Rob Marshall was the hot rod in round three of the ISAC Southern Premier League.
The angler, who was celebrating his call-up to England’s World Shore Championship squad, landed his first win of the season with a total weight of 2lb 8oz 4dm.
Marshall’s fourth win of his Southern Premier League career netted him a top cash prize of £130 along with the winners’ trophy and certificate.
But he didn’t have it all his own way.
The top three places in the race for glory were separated by just 1oz.
Marshall’s peg 25 effort was made up of five pouting, five rockling and three top-ups.
In second spot – and leading the way in zone B – was Darren Stevens.
Stevens was 4dm adrift on peg 33, with his catch of 10 rockling and 12 top-ups. The final podium place went to the rod of Chris Equeall.
His effort, which was the best of zone C, saw him total 2lb 7oz 4dm on peg 64.
The Welsh international angler landed a flounder, three pouting, five rockling and seven top-ups.
Both Stevens and Equeall carried off prize purses of £100 for their zone triumphs.
The match was scheduled to be held from Branksome Chine, Poole on Saturday, March 19.
However a jam packed seafront car park – due to the exceptionally fine weather – saw the hosts put 80 pegs along the beach from Highcliffe to Steamer Point at Friars in order to get the competition completed.
The start and end times were put back 30 minutes in order to move the entrants to the new location.
And peg one was subsequently placed just after the second stone groyne at Highcliffe, while peg 80 was located just short of the stone wall at Friars.
In total, 66 anglers booked in for the match which was fished in three zones.
And 62 competitors registered a total of 596 fish at the scales, giving a match weight of 69lb 10oz.
The sizeable fish were represented by 218 rockling, 30 pouting, eight flounder, one pollack and three whiting.
While five bass, 143 flounder, six pouting, 136 rockling and 46 whiting accounted for the top-ups.
Each one was granted 1oz and returned to the water alive.
The heaviest fish of the match was a pollack of 1lb 3oz 8oz landed by Fareham’s Danny Mogridge.
Mike Brown continues to head the overall championship with nine points and 4lb 9oz 12dm in weight.
Brown was 10th in round three from peg 28 in zone B.
His effort earned him four points and keeps him in front of Bridport’s Dave Chidzoy, who has a tally of 10 and 5lb 15oz 4dm in weight.
England legend Chris Clark from Sway, near Lymington, is in third place on 11 points and 11oz adrift of Chidzoy.