Our guides for the fishing were very conscious of the safety aspects of fishing around Jersey, with the main hazards being the very large tides (10m and above) and the rocky terrain. Zhongxiang has first-hand experience of getting cut-off by a rapidly flooding tide there, having been rescued last time he visited the island. This time he managed to completely smash his newly acquired stripping basket during a fall on some rocks (better than smashing his hip though) whilst I managed to dunk myself twice in a day from clumsy wading over kelp covered boulders (this finished off my mobile phone, so if I haven’t responded to a call or message you now know why). So if you’re planning on this type of fishing you should absolutely know the tides and the area you’re in.
The casting competition on the Saturday had a keen turn-out. We managed to cast all seven BFCC events, although with just the morning for the distance disciplines it was a little rushed. There had been some significant improvements since some of the Jersey casters had last competed in Oswestry with Ross taking an event win with the ST27 and Kevin winning the T120 (his tournament beachcasting skills coming to the fore). In a more leisurely afternoon session Tracy took the win in the accuracy competition – after winning the ‘qualification’ we made her cast in a final to prove it wasn’t a fluke, after winning again she refused the offer of ‘best of three’. My own casting was not where I hoped it would be given the good conditions, I’m reasonably happy with my practice distances so I need to work on not going to pot when up against the timer.
We now have only one BFCC casting competition day left this year in Bentley, Essex on the 8th of October. Here the BFCC British Championship will be decided, with Matt Tonkin in pole position to round off a great year with the trophy (not that the trophy actually exists, it’s more of a virtual trophy at this point) . If you’re thinking of going then please get in touch with the club via Facebook or e-mail.
Have a great weekend,