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Over 20 boats took part in Sunday's annual Thornback Ray fishing competition

Published: April 23, 2006
Monster Thornback Rays reeled in during Burnham fishing competition

Winner Jeff Clark, from Bristol, was delighted with this monster 18lb 6.5oz Thornback RayThis huge 18lb 6.5oz Thornback Ray was the catch-of-the-day when Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association held their latest competition on Sunday (April 23rd).

More than 45 anglers took to the water in 22 boats to compete in the annual Thornback Best Specimen Competition - and they were rewarded with some bumper catches.

The popular event attracts competitors from as far away as Swindon and took place over eight hours, with the boats leaving the town at 7.15am and returning at 4.30pm.

Overall winner Jeff Clark, from Bristol, said he was delighted with his monster Thornback Ray (pictured above).

He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's a super fish - definitely the biggest we've seen for a while. We reeled it in near the Gore Buoy in Bridgwater Bay."

Stuart Milton takes his Thornback Ray to the weigh-in, watched by Dick StewartIn second place was Stuart Milton with a 13lb 11oz Ray; third was Craig Willis for a 13lb 3oz Ray; and fourth was Bernie McClean with a 12lb 9oz Ray.

Carol Starsk won the Bass pool with a 5lb 11oz fish, and the Cod pool was won by Steve Gunstone with his 8lb 9oz fish.

Several juniors also took part in the event as they competed for the Victoria Trading Winter Shield.

First was Lewis Tuck with a 10lb 13oz Ray, and Anthony Georgio was second with a 2lb 2oz Lesser Spotted Dog Fish.

Participants gather for the weigh-in during Sunday's competitionCompetition secretary Dick Stewart said he was pleased with the event, adding: "It's been a brilliant day - very well supported once again and the weather stayed good to us."

The next competition for Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association will be the Tony Holly Trophy, to be held on May 7th. It will start at 6am.


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