Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers

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The 11th RNLI Annual Fishing Open

The 11th RNLI Annual Fishing Open, organised by members from Pembroke & District Angling Club, Osprey Sea Angling Club and Saundersfoot Sea Angling Club, was held on Sunday 18th February 2018 on Amroth beach in South Pembrokeshire. This year, despite the weather producing a drizzly day but not as bad as was forecast, attendance was quite good at 73 which included 3 Ladies & 4 Juniors (2 boys and 2 girls). However, despite what looked like excellent sea conditions, catches were fairly poor, but in fact better than 2017, with 11 Flounder and 6 Five Beard Rockling weighed in by 15 anglers compared to 14 sizeable fish by 13 out of the 84 anglers, but again only 1 angler managed to weigh 2 fish the other 14 having just one.

The winning angler, who managed to land the 2 Flounder for 675gms, was again this year a local rod from Tenby, this time Gareth Protheroe, netting him the first prize of £200. Second, who had the biggest fish, also a Flounder of 590gms, allowing him to pick up the runner’s up prize of £100, was Andrew Wilson from Pontardulais but a Saundersfoot Club angler. In third place was another local angler, Hughie Sweeney, a veteran from the Pembroke Club with a Flounder just 60 grams lighter at 530gms, winning him £50. Also, this year both a Lady and a Junior managed to weigh in, a Flounder of 335gms for Jaden Brinn, netting him the junior prize and a Rockling of 65gms netting June Howell the Ladies prize. The Pair’s Competition was won by one of only 2 pairs both to weigh in, as stipulated on the poster, both visiting rods, Chris Isaac and Barry Beatrup, with a Flounder and a Rockling for 405gms, with 2 other visitors, Dai Loder and Neil Evans in second with 2 Rockling for 110gms

However, the most important result on the day was that the event raised £615, for the local lifeboats. In gratitude for this sterling effort we must thank our sponsors (in no particular order):- Ian Wilkinson of the Temple Bar Inn, Shane Tucker, Wheeler’s Embroidery, Andrew Skeels, Glamal Engineering of Cardiff, Grainger Tubolt of Pembroke Dock, Howells Engineering of Pendine, Phoenix Saxton of Cardiff, John O’Connor, Denis Nicholas, Jewson’s of Pembroke, Andrew and Leigh Rogers, Haydn Cole, Pembrokeshire Building Supplies of Milford Haven, Lawson HIS of Southampton, Sticks and Stones of Milford Haven, Simon

Safety of Neyland, Davies Decorators of Pembroke Dock, PMS Autos of Haverfordwest, St Brides Hotel of Saundersfoot, the Buccaneer and the Hope and Anchor of Tenby and Rhyal Engineering of Milford Haven, and congratulate the anglers from the organising clubs, you know who you are, together with Ian Wilkinson of the Temple Bar Inn who put his premises and valued support at this event’s disposal, together with a team of Ladies from the Saundersfoot branch of the RNLI, among them Liz Tallboys, Gerry Brutnell, Helen Baggott, Sylvia Smalling and the 2 Pams who ran the raffle, thanks. Finally, If anybody feels aggrieved that they have been missed off this list and we hope there isn’t, we are truly sorry, but thank you, most warmly, for your continued support.

Some of the winners (left to right), Andrew Wilson, Hughie Sweeney, Dai Loder, Jaden Brinn, Chris Isaac, June Howell, Neil Evans, Gareth Protheroe