A NEW international sea fishing competition will take place off England’s south coast next summer, offering the biggest prize fund in UK sea angling history.
The Sea Angling Classic will see 400 boats and an estimated 1,200 anglers lock horns in the bountiful waters of The Solent, off Hampshire, in July 2022, and vie for a cool £150,000 worth of prizes, including some from the likes of Daiwa and Dynamite Baits, which are among the many companies sponsoring the event.
Run by Ross Honey, founder of Angling Spirit – the organisation behind the World Carp Classic and World Predator Classic – it’s already attracted attention from BT Sport and BBC for TV coverage purposes. The competition will also place an emphasis on the environment too, as Ross explained.
“It’ll encompass a number of initiatives covering conservation and vital marine research, as well as the welfare of the huge range of fish species in The Solent,” he said.
The event is also expected to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy, with Ross McNally, from the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, adding:
“It will really place The Solent and our beautiful coastal environment on the map.”