Went on another foray north yesterday to fish the Eastenders sweepstake open with Andy Barmby and Kelpster. We went to Marsden to have a look and were greeted with an almost unfishable sea. After much deliberation and driving around we decided to fish around the Ranges area hoping that the sea would fall away a bit as it ebbed, well it didn,t! It was tough fishing to say the least but I managed to get 2 cod biggest 5lb 10oz which won me the match. The second cod got third place and combined won the heaviest bag.Andy and Mark seemed to be getting troubled by weed for most of the match and never caught.There was only about 5 cod weighed in, the others being caught from the lee of the piers. I had 4 bites all slack liners which I normally don,t strike at but the 2 I did caught the fish, but given the amount of slack 2 of them gave me I had no option. Small baits and distance were order of the day.