Fishing festival going strong 90 years on

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Fishing fans are in for a real treat this week as the 90th annual Filey Fishing Festival reels in the crowds.

The event is organised by the Filey Brigg Angling Society, which has been in existence since 1922.

The festival started on Saturday and runs until this Sunday, with more than 70 trophies being presented over the course of the week.

Categories include the heaviest fish, boat and shore, and the Codling Championship, which has a £500 prize.

During the festival, more than £3,000 will be given out in cash prizes.

Chairman Adrian Colling, said: “We’ve had a great start to the festival.

“There were two shore matches on Saturday and Sunday, which were very well attended.

“We’ve been blessed with some fantastic weather and the fishing has been good.

“Some nice, notable cod is being caught and the coble landing has been very busy.”

He explained that people taking part in the boat matches are generally coming ashore for weigh-ins at 2pm on the coble landing.

However, there will be various weigh-in venues during the course of the week.

Mr Colling said: “This is our 90th year and we have lots of support in the town and from Northern Anglers.

“Filey stops this week as lots of the tradesmen will be fishing!”

The festival’s grand finale will take place on Sunday with a weigh-in at the Sports Club.

The match will take place from 10am to 4pm, with a weigh-in at 5pm and presentations at 6pm.

Mr Colling said: “Lots of people come for the presentations. Everyone is welcome.”

President Peter Watson has thanked all the sponsors and supporters who help make the event such a great success.

He said: “Thanks to the hard work of our committee, the club is going from strength to strength, organising a total of 16 Open Matches throughout the year.

“Without the support of our many sponsors, none of this would be possible, so once again I would like to thank them for all of their support, especially Dixons Discount Warehouse as the major sponsor of the North of England Codling Championship.”

He added that the club’s former secretary, Janine Robinson, has kindly agreed to sponsor a special prize this year of £150 for the heaviest specimen of cod of 12lb or over caught during Shore Competitions by a Filey Brigg Angling Society member.

Also, former president Rodney Court is sponsoring the heaviest bass rollover of 10lb or over caught in shore competitions, with a prize of £200.