Archive for February, 2018

John May wins George Gale Trophy


John May has won the George Gale Trophy for  Best specimen Flatfish from the BCFSA area, boat or shore, based against the BCFSA record list.

John caught this fine sole of 3lb 2oz whilst out on Zeke’s boat fishing from Portishead.

Well done John.

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Fish Of The Month January 2018


Fish of the month for January 2018 sponsored by Thyers Fishing Tackle of Highbridge, in conjunction with BBOSAA members.




Winner of Fish of the Month for January 2018 is Nigel Devey with this cod of 12lb 3oz.

Well done Nigel.

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Presidents Cup Sunday 14th January 2018

On Sunday 14th January 2018 we held the Presidents Cup out of Burnham-on-Sea.

Not the best start for us as our 4×4 broke down whilst towing the boat to the beach!

Luckily Simon was on hand with his tractor and we soon had the boat launched and the truck parked up.

There were 8 boats entered on the day with 7 launching from the beach and Dave Lewis on Storm with 2 guests on baord joined us from the river.

On Four Buoys we had a full crew of Saxby’s with Fred, Roy Dicky and myself.

We had decided to head down to Watchet having heard of quite a few cod showing and we were straight into fish with rays, congers and a few whiting showing.


Talking to the other boats it seemed we were fairing much better than them.

Pete Nicholson & Terry Garrett on Vicuoe were really struggling and had a tough day.

They tried a few marks from Brean to Lilstock but only managed to find a couple of rays and whiting.

On Four Buoys we made a couple of moves looking for more  tidal flow but as we hadn’t seen a cod we decided to head back up channel.

Martin Quinn and Andy Georgiou on Seanie’s Flier were fishing Lilstock along with Nigel and Aaron Devey on Ultra White.

They were finding the fishing very slow but Martin had caught a couple of small codling which he returned.

Other boats fishing on the day were, Elusive Tide with Darren Govier & Paul Wyman, Mike Trott on Jackatoo with 2 guests on board, and Shearwater with Jeff Clarke and guest Mitch Ando.


They all stayed local and had a tough day but did manage to find some rays, conger whiting and a few dogfish.

Our final mark for the day was a patch of coral near Hinkley.

Nigel and Aaron were already on it we arrived, they had struggled to find any fish at Lilstock so moved.

Nigel had caught a nice cod just before we joined them.

As the tide picked up here we started to catch fish again with thornback rays and whiting coming on the feed.


All to soon it was time to head back in and at the weigh in there were a couple of nice cod brought to the scales.

Nigel’s fish weighed in at 12lb 3oz and gave him first place.

Martin Quinn had also had a nice cod at 11lb 4oz and a smaller one of 4lb 3oz giving both 2nd and 3rd place on the day.


It was another good turn out on what was very cold day and it was also great to see so many back at the sailing club for a drink a laugh afterwards.

Thanks to Kelly and Mark Bowden for organising the food and to Tracey for opening the bar.  

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January’s News Letter 2018


By Richard Saxby


The last month has seen a bit more activity with a couple of competitions.

There are a few more cod in the bay and lots of whiting with a few insize, still lots of small thornies and doggies but the conger seem to have moved off a bit.

February can be a funny month but everything seems to be a bit late this winter so with a bit of luck the cod will hang around until late spring.


Thursday 28th December was our last chance to hold our Thornback trophy after 3 previous cancellations and thankfully the wind eased slightly and swung more southerly and although it was a bit lumpy early on as the day went on conditions improved for the 7 boats that made it out.

Loads of thornbacks were caught with 4 over 10lb making it back to the scales along with a few decent whiting to 1lb 9oz.

Not many conger were caught and very few dogs and only 1 cod.

The first 3 places all went to thornies with Simon Stroud coming out on top with a nice one of 12lb 7oz and 80%.



Andy Reeve took second and Pete Nicholson third with rays of 11lb 10oz and 10lb 7oz.

Pete also won the pools with a nice cod of 12lb 2oz and 67%.

Sunday 14th January we got the Presidents cup on at the first time of asking.

It’s always good to get the first comp on for the year rather than postponing due to the weather which creates a backlog in a very busy schedule.

8 boats with 20 anglers set off in the dark with a reasonable forecast for the day.


The wind stayed mainly from the east which made for a hard match but everyone caught a few fish in the end.

Thornbacks, whiting, conger, dogs and cod made up the catches.

No skate over 10lb made it back to the scales although a few close to our mls were caught.

Winner on the day was Nigel Devey with a cod of 12lb 3oz and 68% which also took the pools.

Martin Quinn took 2nd and 3rd place with cod of 11lb 4oz and 4lb 3oz, the best of a 6 cod haul.

Fish of the month for December sponsored by Thyers Tackle of Highbridge was won by Simon Stroud with a thornie of 12lb 7oz and 80%.



The next club competition is the Fred Peters Trophy on the 18th February.

Our next club meeting is on Thursday 15th February at Burnham Motor Boat and Sailing Club on the sea front, pop along if you are interested in joining a friendly club.

You can keep up-to date with latest news and catches and all things fishy on our facebook page and website Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association.

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