Perfect birthday present for Ben

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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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Birthday-boy Ben Snow landed an impressive specimen undulate ray to mark his big day.

The youngster was treated to a trip out with dad, Andy, on Sea Fox.

It proved lucrative as Ben celebrated his 10th birthday with a 13lb 5oz ray.

He also reeled in small smoothhounds and the ever-present dogfish.

It’s rare for the local charter skippers to get a moment to themselves when the fishing and the weather is this good.

But Andy always makes time for a special occasion.

He took Ben and his school friends on a short trip in search of rays.

After feathering some fresh mackerel bait, the happy youngsters went into battle with some hefty fish.

Ben boated his prize, while the other notable fish reeled in on the trip was a fine thornback ray of 13lb 12oz.

It had young Alex Ingram battling in a fast tide for a good 10 minutes before being netted, photographed and released.

Meanwhile in coarse action, The Horizon Angling Club for the disabled held a match at their two Petersfield Lakes.

The lakes, which the club have sole rights to, have a good head of carp and some nice rudd.

Colin O’Mara won the match with Tony Hancock second.

The Horizon Angling Club are seeking new members.

Club nights are on Thursdays at Bastion 3, Scott Road, Hilsea.

Come along, or ring membership secretary Graham on (023) 9247 3277 for more information.

n Portsmouth youngster Alfie Peachman won the 13 to 16-year age group in the latest MBK Leisures junior open match at Baron Ponds, St Patricks Lane, Liss.

Jessica Carter recorded the overall match victory.

She won the nine to 12-year category ahead of Clanfield’s Ethan Saunders who took second spot.

Ryan Hinkley, from Petersfield, came first in the under-nines age group.

Clanfield’s Tobias Sanders was second with third place going to Petersfield’s Barney Eastman.

The next junior open is on Saturday, July 20 at Coloured Ponds, Rake.

For more details ring 07885 754365 or log on to mbkleisures.co.uk