Claw, blimey – it’s a monster lobster catch for Wainwright

Richard Wainwright with his 9lb lobster
Richard Wainwright with his 9lb lobster
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Anglers - Kathleen Harrison, from Milton, with her 1lb nine-and-a-half-ounce catch. She was another one of the winners in the Southsea children's sea angling competition

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It’s not just massive fish that are caught on angling trips as Richard Wainwright proved with a monster 9lb lobster reeled up in the Solent.

Wainwright was enjoying a day onboard Rob Hickins’ charter boat Sea Juicer from Portsmouth Harbour when he hooked into the enormous crustation.

The angler thought he had hooked a nice ray as the lobster gave quite a fight on light tackle and it wasn’t until a massive claw broke the surface of the murky water that he realised what he actually had on his line.

The lobster took a liking to a large mackerel fillet on a light 20lb trace line.

The cracking catch was estimated to be about 50 years old and was quickly released after being weighed and photographed.

Meanwhile, it looks like the smoothhounds have finally arrived at Selsey in West Sussex.

For many years, these hard-fighting sharks have hit the beaches between the Bill and Bracklesham Bay to the west in numbers from the last week in May.

But this year, they left it a little late – and two friends from Portsmouth were ready for them at the weekend.

Having picked up some fresh ragworm on the way to their lucky mark at a spot close to Selsey, Glen Childs and Colin Tanner were straight into fish using 3/0 pulley rigs baited only with the ragworm.

Fishing with one rod each, the pair enjoyed some fantastic daylight sport, landing 25 smoothhounds, with almost all of them double-figure fish.

The biggest smoothhound fell to the rod of Childs and, although it wasn’t weighed, they reckon it was nudging upper double figures.

All the fish were returned unscathed to the sea after photographs were taken.