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European  Species Championship - Plymouth 2009

EFSA SPECIES CONGER Plymouth 29th/30th May 2009

On the evening of 28th May at The Royal Western Yacht club the registration and welcoming ceremony were held for the 2009 Species Competition. This gave competitors an opportunity to renew friendships over a drink, then, at the official opening, a chance to put forward any questions on the competition so all was clear on rules and timetable for the 2 days fishing.

Day 1 and the 71 competitors from 7 sections mustered prompt at 0700 with expectations high of the possibility of hooking into that big one. Weather was dry but with a stiff breeze from the East which, with the rising tide, meant wind over tide for most of the day. So boats headed for their favourite piece of rough ground as anchoring a wreck with these conditions was almost impossible, though the last couple of hours with the turn of tide some boats did anchor a wreck.  All boats found conger, but not all anglers. Most conger were between 10 and 30 pound with the best of the day to Paul Hart of England with one of 70lb. Top anglers on the day joint on 100 fish points were Andy Selby of England and Alexander Gusev from Russia.

Day 2 and the wind had increased to a 5 or so, it was therefore declared to fish reef only. As on the previous day the effects of wind and tide meant that the usually beneficial stern draw resulted in fishing under the boat for most of the day. Not that anyone had it easy as the boats were continually swinging on the anchor. Sea Angler with Malcolm the skipper put his boat on a productive area of rock which saw 54 congers caught and released, this was the top boat on the day and overall top boat with 94 congers. Also glad to be on that boat was Ray Barron of England who pulled up 13 eels for 100 points and won the day.

On the Saturday evening the presentation was held at The Royal Western Yacht club, a very nice venue with good food though a bit tight on space with the number attending. Despite this everyone was in good humour and enjoyed themselves.

As for the results, the day 1 winners failed to add to their score which resulted in Ray Barron’s 20 from day 1 plus 100 from day 2 putting him as overall winner and gold pin.

2nd and silver pin was Takhir Ahyautdinov from Russia on 105 points and 15 fish, and 3rd and bronze pin was Mick Clarges of Ireland on105 points and 12 fish. It was good to see the honours spread amongst different sections.

A full list of results can be found on the EFSA England website

 
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