Junior Open 25/9/2016

Thirty really keen junior anglers headed to Weston beach for the annual WSMSAA Junior Open fishing competition in not the most pleasant of weather conditions. There was a strong south westerly wind with the odd spell of rain which undoubtedly deterred them or their parents attending.
As with previous years there was yet again a magnificent prize table to ensure that every angler went away with a prize. For this Weston SAA are extremely grateful to all the sponsors who very generously donated most of the prizes and I’m afraid we cannot thank them enough as many have done this for numerous years.
I would just like to mention all our sponsors not in any particular order and I do apologize if i have over looked anyone.

John May yet again came up trumps donating the 1st prize of a mountain bike.

  • Any Fish Anywhere (Julian Shambrook)
  • Thyers Tackle (Highbridge)
  • Veals of Bristol Fishing Tackle Warehouse
  • Reel Fun (Portishead)
  • Olivers Angling (Clevedon)
  • Cadbury Angling Thatchers Tackle (Wells)
  • Somerset Angling (Bridgwater)
  • Severn Estuary Angling
  • BCFSA Cliff Jones All in Angling Tours
  • Grant Jones (Fishing Revues)
  • West Coast and Watchet
  • Proper Job

There was also numerous donations from individual WSMSAA club members.

The winner on the day was Izzy Teakle with 2 flounders and a bass for 88cm. Izzy also had the two best fish of the day as both flounders measured 34cm. No doubt Izzys success was down to the tuition given to her by her Father, well known local angler Jansen Teakle.

In Second place was Jack Reynolds who also caught 3 fish 2 bass and 1 flounder for 76cm. Jack caught his first fish within five minutes of the start a fine flounder of 33cm.

In third place was probably one of the youngest anglers there 5 year old Harry Izzard. Harry had an eel and a bass for 36cm. I spoke to Harry very near to the end of the competion and he wasn’t the happiest of youngsters, as he hadn’t caught anything. It just proves that the a good result in a competition can come right at the end.

Congratulations to all who took part and I hope you all had an enjoyable time, I know the organisers did. Thanks to all the parents who gave up there time to support the youngsters and hopefully we will see you all again next year, as this is one event we hope will encourage the future generation of sea anglers.