Open event on Weston beach

SEA ANGLING - SUNDAY week see the most exciting open even for young sea anglers.

SEA ANGLING - SUNDAY week see the most exciting open even for young sea anglers.

Weston beach is an ideal venue, even for beginners, with few snags or dangers for anglers, and clear visibility for WSMSAA's team of safety conscious stewards.

For the more experienced, a large entry means that there is still challenge and opportunity to demonstrate their skills. Sam Rodgers, then 13, won in 2007 and won a silver medal fishing for England Youth in Europe the following year.

Previous winners of Champion's Shield included a five-year-old, (from a fishing family) and a 13-year-old who had sea fished once before but hooked a 5lb bass.

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Long casting is not essential. Target species are silver eels, bass, flounders and whiting. Small hooks and worm baits are generally preferred as this a catch, measure and release event. With no minimum sizes all fish count. A bucket to carry fish on hook to a steward is useful.

Fishing is from 11.30am to 2.15pm on Weston beach on September 13. Sign in is from 9.30am onwards at the clubhouse (south end of Marine Parade), �2 entry. Presentation of cups etc at the SeaLife Centre on the beach, which has a caf�.

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Parent's permission is necessary and children should be accompanied by an authorised adult.

A few tips: anglers on open beaches can be exposed to wind, rain, cold, hot sun and wet feet! Bring waterproofs, spare fleece, hat and wellies. Sea worms die quickly and become unusable if exposed to rain or heat, especially direct sun.

First prize is, a quality mountain bike sponsored by E R Hemmings (building) of Yate. Prizes include rods, reels, tackle, toys etc and even make up (for the girls). WSMSAA thanks the many sponsors on behalf of the children.

THIRTEEN club juniors fished in the Veals of Highbridge Junior League matches in May /June and caught 55 fish.

Alex Bloomfield leads with 389 points, Lorenzo Newman of Swindon is just 30cm behind him. All 13, if they fish the open, will also be competing in the last leg of the League and league champion and runner-up will receive trophies and prizes on the day.

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