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Mick Goodger celebrated victory in round seven of the Hampshire League at Hill Head last month.

The Netley angler recorded a top weight of 13lb 8dm – made up of two thornback ray, six bass and two smoothhound.

The best of his two match-winning ray tipped the scales at 8lb 3oz.

Goodger, who landed his only other match win way back in March 1998, beat off the challenge of 50 other anglers at the venue near Fareham.

A total of 428 fish – for a match weight of 48lb 12oz – were caught from pegs spread between the beach huts and the point.

The heaviest fish on the night was an 8lb 5.5oz thornback ray landed by Darren Cramer.

Runner-up was Jeff Fish, with his 4lb 15oz catch.

And Danny Mogridge completed the podium spots with 1lb 12.25oz.

The results mean just five points separate the top five anglers in the overall championship.

Mike Brown still tops the standings on 39 but Havant’s Mike Groves is just a point adrift.

England number one Darren Newland is third on 41, with Peter Cracknell (42) and Fareham’s Mogridge (43) hot on his heels with five matches left.

n In coarse fishing, Nathan Blackwell reeled in the latest MBK Leisures Junior Open title.

The Farnborough talent weighed in with a 12lb 8oz catch to take victory at Coloured Ponds last week.

Blackwell took the nine to 12-years category from Jessica Carter.

Carter’s 8lb 9oz catch was good enough for third place in the overall standings, though.

Only under-nine winner Calvin Spiers could separate the pair with his haul of 10lb 4oz.

Meanwhile, Karter Whittock topped the 13 to 17-years group with 3lb 4oz.

The next junior match is on Saturday at Pump Station.

Visit mbkleisures.co.uk or call Kendra on 07940 048106.

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