North Wales hosts the World Shores Angling Championship fishing contest in Conwy County
20—27 October 2018
Conwy County, North Wales
Rods at the ready! The global competition known as The World Shore Angling Championships is an annual event which every year takes the battle to a participant nation, in the past it’s been the oceans of South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands and now – you heard it here first – North Wales.
The world renown competition is coming to historic coastal county of Conwy, on a stretch of coast which is rich with, estuaries, wide sweeping beaches, seaside resorts and castle defended rivers. This area is a brilliant choice, as its the ideal location for any fishing related event thanks to its lively ocean wildlife, in addition to this the well-loved area is well equipped to handle an influx of people for a specific event.
The format is as follows, teams made up of seven individual anglers selected by each participating nation to compete as part of the world championships. Competitors spend the duration of five competition days on the shoreline on a catch and release basis.
This year’s event is being run by Events Conwy, who every year run many successful local and international events and functions in the county.
Traditionally teams travel to the host nation around a week before the competition commences to begin to familiarise the area, as well as perform some reconnaissance on the various fishing spots.
As well as the competition period itself, there’s also the official opening ceremony to get involved with, with welcomes our friends from other nations to the shores of North Wales with warm and open arms. This includes the likes of a press conference; a team captain’s meeting where a peg draw selects fishing spots for the competition other events include an official closing ceremony which will include the medal presentation and a grand dinner.
The grand arenas for this mighty challenge include Llandudno’s Sandy west shore, the stony North Shore, Colwyn Bay, Rhos-on-sea, Penmaenmawr, Llanfairfechan, and Abergele Pensarn. It’s no secret that North Wales’ northern stretch of coastline is an area of renown natural beauty, with views over to the isle of Anglesey, Isle of Man, and even Northern England’s peak district.
The temperate waters of North Wales include the likes of the lesser spotted dog fish, mackerel, Plaice flounder, Dab, Seabass, Whiting, Rockling, Codling, Gurnard, Thornback Ray, Bull Huss, Conger Eel, and the Silver Eel.