The Weymouth International Boat Angling Challenge, the WIBAC, first took place in 2001 and was known as the YYS International Challenge for the first ten years. Andy Selby of the Weymouth Angling Centre had spotted a gap in the sea angling calendar towards the end of the season when both boats and accommodation were readily available out with the weekends.
A couple of years ago I was out for an exploratory St Kilda trip with Angus Campbell onboard the predecessor to the beast that is Orca III and talk turned to what might be lurking in the deeps on the edges of the Continental Shelf.
During the summer months, the Isle of Man can boast some of the best species fishing found around the British Isles. Located in the Irish Sea half way between mainland UK and Ireland, measuring a mere 35miles in length and 13 miles in breadth the Island does however boast over 100 miles of attractive coastline.
The end of July had arrived and it was time for the sixth annual Parker family outing on Dave Pitman's Atlanta out of Weymouth. The weather was sultry and overcast and the three week heat wave we had enjoyed was imminently about to break.