This July will see the televised media invitational launch of a new dynamic high profile boat fishing event; the “Sea Angling Classic”. The event will be based on the South Coast of the UK, at Northney Marina on Hayling Island, using the prolific diverse fishing grounds of the Solent.
The Sea Angling Classic is being organised by Angling Spirit whose Managing Director, Ross Honey, also organises other successful global angling events including the World Predator Classic and the World Carp Classic.
The competition is an individual event with an overall winner. There are also team categories where two anglers can pair together to make up a team. It is open to all boat sizes with a minimum and will be catch and release targeting five species: tope, smoothound, rays, bass and black bream. In each category it’ll be the longest three fish from each category which will count towards competition scores and the fish will be photographed using a special app which will allow instant up-dating of the competition for everybody to follow.
There is heavy media coverage during the competition, BT Sport is covering the competition live and, as with some of the other Angling Spirit events, cameras will be mounted on each boat so the competition hub can report live on fish catches. It will also be promoted and covered by media partner Saltwater Angling Media, publishers of Saltwater Boat Angling
But this is far more than just an angling competition, the Angling Trust has teamed up with the organisers to run a series of Family Fishing Days where parents and kids can come along and learn how to get into angling, go mackerel fishing on a charter boat and learn much more about the marine environment with local wildlife groups. Level 2 coaches will be on hand and volunteers from local angling clubs to help on the weekend.
On the same weekend at Northney the Angling Trust and National Mullet Club will be holding another Mullet Masterclass – more details of that to follow.
Respect for the environment
While there will be exciting action at sea with the competition there will be plenty to do ashore. A full shore line clean up removing any litter and rubbish will take place. The supporting partners will be the eyes, ears and hands of mother nature making a difference responsibly by keeping the shores clean.
Local schools will be engaged in a competition to create artwork for a poster for the event, all entries will be posted on the social media channels. Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is also backing the event, CEO Ross McInally says “We are looking to make this showcase event ”. MDL Marinas are providing berths for the media launch boats at Northney Marina. It is from this marina that there will be a boat flag parade in Chichester harbour to the competition start line in July this year.
Many GLOBAL BRANDS have already pledged their support and the Chair of the ATA, Andrew Race is an enthusiastic supporter, “This event is a great idea and we’re delighted to support it look forward to getting involved.” Well known boat anglers and journalist Dave Barham says of the event” This competition is exactly what theUK sea angling scene is crying out for I am so excited to be involved from the get go it’s going to be huge. The format lends itself to anglers of all abilities, and lady luck will definitely be required if you want to get in to the prizes.
Organiser and Founder Ross Honey says of the event
“I am really proud to be launching the Sea Angling Classic a boat-based event that will be based on the south coast of the UK. This is much more than just another fishing event as it has multitude of initiatives directly linked to respect for the environment, best practice angling and the engagement of children and their families.”
Following the media launch the full event will take place in Summer 2022 where up to 400 boats will be competing for a share in the biggest prize table for an event of this kind in the UK The Sea Angling Classic is going to be the biggest angling event in the UK for many years…don’t miss it!
For more details on this event go to www.seaanglingclassic.com