Stevens enjoys Hayling haul

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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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HAYLING ISLAND played host to the latest battle for Individuals Sea Angling Club Solent League honours.

More than 30 anglers fought out round eight of the competition.

And it was Darren Stevens who grabbed the glory, with a fine victory.

But he remains in third place behind Rob Marshall, who leads the championship on 28 points, and Dave Lane, who is second on 33 points. 

From peg 12 in zone A, placed opposite Bosmere Road, Stevens landed a sizeable black bream and the heaviest fish of the match – a sole of 1lb 8.25oz, to win with the best weight in the match at 1lb 14.75oz.

The competition was fished from 7pm until midnight on Saturday. 

More than 70 fish were returned to the scales for a total match weight of 13lb 12.25oz.

In the scorching conditions, the catches included bass, black bream, flounder, tub gurnard, scad, sole and top-ups. 

Stevens took the top cash prize of £145, along with the ISAC round-eight trophy and certificate.

Runner-up in the competition was zone B winner Darren Cramer.

He landed a sizeable bass of 1lb 8oz, to win the zone from peg 28 – placed just to the left of the Creek Road seafront car park. 

Fareham’s Danny Modridge hauled in two scad for a zone C-winning weight of 1lb 2oz.

The total cash payout in prizes was £765, taking the grand total up to £8,080 for the season.

The next match will be fished at Eastney beach on Saturday, September 29.

Meanwhile, in course action at Bough Beech, Andy Cummins – fishing for Allan’s Marine – bagged top weight.

He landed small skimmers up to a 1lb on feeder worm and maggot.

Second was Shaun Barnett, who caught skimmers and roach.