Ben’s big flounder seals match win

A crew member of charter boat Sea Fox with a small plaice, one of 20 fish caught off Eastney
A crew member of charter boat Sea Fox with a small plaice, one of 20 fish caught off Eastney
jpns-12-08-17 retro 2017 anglers''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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Ben Ogden reeled in a flounder of 1lb 11¾oz to win his first ISAC Solent League match.

The Portsmouth angler’s catch was the heaviest of the round-two event – held at Stokes Bay/Browndown Beach – which helped him seal first place and the top cash prize of £140.

A total of 88 anglers were booked in for the competition which was fished in four zones, with peg one placed to the left of the slipway at Stokes Bay Sailing Club and peg 100 placed towards the fence at Elmore Angling Club.

Of those entrants, 73 recorded a total of 173 fish at the scales for a total match weight of 22lb 6oz.

The sizeable fish total was represented by a dab, nine flounder, 16 pout, eight rockling, three whiting, as well as 135 top-ups (under-sized fish granted one ounce and returned to the water alive) comprising of three bass, five pouting, four rockling, 121 whiting, a goby, a plaice and a ray.

Mike Brown still leads the league, with Havant’s Mike Groves in third.

The next Solent League match is at Eastney Beach on Saturday, March 23, from 6pm-11pm.

n With most of the Solent charter fleet out of the water having their spring refits and servicing done ready for the new season, there is still one or two skippers afloat taking advantage of spring’s offerings.

Mid-channel wrecks are producing massive catches of pollock, with boats reporting catches of a hundred-plus fish from these war-time hulks.

On the smaller tides, they have been targeting the blonde ray banks south of the Nab Tower with lots of success, boating fish of 20lb-plus along with spurdogs and congers.

Things are now hotting up inshore, with good numbers of spring plaice starting to make a timely appearance, with fish to 5lb already been landed from the pea mussel beds off Eastney.