Almost a clean sweep of festival days at sea

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The chairman of Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association which stages the town’s summer angling festival has praised the heatwave for giving anglers almost a clean sweep of days at sea.

Paul Kilpatrick said: “The weather once again was on the anglers’ side with light winds and fairly flat seas.

“Only one day was lost over the three-week competition due to bad weather.

“Competition is always fierce with everybody chasing the £5,000 top prize.

“The fishing this year wasn’t quite as good as other years, as the late algae bloom made fishing rather difficult but the man who came out on top, winning the £5,000 top prize, was Paul Pomblington, fishing on board Paul Eddon’s boat Trot On.

“The fish was caught in the middle of the competition and held out until the end.

“Paul is lost for words – what a prize.

“Five thousand pounds is a lot of money, I still cant believe it.”

The presentation night is at the Whitby Fishermen’s Club on Friday 26 July.

Any angler who fished in the competition is welcome to attend and can bring guests.

The evening starts at 7.30pm and a band will be playing.

The Fleece pub in Whitby came on board as the new main sponsor of the annual competition, with other new sponsors as well all contributing to the £10,000 in cash on offer over the three weeks.

WCSA thank all sponsors for their “fantastic” support – The Fleece pub, The Singing Kettle cafe, Wilf Nobles building supplies, The Endeavour public house and Whitby Licensed Victuallers’ Association.

Also, Whitby Angling Supplies sponsored all the tackle prizes in the competition,

“A very big thank you to Martin and Jackie,” added Paul.