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WITH the recent resurgence of shore casting amongst anglers in our area, we start this week by looking at the upcoming European Open Beach Championship (EOBC)

Now established as the biggest three-day fishing festival in Europe, it attracts stars of shore angling from all over the UK and Europe.

In its 19th year, the Bridlington based bash has long been number one with the British sea anglers, and the 2012 event has an even more exciting flavour due to the overseas contingency which is far greater than ever before.

Besides rubbing shoulders with anglers from Ireland, Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal and France, each angler will be able to pick up valuable information, tactics, skills and new techniques.

The 2012 event once again includes the extremely popular Bridlington Flattie Bash, a measure and return event that will be held on Friday 2nd March.

This will be a chance for anglers to get together before the main event at the weekend for a fun and enjoyable competition.

The Bridlington Flattie Bash will be held on Wilsthorpe beach from the new boat compound and will be a great opportunity to win fantastic cash and tackle prizes.

In addition to the senior event there are also categories for junior ladies and disabled as well as the pairs and teams of four event.

The whole three day event is a superb way of networking with sea angling friends and is an opportunity simply not to be missed.

The prices for the EOBC for 2012 are as follows: for early bookings (before 27th February): Seniors (male and female) £20 per person per day or £30 per person for both days; Juniors £10 per person per day or £20 per person for both days.

These can be purchased from Mr Paul Roggeman, East Yorkshire Events, County Hall Beverley HU17 9BA by sending a large SAE with cheque or postal order, made out to “East Riding of Yorkshire Council” with name and address on the reverse.

Do not send cash.

They can also be purchased online using the link in “further information” and also in local fishing tackle shops.

Prices on the day: Seniors (male and female) £25 per person per day or £35 per person for both days; Juniors £15 per person per day or £25 per person for both days.

These tickets can be purchased on each day of the championship at the Reception of South Cliff Caravan Park, Wilsthorpe, nr Bridlington YO15 3QN from 6am.

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At Sherwood Forest Fishey Wednesday’s open on the Holmedale saw Pete Hodgets into carp from the start landing fish to 8lb on the pole at 13m alternating between pellet and meat hook baits, finishing with 103lb 7oz.

In second place Worksop’s Andy Laky, drawn at peg 45, fished the pole at 16m tight up to the island with corn for carp weighing up to 4lb, finishing with a total of 58lb 10ozs.

Gateford Angling’s Geoff Mawby made up the frame on peg 36 weighing a level 19lb.

Sunday saw the second round of the Cavendish winter league where the ice had to be broken but everyone managed to catch.

Ian Boyd claimed the honours with 5lb of roach taken off peg 1 on pole fished caster with Wayne Heywood a close second with 4lb 13oz of roach and perch taken on pole fished maggot.

At Lakeside fishery, Ranskill, Daz Oldham claimed victory in Wednesday’s open with 31lb 1oz of silvers pole fishing pellet on peg 26 .

In round five of the venue’s winter league, which was fished on Saturday, Chris Adshead topped the field with 14lb 10oz tempted on pole fished maggot and Sunday’s Woodseats League match saw Alan Topham put together a net of silverfish weighing 28lb 11oz on peg 29 taken on pole fished worm and caster.

On the second strip pond regular visitors DJ Angling held their weekly knock-up with Dave Lakin running out the winner with 39lb 6oz of silvers caught on pole fished maggot.

On the carp lake specimen hunter Garry Croft landed four lumps up to 21lb 6oz on peg 5 on his cell boilies whilst over on the trout lake Ian Wilkinson of Worksop slipped his landing net under 12 fish to 8lb on his assorted damsels cast on a sinking line.

Down the road at Lodge Farm Tuesday’s competition was on the signal pond with Steve Bingham running out the winner fishing the feeder on peg 12 for 35lb.

Wednesday’s over 50s contest on the lily pond saw Steve Nemass notch a win on peg 54 with 38lb 7oz on the pellet feeder, Mel Kirton claiming the runners-up position on peg 71 employing the pellet waggler for 32lb 13oz.

Mel Morris made up the frame on peg 53 with 14lb 8oz on the feeder.

Thursday’s open saw the competitiors on the field pond with Simon Short landing 56lb on peg 5 pole fishing pellet to claim victory ahead of Dave Evans on peg 3 who waggler fished meat for 49lb 13oz and Mick Hall who pole fished corn on peg 34 for 46lb 13oz.

In Saturday’s match, contested on the lily pond, Wayne Ibbertson bomb fished corn on peg 70 for a winning net of 48lb 2oz with Chris Wake a close second with 43lb 12oz on peg 52 fishing the wag and mag.

At Riverside Fishery Wednesday’s open match saw Dave Evans triumph on peg 14 with 53lb 2oz taken on the pellet waggler with Mick Hall in second weighing 34lb 12oz on peg 32 tempted on pole and pellet.

Mark Cardell was third on peg 36 with a net of 32lb 3oz taken on pole fished maggot.

Friday’s contest was won by the in-form Dave Evans waggler fishing pellet on peg 36 for a fine net of 72lb 2oz, finishing well ahead of John Bleakley in the runners-up position who bomb fished corn on peg 38 to record 32lb 15oz and Terry Pixley in third with 17lb 2oz on the same tactics.