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Recreational Boat Fishing Results 2018. organised by Robin Lane.

Catch & Release record broken twice in one day.

On Friday 16th February we held a recreational charter boat trip aboard Dick Peckham's boat "Strongbow" out of Poole. It was a cold, frosty and sunny morning with lightwinds and 5 club members hoped to have a good day's fishing.
The first spot started of well with a number of pouting and dogfish coming aboard. After a couple of hours we moved 3 miles out to a deep mark just by a wreck hoping for big fish.
Soon after dropping anchor paul Ibberson-Groves was into a big spurdog which sadly he lost. Then Dick caught a good size spurdog which when landed weighed 19lbs 10oz and broke the catch and release record. Malcolm Stote landed a double shot of a whiting and a thornback ray of 8lb 7.5oz. Then Roland Blomfield caught a spurdog weighing 21lbs 5oz which was a new catch and releas record. As the tide turned catches of whiting, dogfish and conger eels of 20lbs plus were being caught.
When the tide started to run Roland Blomfield caught an undulate ray of 14lbs 2oz. We then moved closer inshore to a ray mark off Old Harry's rock's. The first fish aboard was a plaice of 1lb13oz caught by Roland. Then Dick Peckham caught a blonde ray of 4lb 8oz and Paul a small eyed ray of 7lb 1oz.
There is a photo of a rock which at one point was a spurdog then it was a ray. Dick was ready with the net but alas it was still skillfully landed by Roland. It may not feature in his report but I think it is worth a mention. {And he didn't report it} It made us laugh any way so we nicknamed it Rolly's Rock.
On the day 11 different species were caught spurdogs, undulate rays, small eyed rays, blonde rays, thornback rays, conger eels, dogfish, whiting, smoothhound and plaice. ONLY EDIBLE FISH WERE RETAINED. ALL OTHERS WERE PUT BACK INTO THE SEA.
Recreational Boat Trip 28th January.
On Sunday 28th January we held a recreational boat trip out of Poole aboard Dick Peckham's boat " Strongbow". 8 club members braved the weather which was a strong westerly wind gusting up to 25 miles an hour. Dick decided to head for a mark one mile out in Poole Bay which was in a sheltered spot by the Purbeck and dropped anchoe on a sand bar.
Before Dick could put the kettle on Paul Wilson(a new member) caught a small eyed ray weighing 4lb 13oz and straight after that all the others were catching rays. Then Paul Hollyoake surprised us all by catching a tub gurnard of 1lb 1oz and the surprises carried on coming with Robin Lane first catching a garfish of 13.5oz on a prawn bait and then a blonde ray of 16lbs on squid. All in all some 14 rays were caught.
Other good fish were a small eyed ray of 3lb4oz caught by Chris Ellis and a small eyed ray of 5lb caught by Paul Hollyoake. By then the light was fading and Dick finnally got the kettle on before heading back to port. Fish caught consisted of dogfish, garfish, gurnard, whiting, small eyed rays and blonde rays.
Only edible fish were retained. All other fish were put back into the sea.
Recreational Boat Trip 14th January.
On Sunday 14th January we held a recreational boat trip out of Poole aboard Dick Peckham's boat "Strongbow". 8 club members fished the competition. The weather started off with an east wind dropping down to a very light breeze. Fish caught cons isted of whiting, small eyed rays, pouting, conger eels and pollack.
We left harbour about 8.30 a.m. and headed to a mark about 6 miles out on a nice sandy spot and caught plenty of whiting, the largest being 3lb 8oz caught by Roland Blomfield. We then moved to a mark for rough ground where we caught rays, pollack, conger eels, whiting and pouting.
Notable fish caught were Dick Peckham a pollack 5lb 13oz, Robin Lane a small eyed ray 6lb 1oz and a whiting of 2lb 8oz, Pete Drodge and Nelson Phillips a whiting of 1lb 12oz and Ray Eaton a pouting of 1lb 3oz.
Recreational Boat Trip 27th December.
On Wednesday 27th December we held a recreational boat trip out of Poole aboard Dick Peckham's boat Strongbow. It was a nice sunny day and some good fish were caught. Chris Ellis had a blonde ray of 11lbs and Denise Donaldson caught a nice dogfish on her first proper boat fishing trip.
Everyone on board had decent although not overly hectic whiting catches with the best going to Roland Blomfield - a whiting of 2lb 11oz
Thanks to Dick Peckham for finding us the fish and a gap in the weather.