Top Guy as Fishbone Trophy is netted by Bennett

The anglers who took part in the annual Black Rod fishing competition outside the Swan Inn.

The anglers who took part in the annual Black Rod fishing competition outside the Swan Inn. - Credit: Archant

Fishing enthusiasts from Sidmouth competed in the annual Black Rod fishing competition.

This is a competition that sees anglers cast with a single hook and one rod and all fish are returned to the seas.

It takes place on the area between the River Sid and Chit Rocks and has a precise time, with anglers casting at 7am and the competition drawing to a close at noon.

This year the winner, with a score of 66 points, was Guy Bennett. The runner-up was Mike Bennett with 50 points and third was Andy Steele.

Across the five hours of the competition there was a mixture of pouting, whiting, dog fish and silver eel caught – all returned from whence they came!


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As is tradition at the weigh-in and awards ceremony, the ‘Fishbone Trophy’ was presented by The King of Chit, Gareth Topping, at The Swan Inn.

All involved wish to place on record thanks to Gareth [Topping], who provided a breakfast barbecue on the beach, and to Di Fallows, who fed everyone with sausage rolls.

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