Angler Tom Everett aiming to mix it with the big boys after junior success
IMMINGHAM teenager Tom Everett is ready to reel in senior opposition after being crowned a British junior angling champion.
The 15-year-old is celebrating victory in the Daiwa British Junior Beach Championships, at Withernsea Beach.
Everett, a year 11 pupil at Oasis Academy Immingham, netted top spot after bagging six fish for a total of 106cm.
He said: "I was ecstatic to win it and was buzzing from head to toe. I couldn't believe it.
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"There were some awesome anglers in the opposition.
"As soon as I got to the peg I was allocated, I knew I could whittle a couple of fish out.
"I knew I had to make every fish count, as it was the last time I could fish in the junior section.
"I'll try to fish as many matches as possible now to get my name out there.
"Next year, I'll definitely be fishing the Daiwa Open, in the seniors section for the big money.
"I would love to, one day, be among the best of the best," he added.
Everett was part of the Immingham Pilgrims Angling Club match team that won the Lincolnshire County Championships in 2011.
The Pilgrims also awarded Everett the trophy for best all-round angler.
"I first started fishing at the age of ten with my dad, who was a member of Swallow Angling Club, and then I moved to the Pilgrims about three years ago.
"I got into angling because of the anticipation of not knowing what – or if – you are going to catch.
"In sea angling, the element of bait presentation is very important along with the location of the fish.
"Some say sea fishing is a case of 'chuck it in and hope, but it can be far more than that.
"I believe that the more you put into finding the fish, the more fish you will catch."