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FISHING: Kids look champion.

Byline: John INGHAM

HERE'S a tip from the Sunday People for those talent spotters seeking youngsters to build England's future world-class sea and coarse fishing teams.

Keep an eye on 16-year-old Stuart Patterson of Southampton and Rebecca Young, 5, from Keelby, Lincolnshire.

Stu is the new smooth-hound champ in Southampton's Shirley Sea Angling Club, a crack outfit in the National Federation's Wessex Division.

His sleek 19lb 8oz beaut, bagged near the Solent's Nab Tower, busted Shirley records with 4lb to spare.

Stu is chasing a classy Shakespeare Ugly Stik prize rod with 69 percentage points against the UK's biggest smoothie - caught off Norfolk 17 years before he was born!

Rebecca, in her first year at Keelby Primary School, ambushed a hefty 15lb 6oz common carp at a local pond.

She had a lifting hand from her dad but this is no flukey schoolkid catch. Rebecca has logged perch to 2lb 4oz on previous outings and is hungry for real biggies.

Go for it, Rebecca! Martina Hingis started up the world tennis ladder at five so the Sunday People's crystal fishing ball sees you swinging to the top at age 16 in the 2013 women's angling championships!

For a crack at a super prize rod or reel write a newsy letter about your best July sea or coarse fish. Add full name, age and job (or school) and post to Sunday People and Shakespeare Angling Club, PO Box 822, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5YJ.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2002
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