Nearly 2,000 sea anglers -- including fishermen from France, Belgium and Holland -- joined competitors from throughout the United kingdom on Sunday (7 March) in the European and All England Sea Angling Championships at Folkestone, Kent.
GV Folkestone beach with fishermen on shore
SCU PULL BACK TO MV Fisherman catches tiny fish and pretends to weigh it
SCU OUT TO MV Fisherman picks up fish and eats it
SV Fisherman up beach and places two fish in plastic bag
SV INTERIOR Judges weigh fish (2 shots)
SV Fish being measured
SV New European champion Mr. J.E. Taylor (UK) with trophy
SV Cup winner, Monsieur Renaud Dentant (Belgium) receives trophy, as crowd look on
SV Cup winner, Monsieur Victor Vetessen (France) receiving trophy
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SPORT: SEA ANGLING
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Background: Nearly 2,000 sea anglers -- including fishermen from France, Belgium and Holland -- joined competitors from throughout the United kingdom on Sunday (7 March) in the European and All England Sea Angling Championships at Folkestone, Kent.
The organisers claimed that this year's championships were the biggest ever held. Despite the strong turnout, when the cameras arrived to film the event, the fish appeared reluctant to oblige -- except for one tiny sized catch that was promptly swallowed raw by an amused French angler.
However, the organisers of the championship said that the overall event was a major success.
The new European Champion with the heaviest total weight of fish, was an Englishman, Mr. John Taylor from Lancashire. He won the Silver Challenge Rose Bowl. Mr. Taylor also won the English Championship section.
Monsieur Renaud Dentant from Belgium won the trophy for the greatest number of fish caught by any competitor. And, Monsieur Victor Vetessen won the trophy for the heaviest fish caught by a French competitor.