Lee angler helps England to world bronze

England's bronze-medal winning team
England's bronze-medal winning team
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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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Daniel Phillips did England proud as he bagged a team bronze at the World Junior Shore Angling Championships in Montenegro.

The Lee-on-the-Solent angler impressed in the Budva region as he helped his country to third place at the prestigious event, along with Callum Graham, Martin Smith, Jason Voller and Daniel Stote.

It wrapped up an impressive showing from the young England team, who also saw Southbourne’s Graham claim the individual gold medal.

Team manager, Chris Clark, was delighted with England’s performance and paid tribute to Phillips & Co.

He said: ‘Getting a result on foreign soil is always difficult but getting such a result in Montenegro – where the team had to use unfamiliar baits to catch species of fish never encountered in UK waters – was a real achievement.’

The World Youth 21 Shore Championships, which was held in conjunction with the junior event, also proved to be successful for the England team as they collected bronze.

n Fareham’s Mick Goodyer and Chris Tidy, from Waterlooville, shared first place in Drayton Angling Club’s latest midweek match at Gosport’s Stokes Bay.

 Each angler totalled 63.5oz, with third place falling to the rod of Drayton’s club chairman Jim Griffiths with a respectable 60oz.

Heaviest fish on the night was a dogfish of 36oz caught by Dave Brown.

The club match was forced to change its planned venue at Haslar Wall as 18 members turned out and – because there were other anglers already occupying the wall – they were unable to all fit into their chosen venue.

The event was fished from 8pm until midnight.

Fishing was slow at first, with only the odd pin whiting being caught.

But after dark, a few of the competitors started to hook into dogfish and smoothhounds, along with pouting.

In total, there were 53 fish recorded over 18cm, with 34 pouting, seven dogfish, seven smoothhounds, four whiting and a solitary plaice making up the catches.

The smaller fish like pout and whiting were coming to plain worm baits.

Meanwhile, the bigger of the smoothhounds were succumbing to peeler crab and worm.

The dogfish were taking anything as long as it was tipped with fish baits.