Ant Buik was top dog in the latest ISAC Southern Premier League match at Hordle Beach, Milford-on-Sea.
The Dorchester master angler secured his seventh league victory and the competition’s top cash prize of £130 with a total catch weighing in at 13lb 1oz.
Targeting the main venue species from peg one at the two wooden groynes to the left of the book-in car park, Buik cast his three-hook rig with size 2/0 hooks loaded with sandeel, mackerel and peeler.
And during a 35-minute slack water period, he landed two dogfish and a prize double of small eyed ray – his best at 4lb 10oz.
The runner-up was Bridport’s Dave Chidzoy.
From peg 69 in zone C, he landed two dogfish and a small eyed ray of 5lb 5oz 12dms for a total weight of 8lb 12oz 4dms.
The final podium place went to the rod of Dave Milne from Whitley Bay.
He landed a single small eyed ray of 5lb 14oz 8dms from peg 35 in zone B placed towards the end of the beach huts for the zone win.
A rain-soaked night welcomed the anglers, who competed from 8pm until 1.15am. But the weather didn’t deter the 55 anglers who entered, with a 75 fish recorded at the scales for an impressive total weight of 78lb 15oz.
That tally was represented by one bass, 19 dogfish, six pouting, six small eyed ray, one silver eel, one smoothhound and six turbot.
The heaviest fish of the match was a small eyed ray of 6lb 8dms, landed by Fareham’s Danny Mogridge, fishing in zone A.
The fish was weighed and witnessed on the beach and returned to the water alive.
RESULTS: 1 Ant Buik (Dorchester) 13lb 1oz; 2 Dave Chidzoy (Bridport) 8-12-4; 3 Dave Milne (Whitley Bay) 5-14-8; 4 Danny Mogridge (Fareham) 8-12-8; 5 Peter Farrell (Portsmouth) 3-9-4.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP: 1 Dave Chidzoy 20lb 5oz; 2 Mike Brown (Southampton) 14-3-8 3 Rob Marshall (Taunton) 14-15-8; 4 Joe Arch (Cardiff) 11-12-0; 5 Steve Harder (Southampton) 12-1-4.
The next match is on Saturday, June 18, at Browndown Beach, Gosport from 8pm-1am.
n Fareham’s Dan Mogridge was celebrating after securing victory at the latest Rovers Tackle Thursday Open beach competition.
With the winner decided by the greatest length of fish caught, he took the prize money on the night with 410cm of prize fish. His top haul consisted of smoothhound, bass and pouting.
Second place went to England International John Brown, from Southampton, with a similar bag measuring 297cm. Dave Ware came a close third with 266cm of fish.
The longest fish of the match went to another England international – man Darren Phillips – with a smoothound measuring 80cm.
Species caught included smoothhound, pout, dogfish and plaice.
n Joe Chilcott enjoyed a cracking day out wrecking on local charter boat Valkyrie, sailing out of Langstone Harbour.
This was young Joe’s first crack at wreck fishing – and what a way to start off his off-shore adventures.
He landed a rod-bending 13lb 12oz pollack on his second drift using a flowing trace with a rhubarb and custard sidewinder lure to tempt his personal best pollack.
Joe and the other crew members landed over 80 of these hard-fighting members of the cod family along with some surprise bonus whiting over 2lb and a few gurnards and mackerel for good measure.