Keddy basks in glory of best-ever bass

Dave Keddy with his 13lb 8oz bass
Dave Keddy with his 13lb 8oz bass
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Them big bass in the Solent keep on coming – this time to the rod of Portsmouth angler Dave Keddy.

After weeks of poor weather, he managed to get afloat from Langstone Harbour with fishing pal Pete Stotesbury.

In rather choppy conditions, they feathered mackerel bait before heading off to their chosen mark and anchoring at the New Grounds.

The first part of the tide was slow going, with only a few dogfish and small black bream putting in an appearance.

But things soon started to liven up, with some weighty small-eyed rays and a bonus brill of 5lb caught.

Stotesbury then set the pace with a fine bass of 7lb that took a liking to his mackerel strip bait which was fished on a long flowing trace.

Top-rod Keddy was not to be out done, though, and on his next drop he latched on to what he first thought was a small tope.

That was until he realised he had caught a personal-best bass that smashed the scales at 13lb 8oz.

After weighing and photographing his prize, Keddy released the near fin-perfect specimen to fight another day.