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Kids Rule at the 2014 Junior Sea Angling Festival in Plymouth

13.08.14

Junior Shore Angling Championships 2014 winners

A party of young anglers from the West Bay SAC in Dorset joined others from Honiton and the local area to compete in this event organised jointly by the Plymouth Federation of Sea Angling Clubs and Individual Members and the Wyvern Region of the Angling Trust. The total entry was 33 and all had to contend with a brisk South Westerly breeze that blew throughout the afternoon.

Expectations rose when, shortly before the start time at two o’clock, Mackerel were seen shoaling just a few yards either side of the far end of the pier but then either moved away or showed no interest in the many float fished baits that were offered.

Garfish too were also noticeable by their absence although one was unfortunately lost as its captor sought to lift it up the side of the pier. 9 of the 10 fish that were subsequently recorded having met the minimum size limits were Ballan Wrasse and for a lengthy period, a 1 lb 9 ¼oz fish caught by one of the youngest competitors, 5-year-old Evie Gallagher (Rodbenders SAC), seemed destined to win the competition.

However, 14 year old Jasmine Nicholson, another Rodbenders member who was also amongst the prize winners in 2013, eclipsed Evie’s capture late on with a specimen of 3 lb 5 oz.

Jasmine

2014 Overall Winner - Jasmine Nicholson

As well as the shield, Jasmine won a Ron Thompson Diablo spinning with a reel and line provided by Simon and David Kingdom of Osborn & Cragg Fishing Tackle Shop.

The runner up was Travis Hopkins (in the red top - main photo) who also won a Ron Thompson rod and reel combo. with Evie Gallagher placed third and Ewan Chambers (West Bay) fourth.

Jamie Salvador-Swords (West Bay SAC) won the section for the best specimen caught by an entrant over 12 who had not won any of the major prizes whilst Jack Hillion (Rodbenders SAC) and Nathan McMasters (West Bay SAC) were winners and runners up respectively in the under 12 section who had similarly not won a major prize.

Evie

5 year old Evie Gallagher was not too sure initially about her catch!

At first, Evie had mixed feelings over her catch ‘cause it was wet and slippery and wriggly …………….but had a change of heart at the end of the afternoon when she received her reward!

Evie happy

Things seemed a lot better for Evie after she received her prize!

The most unusual catch was by another visitor from West Bay, Ollie Mears, who caught a Topknot weighing just 77 grams, a strange looking flatfish that only grows to about 25 cms in length, which established a new record for his club and possibly a new Wyvern shore record for the species. .

Grateful thanks are expressed to Mrs. Jo Hyde, representing the Angling Trust, for presenting the prizes, to the main sponsors Simon and David Kingdom of Osborne & Cragg for providing the Ron Thompson Rods and reel combinations as well as the “goody bags” of small tackle items that were given to all competitors, to South West Sea Baits and others for a donating a variety of other prize items and to all who helped out on the day.

West Bay SAC juniors

The West Bay SAC party!

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