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Shark attack is talk of the Town; FISHING.

Byline: CLIVE BRADLEY

MARK TOWNER is a fairly regular sea angler - but he was on only his third charter trip, and his first aboard Flamer IV, when he snapped up something a little different.

Skipper Colin Penny took the party out to one of his reef bank marks to target the whiting.

And many good-sized fish were caught, along with decent congers and rays.

Mark, 59, from Winchester, was using 15lb class tackle, baited with ammo squid and mackerel, and really made the day when he latched onto a 14lb 8oz spurdog.

It turned out to be a new species for Mark and it wins him our monthly sea boat angler prize.

The spurdog, also known as the common spiny dogfish, is a member of the shark family.

Tending to live in shoals, it can be found all around the British and Irish coasts, with the warmer months finding larger numbers off the north western coast of Scotland.

Oily baits such as herring, mackerel and blueys are usually best for spurdog... and of course, squid, as Mark happily discovered.

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TOW'S ABOUT THAT: Mark shows off his impressive catch
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2012
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