THE FISH FAIL TO SHOW-UP AT THE SOUTH WALES OPEN ANGLING COMPETITION

With the wind coming from the North East anglers had to cast on the southern side of the pier

With the wind coming from the North East anglers had to cast on the southern side of the pier

Scores of anglers lined Penarth Pier and the shoreline in brilliant sunshine yesterday to compete in one of the most prestigious fishing contests of the year – the South Wales Open Sea Angling Competition.

Unfortunately however, the other participants – the fish –  also appeared to have noted the  contest in their diaries and had taken the precaution of keeping well clear of the hooks and lines being cast into the sea.

Fishing is a serious business that needs huge reserves of patience - especially when the fish don't co-operate

Fishing is a serious business that needs huge reserves of patience – especially when the fish don’t co-operate

The annual contest is organised by Penarth Sea Angling Club and is made all the more challenging by taking place within a relatively short time window from 10:30 to 14:30.

At stake was a top prize of £500 sponsored by the Admiral Insurance Group   and a plethora of  prizes from other sponsors.

There were anglers dotted all along the shore as far as Lavernock

There were anglers dotted all along the shore as far as Lavernock

The area of the competition stretches from the rocks of the Cardiff Bay Barrage all the way south past Penarth to Lavernock Point – but fishing is not permitted from the three slipways off Penarth Esplanade.

What used to be a cheap sport, isn’t any longer. Not only is the tackle expensive,  but the cost of buying live bait (apparently there’s none left in the mud to dig-up anymore at low tide )  is making it a financial as well as sporting challenge .

Some anglers blamed local trawlers for the absence of fish closer inshore

Some anglers blamed local trawlers for the absence of fish closer inshore

As the ranks of anglers on Penarth Pier waited patiently for bites – they complained that the expansion of fishing in the area by local trawlers must be responsible for reducing local fish stocks.

The weigh-in was held at 3.30 at Penarth Conservative Club where only digital scales are permitted to be used.

The South Wales Open Winner was Cardiff ‘s Drew Chapple – taking the top prize for the second year running  with a conger weighing 9 pounds 6 ounces (none of that out-of-date old European metric stuff in the angling community) .Drew only started fishing 18 months ago – but has proved, for the second year in succession,  he’s got that  winning touch.

Second place went to Ray Starling who landed 3 mullett weighing 8lb 5 ounces.

 

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17 Responses to THE FISH FAIL TO SHOW-UP AT THE SOUTH WALES OPEN ANGLING COMPETITION

  1. Christopher David says:

    Blimey I didn’t know there was near shore trawling around here. Pen beach was never that productive for angling anyway, surprised trawling is viable or even legal!

  2. Ivor Bagman says:

    There is also someone
    Who nets bass near
    The inner Wrack buoy !

  3. Volunteer beachwarden says:

    Am glad they had a nice day fishing but t would have bee better if all those taking part had taken away or binned their fishing debris. This morning I collected a full bag of rubbish on the beach all associated with fishing iclyding 6 very heavy duty spiked fishing weights . these can cause a nasty injury to not only to someone walking on the beach but also are a danger to the local wildlife.

  4. john says:

    I agree with beach warden, I realise that fishing ia dull, but the lines, radios and cig ends of the anglers is annoying to those of us who would just like a quiet stroll on the pier!

    It’s probably time to ban this ‘activity’ and let the pier be enjoyef by all residents.

    • Christopher David says:

      Ha fishing dull. So sayeth man that’s never studied Skues or knows a Greenwell Glory. I agree that litter is absolutely a no no, but do educate yourself re the bigger picture.

      • rogerB says:

        I assume many of the beach anglers would have been bust tying a greenwell glory. I have always found such things work in rather different settings.

      • Christopher David says:

        Ah yes indeed rogerB. A chap of culture I see. Still start with a mackerel feather and who knows where it may end🙂

  5. Johnabutt says:

    Sounds like a proper fishy story!

  6. Christopher David says:

    Oh do stop carping on Horrid- always on your perch ay chub-y.

  7. Christopher David says:

    Skating on thin ice weren’t you. Made a rod for yourself and its weighting you down eh! Still you always talk Pollacks. 🙂 Ta for the fun sun-fish.

  8. Christopher David says:

    Sigh……St Aubins !

  9. Andrew Worsley says:

    Silly fishermen taking all day to catch a fish , bet they have never even heard of Plassey St Fish and Chips shop , they have lots of fish and you don’t need to take all sorts of things with you to get one. Some people eh? when will they learn , I blame it on the Tories errrrrrrrrrr probably!.

  10. Andrew Worsley says:

    Ooops forgot to mention , I blame it on Jeremy Corbyn… as I will if we have no snow at Xmas.

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