The Sea Angling Classic has announced that lure manufacturing giants Rapala, along with sister predator brands Okuma, Storm and 13 Fishing are heading to this year’s Sea Angling Classic taking place in Portsmouth from 15 – 19 June.
The brands, distributed by Normark UK, are supporting the Charter Boat category in what is set to be the biggest recreational boat sea fishing competition in the UK. The event, organised by Angling Spirit, is a catch, photograph and release format, focusing on five species: Tope, Smooth hound, Rays, Bass and Black Bream.
The brands have put their backing to the event by offering thousands of pounds worth of top tackle as part of the largest and most valuable prize table ever offered in a UK sea fishing event. This includes a high spec, fully rigged Extreme 745 Game King and trailer with a Mercury V8 4.6lt Pro XS 250 engine and the Lowrance® Ultimate Fishing System installed in the Recreational Boat Category.
More more than a sea fishing competition, throughout the event, there will be a major emphasis on conservation and the environment, with beach clean-ups and a focus on the importance of the Solent’s flora and fauna.
There will also be a number of activities for junior anglers, including coaching sessions and competitions. Daryl Hodges, joint Managing Director of Normark UK, said: “It is great that the event is also about supporting the next generation of anglers with competitions and coaching, giving youngsters a taste of a style of fishing they probably wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do. I am really looking forward to the event and where it can go in future years.”