Argyle rewarded in bass hunt

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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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MOST boat anglers are now in cod fishing mode.

Not Mark Argyle, though. He remains committed to hunting the bass and it’s paying dividends.

He recently landed a bass of 11lb-plus giving him a new personal best.

But there was even more delight for Argyle on his next trip.

He stuck with the winning formula, heading for the same sand bank, using the same live bait – mackerel tactics – and he smashed his best again.

This time he managed to bring in a monster 14lb-plus bass – setting a new Eastney Cruising Association record.

Also, on the same set of tides there was another record smashed.

This time it was on Andy Snow’s charter boat Sea Fox – fishing a mark south of the Nab Tower for cod.

His crew were suddenly inundated with bass, landing nine fish.

They also picked up bullhuss and blonde rays tope.

The biggest prize on the trip, though, was landed by Peter Nightingale, who boated a new personal best – plus boat record – bass, spinning the scales to 15lb 5oz.

His fish took a liking to a large squid and mackerel, fished on a long-flowing trace in 100ft of water.

Meanwhile, the Individuals Sea Angling Club hosted round 10 of the Solent League at Browndown Beach, Gosport.

The match was fished in good conditions, although it turned quiet cold towards the end of the match. 

More than 40 anglers returned 11 species of fish to the scales for a total match weight of 33lb 14oz.

This included bass, dab, dogfish, flounder, gurnard, plaice, pout, rockling, sole, whiting and top-ups.

More than £700 was paid out in 14 cash awards – taking the grand total up to £9,580 for the season.

It’s been a very long time since an ISAC angler won a match in Hampshire with a bag of pouting but Jeff Fisk did just that.

Fishing from peg 68 in zone C – placed opposite the Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club headquarters in Marine Parade East, Fisk landed four ‘daddy’ pout for the top weight in the match at 2lb 3.5oz.

In the race for the league championship, Rob Marshall gained three points from round 10.

He retained his place at the top of the individual championship table on 37 points with a total weight of 29lb 4.5oz, 13.280kg. 

Dave Lane remains in contention for the title with 45 points.

Darren Stevens retained his third-place position on 50 points.

The next match will be fished at Lee-on-the-Solent on Saturday, November 10, from 5pm until 10pm. 

Book-in at the Elmore Angling Club car park from 3pm.