Whitby’s summer angling festival is the ‘reel’ deal

Graham Holmes (83) with the 21lb cod he landed ahead of the Whitby summer angling festival
Graham Holmes (83) with the 21lb cod he landed ahead of the Whitby summer angling festival

WHITBY’S summer angling festival gets under way on Saturday (16 June) with a lucrative £5,000 on offer to whoever catches the biggest fish.

The growing trend at the moment is for someone to catch an impressive fish BEFORE the festival gets started.

This time, the honour was gone to 83-year-old Graham Holmes, who landed this 21lb cod from Pete Rose’s boat Sea Urchin II.

The festival, organised by Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association, runs from Saturday to Sunday 8 July with the prizes available:

£5000 to angler with the heaviest fish caught in the festival

£1000 to the angler with the 2nd heaviest fish overall

£500 to the angler with the 3rd heaviest fish overall

£250 to the angler with 4th heaviest fish overall

£500 to the angler with the biggest cod

There will also be £100 worth of daily prizes, plus tackle prizes for winners in all sections.

In last summer’s event, John Wilcock endured a nervous wait after reeling in the winning fish, a 26lb ling, on day one of the competition.

Paul Kilpatrick, chairman of the charter skippers, said the weather was looking better for the start pof the festival - the last one in April proved a washout with most days cancelled due to persistent rain.

“Good luck to all who enter - there is some fantastic prize money up for grabs plus it’s fishing well.”

Cash sponsors are The Co-op, Whitby Licensed Victuallers’ Association, the Endeavour, Arbuts Cafe and tackle prize sponsors are Whitby Angling Supplies.