Smoothhound hauls show it must be summer

Hugh Skilling with his bream
Hugh Skilling with his bream
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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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Summer is here!

Reports of some smashing offshore smoothhound, along with some good tope and the early arrival of mackerel is proof the weather – and fishing – is hotting up.

Inshore sport has been hectic, too.

Some cracking bream catches have been reported from the reef marks around the Princesser Shoal and Sandown Bay.

And their presence means things are really looking up for both boat and shore anglers.

Within a week or two the shore scene will hopefully burst into action as the packs of hungry smoothhound turn up to feast on the abundant supply of crabs that inhabit our stretch of coastline.

These hard-fighting members of the shark family will certainly put your fishing tackle to the test.

But putting your faith in peeler crab or big ragworm baits should do the business.

As for the bream, well, Sarah Snow could teach you a thing or two. It’s not often charter boat skippers get a chance to have a go at catching a few fish – let alone their wives taking part in fishing, too.

But Snow gave her husband Andy a run for his money on a recent trip for bream.

They were fishing from their boat Sea Fox at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight and landed more than 50 bream, with almost all fish over the 2lb bracket.

The best of the catch was Sarah’s, weighing in at 3.5lb.

Meanwhile, Southsea SAC held their annual bream competition last weekend.

And fishing his first club boat match, new member Hugh Skilling took top honours with a fine bream of 3.2lb in a bag of 60-plus fish on his fishing boat True Blue Skilling.

He was using squid strips on light running ledger rigs, fishing a mark east of Benbridge Ledge.

Also on his first club championship match of the year over the same weekend was Martin Byng.

The Fountain Lake AC member was very surprised to land a cod – more common in the winter – of 16lb 12oz.

Byng was fishing a mark five miles south of the Nab Tower on his boat Dream Time.