Two thousand anglers flock to summer festival

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NEARLY 2,000 anglers from all over the country flocked to Whitby for the town’s annual summer angling competition.

Only three days were lost due to weather out of 23 which organisers Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association said was “not bad considering the summer we have had.”

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Plenty of fish were weighed in at the scales but the best, a cod of 22lb caught by David Shay, on Pete Rose’s boat Sea Urchin, won the £5,000.

David also got an extra £500 for catching the biggest cod in the competition, taking his winnings to £5,550 in total with his £50 daily prize on top.

The £1,000 second place went to Graham West on Two Dogs with a cod of 18lb. In third overall, winning £500, was Ian Thompson on Charisma with a cod of 17lb 15oz. There was a prize for fourth place too, with £250 for Andrew Edwards’ ling of 17lb 05oz, fishing on Mistress.

The charter skippers held their summer festival presentation night at the Whitby Fishermen’s Football Club. The Delmonts were the band playing on the night.

This year saw a new major sponsor for the competition, the Co-operative, who took over after association president Glenn Stocks steppedt down as the main sponsor.

Chairman Paul Kilpatrick said: “All the skippers would like to say a massive thank you to Glenn for his fantastic support for this event and other festivals over the years.

“Glenn was the man who upped the anti and got the big first prize of £5,000.”

Other sponsors for the event are the Whitby LVA, Arbuts Cafe and The Endeavour pub, while Whitby Angling Supplies once again gave all the section prize winners rods and tackle etc.

“A massive thank you to Martin and Jackie, also Trevor Freeman sponsored all the shields for the prize winners.

“The WCSA would like to say thank you to all sponsors and to our weigh master Dave as well as Jim for all the hard work they put in over the competition.”

An auction and raffle raised more than £900 on the night for the RNLI.