IT WAS all about the rays for two anglers, who both reeled in bumper catches.
Mark Smyth landed a personal best blonde ray that banged the scales around to 23lb 6oz.
Meanwhile, Waterlooville angler Hugh Skilling caught a cracking undulate ray which weighed exactly 19lb.
Smyth, 54, booked himself on to a short-evening trip on his favourite charter boat Sea Fox, which was skippered by Andy Snow.
Sailing out of Portsmouth Harbour, the target fish were rays from a spot on a shingle bank just east of Culver Spit off the Isle of Wight.
After setting anchor in 60ft of water, it wasn’t long before Smyth and the other crew members were in to their target species.
After two hours of fishing, the party had landed numerous smoothhounds and six rays, topped off by Smyth’s blonde ray which was landed after a spirited fight of 10 to 15 minutes.
The beautifully-marked fish was caught on a flowing trace, baited with a fillet of freshly-caught mackerel, and after being weighed, was released.
Skilling was among the monsters, this time on his friend’s boat Castaway.
Sailing out of Langstone Harbour, the pair headed east to a mark called Utopia, four miles east of the Nab Tower.
The angling buddies enjoyed some hectic sport, with double-figure smoothhounds coming to peeler crab baits and tope to 25lb boated on large mackerel baits.
But the fish of the trip fell to Skilling with his 19lb undulate ray.
This beauty was also released to fight another day.