THE fine bank holiday weather has led to a bonanza on the beaches.
The spring tides also helped to lure in some interesting characters.
Along with the regulars – bass, mackerel and pouting – there have been some nice sole and red mullet beached at Clarence Parade.
Trigger fish, mediterranean visitors, have also made a rare appearance, landed at Eastney and Southsea Castle after putting up quite a fight on heavy beach gear.
And the trusty smoothhounds are putting a bend in rods of those fisherman using peeler crab baits.
There were also reports of one or two early codling caught at Pagham and this seems to have been substantiated by the capture of an 8lb 2oz cod at Stokes Bay on Saturday night in a Drayton Angling Club match.
A total of 14 members fished the match and the winner on the night was 70-year-old Allan Mason, who landed a personal-best cod on a ragworm bait, presented on a three hook flapper rig 50 yards out.
Second place went to Dave Brown with a solitary bass of 1lb 1oz with third-placed Mick Norris landing two fish for 12.5oz.
Meanwhile, there was a big entrance onto the Portsmouth coarse match scene in the PDAS battle at Carron Row Farm, pond four.
Newcomer John Wilson, real name Dan, fished his first match with the club – and won.
He recorded 17lb 2oz on the whip, catching rudd, roach and perch.
Rod Legg was second, beaten by only 1oz, with a super mixed bag containing rudd, perch, roach, eel, tench and carp caught on maggot and worm.
Roger Flower took third with a total haul of 7lb 4oz and fourth was Sean Searle with 1lb 1oz.
As of September 1, Soake Pond in Denmead will be switching to a booking in system for PortsmouthDAS members.
To fish this water you are required to book a swim before fishing, by telephone to Rovers Tackle Shop, 178b West Street, Fareham. Call (01329) 220354.
Call during shop hours Monday to Saturday.
Swims are booked for 24hrs 5pm to 5pm, no access to the water before 4.30pm. The maximum stay on water is 24 hours.
John Parkes and his son Joe, have been catching carp to low twenties from Funtley Lake in Fareham over the past week.
A string of nice fish have been banked using their own homemade boilies.
Carp to over 20lb, tench to double figures, bream, perch and pike can all be caught at Funtley.
The water has seen some major changes for the good through Pond Warden Sean Castle and his hard-working team – with swim clearing and building the focal point at the venue.
A really cracking water with a lot of potential is now seeing regular catches for all who fish there as Funtley Lake is becoming a specimen fishery of outstanding quality.