Tiny catch wins Brighton squid fishing competition

A squid fishing competition descended into farce when the only catch was a tiny mollusc.

The annual All England Squid Championships held at Brighton Marina was set back by bad weather, meaning that rather than catching a glut of giant squid, just one solitary cephalopod measuring just 1cm long, was caught.

More than 70 anglers travelled from across the UK to compete in the contest hoping to catch hundreds of squid measuring up to 2ft in length.

But strong winds and a murky sea turned the sea creatures into unusually slippery customers, resulted in a dismal catch.

Last year’s champion Davide Thambiturai was the only squidder to land a thing and the teeny creature was named Kraken after the mythical sea monster.

Despite winning with a squid measuring 60cms less than year’s winner, Davide said he felt “honoured but lucky”.

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11:38am Thu 3 May 12

John Steed says...

as angler since childhood, I can understand the disappointment but that's life, just like the ones that got away
as angler since childhood, I can understand the disappointment but that's life, just like the ones that got away John Steed
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12:48pm Thu 3 May 12

Crystal Ball says...

Clearly a case of "Pitting your wits against the fish". And losing miserably. Ha!
Clearly a case of "Pitting your wits against the fish". And losing miserably. Ha! Crystal Ball
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1:15pm Thu 3 May 12

LAWgull says...

seems like a damp squid then
seems like a damp squid then LAWgull
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1:15pm Thu 3 May 12

censored says...

I find it unlikely that they were expecting to catch giant squid...
I find it unlikely that they were expecting to catch giant squid... censored
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2:24pm Thu 3 May 12

mustaphaLeeko says...

more like "brown trouts", oh no Poohaven has all those now.
more like "brown trouts", oh no Poohaven has all those now. mustaphaLeeko
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3:55pm Thu 3 May 12

Andre Spooner says...

I have to say that although it is a disappointment to the fish catchers that they were unable to haul a mighty leviathan from the deeps, it is a vast improvement from the scandal that tainted this contest a few years back. I arrived upon the back of my Mighty Horse, armed with my hand-woven squid net, which has been the source of many a writhing cephalopod in competitions such as this one in the past.

However, not sooner had the contest begun that I noticed the next fisherman along was rummaging in his rucksack. I eyed him keenly, and noticed that he was PRODUCING A GIANT OCTOPUS from his bag, and was attempting to put it onto the end of his fishing rod! The poor distressed octopus was making yelping noises, as this cruel fisherman thrashed at it with his rod in an attempt to silence the poor beast! Not only was he attempting to cheat at a squid-competition, but he was attacking an innocent cephalopod with a pointed object. I have to say I was filled with indignation! I turned to protest and draw attention to the behaviour of this devious gentleman, and I am sad to say that a scuffle broke out. The strong arm of Spooner flapped at his face, and I would have prevailed, but suddenly, with a great lunge, he TIPPED MY POOR MIGHTY HORSE INTO THE WATER OF THE MARINA!

Without a thought for my own safety, let alone the smooth process of the angling contest, I instantly leapt into the water and began to assist my poor Mighty Horse in his struggle to land. I am sad to say that he is not a strong swimmer (although he has great success bobbing around on the Collosal Inflatable Goose I constructed for him last summer), and it took all my efforts to drag us through the murky water until we were rescued by a rope thrown by an elderly drunk man refreshing himself at the West Quay.

I must declare, I never caught sight of the cruel man with the Spurious Octopus in his backpack, and by a stroke of luck I had accidentally caught a Gigantic Cuttlefish in the sleeve of my coat, and therefore won the Cephalopod Challenge on a technicality. Bravo! Spooner triumphs again!

However, despite this victory, I am saddened that anyone would attempt to cheat in a contest such as this one, and wish all the honest anglers and their tiny squid the best of luck for future events. Bravo tiny squid! Bravo unexpected cuttlefish! Bravo Mighty Horse! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again!
I have to say that although it is a disappointment to the fish catchers that they were unable to haul a mighty leviathan from the deeps, it is a vast improvement from the scandal that tainted this contest a few years back. I arrived upon the back of my Mighty Horse, armed with my hand-woven squid net, which has been the source of many a writhing cephalopod in competitions such as this one in the past. However, not sooner had the contest begun that I noticed the next fisherman along was rummaging in his rucksack. I eyed him keenly, and noticed that he was PRODUCING A GIANT OCTOPUS from his bag, and was attempting to put it onto the end of his fishing rod! The poor distressed octopus was making yelping noises, as this cruel fisherman thrashed at it with his rod in an attempt to silence the poor beast! Not only was he attempting to cheat at a squid-competition, but he was attacking an innocent cephalopod with a pointed object. I have to say I was filled with indignation! I turned to protest and draw attention to the behaviour of this devious gentleman, and I am sad to say that a scuffle broke out. The strong arm of Spooner flapped at his face, and I would have prevailed, but suddenly, with a great lunge, he TIPPED MY POOR MIGHTY HORSE INTO THE WATER OF THE MARINA! Without a thought for my own safety, let alone the smooth process of the angling contest, I instantly leapt into the water and began to assist my poor Mighty Horse in his struggle to land. I am sad to say that he is not a strong swimmer (although he has great success bobbing around on the Collosal Inflatable Goose I constructed for him last summer), and it took all my efforts to drag us through the murky water until we were rescued by a rope thrown by an elderly drunk man refreshing himself at the West Quay. I must declare, I never caught sight of the cruel man with the Spurious Octopus in his backpack, and by a stroke of luck I had accidentally caught a Gigantic Cuttlefish in the sleeve of my coat, and therefore won the Cephalopod Challenge on a technicality. Bravo! Spooner triumphs again! However, despite this victory, I am saddened that anyone would attempt to cheat in a contest such as this one, and wish all the honest anglers and their tiny squid the best of luck for future events. Bravo tiny squid! Bravo unexpected cuttlefish! Bravo Mighty Horse! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again! Andre Spooner
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7:12pm Thu 3 May 12

lorrie1 says...

Out done by a sqid! thats natural selection in process.
Out done by a sqid! thats natural selection in process. lorrie1
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10:00pm Fri 4 May 12

disgruntledHove says...

The squid, on the other hand, had a great success and enjoyed the day...despite the weather.
The squid, on the other hand, had a great success and enjoyed the day...despite the weather. disgruntledHove
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7:04am Sat 5 May 12

Old Ladys Gin says...

And there was me waiting with my frying pan and some chopped garlic!
And there was me waiting with my frying pan and some chopped garlic! Old Ladys Gin
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12:35pm Sat 5 May 12

willy harris says...

Andre Spooner wrote:
I have to say that although it is a disappointment to the fish catchers that they were unable to haul a mighty leviathan from the deeps, it is a vast improvement from the scandal that tainted this contest a few years back. I arrived upon the back of my Mighty Horse, armed with my hand-woven squid net, which has been the source of many a writhing cephalopod in competitions such as this one in the past.

However, not sooner had the contest begun that I noticed the next fisherman along was rummaging in his rucksack. I eyed him keenly, and noticed that he was PRODUCING A GIANT OCTOPUS from his bag, and was attempting to put it onto the end of his fishing rod! The poor distressed octopus was making yelping noises, as this cruel fisherman thrashed at it with his rod in an attempt to silence the poor beast! Not only was he attempting to cheat at a squid-competition, but he was attacking an innocent cephalopod with a pointed object. I have to say I was filled with indignation! I turned to protest and draw attention to the behaviour of this devious gentleman, and I am sad to say that a scuffle broke out. The strong arm of Spooner flapped at his face, and I would have prevailed, but suddenly, with a great lunge, he TIPPED MY POOR MIGHTY HORSE INTO THE WATER OF THE MARINA!

Without a thought for my own safety, let alone the smooth process of the angling contest, I instantly leapt into the water and began to assist my poor Mighty Horse in his struggle to land. I am sad to say that he is not a strong swimmer (although he has great success bobbing around on the Collosal Inflatable Goose I constructed for him last summer), and it took all my efforts to drag us through the murky water until we were rescued by a rope thrown by an elderly drunk man refreshing himself at the West Quay.

I must declare, I never caught sight of the cruel man with the Spurious Octopus in his backpack, and by a stroke of luck I had accidentally caught a Gigantic Cuttlefish in the sleeve of my coat, and therefore won the Cephalopod Challenge on a technicality. Bravo! Spooner triumphs again!

However, despite this victory, I am saddened that anyone would attempt to cheat in a contest such as this one, and wish all the honest anglers and their tiny squid the best of luck for future events. Bravo tiny squid! Bravo unexpected cuttlefish! Bravo Mighty Horse! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again!
what drugs were you on at the time??
[quote][p][bold]Andre Spooner[/bold] wrote: I have to say that although it is a disappointment to the fish catchers that they were unable to haul a mighty leviathan from the deeps, it is a vast improvement from the scandal that tainted this contest a few years back. I arrived upon the back of my Mighty Horse, armed with my hand-woven squid net, which has been the source of many a writhing cephalopod in competitions such as this one in the past. However, not sooner had the contest begun that I noticed the next fisherman along was rummaging in his rucksack. I eyed him keenly, and noticed that he was PRODUCING A GIANT OCTOPUS from his bag, and was attempting to put it onto the end of his fishing rod! The poor distressed octopus was making yelping noises, as this cruel fisherman thrashed at it with his rod in an attempt to silence the poor beast! Not only was he attempting to cheat at a squid-competition, but he was attacking an innocent cephalopod with a pointed object. I have to say I was filled with indignation! I turned to protest and draw attention to the behaviour of this devious gentleman, and I am sad to say that a scuffle broke out. The strong arm of Spooner flapped at his face, and I would have prevailed, but suddenly, with a great lunge, he TIPPED MY POOR MIGHTY HORSE INTO THE WATER OF THE MARINA! Without a thought for my own safety, let alone the smooth process of the angling contest, I instantly leapt into the water and began to assist my poor Mighty Horse in his struggle to land. I am sad to say that he is not a strong swimmer (although he has great success bobbing around on the Collosal Inflatable Goose I constructed for him last summer), and it took all my efforts to drag us through the murky water until we were rescued by a rope thrown by an elderly drunk man refreshing himself at the West Quay. I must declare, I never caught sight of the cruel man with the Spurious Octopus in his backpack, and by a stroke of luck I had accidentally caught a Gigantic Cuttlefish in the sleeve of my coat, and therefore won the Cephalopod Challenge on a technicality. Bravo! Spooner triumphs again! However, despite this victory, I am saddened that anyone would attempt to cheat in a contest such as this one, and wish all the honest anglers and their tiny squid the best of luck for future events. Bravo tiny squid! Bravo unexpected cuttlefish! Bravo Mighty Horse! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again![/p][/quote]what drugs were you on at the time?? willy harris
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3:08pm Sat 5 May 12

Flippin Burghers says...

Andre Spooner wrote:
I have to say that although it is a disappointment to the fish catchers that they were unable to haul a mighty leviathan from the deeps, it is a vast improvement from the scandal that tainted this contest a few years back. I arrived upon the back of my Mighty Horse, armed with my hand-woven squid net, which has been the source of many a writhing cephalopod in competitions such as this one in the past.

However, not sooner had the contest begun that I noticed the next fisherman along was rummaging in his rucksack. I eyed him keenly, and noticed that he was PRODUCING A GIANT OCTOPUS from his bag, and was attempting to put it onto the end of his fishing rod! The poor distressed octopus was making yelping noises, as this cruel fisherman thrashed at it with his rod in an attempt to silence the poor beast! Not only was he attempting to cheat at a squid-competition, but he was attacking an innocent cephalopod with a pointed object. I have to say I was filled with indignation! I turned to protest and draw attention to the behaviour of this devious gentleman, and I am sad to say that a scuffle broke out. The strong arm of Spooner flapped at his face, and I would have prevailed, but suddenly, with a great lunge, he TIPPED MY POOR MIGHTY HORSE INTO THE WATER OF THE MARINA!

Without a thought for my own safety, let alone the smooth process of the angling contest, I instantly leapt into the water and began to assist my poor Mighty Horse in his struggle to land. I am sad to say that he is not a strong swimmer (although he has great success bobbing around on the Collosal Inflatable Goose I constructed for him last summer), and it took all my efforts to drag us through the murky water until we were rescued by a rope thrown by an elderly drunk man refreshing himself at the West Quay.

I must declare, I never caught sight of the cruel man with the Spurious Octopus in his backpack, and by a stroke of luck I had accidentally caught a Gigantic Cuttlefish in the sleeve of my coat, and therefore won the Cephalopod Challenge on a technicality. Bravo! Spooner triumphs again!

However, despite this victory, I am saddened that anyone would attempt to cheat in a contest such as this one, and wish all the honest anglers and their tiny squid the best of luck for future events. Bravo tiny squid! Bravo unexpected cuttlefish! Bravo Mighty Horse! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again!
Nurse, the screens.
[quote][p][bold]Andre Spooner[/bold] wrote: I have to say that although it is a disappointment to the fish catchers that they were unable to haul a mighty leviathan from the deeps, it is a vast improvement from the scandal that tainted this contest a few years back. I arrived upon the back of my Mighty Horse, armed with my hand-woven squid net, which has been the source of many a writhing cephalopod in competitions such as this one in the past. However, not sooner had the contest begun that I noticed the next fisherman along was rummaging in his rucksack. I eyed him keenly, and noticed that he was PRODUCING A GIANT OCTOPUS from his bag, and was attempting to put it onto the end of his fishing rod! The poor distressed octopus was making yelping noises, as this cruel fisherman thrashed at it with his rod in an attempt to silence the poor beast! Not only was he attempting to cheat at a squid-competition, but he was attacking an innocent cephalopod with a pointed object. I have to say I was filled with indignation! I turned to protest and draw attention to the behaviour of this devious gentleman, and I am sad to say that a scuffle broke out. The strong arm of Spooner flapped at his face, and I would have prevailed, but suddenly, with a great lunge, he TIPPED MY POOR MIGHTY HORSE INTO THE WATER OF THE MARINA! Without a thought for my own safety, let alone the smooth process of the angling contest, I instantly leapt into the water and began to assist my poor Mighty Horse in his struggle to land. I am sad to say that he is not a strong swimmer (although he has great success bobbing around on the Collosal Inflatable Goose I constructed for him last summer), and it took all my efforts to drag us through the murky water until we were rescued by a rope thrown by an elderly drunk man refreshing himself at the West Quay. I must declare, I never caught sight of the cruel man with the Spurious Octopus in his backpack, and by a stroke of luck I had accidentally caught a Gigantic Cuttlefish in the sleeve of my coat, and therefore won the Cephalopod Challenge on a technicality. Bravo! Spooner triumphs again! However, despite this victory, I am saddened that anyone would attempt to cheat in a contest such as this one, and wish all the honest anglers and their tiny squid the best of luck for future events. Bravo tiny squid! Bravo unexpected cuttlefish! Bravo Mighty Horse! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again![/p][/quote]Nurse, the screens. Flippin Burghers
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1:20pm Mon 14 May 12

BNThree says...

Thank you Andre Spooner for being the only commenter worth reading on this site! (Yes that includes me too.)
Thank you Andre Spooner for being the only commenter worth reading on this site! (Yes that includes me too.) BNThree
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