Solent is place to be for record-breakers

Chris Rogers shows off his latest record-breaking catch
Chris Rogers shows off his latest record-breaking catch
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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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The Solent seems to be the place to be if you want to be a record-breaker.

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard AC member Chris Rogers is still pinching himself after breaking the British six-gilled shark record a few weeks ago.

And now fishing historians are checking their record books yet again after John Stephenson-Locker’s latest catch on the south coast.

He was fishing at the Royal Dockyard last Friday when he caught a bass that weighed in at an astonishing 9kg (19lb 13oz 9dms) and was 94cm in length.

That smashes the previous record of 19lb 110z 12dms for a bass that had stood since 2007, and which was once again caught in the waters south of Portsmouth.

Stephenson-Locker’s top catch was on display until yesterday in Lock, Stock & Tackle, Elm Grove, Southsea.

But while he still basks in his glory, Rogers has been out on the water again, setting a new record.

This time he beat his own personal best for a cod, while south of the Nab Tower onboard Steve Eastman’s charter boat Kittiwake from Gosport.

The monster cod, caught on a braided line which broke twice, weighed in at exactly 30lb, with skipper Eastman doing the weighing.

Rogers also boated a second cod on the trip – a fish of just over 9lb, which was the only other fish caught on the day.

His tactics for this excursion was to fish relatively light using a 12/20 carbon rod loaded with 20lb whiplash braid.

The magic bait was double squid and Welshe Black lugworm on a flowing pennel rig.

The Avon Valley Winter League, meanwhile, has reached round four of its series.

The latest match was held on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Great Bedwyn, with Richard Hicks proving victorious.

His total catch weighed in at 12lb 1oz and included perch, roach and skimmers caught on the punch, pinkie and chopped worm down the middle to 2/3 thirds over.

Second was Tubertini South team-mate Andy Quarmby who caught 11lb 1oz of perch and roach.

In the last hour he managed 7lb of skimmers.

Dave Steer (89-0-0) won the last match of the MBK Leisures Open at Coloured Ponds, Rake.

Ian Dixon was second (71-4-0), while Dave Lewis was third (48-9-0).

The next match is tomorrow at Barons Ponds, St Patrick’s Lane, Liss.

The draw is at 9am, with fishing from 10am until 3pm.

Call 07940 048106 for more information.