THE stunning sunshine did not bring riches for the anglers at the 26th annual Allan’s Marine open beach competition.
More than 100 anglers booked in for the match in the hope of landing a share of the £2,000 plus prize money.
With pegs from Stokes Bay to Browndown ranges, the anglers were split into three zones.
But only 14 returned to the scales with catches, including bass, plaice, channel whiting and flounder.
Lee Chapman, from Kent, was the overall winner with a plaice of 1lb 10oz and a bass of 1lb 1oz, earning him a bumper £655 in prize money which also included the heaviest fish pool and zone prize.
Second place went to Ian Gay, from Gosport, and in third was Isle of Wight angler Damien Geldard just ahead of Danny Johnson who finished fourth.
A big thank you goes to Gosport & District Angling Club for letting Allan’s Marine use their recently refurbished clubhouse for the weigh in and presentation, ensuring an enjoyable event for all.
Continental payout system
1 Lee Chapman (Kent) – 2lb 11oz
2 Ian Gay (Gosport) – 2lb 1 1/2oz
3 Damien Geldard (IOW) – 1lb 2 1/4oz
4 Danny Johnson (Portsmouth) – 1lb 2oz
5 Dan Mogridge (Portsmouth) – 10oz
6 Soul Paige (Kent) 5oz.
Meanwhile, brothers Ray and Danny Grey joined a crew of anglers from the New Inn fishing club, based in Maidenhead, aboard local charter boat JO-DAN IV, skippered by Phill Hunt.
Fishing 15 miles off shore in 60 feet of water the happy bunch had a blinder, catching six blonde rays with the biggest going over 21lb which was aptly boated by Ray.
Not to be out done, brother Danny persevered with his mackerel baited running ledger rig and shortly after the tide had changed, his rod bent into a Wessex area specimen, undulate ray, weighing just on 19lb.