Tony Wooton landed the Allan Watson Memorial Cod Cup on Sunday.
He beat off the challenge of 18 other members of Stamshaw Lake AC to win the competition, founded last year in memory of The News’ former angling correspondent.
With the weather conditions favourable – and coinciding with neap tides – offshore marks were the favoured destination.
But Wooton left it late before weighing in with his winning catch – landed on Bobby Blades’ boat Happy Daze.
Just before the competition closed, he returned his cod which had fallen to a live pouting bait.
It tipped the scales at 18lb 14oz to break the heart of Kevin Franks, who had minutes earlier recorded a 15lb 8oz catch.
Ray Bendall was third after catching a 14lb 6oz cod on his very first drop.
Wooton carried off the trophy and £100 pools money.
Other results: Heaviest bass: 1 Nick Wallis 8lb; 2 Eddie Walshe 6lb 5oz; 3 Ted Walshe 5lb 7oz.
n Meanwhile, the Stamshaw Lake AC’s club cod pool is starting to hot up.
Bobby Blades has jumped back to the top with a fine specimen, weighed in and witnessed at 20lb 12oz.
But there could be many more twists and turns to come as the cod tend to get bigger in the festive season.
n Portchester AC host their annual open beach competition on Sunday.
In association with Hansfords in Fareham, the winner will receive £500 plus there is a massive prize table.
Book in at Portchester Sailing Club from 7am.
Fishing from 10.30am till 15.30pm.
The venue is between Portchester Sailing Club and Wicor Point Boundary Board.
To pre-book, call 01329 280213.
n In coarse action, Danny Benham is celebrating hooking two stunning common carp of 18lb 12oz and 20lb 7oz at Funtley Lake.