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Staxigoe Sea Angling Competition Is A Huge Success

The Staxigoe Harbour committee organised the sea angling competition that turned out to be highly successful.  With competitions for biggest fish and highest weight of catch from both rocks and boats.  the boats that put out to sea from the harbour were rewarded with the highest catches anyone could remember fishing in just two hours.  Two boats in particular were catching fish as fast as they could rebait the hooks with the winner pulling in over 130 fish - mainly mackerel in the time allowed.  This success makes it look likely that the competition will be staged again next year and with catches as high as this off Staxigoe harbour may attract a larger entry.

Mainly the day proved to be a bit of fun.  A barbecue we on offer after the fishing and one or two of the sand eels caught were cooked on the barbie.  The organisers had even brought in a lorry load of sand for a small sand castle competition to keep the younger children happy while older children and adults went fishing.

After the weigh in councillor Graham Smith presented the prizes.  As so many fish had been caught there was an offer to smoke them if they were filleted first.  The freezers of some folk may now be packed with fish to last a few weeks.