Brave anglers claim silver

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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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You would be forgiven for thinking anglers have gone into hiding following the recent grim weather.

However, there have been some tremendous catches, as a few hardy souls braved the wet and windy conditions.

After last week’s British record bass, there have been plenty of the silver specimens beached during the storms.

From the Solent beaches of Hayling and Eastney, fish have topped 6lb.

But it is not just bass that have been reeled in by the region’s anglers.

There have been plenty of other species to be had, with dogfish, whiting, pout and one or two late sole also putting in an appearance on night tides.

Mark Buckner even landed a 20lb spurdog, which broke the Fountain Lake Angling Club record.

He caught the beauty while fishing from the Steve Kilford-skipper vessel, Sophie Marie.

Eight miles south of the Nab Tower, the spurdog took squid with black lugworm bait. Rob Hickin, who was also on board, held the old club record of 15lb 8oz.

This week the region’s anglers have a chance to earn a few pennies – as well as catch some fish – with three open beach competitions.

The first is the Rovers Tackle Thursday night match at Hayling Island.

The match will follow a catch-and-release format, with prizes awarded to the three longest bags of fish, plus the longest fish overall. Fishing times are 8pm to 11.30pm and entry is £7, with a 100-per-cent payout. Call Paul Roberts on 01329 220354 for a peg.

Next up is the ISAC Solent League open beach competition on Saturday.

This will also be hosted by Hayling Island, from 3pm to 8pm, with an entry fee of £15.

For more details, contact Trevor Sutch on 07786 962540.

The Portchester Open, which boasts a massive £1,000 prize table, is on Sunday (10am to 3pm).

Booking-in takes place at Portchester Sailing Club from 7am. Contact Claire at Hansfords on 01329 280213.