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Deal Pier Fish-of-the-Month Competition 1992 to 2016

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Deal's last remaining bait and tackle dealer - Channel Angling - sponsors a monthly prize of £10 in vouchers (redeemable at Channel Angling to buy tackle) to the angler landing the biggest pier-caught fish as decided by the Pier Superintendant. If you are the winner just take proof of your identity to Channel Angling to receive your £10 voucher. Details of current and past winners are published below.

Tony Thistleton tells me that the Deal Pier fish-of-the-month competition started prior to 1992 but records of the winners over the period 1992 to June 2009 are missing, as are the following later months:

If you have any of these details please email them to me at david@dealpier.uk and I will update the table.

Tony Thistelton also informs me that, in addition to the Deal Pier fish-of-the-month competition, Dover DC also sponsored a Deal Pier fish-of-the-winter competition, the prizes then being a £25 tackle voucher for the fish-of-the-month competition and £200 for the fish-of-the-winter (October to March) competition. On 16th October 1992, when just 18 years old, Tony caught a bass weighing 12 lb ¼oz from the Pier's 3rd shelter which won the prize for the biggest fish-of-the-winter 1992/1993 competition. The prize was presented to Tony by Steve Allmark and Alan Yates took the photograph which was published in the April/May 1993 issue of Sea Angler.

Month Winner Home Species Weight (lb oz) Weight (kg)
March 2009 (unknown) (unknown) Thornback Ray 5 lb 2.27 kg
April 2009 (unknown) (unknown) Thornback Ray 4 lb 8 oz 2.04 kg
May 2009 (unknown) (unknown) Thornback Ray 11 lb 3.8 kg
October 2009 Scott Hubble Deal, Kent Cod 7 lb 15 oz 3.6 kg
December 2009 Richard Jackson Sandwich, Kent Cod 11 lb 4 oz 5.102 kg
March 2010 Ivan Rubins Deal, Kent Dogfish 2 lb 1½ oz 0.95 kg
May 2010 Bruce Moys Herne Bay, Kent Smooth-hound 11 lb 14⅛ oz 5.39 kg
December 2010 Shawn Manning Deal, Kent Cod 6 lb 4¾ oz 2.86 kg
July 2011 Wayne Shorter Deal, Kent Smooth-hound 10 lb 12¾ oz 4.9 kg
August 2011 Mark Elkin Sittingbourne, Kent Smooth-hound 8 lb 6 oz 3.8 kg
September 2011 Aaron Donkin Sittingbourne, Kent Smooth-hound 4 lb 1¼ oz 1.85 kg
December 2011 Martin Fouler Beltinge, Kent Codling 2 lb 3¼ oz 1 kg
January 2012 Ivan Rubins Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 15 lb 4 oz 6.917 kg
March 2012 Brian Smith Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 7 lb 8 oz 3.4 kg
April 2012 Ben Hackett Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 11 lb 14½ oz 5.4 kg
May 2012 Ben Hackett Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 15 lb 6.804 kg
June 2012 Mark Cole Basildon, Essex Smooth-hound 8 lb 9½ oz 3.9 kg
July 2012 Tim Jarrett Littlestone, Kent Bass 9 lb 11 oz 4.4 kg
August 2012 Ken Withington Deal, Kent Smooth-hound 5 lb 10 oz 2.55 kg
September 2012 Dean Heatlie Edgware, Middlesex Thornback Ray 8 lb 9½ oz 3.9 kg
October 2012 Kaitlan Hopper Eastry, Kent Thornback Ray 7 lb 11 oz 3.48 kg
November 2012 Adam Johnson Deal, Kent Cod 8 lb 11 oz 3.94 kg
December 2012 Chris Waters Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 8 lb 2½ oz 3.7 kg
January 2013 Carlyle London Stanmore, Middlesex Thornback Ray 5 lb 1 oz 2.31 kg
February 2013 None recorded ("Blank February" …)
March 2013 Rod Flegg Dartford, Kent Codling 2 lb 12 oz 1.25 kg
April 2013 John Yates Sittingbourne, Kent Thornback Ray 6 lb 2¾ oz 2.8 kg
May 2013 Alex Stock Maidstone, Kent Thornback Ray 7 lb 5 oz 3.31 kg
June 2013 Michael Crotty London Thornback Ray 13 lb 13½ oz 6.28 kg
July 2013 Stuart Bush Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 8 lb 7¾ oz 3.85 kg
August 2013 Jason Horton Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 6 lb 10½ oz 3.02 kg
September 2013 Warren Hayes Ramsgate, Kent Bass 7 lb 2 oz 3.232 kg
October 2013 Sean Craig Deal, Kent Smooth-hound 7 lb 11½ oz 3.5 kg
November 2013 Craig Knowles Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 9 lb 1⅓ oz 4.12 kg
December 2013 Wayne Shorter Deal, Kent Codling 3 lb 10¼ oz 1.65 kg
January 2014 Macauley Skirrow Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 8 lb 7¾ oz 3.85 kg
February 2014 Warren Hayes Ramsgate, Kent Thornback Ray 14 lb 12⅓ oz 6.7 kg
March 2014 Barry Wilmshurst Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 12 lb 13 oz 5.81 kg
April 2014 Warren Hayes Ramsgate, Kent Thornback Ray 10 lb 8 oz 4.76 kg
May 2014 Brian Smith Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 13 lb 3⅔ oz 6 kg
June 2014 John Green Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 9 lb 10½ oz 4.38 kg
July 2014 Andrew Ilsley Rochester, Kent Bass 9 lb 4 oz 4.195 kg
August 2014 Leah Alcock Canterbury, Kent Thornback Ray 7 lb 2¾ oz 3.255 kg
September 2014 Nigel Woodcock Sellindge, Kent Thornback Ray 8 lb 13 oz 4 kg
October 2014 Chris Leslie Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 9 lb 14¾ oz 4.5 kg
November 2014 Barry Wilmshurst Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 10 lb 9⅓ oz 4.8 kg
December 2014 Paul Keating Dartford, Kent Codling 3 lb 6⅔ oz 1.55 kg
January 2015 Alan Salton Tilbury, Essex Codling 4 lb 1⅗ oz 1.86 kg
February 2015 John P. Smithson Margate, Kent Thornback Ray 4 lb 6½ oz 2 kg
March 2015 Nigel Woodcock Sellindge, Kent Thornback Ray 6 lb 9¾ oz 3 kg
April 2015 Martin Fouler Beltinge, Kent Thornback Ray 14 lb 1¾ oz 6.4 kg
May 2015 Brian Smith Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 11 lb 10 oz 5.275 kg
June 2015 Ivan Rubins Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 12 lb 7¾ oz 5.66 kg
July 2015 Brian Smith Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 11 lb 4½ oz 5.12 kg
August 2015 John Halpin Northbourne, Kent Bass 9 lb 2⅔ oz 4.15 kg
September 2015 Alan Turner Margate, Kent Codling 3 lb 10¼ oz 1.65 kg
October 2015 Paul Aldous Gravesend, Kent Thornback Ray 7 lb ⅞ oz 3.2 kg
November 2015 Bryan Rolfe Ramsgate, Kent Codling 2 lb 15½ oz 1.35 kg
December 2015 Mervyn Thorpe Odiham, Hook, Hampshire Codling 5 lb 8⅕ oz 2.5 kg
January 2016 Aaron Hare Dover, Kent Thornback Ray 8 lb 0¾ oz 3.65 kg
February 2016 Guy Langston Canterbury, Kent Thornback Ray 11 lb 4 oz 5.1 kg
March 2016 Warren Hayes Ramsgate, Kent Thornback Ray 13 lb 15⅝ oz 6.34 kg
April 2016 Jason Horton Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 10 lb 9⅓ oz 4.8 kg
May 2016 Patrick Green Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 9 lb 2⅔ oz 4.157 kg
June 2016 Darrel Love Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 11 lb ⅓ oz 5 kg
July 2016 Michael Allen South Ockendon, Essex Thornback Ray 8 lb 6 oz 3.8 kg
August 2016 Jamie Mathews Guston, Kent Thornback Ray 5 lb 6½ oz 2.45 kg
September 2016 Isaac Pullen Bexhill, East Sussex Bass 9 lb 7 oz 4.3 kg
October 2016 Jason Pullen Bexhill, East Sussex Bass 5 lb 11 oz 2.58 kg
November 2016 Jason Horton Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 10 lb 5 oz 4.68 kg
December 2016 Michael Kent Faversham, Kent Thornback Ray 5 lb 10 oz 2.55 kg
January 2017 None recorded ("Blank January" …)
February 2017 Moe Crooks Whitstable, Kent Thornback Ray 11 lb 14½ oz 5.4 kg
March 2017 Warren Hayes Ramsgate, Kent Thornback Ray 9 lb 12 oz 4.42 kg
April 2017 Ivan Rubins Deal, Kent Thornback Ray 13 lb 9 oz 6.15 kg
May 2017 Paul Davis Dartford, Kent Thornback Ray 12 lb 9 oz 5.7 kg
June 2017 Sam Price Dover, Kent Thornback Ray 12 lb 14⅓ oz 5.85 kg
July 2017 Paul Davis Dartford, Kent Thornback Ray 9 lb 12½ oz 4.44 kg
August 2017 Paul Davis Dartford, Kent Thornback Ray 9 lb 13⅔ oz 4.47 kg
September 2017 Jason Horton Deal, Kent Smooth-hound 8 lb 2½ oz 3.70 kg

Deal Pier Wall of Angling Fame (March 2009 to date)
Species Heaviest Angler (date) Number
Thornback Ray [1] 6.917 kg 15 lb 4 oz Ivan Rubins (January 2012) 51
Cod 5.102 kg 11 lb 4 oz Richard Jackson (December 2009) 12
Smooth-hound 5.39 kg 11 lb 14⅛ oz Bruce Moys (May 2010) 8
Bass 4.4 kg 9 lb 11 oz Tim Jarrett (July 2012) 6
Dogfish 0.95 kg 2 lb 1½ oz Ivan Rubins (March 2010) 1
Total 78

[1] This ray is also the heaviest fish recorded as having been caught from the Pier after March 2009.


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