Walker takes early pole in Whitby angling festival

John Walker of Barnsley leads autumn angling festival in Whitby with 17lb 11.5oz cod caught on day one

John Walker of Barnsley leads autumn angling festival in Whitby with 17lb 11.5oz cod caught on day one

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WITH the tail end of hurricane Irene bearing down, only two boats were entered into the first day of the late summer angling festival, organised by Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association, on Saturday.

But it was a great day for Barnsley angler John Walker who caught a cod of 17lb 11.5oz on Never-Can-Tell-A, skippered by Jon Whitton, to set the bench mark for the festival and put himself in pole positiomn for the £1,000 top prize.

Never-Can-Tell-A and Loan Shark were the only boats entered in the competition and the bad weather is already making its mark, with Sunday’s fishing cancelled.

Results: 1 John Walker, Barnsley, cod 17lb 11.5oz, NCTA; 2 & 3 Terence Haigh, Barnsley, ling of 12lb 0.5oz and ling 9lb 4oz, NCTA

John Walker received £50 for 1st and Terence Haigh picked up £30 and £20 for 2nd and 3rd places respectively for the daily prizes.

Sunday’s fishing was cancelled due to bad weather.

The festival runs until 25 September.