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JANUARY 2019
 
Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Ahoy there BCC Members. Going fishing? Then text me those pictures via FACEBOOK to the BRITISH CONGER CLUB or by email to

Tony Allen

webmaster@britishcongerclub.org.uk

Use FACEBOOK messenger to send pictures to the BCC. Please remember we will only post pictures of fish returned to the sea.

NOTE: BCC Members' Only Facebook page is now available for the use of current Full, Associate and Life members of the club, along with members of paid-up Affiliated Clubs.

Please contact Club Secretary Nigel McLoughlin by email or Facebook Personal Message for more details.

Nigel McLoughlin Email: secretary@britishcongerclub.org.uk



CONGER EELS WEIGHED AT SEA

The BCC will soon introduce a new standard for fish weighed at sea for all entries submitted to the BCC.
This standard will stop any future controversy over a fishes estimated weight. The standard has yet to be finalised by the BCC COMMITTEE.
Unfortunately there was recently a controversy over the weight for a conger eel weighed at sea. The BCC do not want to get involved in any further issues on estimated weights so we have decided to tighten up requirements for fish weighed at sea. (*WAS)

The proposal is as follows :-

1. Picture of the eel showing the length with tape measure.
2. Girth measurement for and aft of the dorsal fin with tape measure.
3. Current Weighing scale Certification particulars.
4. Scale can only be of the type of one revolution for all weights. ie. Cannot do two revolutions to weigh a higher weight.
5. Weighed in a sling or similar.
6. Signed copy of the weight entered by Boat Skipper.

Whilst this may seem heavy handed it will eliminate any future issues that we can anticipate.

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 information.

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 and the skipper of Valkyrie.

BRITISH CONGER CLUB


2018 NEWSLETTER

BRITISH CONGER CLUB COMMITTEE 2017/2018 

COMMITTEE MEMBER

TELEPHONE

ADDRESS

EMAIL

CHAIRMAN

Paul Sweetman

0121 4599387

 

61 Foxes Meadow Cotteridge Birmingham B301BQ 

geronimo1031@yahoo.co.uk

VICE CHAIRMAN & SOCIAL SECRETARY

Dave Ball

0247 6399522

7 Trentham Road Hartshill
Nuneaton CV10 0SN

daveball_eaga@yahoo.co.uk

SECRETARY

Nigel McLoughlin

0118 9698490

 
8 Rose Close
Woodley
Reading RG5 4UR

 

nigelmcl@live.co.uk

TREASURER

Kim Bowden

 


12 Padnell Road
Cowplain
Waterlooville
PO8 8DZ

 

kimbowden@ntlworld.com

REGISTRAR & MERCHANDISE

Alison Sweetman

0121 4599387

 
61 Foxes Meadow Cotteridge Birmingham B30 1BQ

 

alisonsweetman@hotmail.com

RECORDS OFFICER

Paul Maris

    07721 758799

 

49 Roseacres
Takeley
Nr Bishops Stortford
Herts CM22 6QZ

 

paul.maris.t21@btinternet.com

FESTIVALS OFFICER

Michael Doody

07785 281330

 
Lansdowne House
17 Lansdowne Square
Weymouth
Dorset DT4 9QT

 

michael.doody@sky.com

CUP CUSTODIAN

VACANT

 

 

 

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT

VACANT

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COMMITTEE MEMBER

VACANT

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WEB SITE MANAGER

Tony Allen

 

USA: 0013123306689
UK: 07982185557

 

Florida, USA

tony.allen727@gmail.com


                                                                        

 BCC MEMBERS ARE

REMINDED THAT MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2019 ARE

DUE FROM 1st January 2019
A renewal form for Full, Associate, Senior and STRAPS members can be found at the end of this newsletter.  

There is also a renewal form for Affiliated Clubs .

                                                                                                               



                                                                 

 BRITISH CONGER CLUB NEWSLETTER 2018

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHAIRMAN:

Welcome to the BCC yearbook.

It seems only yesterday I sat down to write the last introduction.  Time seems to pass more quickly as you get older

The past year has been a mixture of feelings personally.  We had a a championship blessed by fabulous weather and a good number of eels with only two being bought to the scales. There were however other incidents prior to and during the event that made the weekend frustrating and at times difficult for your Committee.  From these we have lessons learned for the future.

We also saw the first back to back championship winner since Maureen Walsh in the 1990s. Congratulations Peter Thatcher !

The championship also saw the AGM at the Marina Club.  This produced  lively debates on a range of topics with attendees split on a number of the evening's proposals and discussion items. We must revisit these subjects at a later date as they are vital to the club's future

The AGM also meant the last official event for our president Mike Milkman, a man who been involved with the BCC as long as I have been alive. I think all members appreciate the hard work and time he has devoted to the club. Mike was granted honourary life membership for his endeavours for the club.

Looking ahead to next year - 2019 will soon be upon us and I'm looking forward to this, a little wiser and hopefully the club getting stronger.

We are off to Weymouth for our Personal Members' championship and AGM in 2019.
The change of venue from our spiritual home of Plymouth was in response to feedback from the membership and the prospect of fishing from a new port may gain us some more entrants. I'm sure we will return to Plymouth in the future.

In closing, I am once again asking for you to please continue to support your Committee as their work for everyone's enjoyment is completely voluntary.

Christmas Fishes and a Happy New Year to you all ! 

Paul Sweetman
BCC Chairman

SECRETARY'S SCROLLS:

The days are melting from the calendar now as we move toward the conclusion of 2018.  

 I'm not sure about the rest of you, but my angling year has been a very mixed one in terms of fishing quality.  Some nice Spurdogs early in the year and a decent hit on the Tope in late May led nicely into a great early June Conger session.  However, the Conger fishing from late June through to early August was just damned hard work - possibly due to the later-than-usual presence of algal blooms in the English Channel.  In late August I was pleased to pick up a "Day 1 win" in the annual Weymouth Conger festival after fishing this event for the first time in nine years.  I had an "interesting" time in early October fishing for Blonde Rays out of Weymouth - when our bottom-fished baits were getting hit on a regular basis by small Porbeagle Sharks.  A Conger trip in mid-November produced 70 eels between eight of us - leaving me with a tally of 78 eels for 2018. 

As ever, there have been many laughs along the way when the fishing has been slow - and there are a very small number of you who know what I mean when I say that I look forward to catching up with my fellow members of "The British Goby Club" ..... 

We continue to gather length and girth data for Conger of known weights, but this initiative is still poorly supported.  At the beginning of the year it was agreed that we should move forward by taking two girth measurements instead of one in addition to measuring the length.  The two girth measurements are as follows: 

- Girth immediately behind Pectoral Fins

- Girth at Anal Vent 

  Length: Measured from tip of snout to tip of tail

                          
              Location 1     Location 2

1. Girth behind pectoral fins: measured with tape around eel under and against base of pectoral fin

 2: Girth at Vent: measured with tape around eel at point of anal vent with upper dorsal fin pressed flat

All data supplied needs to be provided in Imperial format ( - ie: weights in Pounds and Ounces and measurements in inches)
We believe that the second girth measurement will account better for the variations in Conger Eel shape.  The data we have acquired so far is in the table that follows:
 

Weight (lbs)

Length

(inches)

Girth behind Pectoral Fins (inches)

Girth at Vent

(inches)

 

 

 

 

5lb 6oz

41.0

11.0

10lb 2oz

49.0

11.0

10lb 3oz

49.0

11.0

11lb 2oz

49.0

15.0

13lb

52.0

12.0

14lb

51.0

14.0

14lb 10oz

55.0

14.0

27lb 12oz

61.0

14.5

31lb

65.0

18.0

31lb 4oz

63.0

20.0

36lb

70.0

18.75

36lb

67.0

17.0

38lb

70.5

17.5

15.0

40lb 7oz

73.5

17.5

17.0

43lb 6oz

75.0

18.5

 

46lb

75.5

18.0

17.0

47lb

73.5

19.0

 

47lb

73.0

18.0

16.0

48lb

76.5

19.5

17.0

48lb

80.0

18.0

16.5

52lb

74.0

22.0

20.0

52lb 12oz

78.0

19.5

19.0

53lb 11oz

82.0

20.0

19.0

55lb 14oz

80.0

21.0

 

58lb

79.0

20.0

20.0

63lb 4oz

81.5

21.5

20.5

66lb

81.5

24.0

21.5

69lb

81.0

22.5

18.5

70lb

81.0

26.0

 

81lb

81.0

25.0

22.0

90lb

86.0

26.5

 

 

 

 

 The lack of Membership support for this initiative continues to be disappointing.  Please get in touch with me if you would like to contribute but do not know how to.  A big THANK YOU to those who have contributed so far.  The club's "SPECIMEN FISH REPORTING FORM" will be modified for 2019 to include fields for the reporting of Conger Length and Girth measurements - and it is your Committee's expectation that you provide this information for eels weighed in on your behalf in the future.  The new form is attached at the end of this newsletter. 

Our AGM this year saw two very significant changes voted in by our membership.  Both of these changes will be active from 1st January 2019.  


 

" My Conger Club" - A long-term BCC Member's view by Simon Gavey

   Simon Gavey with 27lb 8oz Conger Eel taken from a Jersey, CI, shore mark in January 2018

I was one of those anglers that was born into a fishing family. I don’t remember the first time I picked up a fishing rod but I was fishing as often as I could targeting specimen fish well before I was a teenager.  My dad was a mad keen angler and a bit of a local pioneer of shore congering here in Jersey and a member of the conger club since the early 70’s.

Conger has always been my favourite species ( - shore only for me, I don’t do boats ! ) and I had my qualifier for the conger club way back in 1985 when aged 11.  It took me until 1990 to finally catch a medal fish, but once I’d managed my first I went on a decent run and have managed a medal fish in twenty three of the years since.  As yet I’ve not managed a shore gold despite having caught 16 over the silver weight but I will keep trying.

When I first joined The BCC it was a big deal here in Jersey, with conger fishing being really popular.  All the top local specimen anglers were members.  We never really had the massive shore eels that Alderney produced in its heyday, but most years would see fish over 40lb and a Conger Club weigher of over 25lb was a realistic target for the year.

In the late eighties and early nineties under the watch of Tom Matchett and his late wife for me the BCC was at its best.  Just being a member was something to be proud of and people would celebrate getting their qualifying eel to join like they had really achieved something.

The list of medal fish at the end of the year was phenomenal and if you managed to win a fish of the month or even a trophy then you really had achieved something special.  You knew you wouldn’t win the shore trophy with anything under 50lb in those days - incredible to imagine today !

Sadly like many of the big national clubs that peak has passed.  Personally I think with the conger club this has been caused by a number of factors.  Firstly I think the increase in fuel prices making long range wreck fishing for eels prohibitively expensive for a lot of people is a factor particularly as the lion's share of BCC members have always been predominantly boat anglers.  Secondly the number of Life Members having an effect on income is a problem.  In the time I remember the BCC being at its strongest you would receive 3 or 4 newsletters per year which most people would keep.  Obviously this was pre-internet days so was the only real means of communication, but I think it helped to keep the club so active.  Unfortunately it is also expensive and time consuming to do.  Over the last few years I have persuaded a number of people to join but they haven’t kept up their membership and the feedback I get is "We never hear anything - I don’t see the point in paying to be a member."

Having said all that I feel that over the last couple of years the club has really turned a corner and I have real faith in the current committee to continue the revival.  There is clearly still a lot of work to do but the website and social media presence is helping to bring the BCC back to peoples' minds. It’s unlikely to ever get back to where it was simply because Conger fishing doesn’t have the following it once had, but there’s a whole generation of Anglers that as yet haven’t taken notice of the BCC.  Certainly here there are a lot of top anglers in their twenties who are conger fishing pretty regularly and these are the kind of guys we need to try and attract back to the club.  How we do this is the question.  Certainly here these days catching a 25lb eel from the shore is extremely difficult and I can only think of 2 shore eels over that weight in the last two years.  

Maybe it’s time to consider scrapping the qualifying eel to become a full member.  Surely if people want to join and pay their subs we shouldn’t be making it more difficult by expecting them to catch a qualifying fish first?  Perhaps also allow smaller eels to be entered for trophies so that they all get won each year which also creates more activity within the club. I’m suggesting leaving the medal weights the same but allow people to enter eels of say 15lb from the shore and 30lb from the boat for FOM and trophies. These fish are all being weighed and released these days so I don’t see the harm.

When I first belonged to the Conger club I felt it was only for the serious anglers, almost elitist I guess and extremely challenging, which was a big part of the attraction. Unfortunately for me that’s not working anymore with very few fish weighed in and lots of trophies not being won. We need to encourage participation any way we can in order to attract new and most importantly active members to get this fantastic institution of the UK angling scene back where it belongs.

The British Conger club has always been a big part of my Angling life and a medal means as much to me now as it always has. As members we are all responsible for its future and the most important thing you can all do to ensure its survival is to participate and encourage others to do the same. Let’s see photos, stories, catch reports even if they don’t include fish being caught. Doing anything is better than doing nothing.

Simon Gavey

Jersey,
Channel Islands

 Thank you for "stepping up" and contributing to the Newsletter, Simon.  Sharing your views and opinions in this way will hopefully encourage others to be more forthcoming in the future.  As you can see, a new club membership qualification process will be instigated in January 2019 which will eliminate the need to catch an eel of a specified qualifying weight. 

BCC Committee

 

 "Joining the club" - A recent BCC joiner's story by Roger Phillips

 

My angling career began at the age of six, fishing in the rivers and streams of South Wales with my grandad.  My early success was limited to the occasional brown trout, countless small river eels and the odd flounder.   In my teenage years, as my skills developed, I moved to bigger things and pursuing the mighty salmon and sea trout on the river, with occasional forays on the sea shorelines.  I was now catching more regularly and even enjoying the odd bass for my tea.

As a young adult passing my driving test opened up many more possibilities as I was able to travel to marks further afield and target new species.   One night while fishing at Monknash near Cardiff, a gentle bite on my rod which I initially thought was a crab stealing my bait developed into something a little larger than a crab and ended up in a tussle with a very angry 15lb Conger eel. The power of the fish took me aback when compared to my usual flounder or small bass !  Although I kept this fish for eating and subsequently found it was similar in taste to an old shoe, I was still fascinated and wanted more .........

Living on the Bristol Channel the options were rather limited and I often gazed with envy at the photos in the angling press of the time showing anglers displaying huge Conger Eels caught on the mid-channel wrecks.  I was limited to “straps” up to around 12lb or so which I was now catching regularly.  I distinctly remember at the time the anglers catching eels big enough to qualify for membership of the BCC and dreamed of the day I could also join the ranks of this angling elite.  As these things happen life, work and family then took over and although I still went fishing regularly, the spare time and money wasn’t available to invest into a trip to the mighty ports of Plymouth or Brixham. 

Years later and now in my early fifties I made the decision that, having worked my life away, it was now time for me to pursue my angling dreams.  I began to research various locations and charter boats for future forays into the deep sea world.  As a part of my research I came across a skipper beginning to make a name for himself in Plymouth and decided to call him and book a trip for myself and a few "angling-mad friends".  That skipper was Kevin Mckie on "Size Matters".  During the first trip we firstly fished on the drift catching plenty of Pollack and my first ever Ling - a personal best fish of 23lb that I have yet to beat.  Then Kev decided to anchor up and target the eels on a big hulk left over from WW2.  

Within 20 minutes (as predicted by Kev) the eels came on the feed, I was gobsmacked! Sometimes three or four fish at a time were being hauled over the side and the sport was frantic. Try as I would I could only catch “straps” of 10-20lb, while anglers either side of me were hitting 50lb plus eels.  I don’t think anyone really appreciates how big these things actually are in the flesh - no matter how good the photographer may have been in the angling press, but that was it - the decision to return was made in my mind and I have now joined Kevin on several trips and his reputation has continued to grow.  Last summer during one of the trips it was again decided to anchor up and do “the eels”.   

Armed with my 12lb class Ugly Stik and light weight Abu 6500CT for targeting ling I just continued as before with a large mackerel fillet and double squid to try and tempt an even bigger ling as by now it has become one of my favourite eating fish.  I felt a gentle tap, hard to detect in 300 feet of water.  After leaving the bite to develop for a few minutes, I wound down on it - and all went solid ! 

I really thought I was into the wreck, when suddenly something very large and very, very angry started to pull my little rod in half !  Little by little I gained ground in the by-now hard running tide.  My 12lb class rod was at its breaking point when I saw the fish for the first time …. gulp ! Fifteen feet below the surface I saw the biggest eel of my life, then to my horror, it decided it didn’t like the daylight ( ... or the rather ugly Scouser standing beside me... sorry Kev - only kidding ! ) and decided to dive back to the wreck it called home !  To say that I was gutted would be an understatement.  The process of "pump-and-wind, pump-and-wind" began all over again, until  after what seemed like a lifetime, I managed to bring it to the surface about fifty metres downtide of the boat.  During its long dive to the bottom, it had become "tail-wrapped", so bringing it to the boat on the fairly light tackle was no easy task.  

Kevin finally managed to net the beast and dropped it on the deck, right next to a friend of mine that had succumbed to sea sickness and was sleeping it off.  The look on his face as he opened his eyes will live with me forever  …… and the icing on the cake was seeing the needle on the scales go round to 53lb ! I had done it ! After a forty year angling career I had finally fulfilled my dream of joining the angling elite of the BCC  !  I have Kevin Mckie to thank for both this and a number of other more recent personal bests.  I'd recommend anyone wanting to catch a fish of a lifetime should give him a call .......after all folks ...."Size Matters" !

Roger Phillips
Llanelli

Thanks for your contribution, Roger.  It's great to hear of a relatively new member that holds our club in such high esteem.  You've joined us, so now get out there and get yourself a "medal fish" ! 

BCC Committee

TROPHIES AND AWARDS FOR 2018:

Please see the following tables for 2018 trophy and medal winners, with the exception of the "Geoff Flores Bronze".  The result for this is yet to be decided.  As indicated, there are a number of trophies for which no entry has been submitted.

           British Conger Club Provision list of Trophy Winners for 2018 

Trophy

Angler

Weight or Number of Eels

Notes

Angling Magazine - heaviest by a member

Dave Hawkeswood

81-00

Boat/Wreck/WAS*

Bill Shapland - Heaviest by a Lady

No entry to date

 

 

Our Unity - best achievement by a Lady

No entry to date

 

 

Solitaire - heaviest single handed

No entry to date

 

 

Scampi Cup - heaviest from a reef

Richard Lavender

58-00

Boat/Reef

Shore Trophy - heaviest from shore

Simon Gavey

25-08

 

Fuller Cup – heaviest from own boat

Richard Lavender

58-00

Boat/Reef

Saltwind Cup – heaviest by a Life Member

Dave Hawkeswood

81-00

Boat/Wreck/WAS*

Moore Rosebowl – heaviest by a Junior

No entry to date

 

 

Associates Cup – heaviest by an Associate Member

No entry to date

 

 

Eileen Hunkin Memorial Cup – heaviest qualifier - Boat

David Mills

65-00

Boat/Wreck

Ray Rush Memorial Cup – heaviest qualifier - Shore

No entry to date

 

 

Sea Angler Trophy – heaviest by Affiliated Club Member

Mick Doody

71-00

Boat/Wreck

Top Boat – heaviest eel from a Member

   Valkyrie 7        (Glen Cairns)

81-00

Boat/Wreck/WAS*

Skippers Wheel – most qualifiers

No entry to date

 

 

Electric Blue – heaviest eel Weighed at Sea (WAS)

Dave Hawkeswood

81-00

Boat/Wreck/WAS*

Nikaria Trophy – most returned eels by a Skipper

No entry to date

 

 

Geoff Flores Trophy – most eels returned by a Member

TBA

 

 

THOMPSON MEDAL WINNERS 2018  

 GOLD 
 

 

Dave Hawkswood

81-00 WAS*/Boat/Wreck

 SILVER 
 

 

Mick Doody

71-00 WAS*/Boat/Wreck

Michael Herron

69-00 WAS*/Boat/Wreck

Paul Maris

66-00 WAS*/Boat/Wreck

Neil Cottington

65-00 WAS*/Boat/Wreck

 BRONZE 
 

 

Simon Gavey

27-08 Shore

Richard Lavender

58-00 Boat/Reef

Ray Barron

57-00 WAS*/Boat/Wreck

2018 FISH OF THE MONTH AWARDS - Personal Members 

 Month

 

 Angler

Weight

Boat/Shore

January

Simon Gavey

27-08

Shore

April

Richard Lavender

58-00

Boat/Reef

June

Dave Hawkswood

81-00

Boat/Wreck

July

Michael Herron

69-00

Boat/Wreck

August

Paul Maris

66-00

Boat/Wreck

October

Mick Doody

71-00

Boat/Wreck

 2018 FISH OF THE MONTH AWARDS - Affiliated Clubs 

 

Month

 

 

Angler

 

Weight

 

Boat/Shore

 

Club

January

Simon Gavey

27-08

Shore

Sinkers Sea Fishing Club, Jersey

April

Richard Lavender

58-00

Boat

Hastings and St Leonard's

September

Steve Hill

45-03

Boat

Poole Town Anglers

October

Mick Doody

71-00

Boat

Guildford City SAC

* WAS = Weighed at Sea

 Please contact our Club Records Officer Paul Maris for enquiries about club awards and registration of specimen fish.  Remember that you may also submit your specimen fish - of any species - for awards from the UK branch of the European Federation of Sea Anglers (EFSA UK) as the BCC is affiliated to this organisation.

        

        June 2018:  "Essex Boys" Dave Hawkswood (left) and Paul Maris (right) with good eels taken during a day  out on Glen Cairns' "Valkyrie 7" out of Langstone Harbour.  Dave's eel went 81lb and Paul's was 69lb.  Both eels were weighed aboard in a sling, measured for the BCC's length and girth initiative, then returned alive after photographing

 

 October 2018:  BCC Festivals Officer Mick Doody with 71lb  eel taken during the Weymouth International Boat Angling Competition on "Meerkat" skippered by Ryan Casey

        

April 2018:  Richard Lavender with a fine reef-caught eel of 58lb taken from his own boat while fishing a mark off Hastings

It's not always about the Conger !! BCC Vice-Chairman Dave Ball shows off a beautifully marked Cuckoo Wrasse    
  taken on baited feathers while fishing for bait.  The fish was returned alive.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP

As of 30 September 2018, the BCC had 750 members who have declared themselves as "active".  This "active" membership is categorised as follows: 

660       Life members

  61       Full members

  10       Associate members

    3       Juniors

    6       Affiliated Clubs

The BCC has acquired 22 new members between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.  This is very encouraging. 

If you have any enquiries about BCC membership, please address these to our
Membership Registrar Ali Sweetman.

TREASURES FROM OUR TREASURER: 

While a little way until our year end, the finances of the club are looking quite healthy and I hope to again achieve an even balance or a slight surplus. One of the reasons for this is that your Committee are keeping the running costs of the club down.  

Meetings are now via Skype so no travel expenses.  We have also been fortunate to have a location to store trophies at no cost the last couple of years.  Although we have recently learned that we need to move them from their current location, one of the Committee has offered to store them, again at no cost (- thanks to Mick Doody for this ).  

However payment of Membership fees and participation in our annual Members' Only Festival continue to be the BCC's biggest source of income.  

With respect to Membership renewal, it is planned soon to offer members the facility to pay by standing order.  This will be a great help to our membership registrar and will also help to further reduce administration costs.

Kim Bowden
BCC Treasurer

 

BCC MERCHANDISE: 

If you would like to purchase an item of BCC branded merchandise, please visit our website.  To get you directly to our "shop" you can copy and paste the link below in your web browser:

http://www.britishcongerclub.org.uk/bccshop.htm 

Please note that some of the listed items are subject to limited availability. 

Alternatively you can contact our Merchandise Officer Ali Sweetman.  Her contact details can either be found on our website, or in the table of Committee Members at the beginning of this newsletter.

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT (STRAPS): 

This aspect of the club continues to take something of a "back seat" . The club currently has only three Junior members.  However - we still value their membership and participation - and celebrate their angling success with appropriate awards.  Please contact Club Secretary Nigel McLoughlin if you would like to take an active role in this aspect of the club.                                         

BCC EVENTS - 2019: 

Personal Members' Boat Festival and AGM:  
This will take place in Weymouth on the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.  To date we have five boats booked, which are as follows: 

"Supanova"   (Lyle Stantiford)

"Meerkat"      (Ryan Casey)

"Offshore Rebel"   (Jamie Pullin)

"Al's Spirit" (Adrian Brown)

"Snapper" (Luke Pettis) 

The festival dates were announced and circulated to the BCC Membership in August, with 48 places being available from the outset.  At the time of writing there are now 19 places left, which are available on a first-come, first served basis.  If you wish to enter next year's festival, your booking needs to be in by 1st January 2019 to be certain of a place.  A festival entry form is attached to this document, but for further details please contact our Festivals' Officer Mick Doody

As in 2018, the AGM will take place on the evening before the first day of the festival, which will be Friday 26 July.  The venue for this is yet to be decided.  This information, along with meeting and festival registration start times, will be provided at a later date.  Please notify Club Secretary Nigel McLoughlin of any items you would liked raised and discussed at this event.  Remember - this is YOUR CHANCE to have YOUR SAY ......  

For our AGM/Festival weekend we have managed to obtain an accommodation arrangement with the Crown Hotel, which is a mere five minute walk from the moorings of the participating charter boats.  Rates for the weekend are as follows: 

- Single room or sharing Twin/Double £50.00 per person per night 

- Twin or Double for sole occupancy £65.00 per person per night 

- Three course dinner at £15.00 per person 

Rates include Full English breakfast and VAT.  The hotel are assuming that those who wish to stay at the Crown will book individually.  They intend to hold a number of rooms for this purpose.

To secure a booking the hotel requires a non-refundable deposit of £20.00 per person.  To make a booking contact the Crown Hotel Reception.  The telephone number is 01305 760800 and the email is crown@kingshotels.co.uk .  Please use the reference "Conger 19" when booking.  Breakfast will be provided at 6.15am if there are enough guests that require it. 

For those who have not seen them, the full results of the 2018 Personal Members' Boat Festival may be found on the BCC website.  The event, which took place in Plymouth, was again won by Peter Thatcher from Guildford, this time with an eel of 53lb 4oz.  Peter's eel was kept alive in chilled water after it was captured and was still alive when weighed in.  As a consequence it was possible to return it to the water alive from the Cawsand Ferry pontoon.

               

                  Peter Thatcher with 53lb 4oz Conger Eel taken on the second day of the 2018 Personal Members'
     Festival aboard Iain Holman's "Aces High"  - winning him the Festival for the second year in a row

                  

Peter Thatcher's Festival winning eel being returned alive from Ferry Pontoon

 

Interport Competition:  
This annual competition for teams of two runs from 1 June to 30 September and is very simple to enter.  All you need to do is inform our
Records Officer Paul Maris or Club Secretary Nigel McLoughlin before your day of fishing and provide the following details: 

- Names of both anglers

- Fishing date

- Boat name and port to be fished from 

After the trip all you need to do is let the Records Officer know the weights of your individual best eels.  Only one entry per year is allowed for this competition, but if your trip is cancelled you can let the Records Officer know and retry another time. 

For the first time in several years, 2018 saw a successful entry for this competition.  The winners of this year's Interport Competition are Neil Cottington and Ray Barron with a combined total weight of 112lb ( ... a 65lb eel for Neil and a 57lb eel for Ray).  Neil and Ray were fishing aboard Ryan Casey's "Meerkat" out of Weymouth on 21 August.  Well done, guys !  

Shore Competition:  
This competition runs from 1 October to 30 November.  You can fish anywhere from the shore at any time during this period and send in your entry in the usual way but make sure you ask for the fish to be entered into the Shore Competition. 

Geoff Flores Bronze Trophy:  
This trophy is awarded annually to the BCC member who catches and releases the highest number of Conger Eels over the given year.  To enter, download the appropriate form from the BCC's website and fill this in.  Copy and paste the following link into your browser for a shortcut to the entry form:
 

http://www.britishcongerclub.org.uk/geofffloresmostreturnedeelsentryform2018.htm 

Complete this and send to Records Officer Paul Maris at the end of the year. 

Thompson Medal Awards:  
These are awarded annually to paid up Members for capture of Conger Eels in the following weight categories: 

Boat Captured

Shore Captured

 55lbs and over – Bronze

 25lbs and over – Bronze

65lbs and over - Silver

35lbs and over – Silver

75lbs and over – Gold

45lbs and over - Gold

 

 

You can win only one of these a year.  If you are fortunate enough to catch more than one medal category fish, you will receive the appropriate medal for your best eel.  You will need to supply capture details and photographic evidence to Records Officer Paul Maris to be eligible.  To supply details you will need to complete one of the club's Specimen Fish Entry forms.  Download this from the website.  Copy and paste this link into your web browser for a short cut: 

http://www.britishcongerclub.org.uk/specimenfishentryform2018.htm

 Other Awards:  
To see what other annual awards are available from the BCC please refer to the table of awards in the "Records Officer" section



Other Events of interest:  
Please note that the following events are
not organised by the British Conger Club, but may be of interest to our members
: 

Weymouth Conger Festival 2019:  
26, 27 & 28 August - contact Weymouth skippers or Weymouth Angling Centre for more information
 

Northney Marina Conger Comp 2019 (Hayling Island) :  
9 August  - contact Bex Florence (  bexflo02@gmail.com  ) for more information

"The end of an era": 2018 saw Mike Millman's retirement from his role as BCC President.  To show appreciation for the service Mike has provided to the club over the years, he was awarded "HONOURARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP".  This is only the fourth time in the BCC's history that this honour has been bestowed on one of its members.  The picture above shows Mike (left) being presented with his retirement gift by BCC Chairman Paul Sweetman.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2019 FORM
THIS FORM IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW
 
BCC MEMBERSHIP DOWNLOAD FORM HERE

 Annual Subscription renewals are due on 1st January each year and should be paid by 30th April (as per Rule No 9)

 

AFFILIATED CLUBS RENEWAL 2019

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AFFILIATED CLUBS DOWNLOAD FORM HERE

 Annual Subscription renewals are due on 1st January and should be paid by 30th April (Rule No 9)

 BRITISH CONGER CLUB 
SPECIMEN FISH REPORTING FORM
For Life, Current Full & Associate Members - and Members of Affiliated Clubs

THIS FORM IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW
 
SPECIMEN FISH DOWNLOAD FORM HERE


 

BCC MEMBERS' ONLY BOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRY FORM

WEYMOUTH 27th & 28th  JULY 2019 

To reserve a charter boat place in this 2 day competition the cost of entry is £185 per person.

ENTRY FORM DOWNLOAD HERE

 

Calendar of Events 2018 Date Location
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Friday 22nd June 2018 Plymouth
Junior Boat Championships
For STRAPS Members & Junior Members of Affiliated Clubs
TBA Plymouth
Interport Two-Man Boat Competition 1st June to 30th September 2017 Any Port
Members Boat Championships
Two Day Event
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June 2018 Plymouth
Affiliated Clubs Boat Championships
Two Day Event
Perhaps 2018 this Competition will start again. Plymouth
 
Shore Championships
Fish Anywhere
1st October to 
30th November 2018
Anywhere
Weymouth three day CONGER FESTIVAL  August 2018 Weymouth
 
38th Jersey Open Shore Conger Festival  September 2018 Jersey

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