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Fisheries visit 5th May 2015.

There will be a presentation held at the ECA by the deputy fisheries officer on 5th May at 7.30pm to discuss the new Bass limit and all things associated.

New Bag Limit

As of 29th March 2015 the three Bass per day limit has now come into force for recreational anglers. Please be aware that there will be a new enforcement boat active in our area in the near future.

Superb Brace of Bass!

ECA Member Mark Argyle with a quite superb brace of bass – December 2014





With February being our quietest month as far as the fishing goes I can’t offer a great deal of catch report news to wet the whistle as it were, but, Mark Argyle did sneak out recently and bag a Cod of 12lb. Plaice will start to dominate most of the fishing through March and April and I have read reports of a few turning up in Hayling Bay at time of writing so fingers crossed for a good season.

Plaice cup to be fished on Sunday April 6th (weather permitting) £2.50 entry. For those not familiar with comps they are open to members and guests alike with names and entry fee payable on morning of  event. See the officer of the day or the whiteboard outside the fishing for times etc. Full rules available on request.  Please contact us should you wish to enter any of our competitions for full details.

Competition Rule Changes

Following our March meeting we  have made a few changes to our competitions. Firstly in the variety cup photographs of individual species will be accepted provided they are pictured with a competition entry number obtained on the day. Restrictions on certain species still apply but Undulate Rays come back into play. See officer of the day or contact us regarding species restrictions. We hope the photo option will allow anglers to return any unwanted fish but still enter them in the competition and also encourage a few more to enter.


Graeme Pullen and Wayne Comben land another massive shark!


THIS is the incredible moment an angler hooked a whopping 450lbs shark – less than a mile from a British holiday beach.

Graeme Pullen’s catch is believed to be the largest shark single-handedly caught by a fisherman in British waters before.

The angler was out fishing for pollack  off the the north Devon coast with friend Wayne Comben when the 8ft long porbeagle shark took his bait.

His rod bent over double and he began an almighty 30 minute fight to reel in the monster catch which sent the 17ft fibre-glass boat spinning in circles.

The huge 32 stone fish opened its huge jaws right in front of Graeme, exposing its razor-sharp teeth and even left a bite mark on the side of the vessel.

The 62-year-old, who caught the epic encounter on his onboard camera, was able to legally tag the shark’s dorsal fin before releasing it safe and well.


Graeme is unable to give the exact location of the catch for fear of upsetting local tourism chiefs in Devon.

It has been suggested in the past to him that reports of sharks in the seas puts off holidaymakers.

If true, the claim bears striking similarities to the classic 1975 movie Jaws in which the mayor of fictional town Amity is terrified the man-eating shark will drive visitors away.

Along with blue sharks, porbeagles are the most common species of shark found in our seas, but they don’t normally arrive until early summer when the waters are warmer.

Porbeagles are a member of the same family as the Great White, although they are not considered to be a threat to humans with only three recorded non-fatal attacks before.

Graeme, from Hook, Hants, is a keen shark fisherman but was surprised to have caught one so early in the season.

He said: “We were less than a mile off the north Devon coast over a reef that we know doesn’t get hammered by fishermen.

“Last year was a terrible year for pollack but on this occasion there was a glut of them. We caught 35 of them the day before and went back out again the next day.

“About two-and-a-half hours into the trip I put on some sun cream and that was when I noticed my float bob about 70ft from the boat.

“I could feel something chewing on the bait and as it moved off I could feel it was a lot heavier than a pollock.

“I thought it was a tope – a smaller member of the shark family – but as I reeled it closer it grew heavier all the time and after about 40 seconds I realised it was a big shark.

“I jokingly said to Wayne ‘never mind the pollacks’ and went into action stations.

“He started the engine to keep the shark away from the boat while I spent 30 minutes reeling it in and keeping it on the surface.

“It was so big that it was spinning the boat around in circles. When it clearly got tired and it was safe to bring it alongside I brought it in.

“It was an enormous shark and when he swung his head from side to side his jaws opened right up showing his razor sharp teeth.

“Porbeagles don’t attack humans but you can have a nasty accident with them like you can a chainsaw and it can give a hell of a bite.”

At one stage Graeme was in danger of being dragged into the sea as the strong fishing line wrapped around his hand and he was momentarily attached to it and the shark.

Had the fish gone under the surface Graeme would have followed it unless he very quickly cut the line.

Graeme said: “Most shark fishing in this country starts in mid-June so this one was very early.

“The temperature of the water was 16 degrees and even though it’s only May it is warm enough for sharks to be moving in.

“This could be a sign of a warm summer to come.”

Graeme will broadcast the footage of the catch on his YouTube channel this Friday.

The porbeagle shark – Lamna nasus in Latin – is classed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered in the north east Atlantic.