ANGLESEY on the
On the Saturday the forecasted winds were a nice force 2 -3 thus it would allow us to venture outside the Straits to a cluster of marks off Whitebeach on
First boat to return was Alan Tinsley’s Aquastar, Warrior. With 8 anglers on board, fishing for 6 hours – the anglers had caught over 2000 fish. What was also pleasing to here is that many of the fish caught were good size whiting, dabs and dogs – not really the tiddler bash as some had suggested it ay be. Day one saw Welsh International Gwyn Andrews take the 1st position, with a boat win from the Warrior giving him 100% for an amazing 387 fish.
From the 106 anglers fishing the Saturday over 100 of them had caught over 100 fish; excellent fishing with smiles all around the camp.
The wind was blowing a very strong easterly and the coastguard was giving us a force 6. With that forecast there was no chance of us venturing out to Whitebeach once again? In fact most anglers preferred the idea of fishing in the Straits were they knew the fishing would be slower, they were all still knackered from Saturdays exploits and fancied an easier day.
Best result of the day was young Aaron Smith. At only 11 years old, Aaron who had a poor showing in his first competition, last years festival, had practised hard and questioned a number of top rods in planning his fishing for this weekend. With a respectable 60% from the Saturday, Aaron secured a place with those he had learnt from by winning his boat on the Sunday, a definite rod to look out for in coming years.
After a couple hours of crunching numbers through all the boat results we ended up with 5 anglers on the maximum 200%, including last year’s winner Kevin Preston from
1st Dave Shay (below left) 200% 492 fish £700
2nd Colin Orme Thomas (below right) 200% 425 fish £400
3rd Allen Symmonds 200% 406 fish £200
4th Kevin Preston 200% 397 fish
5th Rod Adamson 200% 391 fish
Prize table went down to 27th position with a total prize value of over £4500 over the two days.
4 man blind drawn team (pictured below) – Colin Orme Thomas, Stan Kucyj, Jon Law and Neil Blake.
12lb boat rod each from www.taylormaderods.co.uk
3 man blind drawn team – Colin Orme Thomas, Alan Roberts, Kevin Preston
floatation suit each from Bamber Bridge Tackle ltd
2 man team optional 1st – Colin Orme Thomas, Wyn Parry £200
2 man team optional 2nd – Allen Symmonds, Dai Snowden £150
Top Lady – Pearl Smith Boat Rod from www.taylormaderods.co.uk
Top Junior – Aaron Smith Boat Rod from www.taylormaderods,co,uk
Deserving another mention, Aaron finished 31st overall in a field that contained over 100 adults.
Top Skipper – Alan Tinsley –Warrior – average return of 197 fish per angler
We would like to thank our main sponsors who helped make the 2nd Anglesey Festival an over whelming success, these include Robbie Roberts,
Plans are already underway for the 2004 Anglesey Festival. The event will return to Beaumaris on 02nd *&