Hugh’s first catch of the day

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AN angler is celebrating after landing a whopper of a prize in a council-run competition.

Hugh Talbot, 62, of Grants Houses, near Horden, reeled in a cod weighing 4.64lbs on his very first cast of the day and only five minutes into Durham County Council’s annual sea angling competition.

Hugh, who has not entered a contest in three years, said: “This is the first thing I have ever won, I’m chuffed to bits.

“I’m even more delighted that my 14-year-old nephew Nathan Rudkins also won the junior competition. “

The event, held on Sunday, is an opportunity for anglers to battle it out for the catch of the day and a chance to show off the county’s award-winning Heritage Coast.

It is a date that hundreds of fishermen look forward to from all over the country with more than £5,500 in prizes up for grabs.

Paul Irwin, principal leisure officer for the council, said: “The numbers of participants in this competition boosts the local economy at a time when visitor numbers are low so it is an important event in the county’s calendar.

“I’m delighted that once again Durham Heritage Coast, Seaham Angling Club and HM Coastguard have supported the event.”