The gods were looking down on the Llantwit Major charity fishing open in aid of Parkinsons UK and the Jacob Abraham Foundation.
The weather leading up to the event was not good, but on the day things changed. The wind dropped to a gentle southerly breeze and the fish came on to feed big time.
Ninety-six anglers took part in the event including four juniors, and a massive total of 506 kilos (1,113 pounds) of fish were caught, the main species being smooth hounds.
A total of £1,425 was raised, split 50/50 between the two charities. Event organisers Sally Owen and Mark Cowell would like to thank all the sponsors for their kind donations which made this event a great success.
First was ex-world champion Joe Arch with a massive 36.13 kilos, which consisted of nine smooth hounds. Joe was fishing straight in front of the beach car park.
He won £250 donated by Holyhead-based angler Ben Price, who owns his own company BDP Heating and Plumbing.
Joe also picked up the heaviest smooth hound pool of £85 plus the smooth hound festival cup.
A close second was Barry angler and tackle shop assistant at Holton Road Angling Centre, Dan Crump. He weighted in 35.24 kilos consisting of 10 smooth hounds.
Dan was fishing at Boverton and won £150 jointly donated by Chris Read, Sally Owen and Gareth Davies.
In third place was managing director of Treforest Tiling Ltd, Richard Potts from Tylorstown. He was also fishing at Boverton and weighted in 33.34 kilos consisting of 10 smooth hounds.
Richard won £100 donated by Maria Hughes owner of the Llantwit Major beach cafe.
Fourth place with 30.64 kilos consisting of eight smooth hounds, a bull huss and three conger eels was the current Garry Evans Seamaster champion and 2018 points leader Rory Jenkins from Tonyrefail.
He was fishing at St Donats and won £50 donated by Chris Davies Estate agents.
Fifth place was Chris Equall from Cardiff with 28.09 kilos consisting of seven smooth hounds. He won £50 donated by Chris Garner.
Sixth was Roy Tapper from Cardiff with 25,25 kilos consisting of eight smooth hounds and a cover eel. He won £30 donated by local barber Ben Davies.
Bottom-weight in the top 20 was 10 kilos which normally would be enough to win a match. The best rockling pool was won by Iaun Jones with a fish of 0.18 kilos: he won £85.
In the pairs section of the match: first were South Wales Match Men team members Roy Tapper and Dan Crump with a total weight of 60.49 kilos. They picked up the pairs trophy and £80 pool.
Second were Team Sakuma members Rory and Chris Jenkins (not related) with a total weight of 50.90 kilos. They won £40 pool money.
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