Great catch a thriller for Jackson

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Hot, hot, hot – that’s the only way to describe the weather and the fishing lately.

Tope topping 50lb are common place and smoothhounds in the 15–20lb bracket are putting on some well over due rod-bending action.

There is also plenty of the usual summer species, with big bream still very active, along with rays, bass and the ever-present dogfish.

There are also some nice bass to be had during daylight hours, with Old Portsmouth fishing well in amongst the snags.

Gosport’s Haslar Wall is also producing some specimen-sized wrasse to 5lb, taking crab baits intended for bass.

Ben Jackson can confirm this.

The Gosport angler beached a fine specimen of just under 5lb that had taken a liking to his crab bait intended for bass.

It was Ben’s biggest ballen wrasse from the venue.

Meanwhile, Petersfield’s Max Spiers was the overall winner in the latest MBK Leisures junior open match.

He finished ahead of fellow Petersfield duo Ryan Hinkley and Callum Spiers in the under-nines section.

Dan Parry won the 13-16-year category.