Sea Angler (UK) - - Your Fishing -

Win­ner of the first fes­ti­val was Sea An­gler’s for­mer con­tribut­ing editor Alan Yates, who was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor for many years be­cause it ticked all his match-fish­ing boxes.

“It’s very com­pet­i­tive but friendly, whereas some events lose their at­trac­tion be­cause of elit­ist at­ti­tudes and over­bur­den­ing rules. The prize struc­ture is pop­u­lar with an­glers able to win prizes for big­gest fish, sec­tion plac­ings, teams of four and pairs,” said Alan, who was un­able to fish this year.

It’s a view shared by many, in­clud­ing Gor­don Thornes, of Con­nah’s Quay, who was part of this year’s fourth-placed team quar­tet. He rates the event’s great at­mos­phere.

“Match fish­ing has opened many doors. I have made dozens of new friend­ships on the open cir­cuit, par­tic­u­larly in Ire­land,” he said.

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