Fishing Updates

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