Southsea Marina Angling Club (SMAC) Open Cod Competition was held on 30th
December after seven postponements due to the weather. We even had a few
settled days beforehand to get into the swing of things after two months of
being stuck ashore. Although overcast, visibility was good, it wasn’t too cold
and a slight westerly breeze gave us plenty of options.
total of 102 anglers signed in, with 45 boats mostly heading out from Southsea
Marina, the Eastney ramp or Eastney Cruising Association (ECA). More fish were
being caught inshore of the Nab than further out. Although the winning cod
wasn’t as big as last year we were pleased that five cod weighed in (only two
in the 2017 competition) and we had the main prizes awarded to cod with a
number of good whiting as runners-up.
winner was Tim Andrews, SMAC Commodore with a cod of 9lb 2oz. Other winners
Ken Barton cod 8lb 14oz; 3rd: Tom Baker cod 4lb 9oz; 4th: Bradley Tomkinson cod
Dean Kilford cod 3lb 10oz. Runners up with good whiting included Pete Bowden, Darren Price, Kim Bowden, Germit Ladaher, Bernie
Kwil, Steve Manning, Dick Stubbs and Tim Ward. There were also prizes for
Ladies, won by Hayley Ellis and a Junior prize won by Michael Houghton. The
entire event would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication
from Steve Kelly, SMAC Chairman who made sure all the anglers had a great day.
the cod season this year has been disappointing there have been some notable
fish caught, topped by Lee Frampton with an amazing 31lb fish caught out of
Bembridge. Mark Argyle from the ECA also caught a cod of 16lb 9oz on squid
out the banks and wrecks have been producing some good pollack and bass. Mark
Banks and Tim Andrews demonstrate a typical catch. Heber Crawford had an
amazing day on the bass which was topped by this monster of over 14lb. There
are some very big bass around – Robert Foster’s 13lb 9oz fish reported last
issue was awarded SMAC Fish of the Month.
Rays feature in many boat trips but Ash Dowdswell’s 18lb
Undulate Ray is a very good fish. We had a run of congers on many marks, not
only taking cod baits but also attacking fish that were being reeled in as Phil
Southsea Marina Disabled Angling Club prove that age is no
barrier to fishing. George Dominy shows how it’s done at 85 and John Wearn has
no trouble wrestling this conger. At the other end of the age spectrum we
always encourage young anglers and Mikey Primmett is delighted with this fine
After Christmas we usually find the remaining cod and larger
whiting are hunting sprats further up in the water making them less interested
in conventional bait fishing. As a result inshore fishing tends to quieten down
in January and February before the plaice arrive. However we are already
hearing reports of plaice being caught along the shore so the unseasonably warm
water might be encouraging them in early. We will let you know next month!