Non-stop ac­tion for Shield con­test an­glers

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

ex­haustible sup­ply, with the vast ma­jor­ity re­turned straight to the wa­ter.

Each catch was noted with the even­tual win­ners de­cided on a points sys­tem ac­cord­ing to species.

Of­fers to go wrasse fish­ing at dif­fer­ent venues were turned down, no doubt to the sat­is­fac­tion of the skip­pers count­ing the sav­ings in deisel.

The one draw­back of this de­ci­sion was that fewer species were caught than usual with just the odd gurnard and small flat fish.

That prompted or­gan­iser Steve Breeze, who no doubt had de­signs on one of the more ob­scure prizes, to get a size­able dog­fish weighed

A draw takes place be­fore­hand to de­ter­mine which an­glers are on which boats.

Those lucky enough to be with vet­eran Roy Smith on the Aqua Star were soon dis­tracted from mat­ters in hand by the black pud­ding, sausages, ba­con sand­wiches and steam­ing mugs of tea which came out of his tiny gal­ley.

The boat was rocked - lit­er­ally - shortly af­ter mid­day.

The wind started to get up and the rain clouds rolled in, mak­ing the sea chop­pier.

A 10-minute cloud burst was a taster for a two-hour drench­ing, in which even the best wa­ter­proofs were tested.

Most com­peti­tors were un­moved, bat­tling on right up to the 3.30pm fin­ish and then stop three, Aml­wch har­bour.

Those who had left West York­shire at around 4.30am were anx­ious to get home but many stopped for re­fresh- ments in a lo­cal hostelry first. For once sto­ries of ‘the one that got away’ were not re­quired.

The four-man team with the most points will lift the Shield at West End BC on a date to be fixed.

There is also a big fish prize and there ap­peared to be sev­eral an­glers who caught bull huss close to 10lbs.

Un­til then the win­ners are a se­cret. Ru­mour has it they need Pythago­ras to do the sums.

Al El­lis with a bull huss caught on the Aqua Star

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