Farrell feeling a whole lot better

Peter Farrell shows off his bass
Peter Farrell shows off his bass
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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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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.