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■ 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.

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