Annual junior open beach match well attended

PUBLISHED: 10:09 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:09 29 September 2017

Harrison first place.

Harrison first place.

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Thirty junior anglers took part in Weston Sea Angling Association’s annual junior open match on Weston beach.

Thirty junior anglers turned up to fish Weston Sea Angling Association’s annual junior open match.

The competition was held between the Tropicana and the Grand Pier. Anticipation was high, with the youngest angler being just three years old, and the eldest 15.

There was an amazing prize table and all the kids had their eyes on first prize – a mountain bike, kindly donated by John May. Other prizes included fishing tackle, toys and chocolates, all donated by local tackle shops and local businesses.

It was a two-and-a-half-hour match and the results were just astounding. Only eight anglers recorded no fish, and the winning bag was 193cm long, with a mixture of flounder, bass and a silver eel.

Amongst this bag was an amazing 1lb 10oz 39cm flounder, a beauty for angling in the Bristol Channel.

Results: Harrison Izzard, aged six, Axbridge (seven fish – 193cm); Jevon Puddy, aged 14, Woolavington (seven fish – 187cm); Charlie Parsons (five fish – 117cm).

Elite sea angler Jack Reynolds of Worlebury travelled to Weymouth to take part in the Weymouth Angling Society and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Sea Angling Festivals.

The event held over two days attracted anglers from across the country and the 11-year-old enjoyed two very good days of fishing on board the boat ‘Fish On 2’ owned by Josh Simmonds of Weymouth.

Anglers in the boat festivals competed for a variety of trophies and prizes in both the large and small boat categories, with the winners determined on a catch and release points based system with only specimen fish brought back to the scales.

Jack was using a Shimano rod with a mackerel and squid bait when he caught the best specimen of the day in both the adult and junior sections of the competition.

His bull huss, weighing in at 5.81kg was good enough to win him the Avery Boyce Memorial Trophy and the Juniors Annual Festival Cup.

He is a Year 7 pupil at Worle Community School and a member of Bristol Channel Fishing – Supporting Angling Communities, where he takes part in match fishing.

Jack is sponsored by both Veals Fishing Tackle, Bristol and Baytree Road Garage.

Also fishing in the competition was Jack’s father, Richard Reynolds, although out-fished by his son, he also came away with a cup. He was awarded the Marlboro Cup for the best conger eel.

Also fishing on the boat was Jack’s grandfather Geoff Reynolds, who on this occasion was out of the prizes.

Following the competition, cups and prizes were presented by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Councillor Kevin Brookes.

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