A brief outline of the June club meeting:
Approximately 40 people in attendance
from Chris Annie Banks
Fishing updates:
Fishing is very good in the river at the moment, with Bass, Rays, Whiting, Smooth-hounds, Dogfish and small Huss. The ebb seems to be fishing better than the flood. Confirmed report of a 10.5lb Bass caught not far from Cleethorpes.
No sign of Mackerel yet
The Advisory rules and protocols:
Club has produced a guidance sheet (aimed mainly at new or inexperienced members).
The sheet gives guidelines on the rules and procedures for boating in the Humber
Copies available online or via e-mail from committee members
The Final league results:
Unfortunately, only 5 matches were fished.
Tony Mclernon was the WL winner
The 3 biggest fish went to:
Roy Markham, Terry Branson and Alan Evans
£500 will be paid out to the biggest fish winners at the presentation night.
Along with prizes for the league champion, individual match winners and the top 10 in the league.
Presentation night to be arranged on a Saturday in August.
Next season’s Winter League:
A change to the format for next season.
Eight matches to be arranged. Starting in October and Ending in March. If a match is cancelled due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, it will not be re-arranged. This will leave other dates free for different club matches and charity open matches.
Match dates haven’t been finalised yet, also the WL Prize structure is yet to be formulated by the committee.
The different approach to the charity appeal.
Historically the club raised between £3000 and £4000 annually for an individual charity.
The last two years we have raised more than £13000 a year!
This is too much to give to one charity and too much for one person to organise.
Therefore, we are going to have a charity fund, which will be run by a small committee and the club will give various donations throughout the year to local charities.
We are committed to giving Rear into Gear £10,000 this year, which will leave a surplus for next year’s fund.
To start the new fund-raising year off, we are giving a donation to Magic Moments at the crab racing night on Saturday.
There are various fund-raising events in the pipeline
For instance, crab racing, boat fishing trips for our supporters, a night or two in the clubhouse.
Also, Terry Branson is organising a 2020 calendar. Selling at £10 each,
he is hoping to raise at least £2000
Terry needs good quality photos relating to the club, boats or the Humber.
If anyone has good photos, please send them to Terry or a committee member.
He is also looking for local businesses to sponsor the calendar at £75 a monthly page.
Charity presentation night
July 20th
£10,000 to Rear into Gear.
Live music with the Steve Everett band
Please come along and celebrate your and your club’s fantastic achievement of raising more than £13000!
Crab racing evening and bbq
This Saturday at 7pm
BBQ tickets at £5 available from the office
There will be an Open Thorn-back match arranged in the Summer.
With money raised going to the RNLI. Entrance fee will be £10.
Details to be published soon.
Club Membership to date stands at 74. Please re-join if you haven’t done so. Banksy on 6 out!
The HCA Boat fishing Club is proud to present
The 2019 Orsted Spring Charity Open on Sunday 07/04/19
click on download links for Entry Form And Match Rules
2019 Orsted Open entry form  Match Rules Orsted spring 2019 match rules  good luck everybody

Subject: Departures in poor visibility
Importance: High

Good morning,

After recent safety concerns please note the following:

With immediate effect, all vessels wishing to depart Grimsby Royal Dock or Grimsby Fish Dock in visibility of less than 5 cables must have both AIS and Radar.



Darren Briggs | Assistant Dock Master | Associated British Ports

Humber Marine Control Centre | Wharncliffe Rd | Grimsby | DN31 3QJ

Tel: 01472 246233 | Mob: 07718 600877

Tony Hogg
The HCA Fishing Club are holding a members only Championship League boat fishing match Sunday 3rd Feb
The boats will be leaving Royal Dock, Fish Docks & the beach about or before 7am The match starts at 7.30am finishing at 3-30pm.
Fish Dock gates are closing at 7am.
Hogwash is the control boats listening VHF Ch12/14 working Ch6: Call me before the match starts to book in, £5 optional pool, pay me at the weigh in.
hogwash on 6 out


HCA Boat Fishing Club

Fur and Feather Match Sunday 30.12.18

As we prepare ourselves for the New Year the HCA Boat Fishing Club had one piece of unfinished business to put aside for 2018.

Fur and Feather Match Sunday 30.12.18

Poor reports coming in did not instill a lot of confidence throughout the anglers who all in high spirits were in truth preparing more for the clubs afternoon meeting and participation in the Bars fine offerings than wetting lines.

25 boats carrying 36 anglers slipped in and out of two pens at 07.15 and 07.45 and when the last boat anchored we were able to get the lines in at 08.30.

The skies were overcast and the wind coming from the North West someone remarked it’s not looking good. How wrong they were a new run of cod-lings had come into the river, and ready to feed.

With the match ending at 13.00 most boats dropped onto the south and middle shoal. We fished the middle shoal along with 7 other club boats and about 15 minutes in we were joined by a boat out of Westwick who dropped his anchor nearly on our deck and fished less than 100m away for the duration so we were looking at 5 anglers on the starboard rail all match.

Everybody was into codlings Jim Mclernon first cast was a 7lb beauty and we put another 24 codlings aboard to entertain our close neighbors.

Whiting’s were sporadic though of good quality, we thought we were doing well but a close neighbor Gemini had a dark horse called Glyn Hind aboard who left it to his last chuck of the match to boat an 8lb cod that weighed in at 7lb 2.5 ounces gutted. And as the dying notes of the fat ladies anchors away faded away it was up anchors and back to the club house for the meeting and club raffle. Most of the anglers were in fine voice. A few bob raised for “Rear into Gear” the clubs 18/19 charity plenty of Craic flowing bring on the New Year

Winner Glyn Hind 7lb 2.5 ounces

Tony Mac


The 2018 BSB Transport Charity Open

Sunday 2nd December 2018

The H.C.A. Fishing Club are proud to present the BSB Transport Charity Open.

This information sheet is designed to help you successfully gain entry to fish the match.
Please fill in the supplied sheet with your details and post back with your cheque for the correct amount.
All applications should be sent to the address below:

Mr C. Banks
The Croft, North End Crescent, Tetney, Lincs, DN36 5LZ

Please make all cheques payable to: HCA Sea Angling Club.
Please write your boat name on the back of the cheque.
If there are more than six people fishing, please add their names separately.
Cost per angler is £10. Once processed the entrance fees are not refundable. CLICK ON LINK TO DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM

BSB Transport Charity Open


The Humber Cruising Association Boat Fishing Club

Was pleased to present

The RNLI Thornback Open Match on Sunday 07/10/18

The match all in Started at 7am and ended at 3pm with 37 boats carrying 88 expectant anglers on an early  cold morning in the River Humber.

With £600 to be won + 15  prizes, for the Biggest gutted Roker broken down as £300 1st prize,   £200 2nd prize, £100 3rd prize, and a favourite orange taxi the patron saint of sea anglers and seaman all over the world being the Matches  benefactors we all looked forward to a great days fishing.

The river Humber did not disappoint with a Prevalent South westerly breeze of 10mph gusting 18 mph late afternoon with some sunshine, the boats started to leave the Marina, Alexandra quay and Cleethorpes Beach, during darkness with navigation lights twinkling.

Heading for their marks of choice, it was a 6.8m tide in the morning and safety boats for the day Hoggwash and Lady Jayne, shepherding the flotilla on VHF Ch6. VTS Humber notified by Tony Hogg founder member and current club president of the match mainly on listening channel 12, Jim Mclernon called all boats rods in at 07.00 prompt 2 hours into an ebbing tide. We headed for the 5a to fish the top of the banks and had quite a few other boats for company, the 2c also proved to be a popular mark closely followed by the marks at the back of Bull fort most boats favoring these marks to avoid the strong ebbing tide. As we approached low water around 11.30 am we discussed having a move though having a mixed box of Whiting’s, flounders, Dabs and a codling decided to stay put and fish the early flood. At low water slack we put our first Roker aboard quickly followed by 4 more cod-lings up to 6lb, the ships radio was quiet though we heard reports of a few Roker being caught along with a nice Bass aboard Kelley Jayne caught by Malcolm Frost. As the flood started to make on a building 6.9m tide it went quiet for us. Boats were moving around trying to pick up Fish, Aboard Pelcolm Lady2 the skipper and anglers decided to use club treasurer Clive Glovers only piece of Mackerel cut into strips, ironically the treasurer put the boat in the money as visiting Birmingham angler Ken Jackson pulled in a Roker of 8.9lbs Gutted which would later take the spoils.

The breeze had stiffened but the whiting kept coming aboard most of the boats, as the end of the match neared we reflected on a good days fishing, Jim called all boats rods in at 15.00 on VHF ch6. The match went well all anglers returned to the weigh in safely and the banter began, around 30 Roker hit the scales and the charity box, weighed in and verified by Jim Mclernon and Club Chairman Tim Burgess. The winning positions shifted and finally ended as follows

Winner: Ken Jackson 8.90lb £300

2nd Graham Garrod 8.40lb £200

3rd Wayne West 7.40 lb £100

Highest placed Junior Charlie Hurst 9th 5.85lb
All fish weighed in will be donated to the RNLI after being sold on the Grimsby Fish market  we also have a Whiting box for the Bait box who give us £1 per kilo.

The Humber cruising association Boat Fishing club welcomes new members and meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 19.30 at the Meridian Bar Grimsby fish dock Marina


The 2018 Humber Thornback Open

Had to cancel the  HCA Thornback match yet again, we are having a vote on what to do next (a Prize Draw or re-schedule as a big fish match, could even be a Bass now it is October.
SUNDAY 9th SEPT 8.30am till 4pm
Sorry Guys, the weather Gods are not with us yet




The H.C.A. Fishing Club are proud to present the Humber Thornback Open. (click on link below for entry form

This information sheet is designed to help you successfully gain entry to fish the match.

Please fill in the supplied sheet with your details and post back with your cheque for the correct amount.

All applications should be sent to the address below.

Mr C. Banks

The Croft, North End Crescent, Tetney, Lincs, DN36 5LZ

Please make all cheques payable to: HCA Sea Angling Club.

Please write your boat name on the back of the cheque.


If there are more than six people fishing, please add their names separately.

Cost per angler is £10. Once processed the entrance fees are not refundable.

Please be aware that confirmation of your application and any further correspondence will by by email to the boat skipper (unless requested otherwise)

Please write your email clearly on the application form.

The committee reserves the right to refuse any admission.

Secure overnight parking for boats and trailers will be available, with trailed boats parking in the HCA marina prior to the match

Beach boats and marina boats from both the HCA and Alexandra dock are eligible to take part.

For beach boats, please be aware that there will be no tractor assistance available.

Boats may be subject to inspection before and after the match.

There will be marshals available before the match starts and there will be a control boat out on the day to ensure rules and regulations are adhered to and to help any boats with minor problems.

There will be a total cash payout of at least £600.

With minimum cash prizes of £300 for the heaviest Thornback, £200 for the second and £100 for the third

There will also be an extensive prize table

Only two Thornbacks can be weighed in per angler.

All fish that are submitted for weighing will be sold by the fishing club. All proceeds will be donated to Cleethorpes RNLI.

There will also be collection boxes for any other donated fish, these fish will also be sold and all proceeds will be donated to Cleethorpes RNLI..

Thorn back open has been re-arranged for Sunday 12th Aug:  8.30am to 4.30pm .due to strong winds

If that is cancelled, then Sunday 26th Aug: 8.30am to 4.30pm

In the event of the match being cancelled on those dates, all entrants will be entered in to a draw, with the original prize fund being fully paid out  Thornback champs 2018

Winter League 8 06.05.18

1st Andy Hurst 16lb 7  biggest fish 6lb .5 Roker

2nd Chris Banks 11lb 05

3rd Steve Rose 10.7

Fishing Updates  to follow soon.

WL 8:  Actual went ahead 06.05.18   

WL 9:   29/04/18 Fish 07.30 to 15.45   Cancelled  (6.88m)

WL 10: 13/05/15 Fish 07.30 to 14.30   Cancelled    (6.48m)

Reserve date

10/06/18: pen out 09.00 fish 09.30 to 15.00 (6.12m)

Prize giving evening FRIDAY 15th June Pie & Peas

WL: Re arranged matches subject to Weather and availability of control boats.

HCA Boat Fishing Club

Winter League 7


Winter League 7 with14 Boats in Grimsby Docks Large pen, sunrise and little if any wind with a flooding tide for today’s match at 5.6m commencing 07.45 and ending 12.30.

Not much expected for today’s tide with mixed reports from the week, from poor to downright Dire.

We were not surprised as the fishing was certainly dire today.

Boats headed down River to the 8, and 9 buoys to get some run off and a few off to the sunk spit and middle 7

Small codlings were being caught, but not in any numbers, Whiting’s were noticeable again in their absence. Roy Quint Skipper of Rasen managed to find a couple of small codling his biggest of 4lb winning him the pools for the biggest fish of the day.

Knocker Nobby Grant aboard Joshua was bucking the trend for the day and actually boating a few codlings ably assisted by his net man Chris Jorgensen, Helping him win the biggest bag for the day and Wl 7

The match was called 15 minutes early to commence and promptly called 30 minutes early to end the misery for the brave 26 souls who attended only compensated by a nice sunny day, though in the shade the light NW wind had a cold bite to it which was more of a bite than  most of us had.

W[nter League 7

1         Nobby Grant   14lb 9.5oz

2       Gary Norman 14lb 6oz

3       Maitland Stevens 9lb 4.5oz

Biggest Fish     1st Roy Quint 4lb        2nd Maitland Stevens 3lb 3rd Jim Mclernon 2lb 7oz

Next Match WL 8:  


Winter League 6

A good day,
The fishing was a bit slow for most of the 14 boats  that squoze into the Fish Dock pen at 6.45 a.m. to fish this winter league match with 28 anglers on board.  The sea was flat calm with very little tide, which did not help the fishing although plenty of fish were showing on the sounders they were feeding on whitebait & shrimp which was evident when we gutted the fish.  The boats were facing downtide when they should have been facing uptide, with probably more fresh water running out so that the tide never came to the flood until the last 2or 3 hours of high water, I think this confused the fish, it certainly confused the anglers.  Only cod was coming aboard, no sign of any whiting or roker, main size being the usual 43cm, the minimum size to weigh in for the HCA club is 45cm so most of the fish were retuned to grow a further 2cm.  We were told by the lock keeper that we must be in early because of the slack tide, so we finished the match at 12.45 instead of 1pm although the late flooding tide did keep the gates open for the full period but the slow fishing suited most of the boats to return to the Dock for an early weigh in.
You can see from the attached sheet the winning anglers with Maitland Stevens weighing in a bag of gutted cod 14lb 8oz, he also takes the pool money with a 6lb gutted cod, nice to see yet another face on the leader board. Everybody said they had a very enjoyable day, even the sun came out towards the end of the match, which made the banter at the weigh in even more enjoyable especially with a pint of the HCA beer, can’t wait for next week18th March match 9am till 5pm.

Hogwash on 6 out

few for the Diary People
WL 6: 11/03/18 Pen out 06.30 and fish 07.15 to 12.45 (5.25m)
WL 7: 18/03/18 Fish 08.00-16.00 (6.7m)
WL 8: 25/03/18 Pen out 06.30 and fish 07.15 to 12.45 (5.6m)
WL 9: 01/04/18 Fish 09.00 to 16.00 (7.20m) confirm floods
WL 10: 15/04/18 Fish 09.00 to 16.00 (6.7m)

Crab Racing BBQ evening  Saturday July 7th 7p.m.
This is Regatta weekend.Fishing Club Members and Families Welcome

HCA Boat Fishing Club

Orsted Sponsored “Big Cod Open”

Sunday 18.02.18

Well the expectations along with the build up came to fruition on Friday 16.02.18 when the organising committee called the match on.

Skippers got hold of crews, charter boat skippers contacted parties social media was buzzing, bait ordered, tackle sorted, routes to marina and the surrounding beaches plotted, B&Bs confirmed Breakfast cafe and after match burgers sorted it’s a goer.

Weather forecasts checked, questioned, double checked, Skippers looking at the match times, state and size of the tides wind directions, favourable marks.

X2 Tractors stationed on Cleethorpes beach to service 12 beach launched boats, to be joined by boats from the HCA Marina, Alexandra Quay and the Humber mouth yacht club totalling 68 boats crewed by 181 anglers.

Match day Sunday 18th February an early start for most bait checked gear sorted breakfast and down to the boats, small groups discussing the days up and coming action and looking around for old friends.

High Tide was 07.17 and 6.67m a nice tide for the River Humber, Match was due to start at 09.00 with boats leaving the various points to congregate at the holding area issued to boat Skippers and or launching/sailing late to coincide with the free to go to marks time.

When the all in time was given by Devocean 6 control boat for the day on ch6 the skippers hoped they had done their homework to put parties/crews onto the Cod.

As the match started we were 1 hour and 43 minutes into an ebbing tide, with watches set for prime fishing time of 11.19 down to low water slack 13.19.

This ebbing tide produced plenty of small codlings around the 2lb mark but a report came in that a cod of 9lb plus had been landed aboard Quiet Waters, this eventually took 3rd place for local angler George Brozych.

As the ebb came and went anglers were hoping for that clonker to come along as the early flood started to come through as the afternoons 6.95m started to make.

Some boats decided to move to the Middle to miss the main tidal run, but 60% of the boats were sat on or around the 5A Banks, this proved to be a bonus for Gemini Skippered by Chris Smith as one of his crew hit a nice cod of 13lb 4oz Simon Brummitt from Lincoln who caught the fish could have been forgiven for dreaming of counting his winnings and collecting this year’s title.

This wasn’t to be as Neil Markley Skipper of Patsy Lou had put his crewman Viv Gedney from Spalding onto the golden Ticket mark boating what proved to be this year’s winning Cod of 14lb 8oz.

As the match drew to a conclusion at 17.00 anchors were pulled in to return to points of departure as the light began to fade on this year’s match delivering all anglers home safe and sound.

At the weigh in there was much debate about what baits fished, how marks performed, how big the cod were that managed to get away or fall prey to waiting seals. Along with rib taking Craic and a few pints to wash down hot burgers,

Jim Mclernon was in charge of the weigh and kept a running commentary of the weights coming to be recorded electronically and hard copy by committee members.

 It was clear the Humber had produced plenty of fish for the HCA Fishing club to sell on the Grimsby fish market though CEO Martyn Bowers for the clubs 2018 charity Macmillan Nurses, The Fish on the market from the cod Match made £813.15 of the 181 anglers who fished the match 115 anglers weighed Cod/Cod-lings in with others putting there catches in the cod box and 29 anglers collected from the extensive prize table.

Results from 18.02.18 HCA Orsted sponsored Big Cod Open

1st Viv Gedney 14lb 8oz £1000

2nd Simon Brummitt 13lb 4oz £500

3rd George Brozych 9lb 10oz £300

Young Junior Angler Charlie Hurst showed his Dad how to fish aboard Abigale winning a reel for his codling.

Thank you to all who attended The HCA Boat fishing Club Big Cod Match sponsored by Orsted

And we hope to welcome you all back in 2019



 1st Viv Gedney top left 2nd Simon Brummitt top right 3rd George Brozych centre

1st Viv Gedney top left
2nd Simon Brummitt top right
3rd George Brozych center



Charlie Hurst
Charlie Hurst


Out for a session last night in the River Humber with my cousin Jim on his boat Lady Jayne, with Glen Hughes And Mally out with us on Glens boat Kelly Jane pen out at 18.00 and in on the cill at 12.30am lovely night clear sky. fishing a bit sporadic with 3 green aboard as the ebb died away, and 13 or 14 more green in the box as the flood built up biggest codling around 5 1/2lb gutted. we put around 6 smaller codling back to fight another day as under 45 cm. Glen and mally caught much the same as we did Though Glen And Mally both caught chip butties , good craic Facebook celebrity Jim Mclernon fresh out of Facebook Jail went on air live but authorities blocked satellite transmission, under guise of phone battery failure. The HCA Big cod match is approaching fast sponsored by Orsted 18.02.18 get your applications in now, you can download from site below.. We also have a HCA Fishing club meeting this coming Wednesday 31.01.18 all old and new members welcome. Agenda to follow 


HCA Boat fishing Club

Winter League 5

09.30 to 15.30

Great expectations and a dress rehearsal for the HCA Boat fishing clubs Orsted sponsored Big Cod Open Match.

WL 5 Was eagerly awaited by 23 seasoned anglers aboard 11 Boats, Ready for 5 hours of an ebbing tide with a turnaround at low water slack and a pen booked for 16.00.

The mornings ebbing tide of 7.03m dictated the marks for the match, anglers taking part with 75% heading to the 2C to escape the strongest run of this big tide, some sitting on top of the bank others astern in the shallower water.

As the ebb began to ease the fish began biting with a lot of small codling being returned around the 44cm mark, Tony Hog also boated LSD.

As the catching period came boats started to move around to more favoured marks which were now fishable as the tide eased, a few codlings of better quality started to come aboard with the biggest of the day going to Dave Ketley weighing 6lb 12oz Gutted weight this was enough on the day to win the biggest fish pools for the match and help give Dave 2nd place with 17lb 4oz overall.

The winning honours for the day went to John Dines who caught well on his favoured mark bringing 36lb of gutted fish to the scales.

Overall it was hard work and experience counted on the day for the skippers to winkle out every fish.


Control boat for the match was Hogwash skippered by club president Tony Hog who notified Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Humber of the match start and end times with expected boat movements, Tony also stood by whilst a club member who had engine problems was escorted safely back into the marina by Dave Young on Sookatoo.


WL number 5

3rd Feb 2018

1st John dines 36lb
2nd Dave Ketley 17lb 4oz biggest fish 6lb 12oz
3rd Tony Hogg 12lb 3oz .

Next match Winter League 6 11.02.18

09.00 to 15.00