PETER FARRELL turned his attentions to beach fishing and landed a cracking reward.
The Portsmouth handy man was all smiles after he reeled in a personal best bass from the shore at west beach, Selsey.
Farrell and buddies, from PCC contractors MEARS, decided to give the beach a go after their recent try at boat fishing ended with most of the lads on the trip suffering seasickness.
This trip, however, turned out to be a blinder as they had a bumper night, landing numerous smoothhounds to double figures.
But just as the tide was easing and the bites starting to dry up, Farrell’s rod buckled over.
And after a short battle he had landed a personal best shore-caught 8lb-plus monster bass.
It had taken a liking to his peeler crab fished on a pulley rig at distance.
On the boating scene, it seems there is still plenty of fish coming over the gunwales.
And Clanfield angler Mark Smyth proved just that.
On a short evening trip aboard his favourite charter boat, Sea Fox, he enjoyed riches.
Sailing from Portsmouth harbour to a mark east of the Isle of Wight, the CNC worker landed three blonde rays using uptide tactics to tempt the fish, which included a personal best ray of 21lb 5oz.
All of Smyth’s fish were caught on a fillet of launce sandeel on a running ledger rig.
Between the crew of four anglers they boated a total of 14 rays with two other blondes over double figures weighing 15lb and 18lb, along with smoothhounds and dogfish.