South-coast anglers keep landing monster 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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The monsters are still being landed.

After last week’s report of the sudden upturn in cod size on the south coast, those hardy enough to venture out in their boats have reeled in more fish topping the magical 30lb barrier.

Ray McLaren – skipper of charter boat Oberon – was out with a party of three on the last set of spring tides.

And they had a blinder of a day with all the party landing massive cod in the 20lb-plus bracket.

One of the outstanding catches of the trip was the capture of a 20lb cracker that was boated by nine-year-old Hayden Ward, who was on his maiden charter trip as an early Christmas present.

Skipper McLaren also had a belter – a personal best cod of 31lb 3oz, which beat his previous best of 29lb he boated almost 20 years ago to the day.

Also beating a personal best – again – was ECA club member Mark Argyle, below.

He recently topped his club’s bass record but this time switched focus to the Cod Cup.

And he took the lead with a fine 30lb 12oz fish, boated with three other impressive cod south of the Nab Tower on Saturday.

As usual, the successful method was a large calamari squid bait presented hard on the sea bed with a flowing pennell rig.

Meanwhile, in freshwater action Dave Steer to the latest MBK Leisures Open at Coloured Ponds, Rake.

All anglers had to break ice after the temperature had plummeted to minus three and didn’t get about zero all day.

Steer’s haul of 22lb 12oz beat Ian Dixon’s 19lb 4oz into second, while Scott Cross’ 10lb haul sealed third spot.

The next MBK Open is tomorrow at Coloured Ponds, Rake. Call 07940 048106.

– NICK WALLIS