Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: May 7, 2006
Bumper eels reeled in during Burnham sea fishing competition

John Labbe holds the 22lb 11oz conger eel he caught during Sunday's Burnham fishing competition

These bumper-sized eels were caught in the waters around Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (May 7th) when the town's Boat Owners Sea Angling Association staged its annual Tony Holly Trophy competition.

Sally Norris holds the two conger eels she caught during Sunday's Burnham sea fishing competitionAround 30 anglers took to the waters of Bridgwater Bay in 15 boats to compete in the annual event, and they were rewarded with good weather and some good catches.

Andy Davis took first place with a 18lb 12oz Blonde Ray, while second spot went to Shaun Norris with his 5lb 8.5oz Spotted Ray that also earned him the overall trophy.

In third spot was John Labbe with a huge 22lb 11oz Conger Eel (pictured at the top of this page) that he caught near Hinkley Point.

Fourth was Nigel Devey with a 22lb 10oz Conger and in the Bass category John Dumbleton was first with a 4lb 6.5oz fish. Best junior was Dominic Stroud with a 2lb 2oz Dogfish.

Sally Norris, pictured right, also had a successful day after reeling in two big Congers weighing 22lb 7oz and 19lb 8oz.

Competition secretary Dick Stewart said the event had been successful.

"It's been another great day with a good range of fish caught. We had Congers, Thornback Rays, Bass, Dogfish and Blonde Rays."

He added that the event had attracted good support from competitors from across the South West, including Bristol and Swindon.


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