News from the sea and shore with Mike Millman
ATTENDANCE was very satisfactory for the presentation of the Plymouth Federation of Sea Angling Clubs awards and those of the Plymouth & District Shore League.
Holding the two on the same night has proved very successful and no more so than in these difficult financial times. Members of both organisations put up sterling performances in the past year and the results stand well in any company in the British Isles.
Keith Bunney, League chairman, thanked both the sponsors of the league without which, he said, could not run at the level it does and the competitors who support it through 10 hard fought heats in all weathers.
A tribute was paid to Kathy Bunney for the immense amount of work put in behind the scenes. I had the pleasure of again presenting the trophies, the principle winners being Stonehouse A, repeating their success of the last few years and Terry Cunningham, who fished for Stonehouse and added to the team's success by winning the best overall trophy for his bass of 12lb 1oz.
John Hunt, chairman of Rodbenders, presented the Federation awards.
Senior Angler of the Year was Stuart Gray of Rodbenders, who amassed a 455 per cent score for the highest percentage of three different species, achieving it with a smoothound of 16lb 12oz, small-eyed ray of 13lb and plaice of 3lb 6½oz. He was also the winner of the Farley Trophy for the best aggregate of five different species, a total of 681 per cent.
The Harry Nash Memorial Trophy for the equivalent in the junior category went to Luke Bishop of Roving Rods, whose three shore-caught fish, a bass of 10lb 1oz, mullet of 3lb 10oz and garfish of 1lb 3oz provided 310 per cent. The heaviest thornback, an excellent fish of 15lb 6oz, gained the Shakespeare Cup for Colin Carr of Kingsbridge SAC.
The Rodbenders Plate for the best bream, a gilt head of 5lb 6oz, went to Alan Hobbs of Roving Rods. The Mewstone Shield for Best Mullet was won by Craig Pope of Roving Rods SAC for a fish of 4lb 8oz. Steve Avery of the same club collected the Kingfisher Cup for the best combo of two species from boat and shore, a blue shark of 93lb (B) and smoothound of 10lb 8oz (S).
The presentations were held at the Stonehouse Community Centre, league headquarters.
OTHER TROPHY WINNERS
BOAT: James Eden (Rodbenders SAC) best Bass 11lb 11oz, Nigel Williams (DOE) best Whiting 4lb 5oz, Adrian Boldy (Plymouth SAC) best Pollack 18lb 5oz, Steve Avery best Conger (open ground) 27lb, Kain Harper (Kingsbridge SAC) best Ling 15lb 6oz (open ground), Alan Farnell (DOE) best Coalfish 10lb 8oz, Helen Putt (Kingsbridge) best Specimen by a Lady small-eyed ray 13lb 10oz (open ground), Adrian Piotrowski (Wrigley's SAC) best Blue Shark 97lb, Mike Pinhey (Pot Black SAC) best Flatfish brill 5lb 1oz.
SHORE: Mike Hodge (Rodbenders SAC) best Bass 8lb 5oz (shore), Mark Bryce best Flatfish Plaice 4lb 2oz, Steve Peard (Roving Rods) best Wrasse 6lb 0½oz, Alan Hobbs best Small-Eyed Ray 13lb 2½oz, Rob Wheaton (Rodbenders) best Conger 39lb 4oz, Phil Rowe (Roving Rods) best Huss 12lb 14½oz, Sheila Andrews (Roving Rods) best Specimen by a Lady Flounder 2lb, Mike Soanes (Roving Rods) best Whiting 2lb 10½oz (new Federation record), Mark Bryce (Rodbenders) second best Overall Specimen Plaice 4lb 2oz
JUNIOR: Matthew Owen Roving Rods) Junior Trophy winner Pollack 3lbs, Jack Burnett (same club) best Mackerel 1lb 3½oz and Golden Grey Mullet 2lb 5oz (new Federation Record), Jake Honey (D.O.E) best Conger 20lb (open ground), Mike Clemens (Stonehouse SAC) best Wrasse Ballan 5lb, Alfie Cruse (Pot Black) best Flatfish Flounder 2lb 15oz, Tom Roe (Roving Rods) best Combo Flounder 1lb 9½oz/ Ballan Wrasse 4lb 1½oz (142.589 per cent), Kane Davey (Pot Black) best Other Species Garfish 1lb 10½oz (New Federation Record), Drew Clemens (Pot Black) best Boat Species Lesser Spotted Dogfish 2lb 8oz (open ground), Luke Bishop Most Different Species eight recorded.
THE Rodbenders Club took the Texas Cup for the highest percentage of six different species, from shore, with a 914.840 per cent score. The boat equivalent, the City of Plymouth Shield, went to Kingsbridge SAC for 747.322 per cent. The PMS Cup for Most Species Boat and Shore went to Rodbenders and Roving Rods.