Competitive angling has reached a bit of a low point in recent years with many clubs struggling to attract more than a dozen anglers to their matches. The current 'catch and return' format that is used in many matches concentrates on an anglers ability to catch everything that is in front of him and every fish caught that is 18cm and over is measured and then converted into points using a conversion chart. To be successful at this type of match-fishing often requires a selection of different baits to cover all possibilities and a level of skill and experience that many anglers have yet to acquire. There are no 'real opportunities' and no 'real incentives' to encourage new anglers into competitive angling so we have come up with a new format which we hope will fill that gap.
Our aim with this fishing challenge is to create a more relaxed, friendly and sociable experience for everyone. A lot of anglers like to go fishing in the hope of catching a big one and it is this approach we will be encouraging. We hope to bring the 'lucky-fish' element back into competitive angling. We would point out to the more experienced match-anglers that there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to fish the more conventional 'catch and return' matches as described earlier. This is an attempt to encourage new anglers to competition fishing and we welcome your support and understanding.
In order to give everyone an even chance of winning one of the many prizes there will be bait-restrictions to create a more level playing field. There are a couple of reasons for this. A lot of anglers buy their bait to go fishing and hopefully this fundraiser will help bait sales at the hut on the Arm giving the funds a boost. Also,not everyone is able to dig their own bait whether it be because of work commitments or physical health reasons. We would like as many anglers as possible to have a go at this challenge and want everyone taking part to believe that they could win any of the prizes right up to the last cast. The only baits you will be able to use are blow-lug, black-lug, king-rag, mackerel and squid.
The details of the fishing challenge are as follows: The date we have chosen is SEPT.11th. Fishing will be from 8am-2pm. The venue will be on the beach between The Burrells Roundabout and the Shingle Road Roundabout. These are the two roundabouts on Shoreham Beach on the road that leads to the West Arm. In the friendly spirit of the challenge anglers can fish where they like between the two roundabouts and all we ask is you leave about 15 paces between rods.Any anglers trying to spread themselves out too much will be asked to squeeze up to make room for other anglers. If the beach between the roundabouts fills up then anglers can use the beach between the Burrells Roundabout and the West Arm. Entry fee for the match will be £5 and this will be collected from the anglers once the fishing challenge is under way.
This fishing challenge will only be promoted on the WSF website and is a chance for forum members to meet-up and maybe win a prize or two Details of the fishing challenge itself and the prizes available will be put onto the South Coast Meets and Matches Forum shortly. We are putting this post onto the regular South Coast Forum to give anglers the chance to get used to the idea of the fishing challenge.