The Championship was preceded by the Annual General Meeting and
Presentation of Trophies won in 2017. There was a lively debate on a proposal by
the committee that future Championships should be ‘Catch and Release’ this
gaining some support. Several long term members said that whilst conservation
would always be a major part of the club, this would be a step too far pointing
out that the minimum weight of 40 lbs ensured that only a small number of fish
would reach the scales. The total of four recorded in the 2017 Championship and
three the previous year endorsed this view. Such was the division on the issue
it was decided to hold it over pending a wider based opinion.
A proposal that the 20, 30, and 50 lb line class trophies should
be re-allocated as there had been no entries for any of these classes in at
least the last ten years had unanimous support. A proposal that juniors should
be allowed to fish the Championship came in for much criticism on safety grounds
and the decision on this and insurance issues, was held over pending further
The AGM concluded with the awarding of Honorary Life Membership to the retiring
President Mike Millman for his dedicated service to the club over many
years. It is only the fourth time the honour has been conferred in the clubs 56
The inscription says –Mike
Millman is granted Honorary Life Membership for exceptional service to the
British Conger. 23rd June 2018
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS :
The Chairman Paul Sweetman presented the Angling Magazine Cup for the Heaviest
Fish by a Member to Chris Goddard for an eel of 73 lbs that also won the
Electric Blue Trophy for the Heaviest Fish weighed at sea (WAS).
Kath Lavis received the Bill Shapland Trophy for the Best Fish by a Lady and the
48 lb eel also gained the Scampi Cup for the Heaviest Fish from a Reef and the
Fuller Cup for Best in the Own Boat Category.
Miles Burden won the Saltwind Cup for Best by a
Life Member and Rob Thomas clinched the Eileen Hunkin Memorial Cup for the
Heaviest Qualifier a high rating specimen of exactly 90 lbs.
Matthew Lavis registered a 65 lb eel (WAS) that won several junior category
The Top Boat Award for the heaviest eel in 2017
went to Paul Whittal of Weymouth’s Offshore Rebel (Goddard 73 lbs).
Thompson Medal Winners were:
Silver Chris Goddard 73-0-0 WAS Wreck.
Miles Burden 70-0-0 WAS Wreck,
Bronze Peter Thatcher 55-14-0 Wreck. Michael Herron 57-0-0 WAS Wreck.
Silver: Junior Matthew Lavis 65-0-0 WAS Wreck.
REPORT by Mike Millman (BCC Club President)
CONGER DATA TABLE
Our Conger Data Table is gradually being uploaded
thanks to the dedication of a few people. Id is difficult to comprehend given
that most anglers now conform to CATCH & RELEASE that we have not had more
So if you want to know the
weight of that Conger Eel based on length alone our table when completed will be
able to give you that Estimated Weight.
However that idea seems a long way off given the lack of entries.
I have to thank Charter Skipper Kevin McKie of "SIZE MATTERS" for supporting our
entries and BCC Secretary Nigel McLoughlin. .
Calendar of Events 2018
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Friday 22nd June 2018
Junior Boat Championships For STRAPS Members & Junior Members of Affiliated Clubs
Interport Two-Man Boat Competition
1st June to 30th
Members Boat Championships Two Day Event
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June 2018
Affiliated Clubs Boat Championships Two Day Event
Perhaps 2018 this Competition will
Shore Championships Fish Anywhere
1st October to 30th November 2018
Weymouth three day CONGER FESTIVAL
38th Jersey Open Shore
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