Visitors steal the spotlight at Holt’s bass festival

The North Norfolk Bass Festival winners, from left, Shannock Quads (Team winners Breakaway)  Richar

The North Norfolk Bass Festival winners, from left, Shannock Quads (Team winners Breakaway) Richard Burt, Craig Buy, Steve Adams, Robert Tuck. Junior winner Adam Molloy, ladies winner Kimberley Lawn, overall festival winner Simon Drayton. Picture: Tony Thomas - Credit: Archant

It is called the Holt Two-Day Bass Festival, but around 400 smooth hound up to 11lb apiece, headed up by Suffolk and Lincolnshire anglers, stole the limelight from a placid North Sea at Cley and Kelling,

On day one at Kelling, Ally Clements (Leiston) beached 27 of these mini sharks, totalling 51lb 7oz, narrowly beating Steve Adams (Ipswich) with 50lb 1oz.

Day two winner was Suffolk's Andy Howell with 19lb, but it was Gainsborough's Simon Drayton, with two penalty points from 15lb 5oz and 11lb section wins, who carried off the Kelling Park Shield and around £600 in cash winnings.

Runner-up by an ounce on 3pp and weight of 55lb 13 oz was Clements. Cromer's Adam Mulloy was top junior and Kimberley Lawn winning woman, both 3pp.

Organiser Tony Thomas said: 'Although we still call it the bass festival, whiting, flounders, turbot and thornback also went on the scales, all returned alive.'

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