Festival’s aiming to get anglers hooked

Sunderland Anglers, with the trophy for the Sunderland Shore Angling Festival,  left to right; Geoff Moon, Andy Rutherford, Ernie Hunter and Bobby Surtees.

Sunderland Anglers, with the trophy for the Sunderland Shore Angling Festival, left to right; Geoff Moon, Andy Rutherford, Ernie Hunter and Bobby Surtees.

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SOMETHING fishy is going on in Sunderland later this month.

Sunderland Shore Angling Festival is back and hoping to attract hordes of keen anglers to the city.

The first event in February was one of the biggest two-day angling events ever staged in the region, and organisers are sure the second festival will also get the seal of approval from the fishing community.

Fishing coach Geoff Moon, who helped plan both events, said: “People are already booking tickets, so it looks like we are going to have a good competition.

“People are coming from the length and breadth of the country.”

Mr Moon added: “The first event was over two days and it attracted 320, probably at the worst time of year for fishing, so we are hoping to get around 400 in.”

City fishing clubs including the Eastenders, Ryhope Sea Fishing Club and East End and Hendon joined forces to host the festival, which takes place on Sunday, November 27, between 1pm-5pm.

Sponsorship has been provided by local firms Rutherford Angling and Wear Fishing, alongside big industry names Daiwa, Century, Greys and Pure Fishing, with prizes totalling £4,000.

Entries cost £12 and more information is available from all local fishing tackle shops and the Eastenders pub in Hendon.

Anglers taking part in the competition can fish at public areas from South Shields pier to Seaham pier and the River Wear up to the Queen Alexandra Bridge.

Registration and weighing will take place on the day at the Eastenders pub at 5.45pm.

People can also contact Rutherford’s Angling on tel. 565 4183 for more details and entries.

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