Groves shines... Palmer haul... Graves capitalises

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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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Mike Groves won round 11 of the Individuals Sea Angling Club Solent League at Lee-on-the-Solent.

He landed nine whiting to record the top individual weight of 4lb 7.5oz.

Groves fished from peg four, in zone A, placed between the two shingle mounds near Browndown Point.

The 55 entrants registered seven different species of fish, with a total match weight of 62lb.

Their 122 sizeable fish included dab, tub gurnard, pollack, pouting, rockling and whiting.

Ant Buik landed the heaviest fish of the match – a whiting on 1lb 2.25oz.

Mike Brown stretched his overall lead to 17 points with one round of the league to go.

He is top on 30 points, and 33lb 12dm in weight, in the best 10 results from 12 rounds Individual Shore League Championship.

Danny Mogridge, from Fareham, moved into second place.

Meanwhile, a lovely 32lb cod gave 61-year-old Chris Palmer, from Drayton, a day to remember when he joined friends Paul Osborne and John Simmonds aboard Terry Webster’s boat Lady D, out of Langstone, on Saturday.

It was the highlight from a haul of whiting, dogfish, pouting, spotted ray, a 6lb bass, and a 20lb-plus conger, taken just west of the Nab Tower.

Mike Graves, from Hayling Island, also capitalised on good conditions.

He boated a monster fish of 33lb, along with four other cod between 20lb and 9lb, on Mike Ashdown’s Raider, sailing out of Portsmouth Harbour.