Smyth breaks ice in style

jpns-12-08-17 retro 2017 anglers''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

Clanfield angler Mark Smyth shows his delight after landing his personal-best cod on a trip aboard local charter boat sea fox, skippered by Andy Snow.

The 53-year-old CNC worker braved the ice and bitter winds for an early start to get to the spoils grounds for slack water but only managed to land small whiting and dogfish.

When the tide started to run too hard the crew decided to head back inshore and dropped anchor in St Helens Patch. Here they all had fish from the start with a steady flow of whiting to 3lb along with dogfish and pout.

Towards the end of the trip, Smyth thought he was having another whiting bite until he lifted his rod and then felt solid resistance.

He realised he was on to a cracker and, after a strong fight, up came this 19lb 8oz cracker of a cod.

It was a new best for Smyth. He reeled it in using whole squid on a 6/0 pennel rig on a running ledgerwith a 5ftflowing trace.