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HOOKED: Weymouth festival winners bag their prizes
THE Weymouth Angling Society and Weymouth & Portland BC annual boat fishing festivals were hosted and organised by Weymouth AS.
This is the second part of the festivals season held in September, which started with the shore competitions.
Anglers in the boat festivals competed for a variety of trophies and prizes in both the large and small boat categories – with the winners determined on a catch and release points based system with only specimen fish brought back to the scales.
On day one, anglers competed in the Weymouth Angling Soc-iety festival in ideal conditions – sunshine, light winds and calm seas which allowed boats to venture to the Kidney Banks to the west of Portland and marks around Portland Bill in pursuit of blonde rays, wrasse, and bass.
On days two and three, competitors signed on to fish the Weymouth & Portland Borough Council festival.
Sunday started bright with light winds but the forecast was for the wind to get stronger as the day progressed.
In the hope of a couple of hours of good fishing, most boats headed out round Portland Bill, however, by the time they got there the winds had picked up and plans changed.
Boats started to head for grounds that would give them some protection, such as east of Portland down to Grove Point and around the breakwater, chasing all species and specimens in the hopes of picking up a prize or trophy.
On day three, we woke to gales, as expected, but this did not deter the enthusiasm of the competitors who stuck it out regardless.
This was another day for species and specimen fishing on marks that would afford some protection from the wind, if not the rain.
It showed the diversity of the fishing available by the quality of fish caught by the anglers to achieved high points totals over both days.
Both the shore and the boats festivals came to a close with an awards evening at Weymouth AS with mayor Ray Banham and Coun Pam Nixon invited to make the presentations.
Trophies were awarded for both the shore and boat festivals to the following: Weymouth AS Festival – the Whitehead Cup – most points, large boat – Tim Hoare with 327; the H Samuel Cup – most points from a small boat – Ryan Casey 310; Rupert Hobb Cup – heaviest fish from a boat excluding conger – Bob Cove; the Holloway Cup – best bass boat or shore – Keith Diplock – 5lb 12oz; the Bond Cup for longest tope – Mike Godmington; the Erith Cup for best specimen boat or shore – Paul Rogers for his conger eel of 14.49kg; and the Vic Charles Cup was awarded to Rogers for most points over two days for conger; the Ernest Wheeler Cup – heaviest fish from the shore – Paul Rogers – conger eel 14.49kg; the Hapgood Cup – most points from the shore – Ryan Casey; the Choldcroft Cup – most points from the shore for a junior – Ryan Casey and the Chris Tett Ladies’ Champion Shield – most points from the shore over two days – Jane Johns – 30 points.
In the Weymouth and Portland BC festivals, trophies were presented for: Weymouth Corpor-ation Trophy – most points over three days – Dave McCune; Hotel & Catering Association Cup – most points from a small boat – Pete White 355 points; Silver Cup – most points from the shore – John Burt 100 points and the Peace & Plenty Ladies’ Cham-pion Shield – most points from all three boat days – Dee Weeding.
The joint festival trophies were won by: the Vic Pitman Memorial Cup – Bob Cove for the best blonde ray; the Marlboro Cup – for the best conger in the boat festivals – Dave Pitman; the Avery Boyce Memorial Cup – for best specimen in both boat festivals – Will Byatt – ballen wrasse – 137 per cent and the Junior Cup – best specimen by a junior during the festivals – Ryan Casey.
Prizes were also awarded in various categories for each day of the festival, including second highest points, second best specimen, greatest number of species and greatest number of fish to name but a few.
Congratulations were given at the end of the presentations in a short speech by the mayor.
During his speech, he reminded everyone that Weymouth AS was one of the oldest clubs in the country with a history going back more than 100 years.
At the same time, he expressed his hopes that Weymouth AS would continue where they were, that he would be back again in February and he wished the club continued success for the future and every good wishes for their application for the renewal of the lease.
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