The Whitby Charter Skippers Association (WCSA) will be holding their annual summer angling festival from 27th June to 17th July 2008. This year they aim to make the event the best ever with cash prizes of Â£12,000 and further tackle prizes taking the total value of the prize table to near the Â£20,000 mark.
Whitby Charter Skippers Chairman Paul Kilpatrick Says “The WCSA 2008 summer festival is going to be massive. This will probably be the biggest and best angling festival in the UK. There will be up to £20,000 in total prizes with £12,000 cash available for the event winners”
The Lucky angler who lands the heaviest single fish over the whole event will receive £5,000 in cash. Other prizes are as follows : £2000 For the second heaviest fish, Â£1000 for the third heaviest fish, £500 for fourth heaviest fish and Â£500 for the heaviest single cod.
Also, Over the whole festival there will be 3 tackle prizes for the heaviest fish in each category of Cod, Ling, Haddock, Any Other Species And Junior Section.
On a daily basis there will be £100 up for grabs with £50 for the heaviest fish, £30 for the second heaviest and £20 for the third heaviest fish. The captor of the heaviest fish each day will also receive a Shakespeare Uglystick charter boat rod plus a Penn 330 lever drag reel. There will also be a daily lucky dip with every festival entrant having the possibility of winning a prize donated by The Fleece public house.
The main sponsors of the Whitby Angling Festival 2008 are Tel Star Deep Sea Angling Club (£5000 for first place), The Whitby Licensed Vitulers Association (£1000 towards cash prizes), and Arbutts Cafe (£500 towards cash prizes).
Tackle sponsors for the festival include: Shakespeare/Penn who will be donating an Ugly stick rod every day of the festival and a Penn Torque 200 Reel for the biggest cod over the whole festival, Ray George from The Beach Side Cafe Bar Whitby who will be donating a Penn Lever Drag Reel for every day of the festival and Whitby Angling Supplies who will be sponsoring the 3 prizes in the Cod, Ling, Haddock, Any Other Species and Junior categories.
Where Will The Event Take Place? – The event will take place each day (weather permitting) from the harbour at Whitby with boats sailing from both east and west sides of the river, Please see our website at www.wcsa.co.uk for boat details.
When Will The Event Take Place? – The festival will run from 27th June 2008 to 17th July 2008 with daily sailing times from 7am (weather permitting). Anglers must fish from a WCSA registered boat and be back through the swing bridge by 5pm each day. The weighing of fish will take place in the Fleece car park on Church street from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
More Details? – More details including how to book for the event, ticket prices and festival rules can be found on the WCSA website at www.wcsa.co.uk