Angler Gary Read has scooped the £5,000 top prize in Whitby’s summer angling festival.
Gary, of Sheffield, took first position overall when he weighed in a beastly 21lb 5oz ling from Sea Otter 2 a week last Friday - and no-one was able to better that catch.
The competition, run by Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association, finished on Sunday, but there is a presentation at the Fishermen’s Club in Whitby on Friday July 25, an event which also raises cash for the RNLI.
Latest results, Thurs July 3: 1 Geoff Mersdall, York, 12lb 12 1/2oz ling, Two Dogs; 2 Perry Franklin, Whitby, 11lb 10oz ling, Trot On; 3 Ian Underwood, York, 11lb 4 1/2oz ling, Two Dogs
Fri July 4: 1 Gary Read, Sheffield, 21lb 5oz ling, Sea Otter 2 (goes 1st overall and 1st in ling section), 2 Andrew Cass, Whitby, 11lb 7oz ling,Shy Torque III, 3 Jeff Todd, Leeds, 9lb 1 1/2oz ling, Sea Urchin II.
Sat July 5: 1 Paul Siddle, Patrington, 19lb 1oz cod, Shy Torque III (goes 3rd overall and 2nd in cod section), 2 Bill Wildey, Dalkeith, 17lb 5oz cod, Never Can Tell A (goes 3rd in cod section), 3 John Vero, Merrylees, 15lb 9oz cod, Sea Otter 2; ladies’ section: Gillian Austin, Blackburn, 8lb 15 1/2oz ling, Sea Urchin II (goes 2nd in ladies’ section).
Sun July 6: 1 Les McVittie, Carlisle, 14lb 13 1/2oz cod, Trot On, 2 Danny Winterburn, Darlington, 14lb 5 1/2oz ling, Avante (goes 1st in junior section), John Holder, Malton, 14lb ling, Mistress. Specimen Section: Rob Mills, Walton on Thames, 2lb 6oz pouting, Never Can Tell A – 43.30% (goes 1st in specimen section).
Mon July 7: Joint 1st John Bradley, Boston (Lincs), 13lb 12oz cod, Sea Urchin II and Giuseppe Cammarata, Otley, 13lb 12oz ling, Saxon Lady, 3 John Davies, no address, 12lb 6oz ling, Two Dogs. Ladies’ section: Annis Dolman, Burnley, 10lb ling, Never Can Tell A (goes 1st in ladies’ section).
Tues July 8: 1 John Wilcock, Bradford (pictured below), 20lb 5 1/2oz, ling, Shy Torque III, 2 Nigel Hall, East Cowton, 17lb 14oz ling, Shy Torque II, 3 James Ro, Rievaulx, 12lb 1/2oz cod,Jean K. Junior section: Fergus Powell, Egton, 8lb 8 1/2oz ling, Shy Torque III (goes 2nd in junior section). Specimensection: Eddie Armitage, Holmfield, 60 gram Lesser Weaver, Sea Otter 2, 62.71% (goes 1st in specimen section)
Wed July 9: No angling due to conditions at sea.
Thurs July 10: No angling due to conditions at sea.
Fri Jul 11: 1 David Craine, Halifax, 12lb 6 1/2oz ling, Trot On;2 Mick Gibson, 10lb 5 1/2oz ling, Trot On;3 Arthur Tomkins, Leeds, 8lb 15 1/2oz ling, Trot On.
Sat Jul 12: 1 Alan McGee, Winteringham, 18lb 7oz ling, Sea Otter 2 (goes 3rd in the ling section), 2 Karl Haigh, Rotherham, 16lb 9oz ling, Sea Otter 2, 3 Greg Puciato, Burnley, 15lb 6oz ling, Shy Torque III. Special catch (Halibut): Keith Bywater, Rotherham, 14lb 8oz, Mistress.
Sun July 13: 1 Simon Davies, Pontefract, 17lb 5oz cod, Jean K (goes joint 3rd in cod section), 2 Jack Vero, Merrylees, 14lb 3oz ling, Sea Otter 2 (goes 2nd in junior section), 3 Matthew Breen, Sutton on the Forest, 12lb 5 1/2oz ling, Sea Otter 2.