Fry and Bendall share the prize

Paddy Fry and Ray Bendall
Paddy Fry and Ray Bendall
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PADDY FRY and Ray Bendall shared the honours in the Stamshaw Lake-contested Allan Watson Memorial Cod Cup.

The duo could not be separated, with the trophy handed out based on the single heaviest fish.

Fry and Bendall each reeled in one cod of 13lb 9oz, meaning there will be two names etched on to the annually-contested prize.

Third-placed Luke Fitzgerald boated three cod but none were heavy enough to land him victory.

In total, 18 members of the Stamshaw Lake Angling Club took part and the weather was fine, with the tides just about perfect.

All looked in place for a bumper weigh-in – however things did not go to plan for everyone.

One or two of the members even managed blanks as they were cold shouldered by the cod.

Others had a bumper day with conger, whiting, skate and bass also turning up.

There were no real monsters reeled in but, with 12 cod collected, the helpers were kept busy at the weigh-in.

Small margins were always likely to decide the destination of the title with the fish close in size.

And it turned out Fry and Bendall had to be content with a share of the glory after their impressive efforts.

Meanwhile, ISAC hosted round 11 of the Solent League at Lee-on-the-Solent from 5pm until 10pm on Saturday.

The match was fished in good conditions, light airs and a clear sky. 

A total of 60 anglers booked in for the open competition, with 45 returning nine species and an overall total of 191 fish to the scales.

The match weight was 81lb 3oz, which included a number of catches – bass, dab, dogfish, flounder, gurnard, pout, rockling, sole, whiting and top-ups. 

There were joint winners of the heaviest fish of the match award.

Portsmouth anglers Peter Farrell and John Rogers shared the prize.

Both managed to reel in a bass of 1lb 13¾oz – Farrell from peg 11 in zone A and Rogers from peg 16 in the same zone.

The competition also produced a total cash payout of £795 in 15 cash awards.

That took the grand total of cash prizes up to an impressive £10,375, with one round remaining.

Mark Vinter, from Portsmouth, won the competition from peg 2 in zone A after landing eight pout and eight whiting for the best weight in the match at 7lb 1¼oz. 

This was Vinter’s first ISAC match victory.

His success ensured he pocketed the top cash prize of £130. 

Runner-up in the competition was zone B winner Paul Stevens. 

The final podium place went to the rod of UK Masters champion John Brown.

Rob Marshall is still top of the individual championship. He gained seven points from round 11 and is on 37 points.

But it is still all to play for in the 12th and final round. Dave Lane remains in contention for the title on 39 points, along with Darren Stevens, who could also win it, in third place.

The final match of the season will be fished at Hayling Island on Saturday, December 1 (3pm-8pm).

Book-in at the Eastoke Corner seafront car park from 1pm.