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HOOKED: Ken is king after Euro boat challenge
SEVENTY-FIVE anglers from around Europe signed on to fish the annual Weymouth International Boat Angling Challenge (WIBAC) over five days.
Each day comprised of a different competition to challenge the anglers’ skill with fishing based on a catch and release points system with only specimen fish brought to the scales.
This challenge is also a test of the skill and knowledge of the eight local charter skippers who signed on for the event; each with a reputation to live up to and the award for top boat to aim for.
Day One was a species hunt; day two a species points match; day three was a lure match; day four was a wreck match and there was a reef match on the final day.
There were cash prices up for grabs on a daily basis in a variety of categories including daily boat winners, the best two-man and four-man teams and overall winners, to name but a few.
As ever this was a keenly-contested event with the results as follows: Day One – Species Hunt: 1 Tony Hudson; 2 Dave Mann and Matt Osborne, 3 Richard Ferre.
Day Two-– Species Points – 1 Mike Patten; 2 Steve Batchelor, 3 Francis Couzinet.
Day Three – Lure – 1 Scott Gibson; 2 Steve Batchelor, 3 Paul Hart.
Day Four – Wreck – 1 Andy Wells; 2 Jean Pierre Coutauchaud, 3 Francis Couzinet.
Day Five – Reef – 1 Ken Smith; 2 Richard Ferre, 3 Bram Cole.
The National Team award was won by the England side of Robin Amor, Kev Clark, Ashley Curr-ier, Matt Osborne and Richard Russell.
The top Overseas Angler honour was won by Francis Couzinet of France. Second was Jean-Pierre Coutauchaud of France and, in third, was Ingvar Persson of Sweden.
The Two-Man Open was won by the pairing of Paul Hart and Ken Smith. Second was Martin Bobbett and Ashley Currie while Scott Gibson and Steve Souter finished third.
The Four-Man open was claimed by the team of George Bell, Scott Gibson, Rob Reiach and Steve Souter.
In second place was Steve Batchelor, Dave Mann, Ian Mc-Lean and Mike Patten while Steve Clements, Matt Osborne, Mike Smith and Richard Wheeler bagged third.
The Four-Man Executive (members of the teams are drawn and no one knows who is in their team until the presentation evening) was won by Scott Gibson, Tony Hudson, Ingvar Persson and Joop Schik.
Luke Allen, Bram Cole, Coutauchaud and Perry Dack bagged second and third were Wilfried Buls, Francis Couzinet, Mike Smith and Jim Whippy.
The Seniors awards were won by Ken Smith with Richard Russell second and Richard Ferre third.
The Daily boat winners were: Luke Allen, Robin Amor, Steve Batchelor, Jos Breuglemans, Kev Clark, Steve Clements, Francis Couzinet, Jean Pierre Coutauchaud (x2), Ashley Currier (x3), Perry Dack, Richard Ferre (x3), Robbie Florus, Scott Gibson (x2), Joe Holland, Tony Hudson, Graham Latimer, Dicky Leggett, Dave Mann (x2), Billy Murray, Dave Oliver, Matt Osborne (x2), Mike Patten, Ingvar Persson, David Proudfoot, Rob Reiach, Richard Russell, Joop Schik (x2), Rob Shattock (x2), Ken Smith (x2), Mike Smith, Paul Tulley (x2), Andy Wells, Richard Wheeler and Derek Yullie.
Trophies and prizes were also awarded for: Sporting Ethos – Buchan Trophy to Mike Patten; Unusual Catch: Andy Wells for a three-beard rockling of 2lb 40z; Flatfish: Ken Smith for a turbot of 12lb 8oz – which set a new WIBAC record and netted him prize money of £500.
Ray: Richard Ferre for his undulate ray of 16lb 8oz; conger eel: Jim Whippy for his 60lb fish; Black Bream: Rob Reiach for his 3lb 7oz catch; Bass: Robin Lane for his 7lb 2oz fish and the Top Boat award went to Adrian Brown, skipper of Al’s Spirit.
The overall WIBAC champion for 2013 was Ken Smith with 483.45 points for a prize of £3,000.
Runner-up was Ashley Currier with 474.39 points for £1,500 and third, with 454.72 points was Scott Gibson, who earned a prize of £1,000.
There were no top junior or top lady awards this year.
A special award was made to the retiring commodore of the Charter Fleet, Chris Caines, to thank him for all he has done to support the WIBAC over the years.
Thanks also went to Fladen for their continued sponsorship and to Andy and Charlotte Selby of Weymouth Angling Centre for staging the event and their continued sponsorship.
A prize raffle was also held on the night, which raised £665 for Julia’s House.
* A note for your diaries: WIBAC 2014 is to be held from October 20-24 – (later next year due to Weymouth hosting the European and World Championships); book on by contacting Weymouth AC on 777771 or visiting deepsea.co.uk
Sat, Sept 21 – West Bay SAC – shore match for the Lyme Bay Trophy – 5-11pm
Sun, Sept 22 – Weymouth AS – Chesil Rover 4-10pm
Sun, Sept 22 – Portland AC – Boat match 9am- 5.30pm
Sat, Sept 28 – Dorchester SAC – Cogden 7pm-noon.
Sun, Sept 29 – West Bay SAC – Boat match – Three Horseshoes 9am -5pm.
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