Thornback Rays caught during Burnham sea fishing competition
stocks might be falling in Bridgwater Bay, but that didn't stop
one angler from reeling in these two monster Thornback Rays during
a fishing competition off Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday,
winner with the two 11lb 12oz and 10lb 4oz Rays, both of which
were returned to the water after the weigh-in.
presented with the President's Trophy by Dick Stewart, competition
secretary of the Burnham
Boat Owners group,
which organised the event.
the catches, the amount of fish caught during the seven-hour event
was "dismal," according
to Mr Stewart.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We've had a dreadful day in terms
of fish caught. The problem of falling stocks is very visible."
disappointing that only a few cod have been caught today when
a few years ago we'd have seen up to 80lb being brought in on
anglers took to the waters off Burnham-On-Sea in 13 boats for
the six-hour competition. Second place went to Shaun Morris, third
was Roy Griffin, and fourth was Mike Shepherd. Steve George had
the best cod and collected the pool of money, while Martin Quinn
also won the Thornback Pool.
reported back in November
six flounders were caught by
66 anglers during a five hour fishing event on Burnham Beach run
Sunday, the Outcasts were back again with their New Year beach
fishing competition attracting 81 competitors.
was a good turnout, but a pretty poor day for catches," said
spokesman Steve Moore. "We only caught small stuff - a few
Codling and Whiting. It was a bit slow all round."
Fish stay away as
beach anglers bemoan falling fish stocks
Anglers reel in big catches
at boat fishing event