CHAMPION anglers are heading to Wearside for the North East’s first show dedicated to the sport.
The inaugural North East Angling Show takes place at the Seaburn Centre tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, and organiser and angling journalist Sam Harris said exhibitors and big names were still signing up.
“This is the first all-discipline angling show in the North East and we’re expecting a good turnout,” he said.
“There was a study done by a magazine recently which showed there were more anglers in the North East than in other parts of the country.”
Mr Harris, from Shotton Village, a writer and broadcaster who has fished all over the world and is chairman of the North East division of the Angling Trust, said the event has already attracted some of the biggest names in the sport.
“We’ve got our heroes, the same as football does,” said Mr Harris. “We’ve got Mike Thrussell coming, he has fished all over the world, and Bryan Wright, who is also a big name. We’ve got some of the top anglers in the country coming, never mind the North East.”
Experts will be showing off their skills at casting demonstrations on the beach opposite the Seaburn Centre.
Anglers can take their own rods and reels and be shown how to improve their techniques.
BBC Radio’s “Howes Fishing” programme presenter Don Coe will also attend the event.
Angling competitions will take place throughout the weekend, as well as exhibitions, talks and other demonstrations.
Stands will feature sea, game, coarse, carp, small boats and kayak specialists and some of the latest tackle on the market will be on show. The RNLI will be giving advice on safety at sea.
Members of the NET Gain Team will be on hand to give anglers the latest update on the proposed Marine Conservation Zones.
The angling show is being supported by Sunderland City Council.
The show runs from 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Entry is £3, with free admission for under-12s accompanied by an adult.