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Dogfish is best for Mears at Seatown
10:00am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in Sport
ELEVEN members of West Bay Sea Angling Club took to Seatown for the latest round of fishing, with Oliver Mears catching a dogfish to take first place.
His haul of 1,100 grams also included a whiting, a pout and a rockling, beating Steve Fowles and Simon Skinner to victory.
Despite February being recognised as a lean month for fishing, ragworm on small hooks proved decisive, with those that fished in rockier areas finding a higher proportion of fish.
Andy Neal Rover FOWLES chose to fish at West Bexington and within 90 minutes had caught his quota of six dogfish before moving to West Bay and finding three more species while other members struggled at different venues.
Fowles caught 4,615 grams of fish to win the meeting, including five pout to accompany his haul of dogfish, with Steve Harwood narrowly beating Phil Maggs into second.
Adam Cullingford caught four species, the most on the night, while Paul House claimed the heaviest fish pool with a 730-gram dogfish.
Seven different species were caught overall – an impressive feat during January in a cold north easterly wind.
Poole Rover ONLY eight members managed to get to Poole after travelling through floods and past broken down vehicles.
Several members returned back to Bridport having only got as far as Dorchester.
When the fishing did start, five members chose to occupy the Evening Hill area on the Sandbanks road where some flounders were caught.
The other three members chose to fish Holes Bay but found no fish.
Fred Bowditch claimed victory from Keiran Ellison, with both catching flounders.
Bowditch’s catch of 565 grams was over 200 grams heavier though, and proved enough to give him the win.
Ragworm was deemed the best bait at the end of a meeting which finally saw the rain and wind ease.
Abbotsbury PLENTY of dogfish were caught at Abbotsbury with a few pout and a few whiting.
Most members caught their six dogfish, with frozen mackerel proving best bait on the night.
Simon Bowditch took the spoils on the night, catching 6,300 grams of fish in a haul which included six dogfish and six whiting, while Paul House and Lea Windsor took second and third respectively.
Altogether, a total of six species were landed – a healthy amount for January.
Fowles claimed the heaviest fish pool with his 950-gram dogfish.
Abbotsbury AT this afternoon meeting in Abbotsbury, 17 members fished with plenty of dogfish and whiting caught.
Cullingford claimed the win by catching 6,245 grams, including six dogfish and six whiting, beating P J Wheeler and Maggs on the day.
Conditions for the meet were fine, albeit with a large sea swell, while frozen mackerel and lugworm proved the most effective baits.