Daiwa Open Beach Championship 2011

Early morning on a very mild Sunday in late November and anglers all along East Yorkshires Holderness coast were preparing for the Daiwa Open Beach Championship.

The previous day had been the junior event and that had gone brilliantly so the big question was would the seniors have as successful a day? The weather conditions along the Holderness coast were very similar to the Saturday, very mild, sunny, but the wind was a fair bit stronger. Whereas the junior event had been a pegged event at Withernsea, the senior event was a rover with anglers able to fish from the north beach at Bridlington all the way down to Paull in the River Humber.

640 anglers took part and feedback at the presentations indicated that fish had been caught from all the venues along the coast. Over 40 cod were brought to the scales along with quite a lot of whiting, flounders, dabs and the odd bass.

The winner Craig Beadle fished at Grimston and it’s worth telling the circumstances of his win. Craig was expected to fish in the junior event the day before but realised he was not eligible because he had turned 16 a few days earlier, so he decided to chance his arm in the senior event. His birthday couldn’t have come at a better time, as he went on to win a £2500 birthday present when the 3.130 kg cod grabbed his hook-bait… Happy birthday Craig!

The results were as follows:

1st place (£2500): C. Beadle 3.130kg Cod
2nd place (£1250): I. Render 2.975kg Cod
3rd place (£750): S. Voase 2.680kg Cod
4th place (£350): A. Higgins 2.660kg Cod
5th place (£200): T. Burman 2.655kg Cod
6th place (£150): D.Baron 2.555kg Cod

Winning Lady (£50 plus a rod): Ally Alard, 0.430kg Flounder

Juniors
1st (£50 plus a rod): A. Hinchcliffe 0.430kg Flounder
2nd (rod): M. Winn 0.165kg Flounder
3rd (reel): M. Johnston 0.153kg Dab

Biggest whiting (£50): J. Burley, 0.730kg

Biggest flat fish (£50): P. McKellen, 0.545kg Flounder

The top 40 competitors all received prizes from the table. Our thanks go to Paul Jefferson, ably assisted by Rob Neal, and the committee members of Hull Commercial Sea Angling Club for all their hard work in organising the two events.

It’s was a great weekend, the weather was kind, the fish reasonably cooperative, and some very happy anglers have won some great prizes. If you’ve missed the event this year the dates are already fixed into next year’s calendar with the Junior event on Saturday 24th November 2012 and the Senior Match on Sunday 25th November 2012. Hopefully we will see you there.

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