The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth to officially launch the Sea Angling Classic at Gunwharf Quays and kick-off event Roadshow

The Sea Angling Classic Roadshow gets underway on Saturday 19 March 2022 at Gunwharf Quays, and everyone is invited to join the excitement. The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth will be attending at 12 noon to officially reveal the prestigious Sea Angling Classic Prize Boat. This event is the first stop of the Sea Angling Classic Roadshow that will be rolling into 10 locations around the UK designed to get the nation excited about the sport of fishing and the upcoming Sea Angling Classic competition taking place on 15-19 June 2022 based in Portsmouth and using the diverse Solent fishing grounds.

“Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays and the Harbour is the home of the Sea Angling Classic, so naturally we want to begin the Roadshow here and reveal the prestigious Extreme 745 Game King Prize Boat right by the water where the fishing will be taking place,” says Ross Honey, founder of the Sea Angling Classic.

Lord Mayor Cllr Frank Jonas said: “This is an amazing prize and I hope it will tempt plenty of anglers to come to Portsmouth for the competition in June. Portsmouth is a fantastic location for sea fishing with the Solent providing a variety of catches throughout the year and this event can be a great showcase for everything on offer.”

Yvonne Clay, Centre Director at Gunwharf Quays, commented; “Our marina is fantastically located at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour and offers immediate access to the Solent, making it the perfect place to kickstart the Sea Angling Classic Roadshow. We are looking forward to welcoming The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth to launch this exciting event and to welcoming all guests to explore Gunwharf Quays fantastic shopping and leisure offering.”

Visitors to the Roadshow will be able to get hands on with the Sea Angling Classic top prize – the  Extreme 745 Game King boat and trailer with a Mercury V8 4.6lt Pro XS 250 engine, fitted out with the Lowrance® Ultimate Fishing System. There will also be the opportunity to meet expert anglers to find out the best bait, rods, reels to use, with event partners Penn, Rapala and Okuma, and other partners including insurance experts Pantaenius, and Wetwheels who provide fishing opportunities for disabled people on specially adapted boats. Fishing electronics specialist Lowrance® will also be there with their Technical Support Unit providing advice on the best electronic equipment to use, how to use it, and giving free software updates to owners who already have Lowrance units.

Ross Honey continues, “We’re looking forward to taking this cracking Roadshow across the country to help inspire young and old anglers alike and attract new ones. So, if you have ever been curious about sea fishing, lures, rods, and reels, then this is the tour for you. And, best of all, it’s all free.”

“We hope the live Roadshow, along with the actual Sea Angling Classic event taking place in Portsmouth in June, will inspire children and adults alike to have a go at angling. The Roadshow and the showcase of the Prize Boat provides a unique glimpse into the world of sea fishing, the boats, engines and equipment, and the fun and camaraderie that the sport entails.”

The tour will visit 10 locations throughout March and will be free to attend and open to the public:

Date Location Time
Saturday 19 March Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ 11.30-13.00
Saturday 19 March Weymouth Angling Centre, Commercial Road, Weymouth, DT4 8NF 15.45-18.00
Sunday 20 March Pantaenius at Queen Anne’s Battery, Marine Building, 1 Queen Anne Place, Plymouth, PL4 0FB 12.00-16.00
Monday 21 March Portishead Marina, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7DF 15.00-19.00
Tuesday 22 March Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, Ferry Road, Cardiff, CF11 0JL 15.00-19.30
Wednesday 23 March Normark UK – home of Rapala, Okuma and Storm,

The Development Centre, Fosse Walk, Nottingham, NG12 3HG

Thursday 24 March Glasgow Angling Centre, 1 The Point Retail Park, 29 Saracen Street, Glasgow, G22 15.00-20.00
Friday 25 March Edinburgh Angling Centre, Unit E, Granton Retail Park, 65 West Harbour Road, Granton, Edinburgh, EH5 1PW 15.00-20.00
Saturday 26 March Humber Cruising Association, 129 Cleethorpes Road,

Grimsby, DN31 3QF

Tuesday 29 March Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, 3 Harbour Quay, Eastbourne, BN23 6JH 12.00-19.00

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