On coarse for some top catches

Stuart Harris with his carp prize
Stuart Harris with his carp prize
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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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Coarse fishing is taking off again after a difficult time due to the long, hard winter.

Wonderful catches are now being made on all open waters.

It has allowed the Portsmouth & District Angling Society (PDAS) to get their match schedule under way.

The fishery team and their band of helpers have been making plenty of improvements to the superb venues in the area.

They now offer something for every type of angler and it is promising to be a lucrative spell ahead.

The still waters are seeing bumper catches, with great tench sport being recorded from Carron Row Farm, Titchfield.

Big bags of silver fish have been landed from the prolific Sinah Warren on Hayling Island.

And there is rod-bending carp action to be had at Alver Valley Lake in Gosport.

Meanwhile, Abshot Pond, the wonderful mixed fishery, caters for anglers of all ages, with mixed bags of a variety of species being reeled in.

Baffin’s pond, in the heart of Portsmouth, goes from strength to strength with carp to more than 20lb available for those who want something a little closer to home.

Another city venue, Lakeside (IBM), is throwing up consistent fishing from all over the lake with carp, bream, roach and crucians being landed on a variety of methods.

The opening of the river season is only a few weeks away.

That means The Wallington and Hamble will soon offer chub, grayling and trout for those who seek a quieter day’s angling.

PDAS’ junior club is in full swing, with regular days out on local venues with the club’s team of qualified coaches.

Upcoming events have been organised, aimed at providing a platform for any newcomers to try their hand at coarse fishing within the city.

See facebook.com/PortsmouthDAS for more information.

Day tickets are available from local tackle shops and various other outlets but you can also pick up a season ticket by logging onto the website portsmouthdas.co.uk

The fishing is also hotting up in the MBK Leisures Open as Dave Steer took victory in the latest match at Coloured Ponds, Rake.

Matt Dummer had to be content with second place, while Tony Conway landed third spot.

The next MBK Open match is tomorrow at Pump Station, Greatham.

Petersfield’s Archie White won the under-nines MBK Junior Open at Pump Station, Greatham.

He was joined on the top of the podium by Hambledon’s David Blackman who came first in the 13-16 years category.

The next junior match is on Friday at Coloured Ponds.