Sunday, 27 April 2014

Fish 4 Kidz 2014 - Children's Beach Fishing Competition - Sun 27th April 2014


Fish 4 Kidz 2014 - Children's Beach Fishing Competition - Sun 27th April 2014


The third Fish 4 Kidz Beach Fishing Competition for children aged 5 – 16 was held on Eastbourne beaches on Sunday 27th April 2014.  The free event is a unique opportunity for children, with their families, to experience beach fishing under the tuition of a local angler who had given up their day to act as Steward for the event. Founded in 2012 by Steve Frost of Eastbourne Nomads Fishing Club, Fish 4 Kidz attracts widespread support from all of the local fishing tackle shops and angling clubs, and from tackle and bait suppliers.

Fish 4 Kidz Organiser Steve Frost with Glyn Morgan from Anglers Den






The day began with the RNLI, with their new Eastbourne Lifeboat, giving a demonstration in front of Eastbourne Angling Club, where the booking-in for the competition took place. 






Glyn demonstrating baiting up
Stewards then accompanied the young anglers with their families to their allocated beaches and assisted with setting up tackle, baiting up and with assisted casting. 

Glyn Morgan Anglers Den demonstrating assisted casting

For many of the participants, some as young as 5years old, this was their first experience of angling.


  The rods and reels use by anglers were donated by Rovex Masterline, much of the angling equipment given out as prizes was donated by Pure Fishing, terminal tackle given out in ‘goody bags’ to each child was donated by Tronix, along with food and drink donated by Bookers.
 



A local fishing rig supplier made and donated all the rigs used, and many local bait diggers got up early to dig bait which was donated free to support the event.






A Sky TV ‘Tight Lines’ film crew filmed the event, so the children involved, as well as having a great day out, will look forward to the possibility of appearing on TV!

Sky TV Presenter interviews overall winner Oliver Newman (10yrs)
Conditions were windy on the day and a good mix of fish were caught in this catch and release competition, including Plaice, Flounders, Whiting, Bullheads, Eels, Pout, Rockling, Weavers, Dabs, and Bass. There were three age categories in this event, with the youngest group (age 5 – 9 years) being the largest (44 children!), which bodes well for the future of our sport. 

Alfie Sargent(7yr)
1st in 5-9 Age Group

Pearl Denny caught an Eel!

Results:

Ages 5 to 9years                                                                 

Alfie Sargeant  (7yrs)   -   5 Fish - 84 points
Delilah Worrell  (6yrs)   -   1 Fish - 80 points (Biggest fish)
Teigan Painge  (8yrs)   -   2 Fish -  70 points
Harvey Plumstead  (6yrs)   -   2 Fish - 39 points
Archie Wood  (9yrs)   -   1 Fish - 35 points
Pearl Denny  (9yrs)   -   1 Fish - 25 points
Gracie Hoad (5yrs)   -   1 Fish - 25 points
Ellie Legate (8yrs)   -   1 Fish - 13 points
Sam Atkinson  (9yrs)   -   1 Fish - 13 points
Joshua Cowley (5yrs)   -   1 Fish - 2 points
Bethany Holland (8yrs)   -   1 Fish - 2 points

Ages 10 to 12 years
Oliver Newman (10yrs)   -   190 points (overall winner with 3 Bass)
Jessica Frias del Rio
Lana Lawrence (11yrs)   -   2 Fish - 70 points
Connor Fox (10yrs)   -   3 Fish - 34 points
Charlie Wilkins (12yrs)   -   1 Fish - 25 points
Callum Sullivan (12yrs)   -   2 Fish - 22 points
Callum Dell (12yrs)   -   1 Fish - 22 points
Ellie Hylands (11yrs)   -   1 Fish - 18 points
Jacob Sargeant (11yrs)   -   1 Fish - 16 points
Jack Burke (12yrs)   -   2 Fish - 12 points
Jessica Frias Del Rio (11yrs)   -    1 Fish - 9 points
Nathan Hyde (10yrs)   -   2 Fish - 4 points
Charlie Denton (12yrs)   -   1 Fish - 2 points





Abbie Vine
Ages 13 to 16 years
Callum Jones (14yrs)   -   4 Fish - 66 points
Abbie Vine (15yrs)   -   1 Fish - 63 points
Jake Nixon (13yrs)   -   2 Fish - 36 points
Ryan Coats (14yrs)   -   1 Fish - 31 points
Jake Brown (14yrs)   -   1 Fish - 18 points
Charlie Hattenden (16yrs)   -   1 Fish - 7 points
Bob Sandalls (13yrs)   -   1 Fish - 2 points
Stephen Sullivan (13yrs)   -   1 Fish - 2 points

Every participant who caught a fish was awarded a prize, presented by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, who has been a keen supporter of this event since it began in 2012.


Winner Oliver Newman receiving his prize from Stephen Lloyd MP
 The organising comittee of Fish 4 Kidz are already busy planning ahead for Fish 4 Kidz 2015!

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