Sizzling cod double for Fry

Portsmouth angler Paddy Fry with his cod
Portsmouth angler Paddy Fry with his cod
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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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THEY say lightning doesn’t strike twice.

But it did for Portsmouth angler Paddy Fry, who broke his cod duck in great style.

Fry’s day started like a dream as he landed his first-ever cod – a sizeable 16lb 12oz specimen.

Some may have returned home satisfied with this, but Fry didn’t stop there and promptly reeled in an 18lb 4oz cracker for good measure.

Fry sailed out from Portsmouth Harbour, with fellow Stamshaw Lake AC members Eddie Walshe and Bobby Blades on the boat Happy Dayz.

The 39-year-old dock worker has been trying to tempt a cod for two seasons but the much-sought-after fish had eluded him.

Until now, that is!

Fry’s double were the larger of three cod caught on the trip, as the trio fished a gully in 100ft of water, near the Nab Tower.

Blades landed a cod of around 7lb.

Club chairperson Walshe turned to desperate measures to try and land a prize of his own.

He put the bone of his barbecue chicken lunch on, and despite missing out on a cod, the tactic saw him land the best conger of the day, around 45lb.

Fry’s two cod catches place him in second and third on the SLAC Cod Pool and he will be confident that, having broken his duck in some style, there’s more to come.

n The 13th annual Gosport & District Junior Beach Open sparked some fierce competition from 18 juniors, who braved a stiff onshore wind.

The event was pegged at Gilkicker and Stokes Bay from 5pm-10pm and the battle for honours went right to the last cast, with Portsmouth angler Matt Clements winning the presentation salver and £150, with 460g for victory.

Second place went to Connor Grant, and third was Jack Cairns – both of whom are GDAC junior members.

Clements also took the heaviest fish with a pollack at 360g.

England internationals Darren Phillips and Chris Clark presented the prizes.

The Committee would like to thank all the local tackle shops for their kind support and donations to the prize table, which once again stood at more than £500.