Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After weeks of wet wild weather, the good forecast of a dry cold day and the promise of quality fish, resulted in a another good entry of 129 competitors fishing the Angling Trust Wyvern Open Festival, at the popular South Hams Beaches of Slapton and Beesands, writes Mike Spiller.
As expected the majority of fish were caught at Slapton, in the last two hours of the event as daylight faded and the good catches made it a busy task for the organisers, but despite this the results were announced within an hour of the close of scales at the festival headquarters at the Church House Inn at Stokenham.
David Rowe, on behalf of the organisers, thanked the main sponsor Anyfish Anywhere Ltd a major fishing tackle manufacturer, based in Torquay for their continued support, also the competitors many of who had travelled from Bristol, Weymouth and beyond. He confirmed that any money raised from the event would be ploughed back into the work of the Division on behalf of sea all anglers. Thanks were also extended to the Church House Inn for their hospitality.
The worthy winner was David Lane from Weymouth with a combination of a dogfish and whiting to amass 179.88%, He was presented with the top prize of £150 and the Brixham Bowl.
The other tackle prizes were valued at over £800 and were awarded down to 12th place, these were presented by sponsor, Julian Shambrook of “Anyfish Anywhere”. All fish brought to the scales were returned or used for the table. The Division promotes the Angling Trust “Take Five” anti litter campaign and encourage all anglers to leave the beaches cleaner than they found them, checks were made after the event to ensure that this was observed
The results were as follows:
First:£150, Brixham Bowl: David Lane , Weymouth SAC: Dab, 1 lb 1.8oz, 89.00; Whiting, 1 lb 5.8oz, 90.88 Total: 179.88%;
Second: Pick of the Prize table & Bideford Cup Cup: Rob Marshall, Blackdown SAC: LSDogfish, 2 lb 1.4oz, 83.50; Whiting, 13.8oz, 57.50. Total: 141.00%
Third: Pick of the Prize table & Sidmouth Cup
Justin Weeks: Dartmouth SAC: LSDogfish, 1 lb 12.8oz, 72.00; Whiting, 11.8oz, 49.16. Total: 121.16%
Fourth: Pick of the Prize table & Bideford Cup Ben Bradstock, Honiton SAC: LSDogfish, 1 lb 12.4oz, 71.00; Whiting, 10.8oz, 45.00. Total: 116.00%
Fifth: Pick of the Prize table: Danny Woodcock, Weymouth: LS Dogfish, 1 lb 5.2oz, 53.00; Whiting, 12.4oz, 50.83. Total: 103.83%
Sixth: Pick of the Prize table: Darren Stevens, Bristol, LS Dogfish, 1 lb 5.4oz, 53.50; Whiting, 12oz , 50.00. Total: 103.50%
Seventh: Pick of the Prize table: Julian Shambrook, Torquay: LS Dogfish, 1 lb 9oz, 62.50; Dab, 6.4oz , 32.00. Total: 94.50%
Eighth: Pick of the Prize table: Steve Liddle, West Coast and Watchet, LS Dogfish, 1 lb 6.6oz, 56.50; Whiting, 8.4oz, 35.00. Total: 91.50%
Ninth: Pick of the Prize table: Stuart Withyman, Honiton SAC: Pouting, 4.8oz, 20.00; Whiting, 15.4oz, 64.17. Total: 84.17%
10th: Pick of the Prize table: Kain Harper, Kingsbridge: LS Dogfish, 1 lb 0.2oz, 40.50; Dab, 8.6 oz, 43.00: Total: 83.50%
11th: Pick of the Prize table: Conrad Davis, Wellington, Som: Dab, 5.4oz, 27.00; Whiting, 12.4oz, 51.67. Total: 78.67%
12th: Pick of the Prize table: Nich Sherren, West Coast and Watchet: Pouting, 4.8oz, 20.00, Whiting, 13.6oz, 56.67. Total: 76.67%
Team Shield: Team of four anglers: WEYMOUTH SAC: Ant Buik, David Lane, Danny Woodcock, David Nicholls. Total 229.67 %
Second: HONITON SAC: Ben Bradstock, Terry Hartnell, Richard Dorgan, Darren Stevens. Total 220.83%
Pool (best individual species) 125 entries @ £1 Total £125
1: 50% , David Lane, Weymouth, Whiting, 1 lb 5.8oz, 90.88%, £62.50
2: 30%, Peter Collins, Dartmouth, Dab , 1 lb 1.8oz, 89.00%, £37.50
3: 20%, Rob Marshall, Taunton, LS Dogfish, 2.lb 1.4oz, 88.50%, £25.00