EUROPEAN SHORE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gibraltar, 29th September - 2nd October 2005
Gibraltar hosted the 2005 Shore Angling Championships from the 29th September to 2nd October, Forty-four Anglers from seven countries converged to compete for the prestigious pins.
South Mole, Gibraltar
On.Thursday evening at the Caleta Palace Hotel all Anglers and guests attended the registration and team captains meeting for the drawing of pegs, followed by a welcome get together of tapas and drinks.
On Friday morning at 9am in bright sunshine all Anglers marched with their flags into Casemates Square for the Opening Ceremony. Ernest Borrell Chairman of E.F.S.A GIbraltar welcomed competitors and guests from England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Wales and Gibraltar. He then formally opened the ChampionshIps.
At lOam all Anglers and guests were taken by Coach to the Mount for a reception hosted by Sports Minister Mr Fabian Vinet: from there it was back to the Hotel to prepare for day one of the fishing competition which was to be from 3pm to 7pm.
Anglers were taken by Coach to South Mole or Queensway Quay Marina who had kindly given permission for the boats to moor and pick up and return anglers going to the detached moles.
The Marina, which is just opposite the E.F .S.A. Club House, was very convenient for transporting the amount of equipment and bait which had to be transferred to the Mole.
Four Man Team Winners
On Saturday day two fishing commenced from ll am to 4 pm, with little wind and bright sunshine it was obvious that sun-tanning oil would be needed to avoid being burnt by the sun. Most of the fish caught were bream and mullet with Janet Sargent of England catching a sizeable Trigger Fish.
On Sunday day three fishing was from 9.30.am to 2.30.pm: the weather continued to shine for the Anglers. After the first two days the South Mole was providing the best bags of fish mainly Mullet and Bream with plenty of activity for the stewards with the landing nets.
The fishing was divided into five zones, three on the Detached Mole, and the other two on the South Mole where special platforms had been constructed. Each steward had to monitor three anglers, measure the fish, give the first points and record each Angler's scorecard and return the fish alive.
National Team Winners - Gibraltar-A
The Prizes were presented at the Caleta Palace Hotel (Headquarters Hotel) by the Minister Mr Fabian Vinet, with E.F.S.A. Gibraltar Chairman Ernest Borrell presenting the Prestigious Pins - Gold to Tony Triay, Silver to Kevin Gonzalez and Bronze to Dario Neale. this was followed by a sit down Gala Dinner.
The Minister closed the evening by stressing little Gibraltar's quality of uniqueness; visitors concurred with this sentiment.
Ernest Borrell thanked the Gibraltar Government's continued backing, the organising committee, fellow angler's, the hard working stewards and the following sponsors ¬The Angling Centre, Caleta Hotel, Saccone & Speed (Gibraltar), Allied Traders, and a special thanks to Mr Joe Hernandez Principal Secretary of the Sports Department.
Two Man Open Team
Four Man Open Team
Best Overseas Angler
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