Simon nets top prize at annual RNLI Fishing Competition

Left, Scott Harries who finished third with winner Simon PhelpsThe 13th RNLI Annual Fishing Open, organised by members from Pembroke & District Angling Club, Osprey Sea Angling Club and Neyland Sea Angling Club, was held on Sunday 5th February 2023 on Amroth beach in South Pembrokeshire.

 Due to Covid this had not been fished since 2019 but it was great to be back fishing and supporting two very worthy local causes important to all sea users in Pembrokeshire. On resumption this year, the weather was, as it had been in 2019, positively balmy for the time of year with attendance at 66, which included two ladies.

However, in the very flat sea conditions, fewer fish were caught with only 10 Flounder being weighed in by 8 anglers, with others caught but not weighed in, some undersize and some because they’d seen the quality of the first few bags and individual fish.

The winning angler, who managed to land 3 Flounder for 1Kg 995gms, was Simon Phelps from Milford Haven, netting him the first prize of £200. Second, who had the biggest fish, a cracking Flounder of 970gms, allowing him to pick up the runner’s up prize of £100, was Kevin Hughes from Neath, a regular for these competitions. In third place was Scott Harris from Neyland with 2 Flounder for 1Kg 135gms, winning him £50.

However, the most important result on the day was that the event raised £1,294.30 for the local lifeboats.
In gratitude for this sterling effort we must thank our main sponsor RWE Power and other sponsors Milforge, Pembroke Dock, Darren Jones, Mr & Mrs Milsom of the Haven Chippy in Milford Haven, Shane Tucker, Andrew Skeels, Peter Kraus, The Cove, East Llanion, Pembroke Dock, Cast & Craft, Milford Haven, John O’Connor, Juice 33, Pembroke Dock, The Shipwright, Pembroke Dock, Chilton Motors, Pembroke, Ballas Farm Country Guest House, Pyle, Petals, Pembroke Dock, Cerri Glas, Pembroke Dock, O.C. Davies, Neyland, Equestrian Centre, Pembroke Dock, Alison, Kristian & Joshua George, Andrew & Leigh Rogers, Tesco, Pembroke Dock, Aaron Sutton, Chris Wynn and the anglers from the organising clubs.
Thanks also to Ian Wilkinson of the Temple Bar Inn who put his premises and valued support at this event’s disposal, together with teams of ladies from the Saundersfoot & Pembroke branches of the RNLI, who ran the raffle & sold souvenirs.

Good conditions at Amroth beach