CHRIS ROGERS found the perfect plaice on a rare trip further afield.
The Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Fishing Club member is no stranger to landing one or two specimens from local waters.
But he fancied trying his luck along the south coast and the decision paid off.
Rogers booked a spot on Weymouth charter boat Flamer 1V, skippered by Colin Penny.
The aim was to capitalise on the vast amounts of turbot and plaice, boated out of the port in recent weeks.
Rogers, and the other members on the trip, immediately found success.
They landed numerous turbot to around 6lb.
A change of tactics then saw Rogers reel in his best-ever plaice, which bumped the scales to a whopping 5lb 8oz.
After being weighed and photographed, Rogers released his fine specimen to fight another day.
The fishing scene is also picking up in and around the Portsmouth area.
Gosport night tides have seen bucket loads of dogfish, the spotty member of the shark family, with venues between Gilkicker point and Hill Head all producing rewards.
A number of thornback ray have also been landed, with fish taking sandeel and bluey baits.
The boats are picking up nicely with the first of the bream now showing – most fish in the 3lb bracket, coming from the rocky patches at bolder bank and bullocks patch.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of plaice in shore, with Hayling Bay a particularly good spot.
Offshore, the boats are landing the first of the smoothhounds and one or two tope, along with skate and dogs.
– NICK WALLIS