Summer this year have been a hit and miss occasion. There was no doubt that bass fishing have been a bit more difficult this year. As summer turn to autumn, the hunt for bass become more difficult for a novice like me. My mind starts turning to the next great event of the year and that for me is the MCCH fundraising fishing competition.
This year a new committee was assembled comprising the usual members of Komplot! Manchester anglers (Along, Ajak and Latib) and the new committee of Malaysian Community of Cheetham Hill (MCCH). This year who decided to find a new venue away from Flyde coast. After much scrutiny and in respect of new interest from anglers from the Merseyside area we chose Harrison Drive in Wirral to be the venue of the 3rd MCCH Fundraising Competition.
Harrison Drive is an easy high water fishing venue in Wirral. It is accessible via M57 from Chester or via the Kingsway Tunnel from Liverpool. It boast a spacious and long promenade along the the King’s Parade Road. At the end of the road, lies Perch Rock fort another good low water fishing venue. It has the convenience of a large Morrison’s Supermarket nearby which helps when looking for last minute bait and food grab before fishing. I would say this is akin to fishing the Gynn Wall in Blackpool both in term of leisure fishing and target fish. It is a general all rounder fishing mark suitable for beginners and suitable for disable persons.
Our chosen charity this year is Sekolah Komuniti Malaysia Manchester (Manchester Malaysian Community School). This school was formed in 1992 by the Malaysian community living in Manchester and surrounding area. Currently, it is located on rental classrooms at Abraham Moss High School in Cheetham Hill, North Manchester. Among the Subjects taught in the school are Malay Language in line with British iGCSE exams and Islamic studies suitable to the British way of life to 5 -15 years old. Following lack of funding last year, no school trip was organised hence this year hopefully we could collect enough to fund a small trip for the school children locally.
Almost to the date, this year our fishing competition was held on the 10th Ocotber 2015. Its was a mild night with temperature of 10 degrees celcius and a very light northerly wind of 7-8 mph. The sea was flat interspaced by the wave bow of the Isle of man and Dublin ferries travelling across the bay.We arrived early where there are still enough sunlight to set up the registration booth and have a little briefing between the committee members. Early arrival of participants included the undergraduates from Manchester University who have rented a van to drive all the way from Manchester. Outstanding effort guys. By sunset, we switched on the gasoline lamp as more and more participants arrive to register for the competition. We had anglers from Liverpool to as far as Lancaster participating in this year event and hats off for those who came in this cold October night.
Komplot! Manchester preparing paperwork for registration.
First participants registering
Along distributing the homemade 1up 1down rigs for participants
Get in line Malaysian style
Whilst waiting there is time to sort out the rental rods
Whilst Latib admiring Along’s Ian Gold Supermatch Tripod
Harris keenly observing quietly
Plenty of time before high water to enjoy the scenery
At 8:00 pm, the whistle was blown to mark the beginning of the 3rd MCCH Fundraising Fishing Competition. A total of 32 participants casted out their bait out to win the main prize of £100 Cash and £250 Edaran Express Vouchers, donated by our main sponsor Edaran Express. This year we were glad to receive sponsorship from Edaran Express & Magnetic Aura together with our regular reliable sponsors Ning Restaurant Manchester ( Chef Norman Musa) and Mira D Services. Several individual have also contributed from the likes of Alister and Along from Northwest Donkers, Anonymous member of Wirral Sea Fishing and Malcolm from ABC Tackle Beaumaris. Please click on logo and link for learn more about our sponsors.
Mira D Services
Set…( with shivers!)
Go! Go! Go!
…….oppssss not texting girlfriends but fishing please…
We did not have to wait long before the first cry of joy from the first person who caught fish. A little whiting made it to the score card for Latib using the ‘bling’ rig. From then on, there were endless stream of fishes made it for measurement accompanied by burst of laughter and happiness from the anglers and their children.
Luqman with his first ever fish in England
Latib with his plaice
Along measuring fish caught
The younger generation also made it into the score card. Harris, Amirul and Daniel lead the way of the teenager contingent to steal the top prize from their dad and uncles.
Harris loving it!
And the food laaa
As the frost threatening to set in, we called it a day by 1 am. We set up all the prizes to the delight of participants who are more than ready to hit the sack.
First prize winner – Latib with 94 points
The ceremony photos
Our Lancaster rep Azman receiving his prize
My boy and me
3rd MCCH participants and family
This year, we are glad to receive support from many corners of United Kingdom and Malaysia. We collected a donation total of £847.50 from sponsors and participants for SKMM. InsyaAllah (by will of Allah), we hope to have another event full of laughter, food and catch a few fish yet again. On behalf of the 3rd MCCH Charity Fishing Competition, I would like to say our thanks to all the participants and sponsors of this great event.