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Roy Joy as cod catch helps him seal victory.

GOOD weights were the order of the day in the fourth round of the WFSA East Region Shore League on the beach at Llantwit Major and the best of the front runners was Roy Tapper, from Marshfield, who beached six smooth hounds and a cod with a total weight of 21.78kg at Boverton.

The performance paid off with the PS120 first prize and PS68 pool money for the most fish and also moved Tapper, who is in the South Wales Match Team, up to third place in the individual points table.

Runner-up was Team Sakuma member Rory Jenkins with five smooth hounds weighing 21.24kg caught at St Donats and worth PS75 in prize money, while by catching six smooth hounds weighing 21.09kg at Boverton his team mate Andrew Withey not only pocketed the PS60 third prize but maintained his position at the top of the points table.

Dan Crump is one point behind the leader in the points total after the Holton Road Angling Match Team member caught six smooth hounds for 19.8kg, while in fifth place was Steve Tucker who had the day's biggest smooth hound weighing 9.45kg helping him to a total of 18kg. Team Sakuma took team honours on the day with 431 fish points; second-placed South Wales Match Team had 426 and Holton Road Angling Match Team came in third with 343 points.

With two rounds to go, Team Sakuma is ahead with 57 match points followed by the Garry Evans Ultima Match Team with 54 and the South Wales Match Team in third place with 47 points.

The fifth round is at Sully and Bendricks on Sunday, September 10, from 1.30pm to 6.30pm.

Beach anglers will be heading for the Loughor estuary on Sunday for the Welsh Triple Species Competition, incorporating the Welsh Bass Festival. It takes place from 9am to 3pm.

There is a PS300 first prize in each of the three categories - longest bass, heaviest flounder and heaviest mullet - and entry is PS15 or PS2 juniors. Booking in is at Country Stores from 7am, this is a Penn qualifier and organiser Brian Davies is on 01792 875050.

A date for the diary is July 30, when the Penarth Summer Festival Open Competition takes place on the pier and beach from 10am to 2pm. This is a Penn qualifier with PS200 awaiting the winner.

A week later, the Garry Evans Seamaster points race is on again when the Smooth Hound Festival takes place from 10am to 3pm at Porthkerry and Aberthaw.

Points decided the result of the Penygraig SAC boat competition and 118 from a tope, a bull huss, a smooth hound and a dogfish gave first prize to Roger Saunders.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 14, 2017
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