North East Surfcasting Association

NESA was re-established in 2007 by Will Powell & John Ward, the North East casters dwindled over the years with most having to travel to NWSA or the Uksf just to compete within the casting freternity. In July 2007 the first event in many years took place and NESA was re formed.

Based in Teeside at Kirkleatham show field, it proved to be and always will be a proving ground for the greatest of casters, being flat ,surrounded by woodland and in close proximity of the coast creating ever changing winds. NESA have regular competitions during the summer months running right the way through into early Autumm.

We're a friendly relaxed club with the emphasis on improving anglers casting abilities and a every now and then, bringing through some World Class casters.

Casters Profile


I decided to start fishing back up in October 2010 after a 15 year lay off, but soon realised I loved the casting part more than anything, so I decided to work on the casting practice mostly after watching videos of big casters, in March 2011 I entered my 1st tournament & hit around 240 yards, that gave me a boost in confidence.

In 2011 I was asked to cast for NESA at the UKSF Clubmans event , this was my first opportunity to prove to myself and others I was capable of being the best and I won it and became the 2011 UKSF Clubmans Champion. In this year I also set new overall court records at ECCC & Suffolk Sportscast, became the NWSA Champion and then in December 2011 at Steyning, I became the 1st Caster from the North East to record a cast in excess of 300 yards.

In 2012, I changed my entire set of casting reels out to use the Akios range as quality counts, I went on to win UKSF Best Newcomer & became the 175g Champion. I represented England in the CIPS World Surfcasting Championships in Greece, where we won Team Silver & I am hoping that is just the start of my International career as I need to chase my dream.

My advice to any new casters would be to stick at it & practice with a video camera but mostly set your own goals & good things can happen...good luck


Jamie Blakeman.

Jamie started casting when he was 13 years old and was taught to pendulum cast by his father Bazz Blakeman who is an ex England International himself. By 14 years old he was hitting 210 - 220 yds regulary' then decided to concentrate on his angling when he left school jamie joined the armed forces and spent several years in the service. He made a comeback to the sport in 2007 and achieved a creditable 269 yds pendulum style. At the end of 2007 season he decided to concentrate on O.T.G.(OF THE GROUND), he thought there was a lot more to offer and achieve from this cast, since changing to this style of casting Jamie has gone from strength to strength breaking and setting every NESA, NWSA, ECCC & UKSF OTG records on all weights.

His preffered rods and reels are Zziplex and ABU reels which are converted to magnetic control. He has a PB of 264.88m (289-2-01 yds) achieved at UKSF 2011 GP4. He was also selected for the England squad for 2012 for the World Championships and is hoping to achieve this again in 2013.

Asking Jamie who he most admires in the casting world his reply Peter Thain, Roger Mortimer, Big Danny and of course his father Bazz Blakeman for what they have put in and achieved in the sport.

Does Jamie have any advice for the novice - Yes, he says don't take it to seriously enjoy your casting and most importantly have a laugh.