Neal is in right plaice at right time

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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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It’s the scourge of the Solent angler.

The most frustrating aspect of fishing from our beautiful stretch of coastline.

And with the recent hot weather, it is multiplying at a breathtaking rate.

Seaweed. Tons of the stuff has seen cast after cast from the shore retrieved within minutes.

All is not lost, though.

For those anglers prepared to think outside of the box, there is still plenty of sport to be had.

Early morning sessions – either spinning or plugging – are producing some good catches of bass.

Fish in excess of 8lb are being reported from the entrance to Langstone Harbour.

Also worth a try are mackerel feathers – as among the bass are shoals of fish hunting whitebait.

There are plenty of black bream showing from almost all of our beaches.

Small ragworm baits tipped with a sliver of squid is the way to tempt the better specimens – with fish of 2lb not uncommon.

And on the night tides, if you are lucky enough to avoid the weed, there are still some hefty smoothhound being landed.

They are falling to large peeler crab baits, along with spotted rays on frozen sand eel from the promenade at Southsea’s Blue Reef Aquarium – and in front of the Rock Gardens.

Bass, dogfish and the odd sole have been reeled in, too.

Meanwhile, Neal Cowley swerved the wrestling match with seaweed on the shore in a bid to plunder the depths on a boat.

And his move worked a treat as he reeled in a stunning plaice.

Cowley was on a trip with Sea Fox charters fishing the mussel beds at Selsey.

And his fish was the best of the day at 3lb 7oz – with over a dozen plaice boated over the 2lb mark.

In coarse angling, Milo Bordon’s Russ Berryman claimed victory in the third round of the Avon Valley Summer League.

Fished at Godalming’s Marsh Farm, the match saw competitors split between the Richardson and Harris lakes.

And while the latter was patchy, the fish were feeding in the former and Berryman took full advantage to return at match-winning weight of 49lb 10oz on peg 41.

His haul was caught at 6m and tempted by worm and caster over groundbait tench and skimmers throughout the day.

Second place went to John Parks and his bag of 34lb 9oz.

The Preston Delcac angler was pegged next to the winner and he caught his fish using similar methods.

Third place went to Tony Frost, whose catch tipped the scales at 28lb 4oz.

Frost, of Allan’s Marine Mates, was fishing peg 13 on Richardson.

Garbolino Bandstead’s Brian Emery notched 27lb 7oz for fourth and Pat Pritchard, fishing for the team of Tubertini South, was fifth with 26lb 8oz.

The team competition went to Preston Delcac, who were just one point ahead of Arun Angling Black on 44 points.

Tubertini South (166) still have a five-point lead over Milo Bordon Black (161) in the league standings.