A WHITBY boat skipper bowed out in style when the winning fish in the town’s autumn angling festival was caught from his vessel.
Mick Leonard had never previously skippered the winning boat in his five years with the Whitby Charter Skippers’ Association, which organises the popular competition.
However, with three days to the end of Mick’s career and the end of the festival, the heaviest fish - a 26lb 2.5oz cod caught by Graham Moore - was caught from Sea Urchin II, leaving Mick with a smile wider than the Esk.
“We have caught bigger fish than this before but I think the fish meant more to me than the winning angler,” he said.
“The smile on my face said it all - what a way to finish off my career.”
Although Graham - who pocketed the £1,000 top prize with his colossal cod - was not present for the winners’ photoshoot, Mick stood in to accept the cheque along with joint sponsor Adrian Laws from Mister Chips and WCSA chairman Paul Kilpatrick.
Mick has now retired from chartering and recently sold the boat to Whitby man Peter Rose, who intends to continue with the charters.
“I would just like to wish him all the best for the future,” he added.