Young Rods

Sea An­gler's cel­e­bra­tion of the great an­gling achieve­ments of its younger read­ers. Look at the smiles, didn’t they do well?

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Putting our ju­nior an­glers in the spot­light.

Zoe Jones poses with a 7lb 15oz thorn­back ray that she caught while shore fish­ing on the River Mersey. The 14-year-old from Wal­lasey, Mersey­side, tempted it with a whole squid stuffed with mack­erel and mounted to a Pen­nell rig with size 4/0 hooks.

Alex Can­ham, aged nine, en­joyed some fan­tas­tic sport when he fished aboard Richard Sea­ger’s char­ter ves­sel Out The Blue, based at St Peter Port, Guernsey. The Colch­ester, Es­sex an­gler fished live sandeels for bait and bagged plenty of fish, in­clud­ing this 5lb tur­bot.

This crack­ing 10lb 10oz bass fell to a black Sidewinder lure that Joseph Wright, 14, worked over sand­banks at the south of the Isle of Wight. The lo­cal Sandown an­gler was fish­ing aboard a pri­vate ves­sel and re­turned the fish after the brief photo call.

Joe Stan­ton shows off a crack­ing bass that tipped the scales to ex­actly 7lb. Fif­teen-yearold Joe, who comes from Folke­stone, Kent, pre­sented squid on a Pen­nell rig at a lo­cal mark known as The War­ren and re­turned the fish after weigh­ing it.

Six-year-old Tom Harker, from New Mil­ton, Hamp­shire, used a com­bi­na­tion of squid, lug­worms and rag­worms to tempt this floun­der weigh­ing 1lb 10oz when he fished Poole Har­bour from the beach at Ham­wor­thy, Dorset.

Ai­den But­ter­field braved the el­e­ments and ven­tured to the Gynn Wall at Black­pool, Lancs, hop­ing to catch a cod. The seven-year-old lo­cal lad didn’t have to wait long be­fore this 2lb 8oz codling snatched his black lug tipped with squid bait.

This su­perb 7lb 2oz cod fell to the rod of Alan­nah Inglis, of Whitby, North York­shire. The eight-year-old used a com­bi­na­tion of black lug and peeler crab on a Pen­nell rig dur­ing a night ses­sion on her lo­cal pier.

A shore ses­sion at Hast­ings, East Sussex, yielded this floun­der weigh­ing 1lb for lo­cal lad Evelyn Moyni­han. The eightyear-old used lug­worms on a two-hook flap­per rig.

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