Alistair Spiers inspired as cod and conger haul nets top prize at Penarth

A LENGTHY prize list starting with a £500 winner’s purse donated by regular sponsors Admiral Insurance drew an entry of 178 anglers to the annual Penarth SAC Open Competition.

The big payout stayed in Penarth when local angler Alistair Spiers fished by the outfall and set his hook into a 9.5lb cod; a 6.5lb conger and two smaller fish to put 17lb 15oz on his card.

As well as first prize he pocketed £102 pool money and collected 20 Seamaster points.

The £300 second prize from MDP Mechanical; £68 pool money and 19 Seamaster points went to Rhondda Valley angler Rory Jenkins who fished at Ranny Pool and caught a conger that weighed 8lb 3oz.

Porthcawl competitor Chris Stephens took the £200 donated by Set Up Displays along with 18 Seamaster points with a 7lb 12oz conger from Ranny Pool; Cardiff’s Mike Mather added 17 points to his collection with 7lb 10oz and fourth place; Rhondda Valley SAC member John Griffiths was fifth with 6lb 12oz and Mark Doubler, from Newport, sixth with 3lb 3oz.

Owain Osmond, from Newport, was top of the junior section and his 15oz also put him in 20th position overall and earned one Seamaster point.

Runner up among the juniors was Owen Lane, from Penarth, with 5oz.

The WFSA East Region Shore League comes to an end on Sunday with the sixth round at Cold Knap and Porthkerry.

Competitors book in from 8.45am to 10.30am in Cold Knap car park and the fishing is from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

The fishing limits are from the slipway at Cold Knap Point to the steps at Fontygary Caravan Park and the weigh in is at Sully Sports and Social Club with the scales closing at 5.45pm.

There’s big money at stake on Sunday, November 16 in the Country Stores Welsh Flounder Festival in the Loughor estuary where the captor of the heaviest flounder will pick up £1,000 prize money along with 60% of the match pool money.

The next three prizes are £400, £200 and £100; the cash prizes go down to 10th place and then there tackle prizes to be won.

Every junior will receive a prize and the one with the top catch will collect a beachcaster rod worth £150.

The competition is from 10.30am to 3.30pm and is a Penn qualifier fished to WFSA rules.

Entry is £10 or £2.50 for juniors and booking in is from 7am at Country Stores in Gowerton.

All proceeds from the competition go to Loughor Inshore Rescue.

Huw Griffiths, from Porth, had a good day at Sully when he beached conger eels weighing 6lb, 14.5lb and 15.5lb to easily take first prize in the Odyssey SAC competition.

Another Porth member Phil Brown was second with two congers and a rockling weighing 7lb 4oz and Mike Thomas, from Gilfach, was third with 6lb.

Anglers who decided to fish at Cardiff took all the prizes in the club’s low water roving competition.

Kieron Jones, from Tylorstown, had the top catch with 10lb 4oz of cod; Huw Griffiths was second this time with a cod, a conger and a dogfish weighing 7lb 8oz and Paul Evans, from Tonyrefail, third with a 1lb 11oz cod.

Mal Hughes, from Llantwit Fardre, added to a highly successful run of competitions with Penygraig SAC when he was top rod at Ogmore Deeps after beaching a conger and six dogfish weighing 6kg.

Derek Gooch, from Penygraig, caught six dogfish to take second prize with 3.73kg and Trebanog member Mike Jones also had six dogfish to make up the 2.77kg that put him in third place.

There were bites all along the beach when Newport and District SAC fished at Sudbrook and Steve Rousen had the most as a nine fish mixture of rockling, cod and flounders were reeled in and he won with 5.88kg.

Paul Yates put three cod on the scales for 2.52kg and second place and Granville Thomas was third with 1.68kg.

The club fishes St Brides from 6pm to 9.30pm on Saturday and booking in is at Peterstone Fishery.

Gwent and District SAC combined the club fixture with the Penarth Open and Mike Mather, from Cardiff, was the winner with a 3.46kg conger and was followed by Richard Poole with a dogfish of 0.48kg and Rees Watt with a 0.06kg poorcod.

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