Big pay day for Shay

Graham Guest of Danby, who won �1,000 for coming second
Graham Guest of Danby, who won �1,000 for coming second

ANGLER David Shay walked away with the £5,000 jackpot in the Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association’s summer angling festival.

David, of Doncaster, reeled in a 22lb 8.5oz cod midway through the annual competition and held on comfortably as fish sizes declined in the last few days due to the weather.

Danby’s Graham Guest (pictured above) scooped the second prize of £1,000 for his 18lb cod while Ian Thompson of Barnsley got third place with his 17lb 15oz cod, missing runners-up spot by a fraction.

Chairman of the charter skippers, Paul Kilpatrick, said the festival had been a success, despite Whitby being drenched by persistent rain over the past few weeks.

“We fished 20 out of the 23 days which was good considering the weather,” he said.

“The sponsorship has been excellent and it’s been a good competition to the end.”

The charter skippers are holding an RNLI charity boat angling match on Sunday (15 July) from 5pm to 8pm.

The entry fee payable on the day is £10 at the pontoon behind the car park by The Fleece pub on Church Street.

To donate raffle prizes, contact Mr Kilpatrick on (01947) 821694.

The association holds its presentation night on Friday 27 July at the Whitby Fishermen’s Football Club. any competitors welcome.

Results, day 19, Wednesday 4 July: 1 & 2 Ian Dixon, Gateshead, 11lb 10oz and 10lb 3oz cod, Sea Otter 2, 3 Shaun Cowlishaw, Sheffield, 8lb 9.5oz ling, Sea Otter 2; day 20, Thursday 5 July: 1 John Wilcock, Bradford, 12lb 8.5oz cod, Shy Torque III, 2 R Wadsworth, Cottingham, 12lb 7.5oz ling, Two Dogs, 3 D Moor, Brough, 11lb 15oz cod, Two Dogs; day 21, Friday 6 July, cancelled; day 22, Saturday 7 July, Lewis Holliman, Halifax, 14lb 1.5oz cod (winning junior), Sea Urchin II, 2 & 3 Mick Heron, Northallerton, 12lb 11oz and 11lb 10.5oz ling, Charisma; day 23, Sunday 8 July: 1 Matthew Breen, Selby, 15lb 1oz ling, Sea Otter 2, 2 Terence Carney, Stanley, 13lb 15.5oz cod, Jean K, 3 Peter Mathers, Barnsley, 10lb 5oz cod, Two Dogs.

* more pictures in Friday’s Whitby Gazette.