DAWN BREAKS – AND PENARTH’S ANNUAL COD WAR BEGINS

The huge fishing fleet assembling off Penarth Pier at daybreak this morning (Photo Peter Stealey)

The huge fishing fleet assembling off Penarth Pier at daybreak this morning (Photo Peter Stealey)

For the cod of the Bristol Channel, today it would have been a wise choice to opt for a bit of a lie-in, perhaps pull up the duvet, read the piscine Sunday papers and not surface for a while. 

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club’s famous Annual Open Cod Competition always attracts a huge number of entries – at least 400 anglers fishing from well over 100 boats .

Waiting for the off - off Penarth Pier

Waiting for the off – off Penarth Pier

Off Penarth Pier before dawn a D-Day-like armada of fishing boats was assembling as a misty , grudging, grey dawn broke ; every vessel packed with anglers determined to land the largest cod of the day.

Ice Maiden and her rivals on the start line

Ice Maiden and her crew all with rods and the ready wait on the start line

Friendly banter on the start line will soon give way to deadly-earnest rivalry

Friendly banter on the start line will soon give way to deadly-earnest rivalry

Late joining the party - the Barry fishing boat Unity was determined to take on the best from Penarth and Cardiff

Down-channel experts joining the party:  the Barry fishing boat Unity was determined to take on the best from Penarth and Cardiff. There were also boats from Ilfracombe taking part.

Exactly at eight o’clock (well nearer ten past actually) the traditional ship’s hooter sounded, throttles were opened – and the massed fleet was off and running in what always looks like Penarth’s waterborne Grand National .

They're off! Leaving the palm trees of Penarth behind most stippers headed up channel to the chilly North

They’re off! The massed start leaves the palm trees of Penarth behind as most skippers head up channel to the chilly North

Whoops of excitement could be heard coming over the water from four hundred fishermen as the boats gathered speed – most of them headed up channel to the North East

For the skippers the annual contest is not just a matter of speed  – to get to the best fishing grounds first – it’s also a matter of know-how…and know-where.

The legendary charter fishing boat Benjoma Too landed the big one

The legendary charter fishing boat Benjoma Too (skipper Paul Crossman) had the best of the luck with angler A McIntyre landing a 16lb 5oz cod

The winner of the first prize of  £1,000 + Garmin Equipment was Mr A. McIntyre on board Benjoma Too (skipper Paul Crossman) who caught a massive  16lb. 5oz cod.

 

 

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8 Responses to DAWN BREAKS – AND PENARTH’S ANNUAL COD WAR BEGINS

  1. Volunteer beachwardeb says:

    Having spent many hours clearing up the debris from fishing from our beach, including vicious hooks a dsharply pointed weights, discarded packaging, dirty cloths ( used to wipe their hands?) and metres of twisted fishing line left by some fishing people I would recommend beach users to take care when walking with their children and pets after any fishing event.

  2. Ted says:

    Its not just the fishermen that leave rubbish either I too walk the beach and have to take care of the Dog mess, chip trays and rubbish left behind by people,children and their pets thankfully only a by a few

  3. snoggerdog says:

    there was a dinosaur washed up on the tide this am (made in china) also a third chunk has come off the northcliffe wall below the folly/billiard room,its beginning to bulge out more now with large cracks appearing ,sounds like the head doesnt it.

  4. Chris David says:

    Jeezzz 11 lb 10 ounces. Were not in ruddy kilos in (UK) fishng land. But anyway you’re correct observers about the rubbish. Real anglers respect the environment and don’t leave nylon, hooks etc. That’s really bad. Gave the anti Angling Cosmeston-astas the excuse to ban angling there. Had to be because of idiots.

    • Ivor Bagman says:

      Reel anglers wear nylons
      For thermal reasons.
      They’re not all hookers !!

    • Tim Hughes says:

      I agree. I think it is great that we can buy a pint of beer or a pint of milk and yes even 3 pounds of spuds. Just as long as we never use the archaic imperial system for anything important.

  5. LizG says:

    I’m one of the beach cleaners, and I’m looking forward to clean the beach later! There will be masses of residue from the anglers, fish, bags, fishing lines, and any other angling stuff you can think of. Aarrgh.

  6. Volunteer beachwarden says:

    There was loads on Monday Liz. Lots of usual debris, also two large fish wrapped in plastic which had been left to rot away on the pebbles, newspaper used to hold bait, leaded fishing weights, someone’s jumper! and plastic, plastic plastic containers from food drink and bait.

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