Sunderland Open angling competition returns for 2013

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ANGLING fans could reel in a prize worth thousands of pounds in an annual competition.

Organisers are hoping to hook in visitors as the Sunderland Open returns for a fourth time.

The event on Sunday will see fishing fans young and old compete for cash prizes.

Wearside fishermen have funded the festival, which will be held on public areas along the shoreline from South Shields pier to Seaham.

Geoff Moon, who runs the We-are fishing club, organised the one-day competition, along with pals Bobby Surtees and Andy Rutherford.

They hope anglers will flock to the city to be in with a chance of winning a unique prize – as well as a £500 cash pot.

Geoff said: “This year we have got a brand new reel that hasn’t even gone on display yet, as one of the prizes donated.”

The first event in February 2011 was one of the biggest two-day angling events ever staged in the region and three further festivals earned a seal of approval from the fishing community.

Big industry names Daiwa, Century, Pure Fishing and Conoflex have handed over prizes to organisers, who said they were disappointed not to receive any financial support from Sunderland City Council.

Councillors agreed to hand over £5,000 in funding for the festival in 2011 when it launched.

Geoff added: “We have no major sponsorship this year, which is a bit of a shame, but we do understand the current climate.”

Entries cost £12, and more information is available from city fishing tackle shops and the Welcome Tavern pub in Sunderland’s East End.

Registration and weighing will take place on the day at the Welcome Tavern from 11am-1pm.

The competition takes place between 1pm-5pm.

For more details and entries, contact Rutherford’s Angling on 565 4183.