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Steve Gill


Steve Gill with a 46lb 5oz tope caught at Selsey. This fish was weighed and returned to the sea.

13yrs old Emma Blurton 12lb 8oz Bass caught on live mackerel bait aboard Spirit of Arun

Chris King

R Minster

Chris King with a 5lb 4oz wreck Black Bream, a new personal best, caught  on Tiger Lily skippered by Chris Caines. The fish was caught on light tackle over a mid channel wreck on passage to Alderney and gave a terrific fight once he managed to pluck this excellent specimen away from the wreck. R. Minster, our August 2008 Shakespeare Junior Boat prize winner, with a 12lb cod, one of five he caught whilst fishing aboard Silver Spray out of Poole.

Adam Morgan smoothhound

Simon Brown bass

A new potential Welsh record Smoothhound has been caught at Llantwit Major, the fish weighing in at 17lb 3oz was by Adam Morgan from Pontypridd. He used a rotten bottom pulley rig with peeler crab as bait fished at approx. 100yds, the fish gave a good scrap before being beached and after the weighing and photo’s it was released back into the sea to give another angler the chance of making welsh history. Simon Brown holds up his whopper stopper 15lb 10oz bass with pride.  The Wareham man bagged the beauty whilst out on his latest trip aboard Weymouth based “Revolution” skippered by Josh Simmonds.  The Personal Best Bass was tempted on light tackle and live eels

Rooster Cogbush

Herbert Armstead

Shakespeare Ugly Boat Reel winner Rooster Cogbush, struggles to hold up his 38lb ling whilst out dangling a line aboard Weymouth based "Revolution" skippered by Josh Simmonds. The fish gave himself up during a mad half hour session, with all onboard managing to land a good few whoppers. 87 year old Herbert Armstead with a bass of 11lb 10oz caught whilst out ball weighting a live mackerel aboard "Revolution". He fulfilled a 40 year ambition to catch a double figure bass.The old "Desert Rat," who saw front line action in Egypt and Africa, describes his catch as 'The Fish of a lifetime."

Welsh haddock

Ray Lewis eagle ray

Mark Baggot of Barry, South Glamorgan smashed the Welsh haddock record with this fish of 11lb 1oz caught on his own boat 'Perfick Lark' 600yds off Stout Point, Llantwit Major. Mark was our Shakespeare reel competition winner for April.

Full competition details here

Ray Lewis of Ryde, Isle of Wight with a record eagle ray of 102lb caught in waters off St Catherine's Lighthouse. The fish smashed the British record of 61.8lb and was caught on a Penn power stick 30/50 class rod, Penn Senator 4/0 113 reel using fresh mackerel fillet bait. Ray was fishing aboard 'The Albatross' skippered by Ross Staplehurst.

Dave Wright conger

July cod

Dave Wright  (left) with a conger of 104lbs. Dave was fishing a whole mackerel bait it wasa good 20 minutes before the fish could be bought aboard the Portsmouth based 'Meridian Express' skippered by Dave Faithfull. Rob Molloy caught this 32lb 8oz Cod whilst fishing aboard Geordie Dickson's boat C-Cheeta, some 60 miles out of Plymouth. He used a Shakespeare Ugly Stick, with Shimano TLD reel, loaded with 30lb braid.


Pete Churchill 18lb Bass

Steve Underwood, a member of Paignton Sea Anglers' Association, with an amazing 39lbs 10oz British record blonde ray caught fishing off Dartmouth from his own private boat "Predator".

Shakespeare reel winner Pete Churchill with this bass of 18lb caught on his boat Moonshine out of Langstone Harbour while fishing for cod. Believed to be a port record.

Gareth Lloyd

Jason Brennan

Sakuma prize winner Gareth Lloyd of Port Tennant, Swansea, with a 15lb 4oz starry smoothhound caught fishing East Aberthaw over low water at 3.30am!. He used fresh peeler crab on a pulley pennel at distance. Jason Brennan, North, South and Central S.A.C. Secretary, with a 3lbs 9oz triggerfish caught at Chesil beach on ragworm. He was using a Veals Bristol Channel special rod and a 525 Super Mag with a 3 hook flapper rig.


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