There comes a time when comeradary, friendship, and social media really does work. 

Most of you know the story but if you don't click the link below  to see why one of south Wales beaches became  the center point of clubs and anglers from as for as Portsmouth.


The fishing fund raiser took place at the knap beach Barry Island south Wales.  The list of people that donated prizes and huge amounts of cash Was endless. Sadly we lost Julie to the big C at a young age of 36 leaving behind three young children.

This sad story hit the hearts of many anglers across the community when myself, (Rob cole), Gareth Griffiths, Daniel Crump and a few close friends were approached to see if we could cheer these lads up for Christmas, how could we possibly say no.


The event attracted big groups travelling with their children to show their support making it not only a family affair but an emotional day for some of the organisers to see such love and support for the three boys. 100 anglers booked in to the comp, 48 at Holton Road Angling shop  and the other 52 on the beach on the day.  An amazing £2600 was raised. 

Richie Payne and Mick Miller making a 7 hour round Road trip from Portsmouth from the mad hatters fishing club. Richie also donated 4 rods to the juniors prizes.

The fishing was hard but the anglers stuck it out wrapped up warm in the cold December winds luckily the sun did make an appearance before night set in with mixed bags of dog fish and whiting being caught the score cards began to fill on the ebb. 

Chris Read, Gareth Griffiths, Robert Cole

First place with 9 fish at 346cm was one of Cardiff's well known anglers Chris Read winning a century kompressor donated by Dean Huggins from Beautiful Lilly flower shop high St Barry. 

Joe Arch Gareth Griffiths Robert Cole

Second place another popular well know angler straight back from the world championships Joe Arch with 8 fish and 346 cm  winning a blue dog signature boat rod (Andrew Alsop) supplied by top rod builder David Llewellyn from Angling Ambition 

Gareth Griffiths, Daniel Crump, Robert Cole

Third place was Match angler  Daniel Crump from Holton Road Angling Barry with 9 fish and 235 cm . Daniel won a pen mag 525 donated by Dean Booker from Rhoose.

The juniors section was won by 10 year old Jack Read from splot Cardiff son of Chris Read with 76 cm. 

And second place was 10 year old Elis Snooks from with 64 cm both lads received a rod and reel. 

Well done boys ones to watch in the future. 

Most of the anglers from the event made it  back to the weigh in at Barry Island sports and social club were top 20 anglers received a prize  and then there were 28 raffle prizes for the rest of the anglers to choose from.  

A massive thanks to all that donated Ben Price from BDP HEAT AND PLUMBING LTD donating £400 

Paddy MORE for donating £200 from  A2BTAXI 

Shane Boxall from SM BOXALL plumbing and heating for donating £100 

And Brian Lewis for donating the family a hamper and £100 from-Set up entertainment - photo booth hire 

Simon Stan from reel mate.  

Holton Road Angling Barry 

There were many more too many to mention but you know we are so gratefull for your support once again, something Curtis, Morgan and Ashton will remember always.  

On behalf of the Langford family and the Norris family we would like to thank you all so much for your love and support. 

Merry Christmas 

Gareth Griffiths lead heads 

Rob Cole 

Wfsa press officer 


Swsa south Wales sea anglers.