Noble claims first prize on penultimate day

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There was yet another nail-biting finish to Whitby’s spring angling festival held by Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association.

Chairman of the WCSA, Paul Kilpatrick, said:“The competition was well supported with many anglers from all over the country taking part, chasing the £1,000 first prize.

“This spring, due to the very heavy algae bloom, the fishing wasn’t as good as it could have been due to very poor visibility and it went right to the end of the festival

“Local lad Perry Franklin led right to the second to last day, fishing on Sea Otter, with a cod of 6lb 10oz.

“But as usual in these competitions, it’s never over til the fat lady sings and another local lad, Anthony Noble, managed to nail the winner, fishing on board Paul Eddon’s Trot On II with a ling over 10lb.

“Well done to both lads and all who entered. The summer festival starts on 22 June and finishes on the 14 July with a £5,000 cash first prize and over £10,000 in total cash prizes for the taking. So get yourself booked and give it whirl.”

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The presentation took place at the Station Inn in Whitby. Landlords Andrew Waller and Colin Stonehouse sponsor the £1,000 first prize along with Mike Clarkson from MC Electricals Ltd from Whitby.

From the left Andrew waller landlored of the Station Inn ,Paul Eddon skiper of Trot On 11 ,Mike Clarkson MC Electrical,Anothy Noble winner,Colin Stonehouse Land lord Station Inn ,Richard Ward Treasurer WCSA ,Paul Kilpatrick Chairman WCSA