Cardiff Bay yacht club celebrate their 43rd annual cod open competition..
The event is one of, if not the biggest event in the Bristol channel at this time of the year.
Boats came from up as far as the Wirrel and from down
south Portsmouth way, by way of trailer on the road or sailing the cost line up the Bristol channel.
Boats started to fill the lock as soon as they were able to sign in we would like to thank the staff at Cardiff Bay barrage for their well supervised management of the locks.
89 boats with 348 Anglers plus there regular flow of traffic
was delt with in a professional uniformed way.
All week the CBYC committee was monitoring the weather giving daily up dates on there Facebook page and website www.cbyc.co.uk. Previously the comp was arranged for 15th December 2019 but due to a duty of care to all vessels big or small leaving ports
and moorings up and down the channel unfortunately it had to be moved to the back up date of the 12th January 2020 as no one can control mother nature.
The weather had been terrible all week but a small window for Sunday appeared allowing boats to make the trip with a few big swells.
This had a knock on affect with the fishing, loads of smaller codling showing up the 3.5lb for the boats
but a minimum of 2kg for the weigh in was set.
This did not affect the atmosphere and the friendly banter shared by all. It was all about the fishing.
Back at the weigh in only 6 fish out of the many that were caught made the final cut.
The winning fish weighing in at 4.36kg was caught by Stewart Holton on board a private boat called Hermione
Taking first place stewart won the tile of the cbyc 2019 cod champion a Garmin echo map ultra worth over £2700 supplied by sponsor Garmin themselves plus £1000 prize money and £1,370 pool money totaling over £5100. Not bad for
doing a hobby you are passionate about.
Stewart receiving his prize from cbycs phil Evans.
Joint second /3rd place was D. Mortimor from private boat Lancer and B. Williams from private boat Wimps taking £250each and a Garmin plotter each both weighed in at 2.42kg
4th place was P. Deans from local charter boat Phatcat charters wining a Raymarine plotter.
5th place was K Ryan from private boat Bella Rose wining one of the stunning boat rod and reel set ups from sponsors DAIWA
6th place was R Gongas from charter boat Phatcat charters yet again winning a superb rod and reel set up from DAIWA
There were 30 prizes in total all drawn of after the 6 to those who entered the comp.
Cardiff bay yacht club would like to thank there main sponsors