Wyvern Division of the Angling Trust hand out awards...

THE Wyvern Division of the Angling Trust held its annual awards night at the Royal British Legion Club in Exeter with representatives from clubs active in Devon, Dorset and parts of Somerset all present.

The major award, The Castle Trophy, was presented to Andy Webb of the Plymouth Rodbenders for his shore-caught turbot of 11-lbs 6-ozs, the first in this category for a very long time.

Bob Drew (Teignmouth SAS) received the Bass Trophy for a fish of 11-lbs 4-ozs; the Ladies’ Award went to Torbay & Babbacombe’s Sallie Date for a superb blonde ray of 28-lbs 10-ozs and the Best Conger From Shore Award went to DOE SAC’s Adam Nicholls.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Service Awards to David Rowe, Brian Dennis and Alex Parker as a mark of their long dedication to the Wyvern (Angling Trust) and saltwater angling administration.

Wyvern was the first regional division to be formed under the banner of the then National Federation of Sea Anglers and has, across five decades, served saltwater angling within a boundary from the Tamar North and East to a line drawn from Somerset to Dorset.

In 2009 the NFSA became part of the Angling Trust’s Marine Division and Wyvern continues to be a vital link in the National body’s activities.

As with most organisations it needs to recruit new officers and committee members to replace those who have served over many decades which is proving difficult. Wyvern is virtually self financing and is a backbone of Angling Trust Marine.

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