Look­ing back through 40 years of Bri­tain’s big­gest and best sea angling mag­a­zine…

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Look­ing back through our ar­chives.


■ A su­perb 24lb 4oz tur­bot fell to Dean Saun­ders of Fern­down, Dorset, while fish­ing a mack­erel bait from Chris Tett’s Peace and Plenty out of Wey­mouth, Dorset.

■ John Edridge of

Crowhurst, Sur­rey, caught a 188lb com­mon skate on a whole mack­erel while fish­ing from Ronnie Camp­bell’s Laura Dawn out of Oban, Ar­gyl.

■ Frank Shaw, skip­per of Car­rick Lee out of Ne­whaven, East Sus­sex, re­ported some big cod, in­clud­ing five weigh­ing more than 20lb. The best was 28lb 8oz for Craig Short­land from Edg­ware, who caught the fish on a white shad.


■ A su­perb

19lb thorn­back ray was caught in the


Es­tu­ary by David

Woot­ton of


Es­sex. He was fish­ing a cock­tail of lug­worms and squid while aboard Dave Weav­ing’s Jenna-D out of West Mersea. The fol­low­ing day, on the same boat, Alan Rip­pin­gale of Colch­ester caught a 17lb 8oz thorn­back on a lug and squid cock­tail.

Wayne Lewis landed what was be­lieved to be the Isle of Wight’s first dou­ble-fig­ure small-eyed ray from the is­land’s So­lent shore­line. The ray weighed 15lb 5oz and took a sandeel on a Pen­nell rig dur­ing a Western Wight AC shore match. ■ Ches Golebioski, an elec­tri­cal engi­neer from Wat­ford, Herts, landed a 6lb 14oz plaice while aboard Paul Whit­tall’s Off­shore Rebel out of Wey­mouth, Dorset. There was a 6lb 4oz plaice, too, for Ste­wart Hug­gins of Wan­tage, Ox­ford­shire, who fished from Colin Penny’s Flamer, also out of the port of Wey­mouth. ■ While fish­ing on Ronnie Camp­bell’s Iona-Jayne out of Oban, Ar­gyll, Kenny Scott of Sten­house­muir caught com­mon skate of 10lb and 180lb.


■ Cod were off the menu for an­glers fish­ing the English Chan­nel and western waters fol­low­ing a ban im­posed by the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Food. The rul­ing ap­plied to all Bri­tish-owned fish­ing boat, ir­re­spec­tive of length. As a re­sult, char­ter skip­pers and an­glers were, pre­dictably, un­happy. ■ Michael Wool­cock’s first bass proved a real whop­per – a 14lb 7oz 2dr fish. The an­gler from Truro, Corn­wall, caught it on lug­worms while fish­ing a beach near Per­ran­porth. That’s not all – his de­but bass was fol­lowed by an­other of 9lb 6oz 4dr. ■ A run of big coal­fish from the English Chan­nel wrecks off Ply­mouth, Devon, con­tin­ued with a 27lb 2oz fish for Bar­rie Hoare of New­port, South Wales. He caught it on an ar­ti­fi­cial eel while fish­ing from Crafty K, skip­pered by Barry Hoskins.


■ The Sker­ries Bank off Dart­mouth was pro­duc­ing good plaice fish­ing, with a group from Moun­tain Ash De­stroy­ers AC tak­ing fish to 5lb on Saltwind of Dart, skip­pered by Lloyd Saun­ders. The skip­per also caught a 2lb 10oz 8dr dab, which was close to the 2lb 12oz 4dr Bri­tish boat record caught in 1975.

■ Peter Ash of Bide­ford, Devon, caught a 15lb 6oz 8dr bass from the beach at West­ward Ho, while Alan Ozanne bagged a 13lb 4oz 1dr fish from St Samp­sons har­bour mouth in Guernsey. The same is­land pro­duced an 11lb 13oz bass for Brian Dob­son, who also caught a 26lb 4oz tur­bot.

■ Nor­wich an­gler Tony Git­tins was on the trail of big st­ingrays from the shore at St Osyth, Es­sex. First he landed a 37lb 8oz stinger, and four days later he caught fish of 45lb and 47lb be­fore los­ing a much larger ray. ■ The Wyvern Di­vi­sion of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Sea An­glers was re­viv­ing its pop­u­lar boat fes­ti­val, which had been moth­balled due to ris­ing char­ter fish­ing costs, as a small-boat event at Sal­combe in Devon.

A draft Ma­rine Bill had been an­nounced. It would in­clude pro­pos­als to cre­ate ma­rine con­ser­va­tion zones with vary­ing lev­els of pro­tec­tion. Fish­ing from his own small boat, Colin Whit­taker from Ply­mouth, Devon, caught a 5lb 5oz whit­ing on a mack­erel...

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