Penn Sea League 2015

Eng­land international bags 120 points to con­firm Premier Divi­sion dou­ble

Sea Angler (UK) - - Contents -

All the prize win­ners and the line-up for the fi­nal.

SEV­ERAL months side­lined from match fish­ing would have ru­ined the chances of win­ning the Penn Sea League for most an­glers, but not Eng­land international Ge­orge Smith.

The 52-year-old, from Grimsby, still man­aged to score in eight matches to fin­ish with 120 points to grab top spot for the sec­ond time in Bri­tain’s most pres­ti­gious match fish­ing con­test.

In this free-to-reg­is­ter an­nual event, where an­glers can gain points in des­ig­nated open shore matches, the fish fil­leter, who has com­peted for Eng­land since 1992, re­turned from a bro­ken shoul­der to bag 48 points after se­cur­ing third in his first Penn event of 2015, the big Euro­pean open on the Hold­er­ness Coast.

With Penn points on of­fer based on en­try num­bers at each match and mainly for top three and sec­tion wins, Ge­orge picked up seven more batches of points for his 120 to­tal in the PSL’s Premier Divi­sion. Only an an­gler’s 10 best scores count in the league.

Al­ways a con­sis­tent per­former in the PSL, which started in 1999, Ge­orge won it in 2012, and is only the third an­gler to be cham­pion more than once. Could 2016 be the year when he equals the three wins of Welsh in­ter­na­tion­als Alan Price and Joe Arch?

“It’s the one to win, and I’m up for try­ing to win it again,” said Ge­orge, who was sixth in 2014. “All the top an­glers in the coun­try fish it, so you are fish­ing against ev­ery­one. It’s a year-long event, but it’s the best.”

An­glers have to reg­is­ter their name, ad­dress, phone num­ber and email ad­dress with Sea An­gler to com­pete in the PSL and only reg­is­tered an­glers can win prizes of­fered by the league’s spon­sors Penn.

With the top 35 reg­is­tered an­glers from the Premier Divi­sion and top five reg­is­tered an­glers from Divi­sion 1 in­vited to fish a one-off fi­nal each year, Ge­orge also hopes to win that too, and so join an elite group of an­glers who have topped both the league and fi­nal.

“I’ve been sec­ond and third sev­eral times in the fi­nal, but would love to win that also against the 40 best an­glers,” he added.

Sec­ond in the 2015 PSL was Chris Stephens, of Brid­gend, who made a big im­pact jump­ing from 17th place in 2014. He col­lected nine lots of Penn points to com­plete his to­tal of 82.

After fin­ish­ing sec­ond in 2014, Eng­land an­gler Saul Page, from Deal, came in third with 70 points from seven matches.

In Divi­sion 1, the top place went to Hull an­gler John Byrne with 50 points from one match, the big Euro­pean open.

In sec­ond was up-and-com­ing Eng­land young­ster Ryan Casey, of Wey­mouth, with 37 points from five events, while Dover’s Luke Hut­ton was only one point be­hind in third spot.

Ge­orge Smith be­came only the third an­gler

to be Penn Sea League cham­pion

more than once

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