Exmouth Sea Angling Association win for Ken Williams

PUBLISHED: 16:34 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:34 23 January 2018

The first three in the first Exmouth Sea Angling competition of 2018, the Exe Flounder Quest competition. (left to right) Nigel Chappell, who was second, winner Ken Williamsm and Nik Chandler, who finished third.

The first three in the first Exmouth Sea Angling competition of 2018, the Exe Flounder Quest competition. (left to right) Nigel Chappell, who was second, winner Ken Williamsm and Nik Chandler, who finished third.

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Exmouth Sea Angling Association members took part in their first competition of the new year when 13 fished the Exe estuary with their target species being the elusive flounder, writes Tim Clotworthy.

Fishing on the Exe has been very demanding for all anglers from various clubs and recreational fishermen this winter, and this latest gathering went into the event with no great expectations.

The majority of anglers settled for tried and tested Shelly beach to the rear of Exmouth Docks.

However, Ken Williams decided to take a punt with the seafront. The question was, was this simply a lucky choice, or was the decision actually a well-calculated one?

It proved to be the latter, as within half an hour of staring his fishing he had landed two decent flounder and to his merit he phoned around to let all know and invited all to join him, which nearly all others obliged as there was not even a ‘touch’ for the bulk of the competitors fishing at Shelly.

Nik Chandler plugged away professionally and was also rewarded with a brace of flounder.

Nearly all the rest were experiencing the definite lack of flounder, which for some reason have just not turned up this year to the Exe.

The only other lucky angler was the Christmas Fayre winner, Nigel Chappell, who chose another mark further up the Exe and was also rewarded with a brace of flounder to weigh in.

In all, a total of 10 flounder were landed during the competition, with Ken Williams landing the largest at a weight of 2lb 5ozs.

The full results were: 1, 11pts, Ken Williams; 2, 10pts Nigel Chappell; 3, 9pts, Nik Chandler; 4=, 3 pts, Sam Metters, Phil Sanders, George Drew, Dylan Reeve, Tony McGinty, Harry Gaddes, Gareth Moffat, Mike Rabbits, Gary Currie and Ade Jones.

A big thank you to all the anglers who turned out to the competition and here’s hoping such good numbers continue to support future events.

The next competition is the February species hunt, which is a ‘fish where you want, when you want’ event. For full details and indeed all things Exmouth Sea Angling Association, visit the club website at www.exmouthsaa.co.uk

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