Wilcock throws down gauntlet in Whitby angling festival

Saturday prize-winners'3rd Andy Armstrong, ling 14 lb 11oz'1st John Wilcock, ling 26 lb 8 oz '2nd Simon West, Stockton, cod 15 lb 8.5oz
Saturday prize-winners'3rd Andy Armstrong, ling 14 lb 11oz'1st John Wilcock, ling 26 lb 8 oz '2nd Simon West, Stockton, cod 15 lb 8.5oz

WHITBY’S summer angling festival got off to a cracking start on Saturday when the three daily prize-winners landed a combined weight of fish of 56lb 11.5oz.

John Wilcock threw down a sizeable gauntlet with a winning ling of 26lb 8oz on the first day of the festival, which is organised by Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association.

Sunday's prize-winners'2nd Dan Sapsford, ling 9 lb 1.5oz, Sea Urchin'1st John Lloyd, ling 9 lb 7.5oz, Sea Otter 2'3rd Gary Jones, cod 7 lb 2.5 oz, Sea Otter 2.

Sunday's prize-winners'2nd Dan Sapsford, ling 9 lb 1.5oz, Sea Urchin'1st John Lloyd, ling 9 lb 7.5oz, Sea Otter 2'3rd Gary Jones, cod 7 lb 2.5 oz, Sea Otter 2.

Results for Saturday were:

1 John Wilcock, Bradford, ling 26lb 8oz, Shy Torque

2 Simon West, Stockton, cod 15lb 8.5oz, Sea Spray

3 Andy Armstrong, Pontefract, ling 14lb 11oz, Jean-K.

Anglers also got out on Sunday but the overall weight of the winners - 25lb 11.5oz - was less than the fish landed by Mr Wilcock, of Bradford.

Sunday’s results:

1 John Lloyd, Wath (Rotherham), ling 9lb 7.5oz, Sea Otter 2

2 Dan Sapsford, Gainsborough, ling 9lb 1.5oz, Sea Urchin

3 Gary Jones, Barnsley, cod 7lb 2.5oz, Sea Otter 2.

More results in Friday’s Gazette.