Cox & Rawle recently co-sponsored The Flatfish Open held on 3 September 2017 at Burnham on Sea in the Bristol Channel. Organised by Channel Anglers SAC this was the first ever Flatfish only competition fished in the Severn Estuary. The local fishing club decided to take advantage of the recent influx of Dover sole in Bridgewater Bay - the event was a great success with 54 Flatfish landed in the contest.
Despite dreadful weather The Match was well attended by local anglers who enjoyed the new match format. Cox & Rawle put up prizes for the five heaviest flatfish along with a prize for each junior angler fishing the competition. Richard Reynolds caught the biggest Flatfish of the day, a superb Dover Sole weighing in at 1lb 15 3/4oz - congratulations Richard!! All the runners-up in the heaviest flatfish category caught Dover sole, well done to Danny Woodcock, Martin Lewis, Ian Brice and Ian Davies. We hope the winners enjoy using the hooks and components provided in their goodie-bags.
Congratulations to James Madsen who won the overall competition with eight Dover Sole and a best total length of 1.54 metres. It was good to learn that James had some success in the match using our Cox and Rawle Aberdeen Match, it’s a fantastic fine wire pattern with and offset made for catching Flatfish.
Well done to each of the four junior anglers that braved the wind and rain throughout The Match. It sounded more like an endurance test than a fishing competition and the prizes that you all received were well deserved. Eleven-year-old Jack Reynolds was the top junior of the day; He landed two Dover Sole and apparently beat a fair few of the seniors fishing the match! Jack definitely sounds like an up and coming good young angler, one to watch in the future and a name we all hope to hear more of. It would be great to see a few more youngsters fishing events like these, it’s is so important for future of our sport and something that Cox & Rawle are more than happy to support.
Channel Anglers SAC have written thanking Cox & Rawle for their support and would also like us to mention the local tackle shops who donated prizes to the raffle. Thanks to Veals Fishing Tackle in Bristol, Thyers in Highbridge, Reel Fun in Portishead, Cadbury Angling in Kingston Seymour and Fishing Tackle Warehouse in Weston-super-Mare. It is great to see fishing communities come together and organise events like these for the general public to enjoy. Cox & Rawle are very happy to give their support to this first Flatfish event and have been really pleased that it was a success.
Keep an eye out for future competitions ran by the Channel Anglers, they’re well organised and open to everyone.