Suffolk teenager Mark Banham has scooped the top prize in the Angling Trust’s Summer Species Challenge following an incredible run of fish catches.

Taking place through the school holidays, the TronixPro Summer Species Hunt Challenge was open to all junior anglers and tasked them with catching sea fish from eight different categories from the shore.

The challenges included mackerel and garfish, blennies and gobies, bass and bream, flatfish, shark, tope, and dogfish, wrasse, mullet, and rays and skate.

Those who were successful each earned a limited-edition sticker for their achievement. Incredibly, Hemingstone-based Mark managed to catch seven of the eight targets, only missing out on a mullet.

The 15-year-old angler was presented with his prize – a TronixPro Banzai BZ7 4.5m shore rod – at a ceremony at his local Felixstowe SAS annual Marine Open last week, an event at which he also won the junior contest!

“How fitting that Mark received his TronixPro prize on the same day he won the Junior section of the open with 19 fish for 257 points,” said Daniel Williams, Angling Trust Sea Competitions Development Manager. “He’s obviously maturing into a very dedicated and knowledgeable angler we’re looking forward to his continued achievements.”

On our behalf, Mark received his Summer Species Challenge prize from Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officers Charlotte Siely, Ben Ford, and Steve Bunn.



The Angling Trust TronixPro Species Hunt is a free-to-enter competition where the aim is to get out and catch as many different types of fish as possible from the shore between April 1, 2023, and March 31, 2024. All you need to do is take a pic of your fish alongside your unique, individual registration card and send it in to us.

Find out more about Species Hunt and sign up for FREE at

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