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England Boat Squad weekend - West Mersea 2016


Boat Squad weekend photo 2016


Eighteen people attended the England boat squad weekend at West Mersea on 22nd/23rd October 2016. Fishing took place over 2 days aboard Stuart and Scott Belbin's boats Razorbill and Galloper. The weather was kind for the duration of the weekend with the boats anchoring for everyone to fish comfortably several miles offshore.

The fishing was very good with the predominate species being whiting. To add a bit of spice to the fishing they also encountered thornback ray and a few dogfish. The rays were about in numbers and razorbill had more than 100 over the two days.

The first day saw anglers organised into 4 teams and "practicing" for a match on the next day. The idea was to share information and learn as much as possible from each other. A demonstration from Mark Smith on how to prepare mussels for bait was also shown to all in attendance.

The next day saw the squad members competing in a 4 hour match with a rotation around the boat after two hours. The teams fished against each other and there was a lot of collaboration and sharing of information. Several hundred fish were caught and released including 50 thornback rays to about 8lb in weight.

The match was decided using a percentage system and the winning team members were Mark Smith, Martin Bobbett, John Bellamy and John Wright. Individual boat winners were Mark Smith and Steve Batchelor.


Mark Smith 100% (79 fish points)

Steve Batchelor 100%(72)

Gary Galbraith 98.6%(71)

Martin Bobbet 95.8%(69)

Cliff Newbold 93.1%(67)

Brett Lomas 88.6%(70)

Cliff Williams 75.9%(60)

Rolf Marschalek 74.7%(59)

Colin Searles 68.1%(49)

Paul Hart 67.1%(53)

Steve Thomas/Pete Bailey/Matt Osborne 66.7%(48)

John Bellamy 61.1%(44)

Andy Halsey 54.4%(43)

Gary Geoghegan 51.9%(41)

John Wright 50.6%(40)

Barrie Senior 40.5%(32)

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