Marshall’s on song as Chidzoy hits top spot

Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall
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Rob Marshall netted a second consecutive ISAC Southern Premier League triumph at Lee-on-the-Solent.

The England international chalked up his sixth triumph overall when he weighed in with 7lb 12oz 12dm.

Fishing from 7pm to midday on Saturday, April 16, Marshall bagged his winning catch from peg seven in zone A to the left of Elmore AC.

Conditions were perfect for the 71 anglers who booked in. 

A total of 75 pegs were laid out in three zones – from the second shingle mound to the left of Elmore AC (peg one), to the arcade (peg 75) with high water set at 11pm over a 4.8m tide. 

Only eight of the competitors failed to land fish, with 415 caught in total.

They were made up of 37 dogfish, a single plaice, 212 pout, seven smoothhound and 158 top-ups.

The total match weight was 118lb 13oz.

While Marshall went away with the victory, the heaviest fish of the night went to Steve Harder. He reeled in a 3lb 8oz smoothhound from peg 40, directly opposite the sailing club in Marine Parade East.

Marshall’s winning bag included five dogfish – his best at 1lb 12oz 12dm – five pout and one top-up smoothhound. 

In second place was Dave Chidzoy, who won zone B from peg 42 with a total weight of 5lb 10oz.

His catch was made up of four pout, two smoothhound – a best of 3lb 6oz – with two top-up smoothhound.

The final podium place at Lee-on-the-Solent went to Dave Lane, with a total weight of 4lb 6oz 4dm from peg 52 in zone C. 

With the zone triumph – a third of his campaign – Chidzoy rose to top spot in the championship standings.

He now has 11 points with a total weight of 11lb 9oz 4dm.

Mike Brown was knocked off top spot after picking up four points in round four. 

He has a championship total of 13 points and 6lb 13oz 4dm in weight. The final podium place is held by Joe Arch, who has 16 points and 10lb 12oz, 12dm in weight.

The next fixture in the ISAC Southern Premier League is at Hordle, Milford-on-Sea on Saturday (8pm-1am).