The Essex Anglers team are taking on a challenge for 2021 to see which Essex Angler Is the best Angler. We will be taking part in a Species Hunt! The Angler to catch the most Species in a full calender year will win! Fresh and Saltwater fish will be included in the tally and we will keep a live up to date score on the website as well as post updates to our Facebook page and group so be sure to follow them for updates!
– A species will only count if it is caught within Essex! To highlight the Species we can catch here!
– Each Species must have the catch competition card next to the Fish in the photo and come with a small catch report.
– The competition will last for a year, so it gives all Species a chance to be caught.
There wil also be acknowledgements to the Angler who catches the biggest of each Species.
Joe Chappell – Thornback Ray October 22, 2021
One of four thornback rays caught on an October session at the River Crouch.
Joe Chappell – Gudgeon September 29, 2021
A couple of Gudgeon caught on maggots from a small local river.
Joe Chappell -Wells Catfish August 1, 2021
A wells catfish Caught from Rochford Reservoir
Joe Chappell – Dace July 14, 2021
A small dace caught on a bunch of maggots from a small local river. Caught on the last cast too!
Alan Stevens – Silver Eel June 27, 2021
Sliver eel caught on a single lug worm, size 4 bottom hook of a three boom paternoster rig. Dropped straight down on pier, ebb tide.
Joe Chappell – Rainbow Trout June 21, 2021
A rainbow trout caught from Chigborough Fishery. Full blog here.
Terry Roberts – Roach June 10, 2021
Small roach caught on Maggot Tactics at Puddledock Farm
Alan Stevens – Smoothound June 6, 2021
Smoothound caught on board Sea Leopard on squid and lugworm wrap. Flowing trace.
Alan Stevens – Gurnard May 24, 2021
Gurnard, fresh blowlug, up and over rig nightime flood tide, coastal bay.
Alan Stevens – Sole May 24, 2021
Sole, caught on frozen ragworm, size 4 hook single up and over rig. Coastal bay night flood tide.
Joe Chappell – Silver Eel May 7, 2021
An eel caught on worms from a local park lake.
Bailey Payne – Rainbow Trout May 6, 2021
Rainbow Trout from Hanningfield Res on a spinner.
Bailey Payne – Ide May 6, 2021
Ide from Hockley Angling Club
Alan Stevens -Smelt April 26, 2021
Smelt – on charter boat close to shore – lug on flowing trace
Bailey Payne – Perch April 21, 2021
Perch from Hockley Angling Club
Bailey Payne – Mirror Carp April 21, 2021
Mirror Carp from Hockley Angling Club.
Bailey Payne – Gudgeon April 21, 2021
Gonk from Hockley Angling Club.
Bailey Payne – Roach April 21, 2021
Roach from Hockley Angling Club.
Alan Stevens – 3 bearded rockling April 18, 2021
3-bearded rockling caught in coastal bay on micro bait/squid
Alan Stevens – Pouting April 18, 2021
Pouting caught in coastal bay on blow lug loaded clip down rig
Alan Stevens – Dogfish April 18, 2021
Dogfish caught on a pier using whole squid and herring wrap
Alan Stevens Thornback Ray April 18, 2021
Thornback caught on a Pier using squid baited pulley rig
Bailey Payne – Barbel April 5, 2021
Barbel caught from Hockley Angling Club.
Bailey Payne – Tench April 5, 2021
Tench caught from Hockley Angling Club.
Bailey Payne – Skimmer/Bream April 5, 2021
Skimmer from Hockley Angling Club.
Bailey Payne – Crucian April 5, 2021
Crucian caught from Hockley Angling Club on the Pole.
Bailey Payne – Fantail Brown Goldfish March 29, 2021
Fantail Goldfish hybrid caught from a small pond in Basildon on bread and tip.
Bailey Payne – Common Carp March 29, 2021
Small carp caught from a local pond in Basildon.
Alan Stevens – Blonde Ray March 1, 2021
Species – Blonde Ray Location – Lower Blackwater Estuary Method – low water clip down rig, sprat and lug wrap
Alan Stevens – Plaice March 1, 2021
Species – plaice Location – Lower Blackwater estuary Method – three hook clip down rig low water, lug bait
Joe Chappell – Mirror Carp February 22, 2021
Heres two of 4 mirror carp I caught from North Benfleet Hall fishery on Friday 19th February. I used Baylys Baits God’s Gift and Secret Sauce boilies to tempt them. Rigs used were the German rig with a size 8 curve shank and a simple hair rig with a size 8 curve shank.
Joe Chappell – Rudd February 17, 2021
One of two rudd caught today from a small local river. Tactics and bait were float fished maggots.
Joe Chappell – Perch February 17, 2021
A tiny perch caught from a local tidal river on maggots.
Joe Chappell – Common Carp February 15, 2021
A small carp caught from a local tidal river not long before packing up. Tactics and bait were float fished maggots in the margins.
Joe Chappell – Roach February 15, 2021
Caught from a local tidal river. Tactics and bait were float fished maggots.
Joe Chappell – Chub February 15, 2021
A small chub caught in a local tidal river. Tactics and bait were float fished maggot.
Joe Chappell – Bream February 14, 2021
A nice bream caught in the snow from a local tidal river. Tactics and bait were float fished sweetcorn.
Bailey Payne – Chub February 6, 2021
Small Chub on Cheese paste from River Crouch, Essex.
Alan Stevens – Flounder January 24, 2021
Species – Flounder Location – Lower Blackwater Estuary Method – pulley rig with sprat and blow lug wrap
Alan Stevens – Bass January 24, 2021
Species – Bass Venue – Lower Blackwater Estuary Method – Pulley rig sprat and blow ug wrap
Alan Stevens -Dab January 2, 2021
Species – Dab Venue – Essex coastal bay Method – lug on 1 up 1 down rig size 1/0 hook
Alan Stevens – whiting January 2, 2021
Species – Whiting Venue – Essex coastal bay Method – lug tipped with squid on flapper, size 1/0 hook