, only £5 entry...if you need any more information call our match captain Steve Harvey on 07786 538103

Codling galore ( 12 November)
Here is a report from last night by Paul Hodges...
"Hi Tony
Fished again last night with Andy69 making the most of the weather and last of the biggish tides. The wind was force 6-7 from the S-SSE with a nice bit of surf and tide run over HW. We fished from 10ish until 3am. Now sitting in work knackered lol but the trip was worth it.
All we had up until an hour before HW was Ting and I had a double shot of dogfish that I thought could have been the first Cod of the night. The first Codling landed on the beach as soon as the tide begun to run 2lb 12oz (47cm). I shouted up the beach to Andy to let him know but he didn’t hear me. It wasn’t until he came down to chat saying ‘now is prime time with this tide run’. I said ‘I know there is one in my shelter’.
About 15 minutes later Andy had one on the beach too of 2lb 4oz, things went a little quiet although they were hectic with the tide run. Bang on HW I had a further two in quick succession bring the total to 3 for the night 2lb – 44cm and 2lb 8oz – 46cm. we could have gone home then but we stuck it out a little longer in the hope of a couple more Codlings.
Andy did manage another small Tommy Cod which was returned to fight another day. The Ting were a lot bigger than Saturday. That brings my total to date to 15 in four sessions. I am quite happy with the start of this Cod / Codling season. Just need a few bigger ones now.

Regards Paul

2015 match list ( 11 November)
I had this via facebook from Paul Jarratt...dates for your diary...

What a great start ( 10 November)
Anhony told me that young Luke had his first codling...what a great start...
"Hi tony, popped into the shop on Saturday after fishing Littlestone with my 3yr old son Luke who fished with us. We had codling, bass, dog fish, whiting a good days fishing in strong south Westley winds. Thanks Antony Taylor"
Twister! ( 10 November)
After a night of thunder, lighting and torrential rain here at 'sunny' Greatstone...walking the beach with the dogs this morning we 'spied' a twister at low water...but I couldn't see any 'flying' bait diggers?

 Fill your boots ( 9 November)
I had this report from Paul Hodges fishing in challenging conditions...
"Hi Tony Just thought you would like to know I had a good day at Dungey on Saturday. I fished at the end of the DAA Rd slightly out of the wind and conditions from 06:30 until 21:30 and had 9 Codling and 8 Bass. All of them were small and all the Codling were sizeable 35cm +, but only 2 of the Bass were sizeable. All of them fell to Lug baits on 6/0 hooks. I am sure if I fished with smaller hooks I may of had more but I was trying to cut down on the Whiting.                                                                                                     All in all a good days fishing in some challenging conditions. Many people tried to fish behind the last two boats during the day but ended up moving due to the tide, winds, waves and fierce conditions. I fished 100-150 yards ton the left of the last two boats and had the beach to my right to myself. I used 8oz leads with the ends taped up to hold bottom and they worked very well in the circumstances. Only had a short period of about an hour where I struggled to hold bottom. I did lose a couple of better fish in the surf but I cant complain with the days result. Regards Paul"
DAA junior match report ( 9 November)
Here is a report from Terry Carper...
"The juniors fished littlestone today and all caught fish .we had 4boys & 3 girls fishing. most fish caught by evan who had 18 fish the girl with most fish was melisa with 11 fish a total of 75 fish were caught mainly whitting & a pouting & a school bass
despite the rain & a good session was had by all"
Bang on bass ( 9 November)
I had this report in from Alex Whittlesea this morning...
"Hello Tony
Had an awful few hours down the Ness Friday night. No Cod's just 
Whiting and Bass.
Packed up in disgust after the fourth spiky. Where are all 
the BIG CODS? :) 
Regards Shirley"

Littlestone report ( 9 November)
I had this report come in this morning from Daren Edwards...
"Hi tony fished opposite the sandbanks nursing home yesterday due to that southerly breeze had a good mixed bag of flounder bass codling whiting and dogs .had fish as water reached the shingle and where still catching two hours down had a lot of weed over the high water but well worth a go at this venue when the wind gets up .daz"

Match report ( 9 November)
I had this report today of last nights Southern circuit Sea Angling Society match from Paul Jarratt...
Result from our Sandwich Bay match 08/11/14
13 members and 1 guest fished in windy conditions, whiting, dogfish, pouting, rockling, codling and 1 thornback were weighed in
Well done to Sam Collier for winning the match
Top 5
1) Sam Collier - 36 Fish, 18.4 lb
2) Wesley Cheeseman - 22 Fish, 16.1.5 lb
3) Paul Jarrett - 33 Fish, 15.5.5 lb
4) Joe Stevens - 30 Fish, 14.15.5 lb
5) Dave Sales - 27 Fish, 14.11 lb
Heaviest Fish - 4.9 lb thornback Ray, Wesley Cheeseman
Out next match is Saturday 21st November - Deal Rover, fishing 16:30 to 21:30
Reports today ( 7 November)
Casual reports coming in this afternoon from those brave souls fishing behind the boats today...
nothing spectacular (so far) big whiting and the odd codling to 3lb...most people fishing at short to medium range...very wise with these big tides!

It looks interesting ( 6 November)
I have just had a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow...gusting force eight from the south!...on a 8.1m tide...should shift some bait out of the beach for Saturday?
Dungeness...deserted ( 5 November)
I had this report from Mike Dew who was fishing Monday...worth the drive...
"Hi Tony,
I was planning to fish Denge Marsh Monday 3rd Nov and arrived an hour before low. Just the one solitary person fishing from Bedford fishing. Had a chat with him to see how fishable it was, but a bit too windy for me. 
Moved around to behind the boats and fished from 1600 to midnight. Larger Whiting came to  6/0 with lug baits, 9 keepers. 1 codling just over 2lb and one doggie. 
Long drive home though the road work and night closures back to Rugby, arriving home at 4am"
Behind the Boats

 Calling all 'Juniors' ( 5 November)
Here is a bit from the DAA facebook page...
"Junior meet this Sunday 9Nov 10.00 at Pilot Pub"

Here is the full result ( 4 November)
Malcolm Jones has worked his 'magic' and here is the current league and results...its getting tight at the top!
A wild night ( 3 November)
The latest DAA match was held last night at Dungeness...15 hardy people fished in torrential rain and strong SSW least the whiting are getting bigger...

1st Place D. Wood-brignall 37 fish for 16lb 2.5oz
2nd Place M. Harvey 34 fish 14lb 6.5oz
3rd Place P. Gunner 30 fish 12lb 4oz
4th Place J.Smith 30 fish 12lb 3oz
Heaviest fish M.Smith 1lb 11oz dogfish.

A great start ( 31 October)
I had this report in from Rob Reaich...a great start to the season it should just get better...
"Hi Tony
Thanks for the excellent fresh bait on Wednesday.
Fished the tide down near the point, Whiting, dabs and rain all 
afternoon. At about 8pm it was deserted, could only see 2 other anglers.
8.15 near low water fluked this 14lb 6oz beauty trying to steal a 
whiting off a single 3/0 hook baited with fresh blacks.
Just what Dungeness Beach is all about I suppose.
Looking forward to having another go soon. Regards Rob"

Just enjoy the day ( 31 October)
I had this report come in from Jonathan Vowles...remember the fish are a bonus...
"30th October 
Hi Tony. Beautiful weather at the point on Thursday, with constant double shot small Whiting. Also lots of fry or sprats near the surface. Sadly nothing else of size or note. However sunset never disappoints. Cheers Jon"
A great report ( 31 October)
Here is a report from Tony Smithers...
"good morning tony
thanks for the bait on thursday as always good it is the first time i have taken my autistic grandson fishing with his older brother,
as always first time fishermen always get the best fish his first 2 casts whiting third cast 2 lb codling he was over the moon
we had lots off whiting almost a fish a cast.
but at the end off the day for my grandson it was fresh fish and chips and the look on his face its the reason we all go fishing
thanks again and will be back soon. regards tony smithers"
Thanks for that I bet your Grandson will remember that fish for the rest of his life!
What a great report to start the day!

Next DAA match ( 30 October)
This Sunday (2 Nov) book in by the gate as usual from 2.15 till 3pm fish from 4 to 8pm...
and the weather forecast is wet and windy from the south west!

Mixed bag ( 30 October)
I had this report just come in from Kevin Warden...
"A week ago but I only just got the photo.A  2lb 8 oz cod ,2 at 42cm a whiting and a decent dogfish. I returned a 36cm cod a dogfish and numerous whiting. A 3 hour session just after low tide."
Not very happy ( 30 October)
I had this email come in from Dave Wood Brignall...
"Having fished dungie for the last 30+ years . I was disgusted last night at how 
close to shore one of the local boats shot its nets . No more than 60 yds out 
!!!! . We did catch a lot of whiting most good size . Looking forward to this 
Sunday's DAA comp IF THE NETS ARE GONE . The nets go from the point all the way 
to the diamond. Fed up Dave wood brignall"
Yes I agree Dave, lets hope they are only there for a guess is they are after bass (a non quota species). As you know their is no legal limit, if they want to they can place nets right up to high tide!...but it is not being a 'good neighbour' to us beach anglers.
The right plaice ( 29 October)
I had this nice report in from Paul Child...
"Hi Tony thought would drop a line to you. Fished Pirate Springs -Littlestone... Monday about 1045-1400 wind was a little keen coming off my right shoulder towards  eleven o clock direction but stirring up the water into a good muddy colour which with the high sun seemed in my view could  negate the brightness for the fish well it did... Overall a lot of  very good sized whiting but also lots of very small ones but good sport.  Had some good sized keepers x 9 most of the bigger ones all came in an hour period as the tide came over the sand bar almost onto the shingle  water could not have been too deep,had a beautiful Plaice 25cms and three small codling 30-35 cms all returned for another day. No Bass but I was informed by one of many passers by that a few days earlier he had a bit of a Bass fest casting out only 30 yards which quite shallow.... and thats what I find at this venue hit it right perhaps after a storm or during high winds you get good results. Cheers Paul."

The bass are back ( 27 October)
Here is a report in today from Ajaz...
"Hi  Tony, 
We had 1/2 a score lug left from yesterday, and my boys Osamah and Humzah decided that the weather looked good for fishing. 
We fished about two hours before high tide at the back of the Power Station. In the first hour we caught two whiting, followed by a 3.5lbs Bass went for a small whiting, which fought all the way, turned out to be a great half term surprize. 
Best Regards, Ajaz."
Well done Ed ( 27 October)
I had this email in from Ed Pickard...
"Hi Tony
I fished behind the boats last night (26th October) fished on a dropping tide, 
right at the bottom of the tide, I caught my first codling for the year, 1.5lb 
not a monster but it's a first. It took a bait of squid head and guts wrapped in 
a lugworm jacket! After that I fished the tide up and it was a whiting every 
cast. A great session with plenty of action. 
Regards Ed"
Yes Ed its great...those little codling from the spring are growing all the time...I'm hoping they stay around all winter by the spring they should be 3 to 4lb mark!

Pollack behind the boats? ( 25 October)
I had this email this evening from Peter Garratt...
October 24th and 25th:  Just finished an overnight session at Dungeness next to the fishing boats after picking up some bait from your shop. Started at 1pm on Friday and fished through the night until about 10am this morning. Loads of Whiting (a fish a cast) and one small Cod all returned. Plus this Pollack that was caught at low tide on a small pennel mounted squid at about 9am this morning. Is this unusual for this stretch of beach as it was the last species I expected and at low tide was caught about 70 yards out in very shallow water just as the tide began to turn. Peter"
Interesting but I'm not sure if it is a pollack, it looks like a coalfish to me very similar to a pollack and we have had a few of these reported this year!
Small is best? ( 25 October)
I had this report from Kevin Edwards...
"Hello Tony,
   I've just read Paul Hodges report for Thursday.  I also fished Dungeness beach on Thursday and found that the rod fished with size 2 hook flapper rig, baited with 1/2 lugworm, out fished my other rod with a big baited Pennell.  A nice 2.5lb Codling on the 1/2 worm flapper helped me come to the same conclusion as Paul, the smaller bait fished better than the large bait. Regards  Kevin."
Not just on the beach Kevin, the boats have been finding it hard going with very 'finicky' bites and hard to 'hit' the fish...but it will get better!

A nice night ( 25 October)
I had this message on facebook from Mark Norton...
"Just got home from dungie, Loads of whiting Fished from low to high tide Quite a few fair size whiting coming out to squid"...tough luck Mark there are quite a few codling around, its down to 'luck' if you can find one! 

A good start ( 25 October)
I had this email from Paul Hodges, who is off to a good start...
"Hi Tony
Fished behind the boats on Thursday. I fished from 9am until 9pm and caught 3 Codling (41cm, 42cm and 46cm). I also had the usual hoards of Whiting which were perfect Live bait size however the Live bait rod was unsuccessful with a big codling although it did produce one of the smaller ones, caught on the one inch piece of worm I was using to try and hook a Whiting for live bait. All Codling fell to worm despite my best efforts and perseverance with the Cuttlefish. Smaller baits seem to better than large baits for the codling, I did try big worm baits but the codling were only interested in single worm baits. I did try for Dabs but no joy at all for the Dabs. All in all a good first Cod session, that's 3 more than I caught last year.
Regards Paul"
All the usual suspects ( 22 October)
I just had this in from Michael Smith...
"Hello Tony
After leaving the shop this morning we headed for the boats, probably not the 
best place today but my dad needed to keep the wind behind him. Despite 
yesterday's blow the water appeared clear beyond about 30 yards but undetermined 
we fished in the hope of something a little special.. Sadly, the nearest thing 
to special was a Codling of around 1.5lbs (returned) that came from range to lug 
worm about an hour after high water .. Loads of Whiting, mostly undersized and a 
couple of dabs kept us busy.. All in all not a bad days angling but made even 
better as it's the first time for over 20 years since dad and me last fished 
Kind regards Michael 
Yes Michael that bit is...priceless!...and as for the whiting...tell me about it!

After the 'blow' ( 22 October)
I had this report come in from Steve Latham this evening...
 "Hi Tony its Steve Latham here had a day off work today so thought I would take advantage break in the wind started fishing about 0715am about half hour in to the trip up came these two on a two hook clipped with lug on a 2/0 .
then it was none stop whiting till about 3 hours after high water then not a thing
I shall be back on Sunday see you then "

The full result ( 21 October)
Here are the full stats and positions so far after a very 'breezy' match...

The last three matches ( 21 October)
Here is a reminder from Paul Jarratt...
Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society
Remaining 2014 fixtures....
Sandwich Bay - 08/11/14, 19:00 to 00:00
Deal Rover - 22/11/14, 16:00 to 21:00
Hythe Marine Parade - 06/12/14, 19:00 to 00:00
If anyone wishes to become a new member for 2015 our last 2 matches of 2014 are inclu
ded in the membership, our 2015 fixtures are in progress and due for release early November

Sundays DAA match ( 20 October)
Here are the 'top line' results...full results to follow...
1st. A. Veel 14 fish 7lb 12oz
2nd C. Bull 18 fish 7lb 9.5oz
3rd  D. Wood-Brignal 17 fish 7lb 1oz
Heaviest fish Alex Veel 1lb 10oz (dogfish)
Fifteen fished in a strong south westerly wind.

Latest result ( 19 October)
Here is the match result from Paul Jarratt of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society...
Result from our Reculver match fished last night, 19/10/14
Whiting, dogfish and dabs were weighed in
Well done Sam Collier for winning the match

Top 5
1) Sam Collier - 11 Fish 9lb 14.5ozs
2) Paul Jarrett - 20 Fish 9lb 4ozs
3) Wesley Cheeseman - 15 Fish 7lb 12ozs
4) Adam Horton - 10 Fish 7lb 2ozs
5) Alan Jarrett - 15 Fish 5lb 11.5ozs

Heaviest Fish - 1lb 15.5oz dog fish, Sam Collier
Next match is at Sandwich Bay - 08/11/14, 18:30 to 23:30
Well I believe it ( 18 October)
I had this email from Pete...
"Hi tony, just read that letter u posted on your site u had sent in, I've been 
fishing hard at dungie for 8 years now, I had my best bass this summer just 
under 7 lbs. took a long time and a lot off trips to get him. If these fellows 
had 3 9 lbers and a 7 plus other good keepers and big dabs in one trip I'll eat 
every single lug worm in your shop !! Lol. Prahps he just had a lovely dream. 
Any way tight lines all the best Pete." 
Well Pete miracles can happen...that's the magic of fishing...I remember a trip out to Kerton Road with my two boys (Anthony & Robert) years ago for a couple of hours when they were about nine and eight...we had 12 cod from 8lb to 26lb (Anthony) on calamari just never know!
Beautiful bass ( 17 October)
I had this fantastic letter from Kenny, thanks for that Kenny I must always remember that not everybody lives on a computer or a text machine!...
A cod sandwich ( 16 October)
I had this report from Alan Martin...
"Hi Tony,
Was good to meet you a couple of Fridays ago in your shop and thanks
for the good bait.
I managed to get out again last night at Sandwich bay (more local to
me than Dungy). And had this cracking codling on a size 1 hook with a
1 inch blow lug! Weighed 3 and a half pounds and measured 58cm in
length. Am I happy? Yes! All the best Alan"
Leon hit gold ( 16 October)
I had this email from Leon Shepherd...who hit 'gold' last night...
"Hi tony
Just thought I would let you know I fished dungie last nite and caught a half 
decent cod! Weighed in an ounce under 13lb! It took a whiting! 
Cheers Leon"
 Weird fish? ( 15 October)
I had this email from Huseyin...
"Hello sir attached are some photos of a fish I caught today. Me and my friend have been fishing over 10 years now and couldn't know what it is. The skin colour is like rainbow and when you move the fish it changes colour, also the other thing this fish had teeth on its tounge and it had very big sharp teeth for a small fish. We thought it might be a whiting or poor cod at first then we knew that we was wrong. Could you please tell us what this fish is called and if it is rare or not,
Thanks"  Well Huseyin looking at the picture it looks like a 'smelt' to me, you find a lot of these in river estuaries as they can move from salt water to fresh to spawn, a favourite bait of pike anglers...I hope this helps.
Its getting better ( 14 October)
I had Tony Thomas pop in for some more bait to carry on fishing on the 'point', I asked how it was going...7 whiting, 6 codling and a cod of 7lb...not bad for a carp angler!

Hot off the press ( 13 October)
I had this from Andy within the last hour...
"Hi tony I'm fishing at the back of boats right now just landed this nice bass on lug"

One happy man ( 13 October
Here is a report from Rob Wanmer...
"Hi Tony,
I'm the guy who came in on Friday morning bought a rod from you and wrung as much advice from you as I could think of. 
I went down behind the power station first as you suggested but it was far too windy so got back in the car and headed off to the other location you mentioned behind the boats.
After setting up and casting out (not too far as you said) I hooked into my first fish! An eel for starters, although not what I was expecting it was still good to know I was in the right place. Next came several whiting closely followed by four or five codling (all of which went back live and kicking). All in all a very good 5 hours fishing with 5 species caught (Eel x1, Codling x 4, Whiting x lots, Dogfish x 1, Pouting x 1).
Thanks so much for all your help and advice, I'll definitely be back as soon as I can.
Cheers Rob."

Weever...( 13 October)
I had this report come in from David Hutchinson...
"Hi went to Dungeness Sunday.  Fished of the walk way started at low tide the fishing was good catching whiting, pouting and a nice codling that went back.  Then high water it all went quiet the same was all along the beach apart from this weaver high decided to impale it's self."
For all you new anglers out there...this is the time of year we get lots of 'weevers' about (see photo) they have a venomous dorsal fin (spines) and the gill cover, so always carry a beach cloth to hold round the fish as you unhook them. If you get 'stung' in the hand place it in very hot water as this will dissipate the venom...

Nice codling ( 12 October)
Just had this photo sent in from Jonathan Banton...
"Hi there,
Thanks for the new rod today, I'm glad to say it was christened with 3 codling 
just after high tide in broad daylight at the back of the boats. A joint family 
effort as you can see Ben proudly displaying the largest! A fantastic days 
fishing. Thanks for your help over the years. Jon
Behind the 'boats' ( 12 October)
I just had this post come in from Sam Cogger...
"Hi Tony
Fished behind the boats Wednesday night upon your advice, and had a great session, landing four bass (three keepers) and two codling including a 6lb fish. All taken at extremely close range on two hook flappers baited with your fresh lug.
Thanks once again for your advice, it's much appreciated!
Best regards Sam"

Good day at Galloways ( 12 October)
I had this report from Steve who had a good in the bay yesterday, with the MOD having a weekend off...
"Hi Tony its Steven Latham we went to Galloway's we had 4 bass 3 cod about 15 whiting 1 dab and 1 weever not a bad day I shall be back at the end of the month 
thanks and see you soon Steve"

Here...coddy, coddy ( 11 October)
Just had this report in from Alext Whittlesea...
"Evening Tony
Managed to get out last night with Darren Brooks and Jason Carter 
in search of the noble Cod.
Scores on the doors were 4 to Jason up to 2Lbs. 5 
to Darren up to 2Lbs and 6 to me, the best going 4Lbs 12ozs.
The three smaller 
ones fell to large frozen blacks and cuttle, the three larger ones all took 
fresh blacks.
Rigs were 6/0 pennelles fished at range. Regards Shirl"

Quick report ( 11 October)
I just had this email from Simon Newman...
"I fished low last night for 3 hours. Had 2 codling on whole squid, both small about 40cmish.  3 friends fished high and had 14 codling between them, one nice on of 4.5lb, the other legal but small.."

Some venues are underrated ( 11 October)
I had this report from Paul last night...great venues in a south westerly...
"Hi Tony,
Just got back in from a session an hour or so ago...With the high winds past few 
days and settling this morning decided to fish Littlestone towards Pirate 
Springs went 
there water looked a good muddy colour lots of shell fish in and around the 
groynes lots of food and that sold it for me to fish there conditions for this 
venue looked right.
Fished 1100 - 1430. Can honestly say best daytime fishing that I have had in 
recent years, on average I got a fish each cast fishing ( two rods). Caught 
Whiting of 
course about 30 , perhaps more lost count to be honest, some were a very good 
size, nice Pouting as well. But the real delight was catching three large 
dogfish all 
definitely keepers 60-70 cms the biggest fell to a small pouting.. The whiting 
came first cast at 1100 and throughout...... the doggies dead on high water all 
in a spate. I am sure I lost a nice Bass as well as the rod jumped out of its 
rest a big hit.
Most fish came at 60-70 yards just onto the soft mud and as close to the groyne 
areas as much as possible where I has seen all of the shell fish.
I would recommend a cast out at this venue with the present current state of 
tides and weather.
Regards Paul - Maidstone"

Oooops...( 10 October)
I had this email from Ali...two days ago and forgot to post it, but here it is...nice photo...
"Hi fellow fisherman!
Sorry for the late post.
Not dungeness but still fishing. Fished on prince of Wales pier on 1/10/14 from 
8 in the morning till around 3 in the afternoon. Lots of little nibbles but only 
one small taker (pictured) released safely. I think the guys on the left of me 
caught a few mackerels. 
A few very small whitings being caught but no big bendy rods. 
All in all a good days fishing and not at work ; )
Good luck and get ready for COD fishing @ dungeness its coming every one!!!
Ps its Ali"

Reminder ( 9 October)
This was posted by Terry Carper of the DAA...
"Dont forget all you juniors ( thats under 17 not under 65 ) theres a meet on sunday at 10.00 at the pilot car park"

Good news & bad news ( 9 October)
I had reports today of cod to eight pounds coming out from behind the boats in this stormy weather with plenty of shellfish washing in with the first 'blow' of the season.
I went down to check the beach at Dengemarsh this evening the car park has suffered further damage so be careful how you park...

Full results ( 9 October)
Here are the results and positions DAA members league...

DAA match last night ( 6 October)
According to our match captain Steve Harvey this was the best turnout yet with 25 taking part...every one caught fish...great 'weigh-in'...well done John Smith on the scales and Cieron Bull on the 'stick'...full results to follow...
1st M. Smith 17 fish for 7lb 2oz
2nd G. Smith 15 fish for 5lb 15oz
3rd D. Brooks 15 fish for 5lb 12.5oz
4th G. King 14 fish for 5lb 9oz
Heaviest fish N. Elliott 1lb 10.5oz dogfish
Fish species weighed-in, Dab, Whiting, Pouting and Dogfish.

Does size matter ( 6 October)
I had this email from Paul Belli...don't worry Paul no fish grows faster than a cod...
"Hello Tony
Fished point over high tide last week. The only catch apart from weed and whiting was this codling... All head and no meat.. see attached. At range on Penell using whole lug.
Where on Facebook will you be putting up info on EA single movement?
Regards Paul"
 No sign of shingle being recycled yet...speaking to the EA they might start in November if they get all their 'Ducks in a row'...but I will let you know through my 'blog site' and facebook.

SCSAS match result ( 6 October)
Here is the result of Saturday's match from Paul Jarratt...
"Result from our Sheppey match fished last night, 04/10/14
Whiting, codling and dog fish were weighed in
Well done Sam Collier for winning the match
Top 5
1) Sam Collier - 10 fish 4lb 3ozs
2) Alan Jarrett - 7 Fish 3lb 10ozs
3) Paul Jarrett - 5 Fish 3lb 3.5ozs
4) Adam Horton - 4 Fish 2lb 3.5ozs
5) Daniel Collier - 5 Fish 1lb 13.5ozs
Heaviest Fish - 1lb 8.5oz dog fish, Paul Jarrett"

Smooth day ( 5 October)
Tailor Road for a smooth from Ian Florey...
"Good morning Tony just to let you know how things worked out on Friday. I fished the Taylor Road section and was in the company of 5 others waiting for the  tide to come up.a few eels at first for the others whilst i missed my few bites i had.The reel you sold was a scream...... after a few practices i put a little effort in the cast.I was amazed how smooth and quick the weight moved out to the sea.A fantastic reel indeed including the retrieve .What a winner  for less than half i normally pay for an ABU.
Thanks for the advice...hope to see you next week maybe if the Mrs doesnt object.
Beaujolais Boy Aka IAN"

Bass on the menu ( 5 October)
I had this email from Sam Cridland...not Dungeness but it is a tasty fish...
"Fished neptunes arm in herne bay(not dungeness i know)had this on second cast,2hrs before high tide,2lbs2oz,50cm.its dried up here lately but glad to see a nice dinner. Sammy. " 

A happy man ( 5 October)
I had this report in from Colin this morning...
"Hi Tony,
Its been some five years since I last went fishing - reason being my gear got nicked and other hobbies came along.
Anyway, having finally got an all new set up I was finally ready to get my lines wet on Saturday evening. I called in to your shop to pick up my bait but you only had frozen lug (all the fresh stuff had been pre-ordered which I didn't do) were right though; it made no difference whatsoever - if anything it was better than the fresh stuff and so I'm actually tempted to order frozen next time!!
I was able to set up on the beach at Dungeness at the spot I always preferred, by the fishing boats. I fished from about 4pm up to high tide at 8.30pm and it was a full on whiting fest. Every single cast produced, and as I use two hook rigs I got quite a few braces - partly because they couldn't wait to jump on the second rod whilst I was still reeling in the first!
Strangely though, the people either side of me didn't seem to be faring so well. Maybe it was the luck of the spot I'd chosen.......maybe it was the rigs I'd chosen (I favour 2 hook metal boom rigs).........or maybe it was the frozen lug!
I well over the moon with my return to fishing and can't wait till next time. I guess I'm hooked again. Ok, I'll get my coat!
Thanks again for the top drawer bait, Colin.
Dawn patrol ( 4 October)
I had this message from a very happy Adam Goldie...
"Hi Tony, fished in front of the powerstation last night, lots of Whiting and little Pouting over low water, they tired me out. after a few hours kip, I awoke to gusty winds and some decent surf, it was a beautiful sunrise, the seagulls were drive bombing the area in front of me while litltle fish were jumping out the waves like surfers. I put a running leger with a 4/0 circle hook with a large chunk of mackerel about 10meters out. 10 mins later i had landed this beauty, and a new PB of 5lb9oz."
Manic Monday...not ( 3 October)
I had this report come in today from Mick Hodges...
"Fished the end of the boards from just after high down to low Monday night lug and squid as bait pretty poor 5 whiting 1 dog when is the best time to fish there"
Their is so many factors to take on board and every day is different...but if it was me I would fish low water up on a neap tide and high water down through low on a spring tide. This is so depends on wind direction, weed etc. But remember the fish are coming to you so try and fish the 'gutter' (where the shingle meets the sand) when the water is coloured.
On your marks...( 3 October)
Just picked up this post on facebook from Steve Harvey our DAA match captain...
"Would you Adam and Eve it. ... We have another match this coming Sunday. .. Fishing 4-8...hopefully fishing a rising tide will produce a few bigger whiting and maybe a few more species you just never know... But the only way to find out is to come along and give it a go £5 to fish and open to any member of the DAA you can join on the day either at one of the outlets or at the booking in which is at the E.A gate between 2.15-3 pm. ... Hope to see you there"

Here are the results from last week ( 2 October)
Sorry for the delay...'bloody computers' here are the current positions and results from last week...
Don't forget that we have matches 'back to back' with one on this Sunday!

Its looking good ( 2 October)
Just checking the weather for the weekend...its looking good! Saturday has a small breeze backing north west...ideal! Then on Tuesday the forecast is force six to gale force eight, south by south west, ideal for a good 'stir up' to bring the codling in.

DAA match yesterday ( 29 September) 
Great match with 17 taking part...everybody weighed in (including me!) lovely evening, loads of fish mostly undersized, here are the top three, full results will follow in due course...

Ist  P. Gunner 15 fish 6lb 12oz

2nd  M. Smith 13 fish 6lb 7.5oz 

3rd  A.Veel 11 fish 5lb 15.5oz

Biggest Fish D. Wood-Brignal 1lb 11.5oz Dogfish

Mackerel sunset ( 29 September)
I had this email from Mike...
"Hi  Tony
Still mackerel about, but very small. I fished at the back off the power station at the weekend. Saturday only one keeper. Sunday 3 keepers all at low tide.  It was a nice sun set on Sunday evening. Mike"

Beautiful day ( 29 September)
I had this email from David Hutchinson this morning...
"Hi went Sunday just off the walkway. A lovely sunny day and have introduced my friend to the sport as seen in the picture.  Started of slow and that's how it stayed most of the day.  A dozen whiting until my last cast that produced a undersized bass  but nice to catch one and a nice sun tan to go with it."

Herring from Dunge? ( 29 September)
I had this email from Daohong Mu...
"Hi Tony,
Thanks again for the great bait on Friday! It kept me going overnight until Saturday. I fished behind the boats with my friends. One of my friends caught a codling just over 3lbs. On my 2 rods, it was whiting after whiting even I used 4/0s. There were 2 dogfishes with the bigger one is about 4lbs but no sign of bass. I decided to hang my rods after 2am and restarted in the morning. The weather was beautiful and water was calm and got clear. Very nice view to enjoy but not much bites. After lunch time, I changed to feather when I noticed some small fish occasionally jumped out and caught several undersized mackerels. Then I decided to retrieve my other rod to change bait since it was there almost 30 mins. Half way of my retrieval, this little fellow seemed to like the way I reel in and hammered the 4/0 hook...a 42cm herring...
Daohong from Wallington"
Sorry to disappoint you but it looks like a Shad to me...we normally get a few Shad' on their way to spawn in up the Rother but I haven't seen many this year...but it is a member of the herring is protected and should be returned unharmed...but I am told they are very tasty!

This came in yesterday...lovely fish ( 29 September)
Richard sent this photo in...a real taste of late summer...
"Hi Tony. Fishing at Sandgate this evening. First cast a nice ballan wrasse caught on lug using a two hook flapper I will send more pics of anything else caught. Regards Richard Smith"

Saturday night ( 28 September)
Here is a report from Paul just in...
"Hello Tony.   Just a quick email, fished behind the power station last night, had 6 bass,biggest 4lbs, all returned, and 2 plaice,first went 1lb second just topped 2lbs.  Bass caught about 50 yards out on a two hook flapper, on lug and squid, the plaice on a free flowing beaded trace at range on lug.  Lovely night, enjoyed the beauty of Dungie.   Going on my holidays in two weeks, fishing the North East coast Seahouses to Berwick, after the COD, this trip set me up.    Great spot, lovely friendly  people, love your website. Happy fishing to you all.  Paul from Margate."

Ready steady go (27 September)
Here is a report from Alex Whittlesea ( Shirley Codling)...
"Hi Tony
Managed my first two of the season Friday night. Both caught at range 
on 4/0 Pennells with black lug baits. No big'uns for me, but nice to be off the 
mark on my first attempt this season.
Regards Shirley 'C'"

Things that go 'bang' in the night ( 27 September)
I had a phone call this morning from Charlie Chawner who had a great early codling session at Dungeness..."Hi Tony its Charlie 
Had a good night Thursday behind the boats whiting from start high tide had 7 codling smallest 2.2lb bigest just under 7lb all caught long way out
Cheers from Charlie" 

Down at Deal ( 27 September)
I had this message from Warren Hayes who has a charity match tomorrow...
"Come along people to a great day tomorrow at the deal 1919 club for registration and tea and coffee as well as a catering van for breakfast and lunch. Prizes for every junior who attends lots of raffle prizes and cash pay outs on adults 1st 2nd 3rd."

The return of the 'piranhas' ( 27 September)
Here is a report from John Hodgkinson...
"Fished the up tide Friday night first cast a bootlace eel returned unharmed then 
constant whiting every cast with the exception of one pouting it seems that if 
other fish are there the whiting beat them to the bait"
Whiting can be a pest, try bigger hooks and a cuttlefish 'cocktail...cuttlefish is way tougher than squid or try a live bait rig with the whiting as bait?
What is it ( 26 September)
I had this query from Tim Cloake...
"This washed up as I was fishing.. Any ideas what it is ?"
 Well Tim it looks like a very dead 'Porpoise' to me...we have had quite a few wash up over the last couple of months (carried by long shore drift). The last couple of years has seen a big growth of Porpoise, Dolphin and seals around Dungeness...I think this is a good sign that there is more bait fish about? 
Just in ( 26 September)
Here is a report from Tim Cloake...
"Thanks for the bait and advice all payed off with some nice bass and codling !!"
 I can't wait ( 26 September) 'blank' again...
"Don't forget folks we have a match on Sunday. ...Booking in at the gate 2.15-3 fishing 4-8....and just in case youre suffering from withdrawal symtoms we have another match next Sunday same times. ... This msg was bought to you by The DAA members league. .. More exciting than a Liverpool penalty shoot-out... And a place where 'blankers' are born and and rumours are started  tight lines"
...From Steve Harvey the DAA match captain

Third venue lucky ( 26 September)
Here is a email from Michael...
"Hello Tony
After collecting my bait from the shop last night I set off for the Point, all 
looked good with colour in the water and birds taking fry on the surface. 
Everything looked perfect for fish so I set up, dead in line with the two light 
houses. First and third casts were snagged and gear lost so rather than waste 
any more tackle and time I decided to pack up and move round to Galloways.. Plan 
B soon went out of the window as they were firing until 11pm.. Undeterred I 
bumped my was slowly down to Denge. Again, everything looked good, tide was at 
its lowest, a nice surf and loads of space.. Having set up both rods, I opted 
for 'one in close for a Bass' and 'one at range' for whatever was there. From 
the onset it was Whiting every time on both rods. However, as soon as the tide 
started making its way up the beach I noticed a 'better bite' on the distance 
rod and in came the first of two Codling 43cm. The second, which was slightly 
bigger came on the same rod around an hour later and with both fish falling to 
half lug baits on 1/0 Limericks. That was it for the Codling but loads of 
underside and the odd bigger Whiting kept coming two or three at a time. I 
finished the evening around 11pm taking ten whiting over 34cm and the two 
Codling home.. Let's hope there are a few Codling to be caught at Sundays DAA 
Michael Smith"

Things are on the up ( 24 September)
I had a report from Mark Trotsky this afternoon who had been fishing the point from high water on a ebbing tide...Mark had many small bass, pouting, whiting and a 2lb codling!
The story so far ( 24 September)
Here are the current positions and the full result of the latest Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society...from Paul Jarrett...
Just behind Dungeness ( 23 September)
We have the long Pits...yes I know its not sea fishing but it's special, besides being a famous county wide tench and rudd water, the top lake has the pump if you are fishing in front of the stations and the sirens go off with the reactor having a 'melt down'...this is where the cooling water is going to come from...I had a walk round them today...they're looking is the pump house swim...

 ( The 'mack' are back ( 22 September)
I had this email from Humzah Ahmad... 
"Hi Tony, 
Me and my two boys Osamah and Humzah decided to go fishing at Dungeness point,  it was warm and the water was clear, just after low tide, when I had my first bite of two mackerel. Both of my boys were catching four and five fishes. Between us we caught a total of eleven. One of the bits were so fierce that it broke my reel, fortunately I had a spare one to carry on fishing. There were a few under sized ones, which we put back into the sea, for another day. We all had a great day fishing at the point on Saturday."

You can't win them all ( 21 September)
I had this report in from Phillip Kay...
"Started at what proved to be a tackle graveyard near to the boats. Got 
fed-up with getting terminally snagged every other cast. Moved to just 
on the corner of the power station. Mahoosive amounts of filament type 
weed plus, after about 19.30 a floating slick of something I'd rather 
not think about about some seventy five yards off the beach. The smell 
was appalling! Gave up at 20.45. Three 9" Whiting. Your Lug looked good 
enough to eat.
I'll have another go in a month's time. Phil.
Yes Phil we need a good blow to stir up the beach (get rid of that lost tackle), as for the 'slick' it could be from the power stations?

The latest result from the SCSAS ( 21 September)
I just had this report in from Paul Jarrett...the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society had a great night at Dengemarsh...
"Result from our Dengemarsh match fished last night, 20/09/14
15 members & 1 guest fished, plenty of fish once it got dark, 212 fish were weighed in, whiting, codling, dog fish & pouting
Well done Wesley Cheeseman for winning the match
Top 5
1) Wesley Cheeseman - 31 fish 12lb 3ozs
2) Paul Jarrett - 25 Fish 10lb 11ozs
3) Colm Brennan - 21 Fish 9lb 4ozs
4) Alan Jarrett - 20 Fish 8lb 2ozs
5) Sam Collier - 18 Fish 6lb 8ozs
Heaviest Fish - 1lb 9oz dog fish, Paul Jarrett"
...well done a great result...things are picking up!

You need a sense of humour ( 21 September)
Here is a report from Eamonn Edwards...
"The guy that had the haul of fish must have had the best dream of his life. 
Seriously fished the point last night, caught 12 codling ,23 bass, 53 whiting, 16 eels, 
2 weavers,9 dabs,6 sole 12 plaice, 3 crabs and as I was trying for tadpole fish 
had a poor night. Kind regards Eamonn."

Now some good news ( 19 September)
I had this report in yesterday from Dan Sanger...
"Hi tony, yesterday i had about 15 whiting , 2 pout, 2 flounder, 2 eels, 2 bass , 2 codling, 5 dabs , 1 dogfish and 1 nice plaice. South westerlies will be here next week!"
I hope you are right about the weather...we desperately need a good 'stir up'!

No news is not necessarily good news ( 18 September)
unless you like whiting!
Reports coming in are primarily whiting with a few sole after dark...the good news from some of the sole netters that they are taking a few codling close in to about three pounds...Oh for a south westerly wind!!!
The full result ( 16 September)
Here is the  full result and placings...and before you say anything I'm going for 'therapy', a special thank you to Steve Harvey who fished and run things with a 'bad' back...beyond the call of duty...
Remember these are friendly matches we all take part to support the DAA and have a good don't be shy come along and enjoy yourselves...

Beautiful night...a shame about the fishing ( 15 September)
Last night the latest DAA match with 23 entrants...great turnout...needless to say I was knee deep in 26cm. whiting...rock hard but the cream rises to the top!
DAA match result Sunday 14th September 2014 – Full Rover – 4-00 pm – 8-00 pm

1st       Dave Wood-Brignall    8 fish   3 lb. 4 1/2 oz.       
2nd      Steve Field                   7 fish   2 lb. 11 1/2 oz.   
            3rd       Paul Gunner                6 fish   2lb. 10 oz.        including heaviest fish 1 lb. 0 1/2 oz. pouting
4th       Nathan Elliott              7 fish   2 lb. 8 oz. 
5th       Michael Smith             6 fish    2 lb. 7 oz.
Whiting, dabs and pouting weighed in – 75 fish in total.

23 fished and 18 weighed in.  NE fresh wind, dropping later.

A beautiful evening...

Unusual catch ( 12 September)
I had this report in from Paul...
"Hi Tony 
I went to Samphire Hoe today from my usual Dungie trip... However in 40+years of 
sea fishing I caught a fish as attached i the photo,The photo is not the 
best but was about one pound black in colour had white lips and a flat head just 
like a freshwater catfish and a massive mouth for its size...It has very sharp 
needle like teeth. An eel pout ??? Any ideas also had a nice please Ballan Wrasse today about 4lbs put it back, lots of wrasse different types. Regards Paul (Maidstone)"
Well Paul it looks like a 'Tadpole' fish to me...I have never caught one but here is some info...
Scientific name: Raniceps raninus
Also known as: Lesser Forkbeard, Jellynose Fish, Size: 1ft/30cm and up to 2lbs

Match time ( 12 September)
Here is the posting from our DAA match captain captain Steve Harvey...
"Hello folks...its match time again this coming Sunday....rover,booking in at the gate 2.15-3 fishing 4-8... our last match we a terrific turnout it would be nice to see you all turn up again. ... Gavin smith took the honours and even managed to weedle out an early codling....will they be there again?? Well theres only one way to find out and thats to come and give it a go. ...Open to any DAA member and only a fiver to enter which is now less than a score of bait. .... Tight lines"

More mackerel ( 12 September)
Another report from Mike of Greatstone...
"Hi  Tony
                 Fished fished today 11 September at the back of the power station. Most of the mackerel were small and put back. This was my only keeper when I took this picture. Then I was about to go home and anther shoal turned up so ended up with 6. We are now getting to end of the mackerelshed today 11 September at the back of the power station. Most of the mackerel were small and put back. This was my only keeper when I took this picture. Then I was about to go home and anther shoal turned up so ended up with 6. We are now getting to end of the mackerel season this year. This  could be one of last to posted up
from Dungeness unless anyone knows different.  They say they are around until the first frosts.  Cheers Mike"
Knee deep in baby mackerel ( 12 September)
I had this report from Mike Dew...
"Hi Tony,
Thanks for the worms. 
Fished Denge Marsh by the outfall pipe, 0945 to 0230. Baits were untouched during day light hours. A few shoals of Mackerel chasing the whitebait up onto the shingle around high water and again at dusk. The Mackerel were very small, and after catching 4 stopped feathering as there were not many larger ones in the shoals. 
Disappointed with the Orientals keeping all the very small Mackerel, one couple struggled off the beach with carrier bags full of them. 
After dusk the Whiting moved in  and i had 12 keepers amongst them, plus and Eel and a Rockling. 
Here to the next time. Mike from Rugby"
Thanks for that Mike...just so that everybody knows the legal size limit for mackerel at Dungeness is 20cm (Kent & Essex IFCA).

Tough going ( 11 September)
I had this email tonight from Kevin Warden
"Fished by the walkway 9.30 until 3pm.We blanked for the first time ever at Dungeness. All I caught was a 5oz weight and collected a bag full of litter Thanks Kevin". It can be tough going...north easterly winds (Gin clear water) in daylight is very hard! With sea temperatures still holding up (17.9 degrees)  and clear water it's not surprising that reported to me this evening was that Dengemarsh was alive today with 'fry' and small mackerel...crowded out with 'hard core' mackerel fishers!
Low water at Dengemarsh tonight ( 10 September)
With one of the biggest tides of the year 8.4 metres we have one of the lowest low waters 0.3 m. I took a quick trip down to Dengemarsh to see what would be exposed at low water...
The beach looked pretty clean...some big concrete blocks to the east of the outfall pipe showing but not much else I could see.
Galloways on the other hand is still showing the storm damage from last winter, the traditional sand bars and gullies have not yet reformed, but the good news in the fading light is that I could see no particular snags? 
Latest results ( 10 September)
Here are the latest results from 'Southern Circuit' from Paul Jarrett...
"Full match result no.8 & League table - Pirate Springs 23/08/14"

Hot night behind 'A' station ( 8 September)
I had this report from Tomasz Karczemny who had a good night...
"Hi Tony,
Third time a charm! On Saturday night I went Behind Power Station for the third time ever . I fished through the night, (it was very warm and humid) from the first cast I knew that it will be an interesting night (double hookup of bass) next cast - bass and a flounder. As soon as it got dark whiting showed up in impressive numbers mixed with a small pouting. At high tide I got my very first sole and the second and third and so on up to six. I kept a couple of them but only because they were very badly hooked. At dawn I saw activity on the surface and got a few mackerel on white feathers
All together I got six sole, six bass, six mackerel, three flounder and countless whiting- pouting mixture. Tom from Coventry"

DAA Juniors match ( 8 September)
Jim Mcmurray who runs our new junior section (free membership) of the DAA held a match yesterday and I was copied in..."we had eleven fish today and three children caught one of them had three fish also in the eleven there was six new members so that's fourteen now" ...thanks to all the hard work of the 'Junior' sub is going from strength to strength! Go to the DAA website to see the future match dates.

Indian summer? ( 8 September)
I had this report last night from John...
"fished 2 hours up and an hour from top of the tide Friday 
night nothing till dusk then small whiting every cast did have a shoal of 
mackerel go past 10 yards out at high tide regards John Hodgkinson"
I have had a few reports over the last couple of days of mackerel shoals close to the beach in the west bay...if the wind stays in the north east it will keep the water clear allowing sight hunting species like mackerel to chase the 'fry' up the beach.

Catch reports? ( 6 September)
Not many reports, mostly whiting after dark with some sole,flounder, dab...and a few mackerel, nothing 'earth shattering' unless you know different??

Malcolm Jones has sent me the second half of the year...DAA match list, so here it is...
Fancy it all night ( 5 September)
I had this email come in from Alan...pleased to help...
"Hi Tony,i follow your facebook page and wondered if you would mind promoting the attached details for a charity night fishing match on Deal Pier for next friday, unfortunately people that said they were going to fish have not committed their payment and we are falling short, there are around 18 spaces left on a fist come first serve basis.  any help appreciated  kind regards  Alan Mills"
I 'cobbled' the three excel pages into one to give people an idea Alan...

Zzzzz...Zzzzz...( 4 September)
Not much going on today...dead tides...high sun...

But we have some news...Simon Newman Chairman of the DAA has released the date for the next World Dab Championship...

"FYI match planners....World Dab Fishing Championships....Sunday 8th Feb 2015. High water 1330."

The full 'monty' ( 2 September)
Here are the full results from Sundays match compiled by 'Statto' (Malcolm Jones)...

Loads of fish ( 1 September)
Here are the results from last nights DAA match...a good turnout, lots of fish...mostly undersized for usual...
DAA match result Sunday 31st August 2014 – Full Rover – 4-00 pm – 8-00 pm

1st       Gavin Smith                 9 fish   6 lb. 12 oz.       
2nd      Michael Smith             9 fish   4 lb.  0 oz.   
3rd       Cieron Bull                 3 fish   3lb. 12 ½ oz.       
4th       Alex Veel                   10 fish   3 lb. 9 oz. 
5th       Paul Gunner                8 fish    3 lb. 0 ½ oz.
                        8th       Mike Richardson        4 fish     2 lb. 12 oz. 
Dogfish,  sole, whiting, dabs and a codling weighed in – 82fish in total.
22 fished and 19 weighed in.  NW breeze backing SW later.
Regards, Malcolm
Here is a photo of Gavin Smith's codling...

Nice sole ( 1 September)
This report came in Dave Wood Brignall fishing last nights DAA match...
"Found a couple of nice sole tonight on the point in the DAA comp . Was trying a 
new rig I have made hooks where semi circle sakumas flouro hooklinks . Lug 
tipped squid at range."
 Shaping up nicely ( 30 August)
Here is a report just in from Terry...plenty of fish...
"Hi Tony
Fished just to the right of the walkway Saturday, had a number of Whiting, various flatties and two codling, both about the same size and caught on old lug and squid combo at high tide and at very close range!
Thanks Terry, Lee and Ken Gifford"

Hot off the press ( 30 August)
Just had this photo sent in from Nick (No Fear) Burton fishing at Galloways...just minutes ago...

A bit breezy today ( 29 August)
I had this report come in this evening, cracking surf...lovely photos...
"Hello Tony
This morning I went to Galloways with my son James and daughter Lucy, and second cast as the tide began flooding I had a pb bass of 6lb-plus on fresh lug, beating my old pb of 5lb (caught at Jury's Gap the other year). I was happy to put it back and it swam off strongly. No more bites were forthcoming, and an hour later we were blown off the beach! We then moved to Taylor Road, where Jimmy had a school bass, I had a flounder, and another angler had a good bass. Lucy, meanwhile, was happy to read her book and take the photos. All in all, a great day.
Tight lines Pat Newman (Sevenoaks)"

Come on down! ( 28 August)
Here is the 'post' from Steve Harvey DAA match captain...
"Dont forgot folks its a match on sunday. ... Booking in at the gate from 2.15-3 fishing 4-8. ... over the last week the fishing seems to have improved rapidly so lets hope for a few more fish. ..Open to all DAA members £5 to fish and you can join on the day. ... Tight lines" 

Don't Panic! ( 28 August)
I have just had a key returned by David Macivor and he told me he caught dogfish and whiting...and yes two codling one about 4.5lb and one pushing 6...I know its early days and all swallow doesn't make a summer etc.


Jurys Gap ( 28 August)
I went down to Jurys Gap yesterday to have a look, the sea defence work has started with plenty of 'rock armour' being landed from Norway.
Jurys Gap beach if fenced off with the work, but if you drive into Broomhill car park and park at the top by Jurys Gap end you can still access the beach.

Bad morning at Dungeness ( 27 August)
Here is a plea from Mark if anybody out there can help...
"Hi Tony,
I've been focused on home jobs this year so not got out to fish much but decided 
to have a go Saturday morning and was up at 3am for a nice early start from 
Rochester.  Was fishing by six at the boardwalk and it was a beautiful morning!  
My mate had a few dab and whiting just as the tide started back in but nothing 
for me except lost gear. We packed up at about noon in bright sunshine so not 
ideal for fishing but was a great morning to be out again.  I got back home to 
Rochester only to realise I left my tripod rod rest at the parking spaces by the 
boardwalk :-(  
SO, if any kind soul out there found it and you were happy to take it in till 
next time, there's a beer in it for both!!  It's a Shakespeare Salt beach rest 
in carry case and I'm hoping you might be able to put this up on you website 
please? I know it's a long shot but as my wife got me it for a birthday present 
I'm quite attached to it.  Thanks very much and hope to get another match or two 
in soon. All the best. Mark Parnell."

Make a note of the dates ( 26 August)
All you keen young anglers out there make a note of the dates...

Pretty picture...( 25 August)
I had this photo sent in by Steve Field of the Southern circuit match last Saturday at Pirate Springs...what a lovely evening!

Up close and personal ( 25 August)
After work yesterday I popped up to the point for a couple of hours through low water, fish every cast...the first three casts sizable dogfish then whiting up to 30cm. non stop...great fun!

Codling on the move ( 25 August)
I had this report in from Steve Harvey (DAA match Captain) who was 'playing away' down Sangate Castle...
"Fished last night at a 'localish mark' three of us had six codling between us only two sizable caught by me Mr Harvey senior had one codling and a couple of sizable pout, Dorian Partridge had a pout, ling and two codling" 

Last night at Pirate Springs ( 24 August)
Here is a report from Paul Jarratt of Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society match results from last night at Pirate Springs...
"Result from our Pirate Springs match fished last night
12 anglers fished, fishing was tough with only 14 fish weighed in, Whiting, Pouting and Eels Well done...Steve Field for winning the match...
Top 5
1) Steve Field - 3 Fish 1lb 3ozs
2) Keith Johnson - 2 Fish 1lb 2ozs
3) Warren Ross - 2 Fish 1lb 0.5ozs
4) Darren Edwards - 2 Fish 14.5ozs
5) Alan Jarrett - 1 Fish 6.5ozs
Heaviest Fish - 14.5oz Eel, Keith Johnson"