WHITBY Charter Skippers’ Association once again held its grand summer festival presentation at Whitby Fishermen’s Club with local band nostalgia playing.
The festival this year was hailed a great success with only one day lost due to bad weather.
Straight away, anglers chased the £5,000 first prize - sponsored for the fourth year running by association president Glenn Stocks from Rotherham - with the second prize of £1,000 being sponsored by the Whitby Licensed Victuallers’ Association, while Arbuts Cafe sponsored the special prize for the biggest cod.
Paul Kilpatrick of the charter skippers said: “The weather throughout the competition was up and down but the fishing this year was excellent.
“On the first day of the competition, past winner John Wilcock from Bradford set the ball rolling with a magnificent fish - a ling of 26lb 8oz.
“This was a massive target to chase but this festival has been won on the last day before.
“Throughout the competition, most species that swim off our coast were brought to the scales but this year, only two fish over 20lb were caught.
“The closest was a ling caught by Jeffrey Dove from Wigton on day 12, weighing over 22lb caught on Never Can Tell A.
“Lads from all over the country come to Whitby to enjoy the cracking fishing the town has to offer plus the chance of the £5,000 first prize which makes it all the more interesting.
“This festival is one of biggest in the country and puts Whitby on the angling map.”
Mr Kilpatrick said the association has always done it best to raise money for charity and following the tragic accident suffered by Whitby Community College student Dale Milne, the association decided money raised from the auctioning of prizes at the presentation evening would be split between Dale and the local RNLI station.
The total amount raised was £1,000 split between the two.
“ I would like to thank the buisnesses which to gave to the charity auction, also the association would like to thank the sponsors, Glenn Stocks for his continuing support over the years, Arbuts cafe, Whitby LVA, Whitby Angling Supplies who gave all category winners prizes plus a new sponsor, Trevor Freeman, a local plumber.
“It is all greatly appreciated.”
Results, cod section:
1 Andrew Fusco, Halifax, 17lb 12oz, Sea Otter 2
2 Paul Roughly, Penistone 17lb 9oz, Trot On
3 William Mavin, Barnsley 17lb 2oz, Trot On
1 John Wilcock, Bradford 26lb 8oz, Shy Torque III
2 Jeffrey Dove, Wigton 22lb 13oz, Never Can Tell A
3 Andrew Fusco, Halifax, 18lb 6oz
1 Raymond Daniel, Darlington, 3lb 7oz, Charisma
2 SA Wiggleworth, Thornaby, 3lb 5oz, Jean K
3 John Armstrong, Pontefract, 3lb 5oz, Jean K
1 Lisa Walton, Rossendale, cod 10lb 6oz, Sea Otter 2
2 Joan Cattel, Liverpool ling 9lb 8oz, Never Can Tell A
3 Ann Doleman, Burnley 9lb 0oz, Never Can Tell A
1 Anthony Hails, South Shields, whiting 3lb 9oz (52.80%), Jean K
2 Stuart Duffy, Whitby, whiting 2lb 10oz (38.89%), Charisma
3 John Wilcock, Bradford, pouting 2lb 1oz (38.01%), Shy Torque III
1 Paul Wright, Keithley, ling 10lb 1oz, Saxon Lady
2 James Pickles, Selby, ling 7lb 9oz, Sea Otter 2
3 James Pickles, Selby, ling 5lb 11oz, Sea Otter 2
1 John Wilcock, Bradford, 26lb 8oz ling, Shy Torque III, £5,000
2 Jeffrey Dove, Wigton, 22lb 13oz ling, Never Can Tell A, £1,000
3 Andrew Fusco, Halifax, 18lb 6oz ling, Sea Otter 2, £500
4 Andrew Fusco, Halifax, 17lb 12oz cod, Sea Otter 2, £250