The weather in late February finally allowed us to venture out to those distant wrecks in search of the big Pollack. Although the weather has been a deciding factor as to how often we have been able to consider the long trips to the productive marks, the almost constant East-Southeasterly 4/5, occassionally 6 we are experiencing at the moment is definitely sorting out the men from the boys.
But here's the boy showing the men how it's done with a fine brace of 16lb Pollack. Local lad, David Attfield had a great days fishing in mid February, catching over a dozen double-figure specimens.
Late February weather gave us only a few days to try those distant wrecks. Dave Thomas caught this specimen Pollack weighing over 20lbs along with many others all in the double figures!
In early April, Mid- Channel Pollack fishing has been as impressive as ever, with many fish being taken over the 20lb mark. Ling have also been fairly abundant with a fine specimen of 44lb being caught in late March on One for his Nob...a NEW port record!
Out early June 2003 trip to Alderney provided some exceptional catches of fine Pollack, Ling and Cod all up to the 20 pound mark
The Alderney Tope lived up to their fine reputation and gave all our anglers some frantic moments...at one point every angler on board was attached to one of these rod-benders weighing upto 40lb...within two hours over 40 Tope had been caught and released. Phew!
A fine August run of quality Bass are now showing on the wrecks and the Portland race. Hugh Miles caught this specimen using live sandeel fished as close to the wreck as possible.
Mark Holdcroft from Essex caught this specimen Bass over a mid-channel wreck using live sandeel.
Steve Nash, overall winner of the 2003 Weymouth Conger Festival with the largest eel of the 3 day event weighing 67lbs and caught on 'One for his Nob' which was awarded the Top Boat Shield to the Skipper Richard English for catching over 300 eels.