Gareth all shook up by his White cracker

Gareth White with his 54lb stingray
Gareth White with his 54lb stingray
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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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Gareth White was ‘shaking with excitement’ after landing his fish of a lifetime – a near-British record 54lb stingray.

While enjoying a sunny afternoon’s angling off Aldwick Beach near Bognor, White did battle with one of the UK’s biggest shore-caught species.

What also made the feat more difficult was the fact that he was alone and had to jump in to the sea to beach his prize.

After an initial weigh on his scales, White asked a passing dog walker to photograph and confirm the weight of his massive fish, before releasing the beast unharmed to fight another day.

In White’s own words, he admitted to packing up fishing that afternoon because he was shaking so much in what was a day to remember.

n Sea angling can be such a rewarding sport at times, and at others it can be one of the most frustrating forms of torture.

One problem for some anglers is sea sickness, which has been the case for Dean Galea. The 50-year-old has been hooked on the sport from an early age but, after many tries at boat fishing, he has suffered badly from sea sickness.

After being talked in to going on a friend’s sports fisher, though, the financial advisor from Hilsea looks to have cracked it.

On a rather lumpy day up the Solent, Galea managed to keep his lunch down and enjoy what he described as ‘the best day’s angling he has ever had’.

Although the fish weren’t massive, he landed five different species including smoothhounds, bass, pollack wrasse and mackerel – all on light spinning tackle.

Galea is now looking forward to his next adventure at sea.