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Teenager steals the show at big angling contest

Gary Pye with Rebecca Abbott.
Gary Pye with Rebecca Abbott.

A 13-year-old girl was the star of the show at a major angling competition, netting a hat-trick of prizes.

Rebecca Abbott proved age is no barrier with a stunning performance at the Penn Amble Open on Sunday, which attracted more than 500 people from around the region and further afield.

The teenager, who has honed her skills at Chatton Trout Fishery and often fishes in the estuary at Alnmouth, won heaviest bag, as well as being crowned Ladies champion and won the Junior contest.

The youngster, from Throckley, came in with 14 flats weighing 10lb 14¾oz – beating a host of senior anglers in the process, including her dad, Antony.

Her father, who is a keen angler, said: “It was the first time she has competed in the Open and she was delighted and surprised with the result.

“It was a quite an incredible performance. She annihilated me! I have competed in the event a number of times and only weighed in once.

“She has been fishing on and off from the age of six and this performance gives her huge motivation to carry on.”

A total of 515 people fished and 126 weighed in. While the event – the 38th of its kind run by Amble Sea Angling Club – attracted competitors from the likes of Cumbria, Yorkshire and Scotland, anglers from closer to home fared well.

Gordon Fairley, of Amble, came in with the second heaviest bag, with 18 flats weighing 10lb 12¾oz, while Amble’s John Tweddell was third with 14 flats weighing 10lb 7oz.

Stu Carr, from the Amble club, took the heaviest flat with 2lb 1½oz. Kevin Moffatt, of Blyth, and Geordie Hall, from Felton, were runners-up with 1lb 12¾oz.

In the Junior section, Bobby Thompson, of Amble, was second with seven flats weighing 5lb 5oz, while Alnwick’s Erin Ternent was third with five flats weighing 4lb 4¼oz.

Ternent was also second in the Ladies event, while Amble’s Gail Oliver was third with five flats weighing 4lb 1½oz.

G Turner, of Newbiggin, landed the heaviest fish, with 5lb 8¾oz. Alan Wood, from Cramlington, was second (5lb 4¼oz), while Robert Peruzzo, of Alnwick Sea Angling Club, was third (5lb 1½oz).

Prizes were presented by Gary Pye on behalf of Penn, Free gifts were given to juniors courtesy of Penn and Amble Angling Centre.

Les Weller, club secretary, said: “It was a great day and I would like to thank Penn and Steve McCartney of Pure Fishing, plus our local sponsors. It was also a boost for the town.”

l Angling reports, p59