The competition was held was held over six days from Saturday 26th September to Friday 2nd October with most anglers arriving on the Saturday and Sunday from brigades throughout Britain. The most travelled coming from Strathclyde and were accommodated at Littlesea Holiday Park in Weymouth.
The event consisted of one day shore fishing and one day boat fishing with free days in between leaving the anglers to their own devices. The shore fishing was held on Monday 28th on Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury from 1600hrs to 2200hrs, 48 anglers taking part in lovely calm moonlight conditions resulting in 3010 fish being caught. On Wednesday the boat fishing was held with anglers assembling on Weymouth Quay at 0730 boarding some of Weymouth’s excellent charter boats. The fishing started at 0800 and the day ended in again some excellent fishing with 1771 fish being caught. As the Fire Services employ a conservation policy most fish except exceptional food fish are returned to the water, the result of both competitions being decided on a previously agreed points system.
The successful teams were for the Beach fishing:
1st Southern Counties
For the Boat:
2nd Southern Counties
J. Havercroft from Humberside was individual champion
A big thank you to all who took part and to all the sponsers who supported the event.