Clive Dunkling from Kent won the final of the Suzuki National Boat League which was fished in Guernsey.

 

The final is the climax of the very popular BFM Small Boat League which was organised by the Boat Fishing Monthly Magazine with assistance from the NFSA over the past six months. The ten finalists are the champions of sea angling clubs from all over the UK who have each organised four qualifying matches and over 2000 anglers have competed for a place in the final.

 

The prize was sponsored by Suzuki Marine, Warrior Boats, Indespension Trailers and Navman Marine Electronics and is every small boat anglers dream. It is a New Warrior Pro Angler Boat complete Suzuki 70 four stroke engine, Indespension trailer and if that was not enough a Navman electronic navigation and fishfinder package, total value of over £17,500.

 

The reason that the anglers travelled to Guernsey to fish the final is twofold, first because of the excellent angling  and because of the support of  Nautical Guernsey who assist the NFSA to arrange the final.

 

The final was fished on a conservation basis with all fish being awarded points and returned alive to the sea and Clive a builder from Birchington in Kent caught 31 fish in the 5 hour session to record 99 fish points, just 11 points more than second placed angler Mike Spiller from Honiton in Devon who had 88 points with 28 fish caught.

 

The NFSA is very keen to develop the sea angling opportunities available in Guernsey and will continue to work with Nautical Guernsey, the local anglers, charter boats skippers, and hotels such as the Ambassador Hotel at which the anglers stayed.

 

The prize was presented by Mr Richard Whittaker the UK Sales Manager of Suzuki Marine UK at a formal Presentation Dinner held at the Ambassador Hotel and Clive Dunkling will be formally handed his complete boat fishing package at the London Boat Show in January.

 

The other finalists returned home on Sunday evening on the Condor Fast Ferry which was chosen for its ability to transport the anglers and their considerable equipment both efficiently and economically.

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