Nervous wait ... but angler £5,000 better off

Friday winners from left: Eric Billups, Peter Fishpool and Hugh Jones
Friday winners from left: Eric Billups, Peter Fishpool and Hugh Jones
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ANGLER John Wilcock endured a nervous wait over the weekend to see if he he could scoop the £5,000 jackpot in the Whitby summer angling festival.

Luckily for him, the 26lb ling Mr Wilcock caught on the first day of the festival some three weeks ago, beat off all the competition to win the overall prize.

Saturday winners: SA Wigglesworth (far left), John Armstrong (far right) - who took joint 2nd in haddock section, 2nd on day Terry Haigh and 1st William Mavin

Saturday winners: SA Wigglesworth (far left), John Armstrong (far right) - who took joint 2nd in haddock section, 2nd on day Terry Haigh and 1st William Mavin

Results, Friday 8 July

1 Peter Fishpool, Glaisdale, cod 14lb 4.5oz, Never Can Tell A

2 Hugh Jones, Appleby, ling 11lb 3oz, Sea Otter 2

3 Eric Billups, Sheffield, cod 11lb 2oz, Sea Otter 2

Saturday 9 July

1 William Mavin, Barnsley, cod 17lb 2oz, Trot-On

2 Terry Haigh, Barnsley, ling 15lb 14.5oz, Never Can Tell A

3 Paul Smith, Tadcaster, cod 14lb 12oz caught on Sea Urchin.

William Mavin takes third place in the cod section. SA Wigglesworth from Thornaby and John Armstrong from Pontefract caught haddocks of 3lb 5oz on Jean-K. They take joint second in the haddock section.

Sunday 10 July

1 Andrew Fusco, Halifax, ling 18lb 6oz, Sea Otter 2 (takes 3rd overall in ling section)

2 David Fawcett, Halifax, ling 14lb 5.5oz, Sea Otter 2

3 A Armstrong, Pontefract, cod 13lb 7.5oz, Jean-K

Anglers will turn their attention to the late summer angling festival, also run by Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association, which runs from 10 to 25 September.

In the meantime, some charity fun fishing takes place on Sunday 24 July, from 5pm to 10pm.

The cost is £10 per person - book early, check for list of boats.

Proceeds go to RNLI and donations are welcome - if you would like to help, call Paul Eddon on 07766 995847 or for more details visit www.wcsa.co.uk

* THE Whitby Sea Anglers Association has its AGM on Wednesday 31 August at Whitby Rifle Club, 8pm start.