Looking back through our archives.
■ A 27lb 9oz cod fell to Matt Green, of Arundel, West Sussex, while fishing a leadhead lure from his pal’s private boat off Littlehampton.
■ There was a 74lb 15oz tope for Peter Griffiths, owner of the Unity, out of Barry, and skippered by Christy Batt, while fishing off Nash Point. ■ Fox International announced its sponsorship deal with the England shore angling team.
A swordfish measuring 2.24 metres long was washed up on Barry beach in South Wales. It was only the third of its kind to be found in Welsh waters. ■ David Hunkin, of St Austell, Cornwall, set a new Sea Angler Shimano Mission boat record with a 26lb pollack, caught on a jellyworm, from his boat Bessie Vee, out of Mevagissey, Cornwall.
■ Llandudno Pier, in Conwy, turned up a 17lb bass for local artist Stuart Walker, who fished a mackerel head on a size 6/0 hook. Another pier, the
Admiralty at Dover, Kent, produced a 14lb 8oz bass for local rod Kirk Davidson, who fished a mackerel on a size 3/0 hook.
Mark Roger, of Hornchurch, Essex, caught a 21lb cod during a charter trip out of Folkestone, Kent. He was fishing 11 miles east of the port, aboard Andy Kink’s Virginia Warrior. ■ Hastings beach in East Sussex was in the news when David Clark caught a 14lb 4oz bass on black lug ■ Danny Thorne, of Dover, Kent, caught a superb 23lb thornback ray while fishing on Sirijan, out of Ramsgate, Kent. The fish took a whole squid on a size 6/0 hook.
on a size 1/0 hook. The angler, from St Leonards-on-Sea, cast out 80 yards into 3ft of water over low tide. There was a 12lb 12oz bass at Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, for Chris Jenkins, of Epsom, Surrey, who caught it on lugworms. Chinese mitten crabs were said to be causing major structural damage to the banks of the Thames Estuary. ■ The British common skate record, which was vacant for claims over 100lb, was broken three times in two days at a pier in the Highlands. First David Neil caught one of 115lb 8oz, next Stuart Cresswell landed one of 128lb, and then Stuart Morrison got one of 133lb 8oz. The Scottish record stood at 154lb and was caught in 1971.
■ John Mears, from Oxfordshire, caught a 194lb Welsh record porbeagle shark while fishing on Charlie Bartlett’s Cysyl Mor, out of Aberdovey. The Welsh record stood at 180lb.
■ Brian Wilkins, also from Oxfordshire, caught a 22lb undulate ray while boat fishing out of Poole, Dorset. It beat the record of 21lb 4oz 8dr, but he’d taken the fish home and eaten it and was unable to claim it.
■ A 278lb thresher shark was caught off Ventnor, Isle of Wight, by local angler Martin Wade. The British record was and still is 323lb, caught by Steve Mills in 1982.
■ There was cash for bass in 1978 with the 12th Open Bass Festival at Colwyn Bay, due on September 23 and 24, boasting a £2,000 prize fund and £1,000 for the winner.
Wadham Stringer, of Southborne, Hants, was selling Dell Quay Fisherboat kits for making your own 18ft 8in boat, complete with cuddy. ■ Fish of the month was a 10lb 12dr thick-lipped mullet caught at Aberthaw by Ray Gifford, of St Athans. The fish was within 4dr of the record, which stood at 10lb 1oz and was caught in 1952 at Portland. A year later in 1979, Ray would catch a 14lb 2oz 12dr mullet from the same venue to set a record that still stands.
Intrepid was urging anglers to add a “splash of colour” to their sea fishing. The reel, available in shore and boat fishing versions had orange sideplates and a carbon fibre spool.