The 17th Wales Air Ambulance Open Beach Fishing Competition, organized by members from Pembroke andDistrict Angling Club and Osprey Sea Angling Club was hold on Jan 6, 2019 on Amroth beach in South Pembrokeshire.
The continue on a day was identical to that that had been gifted locally in a run adult to a comp, calm comfortable and dry, surprising for early Jan so a continue gods unequivocally smiled on a day with usually a peaceful offshore zephyr that meant a conditions weren’t distant divided from ideal with a peaceful roller building as a waves flooded in with only a few rollers as can be seen in a picture. This should have augured good for a good locate and indeed it was again improved than a prior year. The audience and support was also improved than 2018 with 88 (cf85) anglers including dual youth boys, one youth lady and 4 ladies and they are thanked for their support.
The fishing was indeed an alleviation on 2018 with an increasing series of anglers, 26, including 3 ladies weighing in 35 (cf34 in 2017) sizeable Flounders along with 5 Dabs and 6 Lesser Spotted Dogfish, with other Lesser Spotted Dogfish, undersize Dabs and Flounders being hold though not weighed in.
The winning angler who managed to land 6 decent sized flounder, for 2Kg 60gms was internal Osprey Member Haydn Cole (Lamphey), concealment him a initial esteem of £200. Second was Chris Stephens a unchanging visiting angler from Bridgend with a Lesser Spotted Dogfish of 930gms concealment him a £100 second prize. In third place was another visiting angler and Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers East Region brave Mike Chadwick (Cardiff), who had 3 Flounder for 1Kg 350gms, holding home a third esteem of £50.
The pairs competition, in that both anglers had to import in, was won by Haydn and his partner Mark Bennett (Pembroke) with 7 Flounder for 2Kg 345gms. Second with 2 Lesser Spotted Dogfish and 2 Dabs for 1Kg 885gms were another span of visiting regulars and Saundersfoot bar members Andy Young and Franco Attanasio. Third, with 4 Flounder, though for 1Kg 870gms were Steve and his partner Keith Skipper, with internal tackle emporium owners Mike Rowe winning a Stewards Draw. The Ladies territory was won by another unchanging caller and Welsh International seaside angler Sally Owen who had a Flounder of 415gms, unfortunately no youth weighed in.
However, a many critical outcome on a day was that a event, by a time all a income is in, will have lifted £820 for a Wales Air Ambulance pulling a sum lifted over a 17 years this foe has been running, really in additional of £20,000.
Thanks for this argent bid contingency initial go to a anglers from a organising clubs, together with Mr .Ian Wilkinson, of a Temple Bar Inn who put his premises and valued support during this event’s disposal, and lastly to a crowd of kind and inexhaustible sponsors of a event, who donated cash, together with those donating prizes for a mega raffle that ensured delay of a event’s good success. These were, in no sold order, Ian Wilkinson, of a Temple Bar Inn; Shane Tucker; Andrew Skeels; Osprey Sea Angling Club; John O’Connor; Alex and Denis Nicholas; Chris Wynn; Mark Hagan; Jewson’s of Pembroke, Andrew and Leigh Rogers; Haydn Cole, Mike Rowe, of J and M Tackle, Pembroke Dock; Mark Bennett, St Brides Hotel of Saundersfoot; Hugh Scale of Four Seasons Fruit Shop in Tenby; The Station Inn, Pembroke Dock and Roger Harris, ex landlord of a Amroth Arms. If anybody feels depressed that they have been missed off this list (and hopefully nobody has been), we are truly sorry, though we are thanked, many warmly, for your continued support.
One final thing is that a whole ‘shebang’ repeats itself in dual weeks on Sunday, Jan 20 with a 12th RNLI Annual Fishing Open, in assist of a internal boat stations during Angle and Tenby, for that prayers are now being offering for during slightest a homogeneous or improved continue and as good a turnout.
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