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Flying Pickett strikes.

WRASSE wrestling has been a seaside hit since our prehistoric angling ancestors smacked their lips over fat ballans - Britain's most common wrasse - and dumped the bones in refuse pits for us to excavate.

Warm waters around Jersey and Guernsey are the main hunting grounds for these colourful survivors. That's why Channel Islanders have held the UK ballan shore record for over 20 years and seem likely to keep it judging by Frank Pickett's 7lb 4oz St Helier harbour catch.

Frank, who lives locally, scored 82 points out of 100 and wins a full beachcasting outfit from Bennetts of Sheffield, Britain's biggest fishing tackle dealers.

Nigel Bennett, 44, and nine friends take an East Anglian boat trip every month from Levington Marina in Ipswich.

They've caught enough to stock a fishmonger's shop but Nigel, 44, a Colchester heating engineer, took a 22lb smooth-hound at a mark seven miles off Felixstowe and topped the SUNDAY PEOPLE'S offshore scorecard with 78 points.

September is a great fishing month so get cracking and tell the tale of your best sea, river or lake fish. If it tops our scorecards you will win one of Bennetts' top-brand outfits that are the talk of the sport.

Please note that salmon, sea trout, brook trout, grayling, coarse fish under 1lb and seafish in the official mini-records list are not eligible. Monthly winners can enter again after six months.

Post a newsy entry letter to the SUNDAY PEOPLE and Bennetts of Sheffield Angling Competition, PO Box 822, Chrishchurch, Dorset
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Ingham, John
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 6, 1998
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