The 12th RNLI Annual Fishing Open, organised by members from Pembroke and District Angling Club, Osprey Sea Angling Club and Saundersfoot Sea Angling Club, was held last month on Amroth beach.
This year, the weather was positively balmy for late January and attendance only slightly down on 2018 at 69 cf 73 which included five ladies and three junior boys. However, despite what looked like very flat sea conditions, catches were way better than 2018, with 27 (cf11) Flounder and three Lesser Spotted Dogfish weighed in by 24 (cf15) anglers, with others caught but not weighed in.
The winning angler, who managed to land the five Flounder for 1kg 940gms, was the Air Ambulance winner from a fortnight previously, Haydn Cole from Lamphey, netting him the first prize of £200.
Second, who had the biggest fish, a Lesser Spotted Dogfish of 835gms, allowing him to pick up the runners-up prize of £100, was another local, Gwyn Davies from Pembroke Dock.
In third place was a regular for these competitions, from Bridgend, Jeff Stephens with three Flounder for 960gms, winning him £50.
Also, this year both a lady and a junior managed to weigh in, a Flounder of 430gms for Finan Williams, netting him the junior prize, and two for 670gms netting Alison George the ladies’ prize.
The pairs competition was won by Haydn and Mark Bennett, again as two weeks previously, with six Flounder for 2kG 265gms. Second were Peter Evans and Kevin Hughes with a Dogfish each for 1kg 475gms and third were Vince Davies and Phil Thomas with three Flounder for 1kg 180gms. The steward’s draw was won by a local lad, but now living in Aberdeen, so had come a long way, was Simon Nicholas who also was one of our sponsors.
However, the most important result on the day was that the event raised £687 for the local lifeboats. In gratitude for this sterling effort we must thank our other sponsors (in no particular order): Ian Wilkinson, of the Temple Bar Inn; Shane Tucker; Andrew Skeels; Glamal Engineering of Cardiff; Howells Engineering of Pendine; John O’Connor; Denis Nicholas; Andrew and Leigh Rogers; Pembrokeshire Building Supplies of Milford Haven; Lawson HIS, of Southampton; Jason Davies; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Evans, of St. Brides Hotel, Saundersfoot; the Buccaneer and the Harbwr Brewery, Tenby; Roger Harris, former landlord of the Amroth Arms; Mike Rowe; Chris Wynn and the anglers from the organising clubs, you know who you are, together with Ian Wilkinson, of the Temple Bar Inn, who put his premises and valued support at this event’s disposal, together with a team of ladies from the Saundersfoot branch of the RNLI, who ran the raffle, thanks.
Finally, if anybody feels aggrieved that they have been missed off this list and we hope there isn’t, we are truly sorry, but thank you, most warmly, for your continued support.
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