April 23, 2006
Thornback Rays reeled in during Burnham fishing competition
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).
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.
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.
winner Jeff Clark, from Bristol, said he was delighted with his
monster Thornback Ray (pictured above).
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."
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.
Starsk won the Bass pool with a 5lb 11oz fish, and the Cod pool
was won by Steve Gunstone with his 8lb 9oz fish.
juniors also took part in the event as they competed for the Victoria
Trading Winter Shield.
was Lewis Tuck with a 10lb 13oz Ray, and Anthony Georgio was second
with a 2lb 2oz Lesser Spotted Dog Fish.
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."
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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