Hopes blown away

Hugh Skilling with a plaice caught at Eastney
Hugh Skilling with a plaice caught at Eastney
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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

THIS YEAR IN 1979: Young anglers fall victims of the weather

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BAD WEATHER dashed the hopes of the competitors at the latest Rovers Tackle Mini Open beach competition.

With reports of plaice being landed from Eastney and Southsea beaches, the 14 anglers were hoping for riches.

Pegged between the monument and the mini golf course, the hardy bunch braved biting north-easterly winds with any notable fish very hard to come by.

Fortunately, every fish over 18cm counts towards a total length to determine the eventual winner.

John Brown used all his England shore credentials to amass his match-winning 168cm of fish to see off Dave Thompson in second with 135cm and Mick Goodyer in third with 115cm.

Dave Edwards, from Fareham, won the pool for the longest fish on the night with a whiting of 23cm.

Meanwhile, the 26th Allan’s Marine Open beach competition will be held on Sunday, April 10, fishing from midday to 5pm, on the beaches of Stokes Bay through to Lee on Solent.

Pegs must be pre-booked, with a £15 entry fee.

Telephone Allan’s Marine on (023) 92 671833 for more details.

– NICK WALLIS