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CATCH OF THE WEEK
Adrian Smethurst and his wife Julie had a great day fishing the CHART programme aboard Sowenna, skippered by Dan Margets, out of Looe. Adrian landed two tuna, the best estimated at 290lb by the scientists due to its very large girth, although the fish’s length suggested 245lb. Julie caught a tuna of 66 inches, estimated at 200lb.
PREVIOUS CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Cian Driver describes this 60lb tope as his fish of a lifetime. The angler from Greystones caught the Irish specimen fish from Newcastle beach in County Wicklow. He used a pulley rig made with 200lb mono and a size 8/0 hook baited with a whole mackerel. After a 35-minute battle to land it, the tope was returned.
He’s done it again. After catching a Welsh record thin-lipped mullet of 5lb 14oz on July 29, Neil Davies, of Swansea, has landed another of 6lb 5oz. He caught it on legered bread while fishing the local River Tawe. “To break the record once is an achievement but to do it twice in a space of seven weeks, I’m absolutely shocked.”
This 550lb porbeagle shark is a fish of a lifetime for Simon Davidson and beats the British record of 507lb set in 1993. He had taken a group of friends on a two-day trip aboard Reel Deal, skippered by Dan Hawkins, out of Ilfracombe. The group caught 15 porgies, including two over 400lb, three over 300lb and eight over 200lb.
This 12lb pollack was caught on a Connemara Krill lure by Andy McQuade, while fishing at Ring Bolts, Anglesey.
During a session at a Somerset reef mark, Ross Stewart was rewarded with this 20lb 14oz smoothhound
This 5lb 9oz 8dr gilthead bream is a new record for the Isle of Wight. The fish was caught by Brian Gourley, of Newport, while small-boat fishing in the Solent, out of Cowes. The previous record of 5lb 8dr was caught by Willy Merwood in 2017.
This 5lb trigger fish was caught on a worm bait by Gordon Bains, of Tredegar, while boat fishing out of Swansea.
This superb 76lb tope was caught by Duane Lockwood, of Hemsby, while fishing on Ben Richie’s charter boat Whitby Crest, out of Wells-next-the-Sea. The fish, which was returned, took a fresh mackerel bait on a running leger with a wire trace.
On her first trip to the Shetland Islands, Mia Foxcroft, from Preston, caught double-figure cod and this superb coalfish. She was fishing on Compass Rose, skippered by Kevin Tullock, out of Culivoe. Mia also caught some haddock.
Stephen Doherty caught this 5lb 8oz ballan wrasse, a personal best, while fishing the west coast of Ireland. He used a green and silver glitter paddletail lure Texas rigged ona size 1/0 weedless hook.
While kayak fishing for tope with a whole mackerel bait in Cardigan Bay, Garry Willis had his bait taken by this angel shark, which was released. The species is considered critically endangered and is protected from deliberate fishing in England and Wales.
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