This is our annual head-to-head competition between SMAC, Eastney Cruising Association (ECA), Langstone Harbour Fishermen’s Association and Southsea Sea Angling Club. It’s a simple winner-takes-all for the largest specimen weight by percentage. The winning club hosts the competition the following year, and as last year’s winner was ECA, it was duly hosted by ECA.
Dave Ford caught good specimens of Bull Huss and Small-eyed ray, but unfortunately he caught them the day before the competition.
Bill Arnold got our hopes up with a bass of 8lb 10oz.
Tony Dickson was chasing him with a nice bull huss.
Then Mark Argyle boated a bass of 9lb 15oz and sealed the competition for the ECA (again).
Well done Mark, congratulations on winning with such an impressive fish. Looks like the ECA will be hosts again next year!
The first week of October has been windy so when the forecast was for a calm weekend a lot of local boat anglers grabbed the opportunity and headed out. The mornings were initially very misty but within a few hours the visibility improved. The strong winds of the previous week had left murky water and a bit of a swell but otherwise all we had to contend with were strong tides, plenty of weed and an easterly wind. Nothing is ever quite right is it?
Birds can still be seen working over shoals of baitfish being attacked from below, but the attackers are now shoals of small bass as most of the mackerel have now dispersed.
Bass fishing on the banks has been superb with good catches of quality fish. Kev Johnson and his bass are our Featured Photo above. An unusually high number of bull huss have been caught on local marks. Although bull huss are not unknown, they are more commonly caught on deeper marks. Dave Ford caught two of 12lbs and a very nice small-eyed ray of 11lbs.
In previous years, larger bream have moved offshore leaving hordes of tiny bream behind to shred our baits. This year we have been catching good quality bream right into October – fish strip fished near or on the bottom seems to work well. Here’s a nice bream caught by Jim Atkins.
It’s always nice to see dolphins – thank you Dan Lumsden for sharing this photo, taken near Medmery Bank
Report by Steve Andrews:
The following information was discussed at the October meeting.
Fish of the Month goes to Kev Johnson for his Bass 8lb 6oz. Kev wins a medal plus £10. Well done Kev. (Reminder – please make sure you enter your fish in the book within 7 days of capture to qualify!)
We have 2 competitions coming up:
The first is the Interclub Trophy and takes place this Sunday the 10th of October. Fishing from 8am until 6pm. Weigh in is by 6:30pm latest at the ECA. Presentation will also be at the ECA. Entry is £2.50, winner takes all. Winning fish is the best specimen by weight. Rules and specimen sheet will be handed out at sign in which can be done at the Marina office.
The other competition is the SMAC Cod Open. This year are we hope to fish this comp on Sunday November 14th. Entry will be £10 per angler. Fish from 8am until 4pm, weigh in will be in the Marina by 5:30pm latest followed by presentation in the Marina Bar at approximately 6pm. This year we have an even more impressive prize table. First prize will be £500 cash plus free entry into next year’s Sea Angling Classic. There are loads of other prizes consisting of cash, tackle and services. More information will be sent out after our November meeting. In the event of not being able to fish due to weather we will roll over to following Sunday until it is fished.
New Web Page: www.boat-angling.co.uk/smac
Please follow the link above. Neville Merritt has kindly set this page up on his fantastic boat-angling website. If you have any photos or stories you’d like to share there is a link on his website to do so.
Email Link to send in Catch Reports and Photos
Dates and details have been announced for the ever-popular annual Cod Open Competition which will be held on 14th November 2021. Reserve dates are 21st and 28th if the weather is too bad on the day.
First prize is a whopping £500 PLUS entry to the Sea Angling Classic 2022 competition worth £250. There is a cash second prize and a large prize table for runners up.
Prizes will be awarded for heaviest cod, and if there aren’t enough cod caught, we weigh in heaviest whiting.
Sign in at Southsea Marina office.
Enry fee £10 per angler.
Fishing from 08:00 to 16:00
Last weigh-in 17:30
Presentation of prizes in the Marina Bar 18:00
Any questions please contact Steve Kelly at Southsea Marina (details in the poster below).
After several frustrating postponements our inaugural Open Species Competition was held on 5th September. It was superbly organised by Chris Ellis, a veteran of many international species competitions, his wife Hayley and Steve Kelly. The competition was also sponsored by Sea Angling Classic, whose founder Ross Honey was very helpful with advice and support on the day.
Winner of the competition was Bill Arnold with 11 species, Chris Ellis was second with 9 and there was a tie for third places between Alan Isaacs and Darren Price both with 8 species. We hope to run this competition again in 2022 with a two-day event so watch out for further details.
There is a full write-up of the competition in the current issue of Saltwater Boat Angling (pictured).
Chris Ellis in his boat Miss Molly heads out of Langstone Harbour entrace at the start of the competition:
Over the last few weeks we have seen an unprecedented influx of mackerel into the Solent and Eastern Approaches, with gulls working above feeding shoals up to a mile in length. This combined with the good weather has meant a lot of anglers have been able to stock up with winter bait with ease. The mackerel were of a consistently large size so were great for eating too. Bass could be found feeding below the shoals, and bass were also very active feeding over the banks further offshore. Some anglers were also treated to an escort of porpoises within a couple of miles of shore. They are commonly seen further offshore but they had almost certainly followed the mackerel shoals closer inshore which is less usual, but not unknown.
Have a browse through the photo gallery below.
The annual Inter-Club competition between SMAC, ECA and Southsea Sea Angling Club has been postponed due to the high winds.
(Featured photo is when Tim Andrews won the competition for us in 2018)
We now have a WhatsApp Group Chat for members. If you would like to join the chat please contact the Administrator Steve Kelly.
The annual SMAC BBQ was held on Saturday afternoon of 7th August. With the weather forecast it was a bit of a gamble to be honest, but it had to be done otherwise it would have ended up moving into September. The marina provides an extensive BBQ balcony and bar for berth holders, which is the ideal location with a view looking out over the marina in front and the club shed behind us for food tables and beer coolers. We now have this down to a well-organised routine. Bill Arnold collects our meat from the amazing Bransbury Park Butchers; Steve Kelly organises more food and sets up our club BBQ stove; somehow he also magics up a number of raffle prizes and Neville Merritt dons his apron and starts cooking. Food is funded by the club, bring your own drink.
This year all was going well, a pile of slow-cooked ribs and chicken was warming under the BBQ lid and burgers and sausages were beginning to sizzle when the first few drops of rain came. Within a short while it was pouring down, well not exactly down because the wind was blowing it sideways. Hooray for the shed, because it provided welcome shelter between dashes to the BBQ to flip burgers. Eventually the rain stopped, food was consumed and the prizes were raffled off. After more drinks, more improbable stories were exchanged and the last charred sausages were eaten we went our separate ways, another popular club fixture over for the year. Until next summer!