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ANGLERS are being urged to enter a major annual fishing competition, which boasts a total prize fund of more than £7,000.

The Greys Amble Sea Angling Club 35th Open Shore Championships 2012 takes place on Sunday, January 15.

The event, which is fished in conjunction with the Penn Sea League, is a popular fixture and usually attracts a strong and competitive field, with entrants coming from far and wide.

Amble Sea Angling Club president Ken Middlemist, from Hipsburn, said: “It is one of the biggest competitions in Northumberland.

“Even some of the competitions around the country don’t pull in as many entrants as we do.

“We have a shoreline that I don’t think you can get anywhere else in the country.

“We have beaches and rocks and the fish – if you want cod, you’ve got cod.

“If you want flounder, then there’s plenty of scope for flounder.”

Plenty of prizes are up for grabs, including £400 and a new Greys Apollo Extreme140 rod and trophy for the winner of the heaviest bag.

There is also a ladies competition and a junior event.

All junior anglers who attend the weigh-in will receive a Greys goodie bag.

The competition’s headquarters is at the town’s Radcliffe Club and registration will take place there from 7.30am on the day.

Alternatively, people can enter in advance at local tackle shops.

Entry fee is £12 across all classes. Fishing is from 10am to 3pm. The boundaries are Seahouses south pier – excluding pier – to Lynemouth pipe.

Amble pier, as well as the rivers Coquet and Aln are out of bounds.

The weigh-in takes place from 3pm to 4pm at the Radcliffe Club.

The event is sponsored by Greys, MKM Building Supplies and Amble Angling Centre.

For more information, visit www.amblefishing.com