What a great catch

PUBLISHED: 14:37 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:31 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Sea Angling Association is celebrating its members winning no fewer than four national specimen fish awards. Sea angling s nationalbody, the NFSA/Angling Trust, awards specimen fish certificates annually, and, of the 20 awards Exmouth Sea Angling

EXMOUTH Sea Angling Association is celebrating its members winning no fewer than four national specimen fish awards.Sea angling's nationalbody, the NFSA/Angling Trust, awards specimen fish certificates annually, and, of the 20 awards Exmouth Sea Angling Association members won in the 2008 season, four were for best recorded specimen nationally.Paul Freeth won best shore caught specimen bass for a fine locally caught fish weighing in at 11lb 4oz.Andy Browning took best flounder in the boat section with a river Exe fish of 2lb 11oz.Mike Richardson received a certificate of merit for his fine shore caught silver eel of 2lb 10oz, while the best fish by far was a superb 127lb blue shark taken by Exeter's Pete Gregory.Pete was also awarded a gold award for his stunning boat-caught fish and, of course, took the club,s record for the species.The full list of specimen fish awards for Exmouth Sea Angling Association members was as follows:Paul Freeth, bass 11lb 4oz, bronze award and national certificate of merit. Mark Wills, bull huss, 11lb 6oz, bronze award. Pete Gregory, bull huss, 11lb, bronze award. Mark Wills, bull huss, 10lb 15oz, bronze award. Stuart Howard, bull huss, 10lb 4oz, bronze award. Paul Freeth, bull huss, 9lb 11oz, bronze award. Andy Browning, flounder, 2lb 11oz, bronze award and national certificate of merit. Andy Toms, dogfish, 2lb 13oz, bronze award.Martin Pearce, dogfish, 2lb 9oz, bronze award.Paul Tompkins, dogfish, 2lb 9oz, bronze award. Brian Reed, dogfish, 2lb 8oz, bronze award.Mark Wills, Pouting, 1lb 8oz, bronze award. Martin Pearce, Smalleyed Ray, 10lb2oz, silver award. Brian Reed, Rockling, 1lb 15oz, Silver award. PeteGregory, Blue Shark, 127lb, gold award and national certificate of merit.Mike Richardson, Silver Eel, 2lb 10oz, bronze award and national certificateof merit.RichardGray, Dover Sole, 2lb 12oz, silver award. Gary Bowden, Dover Sole, 2lb 3oz,bronze award. Stuart Howard, Ballan Wrasse, 5lb 4oz, bronze award.All specimen fish not destined for the pot were naturally returned safely tothe sea. While the ESAA likes nothing more than 'fishing for its supper' wenever keep fish unnecessarily and the majority of fish members land arepretty inedible anyway. More details of what the ESAA is all about isavailable at club's website at www.exmouthsaa.co.uk

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