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Toms tops the prize list as thornback ray nets him £150

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 20, 2011

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There was a satisfactory result to Camborne AA's Annual Open Shore Festival fished at marks on both sides of the Cornish peninsula.

Simon Toms, of Truro City SAC, topped the prize list with a thornback ray of 11lb 14oz 10drm. The fish scored 140 per cent and he collected a cash prize of £150 plus £23 pool.

Remarkably, eight different species filled an identical number of prize places, showing the extensive range available in Cornish waters.

Shane Hawken, of Grenville Arms SAC, was runner-up with a smoothound of 9lb 13oz and third place went to John Docherty, a member of the same club, for a cod of 4lb 1oz 14drm, an unusual catch at this time of the year.

The remaining prizes were won by Tim Wills, of Camborne AA, who came fourth with a dab weighing 14oz 5drm, fifth-placed Steve Maliska, of Redruth SAA, with a thick-lipped mullet scaling 4lb 10oz and sixth-placed Simon Southworth, of Truro City SAC, with a mackerel weighing 1lb 9oz.

Seventh was Mark Bidgood, of Grenville Arms SAC, with a lesser spotted dogfish of 2lb 14oz, and eighth was Nic Pryor, of Camborne AA, who took a golden grey mullet of 1lb 12oz.

The pairs category winners were Hawken and Docherty, whose smoothound and cod had a combined aggregate of 257.682 per cent against the Cornish Federation's one-day weight list.

Camborne AA's May fish of the month shore category winner was Graham Johns, who recorded a new club and county record thornback ray of 14oz 15oz 5drm. Jason Hawke had a thornie of 13lb 13oz 14drm and the third-best fish was a spotted ray of 5lb 3oz 1drm by Nic Pryor.

A short-lived window of opportunity in poor weather allowed Plymouth skipper Malcolm Jones to head Sea Angler II to a wreck lying 30 miles off the Devon coast.

It was rich in conger and the heaviest of a number that beat 50lb was a fine specimen of 72lb taken by Adrian Lamb.

Double-figure cod were encountered, the heaviest a specimen of 22lb by Chris Gough.

Big eels are hoped for in this coming weekend's British Conger Club Championship, being fished out of Brixham.

It is part of the Annual General Meeting weekend and this will start at 7pm on Saturday evening at Brixham SAC's Castor Road headquarters.

The British Record Rod Caught Fish Committee met in London and three claims made by Devon and Cornwall anglers were endorsed: Kevin Legge's baggy point tope of 66lb 6oz, Andrew Drysdale's white sea bream of 1lb 9oz 8drm, taken at Trebarwith Strand, and Mark Loewy's golden grey mullet of 2lb 14oz 10drm taken dinghy fishing in Torquay Harbour.

Coarse anglers fishing Emperor Lakes had a high level of success with catfish and a variety of carp species.

Heaviest of the cats was a personal best fish of 56lb 2oz taken by Wayne Scotney. Lee Sercombe had a 39lb 3oz example and Stuart Johnson brought in a fish of 42lb 8oz.

Keith Frewen made firm contact with a ghost common of 21lb 6oz and another of 12lb 4oz fell to Plymouth charter skipper Aaron Lidstone, who was clearly taking a busman's holiday from his usual duties in saltwater.

Andy Buchanan had a profitable day banking a mirror of 26lb 12oz and commons of 15lb 6oz and 17lb 4oz.

Tench are making a showing at this venue's day-ticket water. Heaviest out was a personal best fish of 8lb 1oz by Glynn Sercombe.

Catfish continue to provide – at times short-lived – entertainment for coarse anglers at Paignton's Town Parks Fishery. Many of the fish hooked put in such hard runs that lines were broken, but several in the mid-20lb class were successfully banked.

Best of the carp was a fish of 22lb 4oz by Chris Owen, who had a catch of three made at Peg Five. Tench also provided good action, notably for Steve Clements, who took three to 8lb 3oz fishing Peg 12.

A very slippery and muscular eel of 5lb 5oz taken by Colin Jones proved more than difficult to unhook.

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