New sea angling festival in north Norfolk hailed a success

Norfolk Sea Angling Festival organiser Elaine Roe with John Brown of Southampton, who is pictured wi

Norfolk Sea Angling Festival organiser Elaine Roe with John Brown of Southampton, who is pictured with a 2lb cod - the biggest fish of the competition - caught off Sheringham beach. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

A new sea angling festival held on the north Norfolk coast has been hailed a success.

Competitors taking part in the first annual Norfolk Sea Angling Festival. Picture: SUPPLIED

Competitors taking part in the first annual Norfolk Sea Angling Festival. Picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant

Fishing enthusiasts from all over the country set up their tackle and baited their hooks along a stretch of coast from Sheringham to Cley at the weekend.

The first annual Norfolk Sea Angling Festival was hosted by Sheringham carnival.

The two-day event was organised by local bed and breakfast landlady Elaine Roe with the help a team of angling club members.

Competitors registered at the town's Lobster pub, where organisers gave tactical advice and handed out information on the best places to fish and recommended bait.


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Those taking part also had a chance to browse trade and charity stalls set up in the pub gardens by representatives from organisations including the Marine Conservation Society and the Angling Trust, before making their way to their chosen spot along the coast.

A total of 36 people from as far afield as Essex, London, Southampton and Grimsby signed up for the festival.

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They competed for cash and tackle prizes donated by fishing tackle companies and local businesses.

After the final weigh-in on Saturday afternoon, the catch, which included cod, whiting, dabs, flounders and coalfish, was auctioned off in aid of carnival funds.

John Brown, of Southampton, who is a member of the England angling squad, caught the biggest fish of the competition - a 2lb cod.

He said: 'I decided to come along after hearing about the festival on Facebook and it has been a really well-organised competition.'

Mrs Roe said the event had exceeded expectations and had led to organisers making a number of useful contacts, including a team of fire fighters who hope to hold a fire crew-only fishing event at Sheringham.

She thanked all those who supported the festival, including competitors, sponsors and carnival committee members.

'We have learnt a lot and we have had some very keen and committed anglers take part,' Mrs Roe added. 'I think the festival has benefited the town and we are very much looking forward to holding it again next year.'

The overall winner, Paul Ashworth, from Grimsby, was presented with a £280 Trabucco rod, as well as £150 cash. Second place went to John Brown, of Southampton, who won a Vercelli rod and £130 cash, while third prize of a £130 Vercelli rod and £75 went to Russell Taylor of Dereham.

Other prize winners were: 4th Ian Lambert, 5th Leon Smith, joint 6th Gary Rugless and Kimberley Lawn, 7th Peter Read.

Ladies champion was Kimberley Lawn; The junior competition was won by Jake Etheridge with Angel Barnard as runner-up.

Are you organising a new event in north Norfolk? Email nnn.news@archant.co.uk or call 01263 512732.

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