Monday, October 7, 2013
The 35th Small Boats Festival was held in torrential rain with gusting easterly winds.
On the first day the conditions meant the boats being restricted to within the bar and estuary, but despite this some good fish were caught with trigger fish, thornback Ray, mullet and wrasse being the main species brought to the scales.
The weather on the second day improved slightly with less rain, but, on the advice of the fcommodore, Chris Winzor, the Salcombe Lifeboat coxswain, the boats were again restricted to the harbour, but as on the first day, some good fish were caught..
The results were out by 6pm and the trophies and prizes were presented by the Festivals Patron Francis Wills of Bonwitco Boats Kingsbridge at the premises of the Boat Crew, Salcombe which went smoothly.
Honiton’s Mike Spiller finished second with a 2lb 6oz trigger fish and a 3lb 4.6oz wrasse which landed him the Ludbrook Cup.
Spiller also won an engraved glass tankard for the best specimen caught on the Saturday of the event, that his trigger fish.
Another Honiton member, Barry Trivett came fourth with a 1lb 4oz mackerel and a 4lb 2.3oz wrasse. Trivett also won the PT Read trophy for landing the best Pollack – one of 1lb 6.8oz.
Completing local top ten success was Honiton’s David Sharman in seventh place with a 1lb 2.4oz mackerel and a 3lb 10.8oz wrasse.
The organisers, The Angling Trust’s Wyvern Division are very grateful for the support of the Main Sponsors, The Boat Crew, Salcombe, Lowerance Marine Electronics, part of the Navico Group, Bonwitco Boats and Wills Marine of Kingsbridge who supplied the Stewards Boat.
The other supporters were, Torbay Angling Centre, Plymouth Angling, In addition, the Salcombe Harbour Office of the South Hams District Council and the RNLI assisted in ensuring the event was a success.
Prior to the presentations by Francis Wills, David Rowe, on behalf of the organisers, thanked Mr and Mrs Rob Hales of the Boatcrew for their kind help at short notice and the competitors who despite the weather had supported the Festival.
He explained that the Division was committed to the long running and popular Festival, but its future rested with the competitors who he urged to complete the circulated survey.
He confirmed that donations would be made to the RNLI and Young Salcombe Centre. The prizes in total were valued at over £2000.