Shore an­glers sam­ple hec­tic shark sport off the west coast of Scot­land

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Your round-up of catches and sto­ries.

Three an­glers on their first ses­sion seek­ing tope from the shore caught nine fish. James White, Lenny Davies and Dar­ren Browne, all from South Shields, South Ty­ne­side, made the trip to south-west Scot­land in search of shore-caught tope.

Ar­riv­ing at the mark two hours be­fore low wa­ter, they set up im­me­di­ately and cast out half joey mack­erel baits on pul­ley rigs with wire traces.

Within min­utes Dar­ren landed a smooth­hound, quickly fol­lowed by another five, while James and Lenny caught noth­ing. About two hours into the flood tide an an­gler fish­ing nearby had his rig bit­ten off by a tope.

Once again it was Dar­ren who had the first fish, a tope of 22lb 5oz, his first ever.

“Soon we were all chang­ing baits in the hope of some ac­tion and shortly af­ter­wards Lenny had a scream­ing run and landed a tope of 21lb 8oz,” said James.

Fi­nally, James got the run he wanted and landed an 18lb tope, af­ter which it was con­stant ac­tion. James landed four more tope. Lenny landed three and Dar­ren added two more. James also caught a bonus ray.

Two an­glers from Cum­bria were among those chas­ing the tope. Kyle Sib­bald, top left, and Mark Scott, bot­tom left, from Work­ing­ton, got among the fish on May 22 at a rock mark in south-west Scot­land.

First Mark caught a tope es­ti­mated at 12-15lb, and 10 min­utes later Kyle landed his first-ever tope, a 29-pounder, on half a mack­erel on an up-and-over rig with 150lb wire trace and Sakuma size 6/0 cir­cle hook. They also caught smooth­hounds and rays.

Also sam­pling the tope sport was Mark Clegg, of Ber­wick-upon-Tweed, who vis­ited the west coast for a first at­tempt at tar­get­ing the species. It proved suc­cess­ful as he caught a 22-pounder and added a 12lb huss. Both fell to mack­erel heads on a Pennell pul­ley rig.

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