May 7, 2006
eels reeled in during Burnham sea fishing competition
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Norris, pictured right, also had a successful day after reeling
in two big Congers weighing 22lb 7oz and 19lb 8oz.
secretary Dick Stewart said the event had been successful.
been another great day with a good range of fish caught. We had
Congers, Thornback Rays, Bass, Dogfish and Blonde Rays."
added that the event had attracted good support from competitors
from across the South West, including Bristol and Swindon.
Thornback Rays reeled in during fishing competition
Thornback Rays caught during fishing competition
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