Matkah taught him to follow the cod and the halibut along the under-sea banks and wrench the rockling
out of his hole among the weeds; how to skirt the wrecks lying a hundred fathoms below water and dart like a rifle bullet in at one porthole and out at another as the fishes ran; how to dance on the top of the waves when the lightning was racing all over the sky, and wave his flipper politely to the stumpy-tailed Albatross and the Man-of-war Hawk as they went down the wind; how to jump three or four feet clear of the water like a dolphin, flippers close to the side and tail curved; to leave the flying fish alone because they are all bony; to take the shoulder-piece out of a cod at full speed ten fathoms deep, and never to stop and look at a boat or a ship, but particularly a row-boat.
His first cast he landed a superb three bearded rockling
weighing in at 3lb 10ozs beating the existing Welsh record by a country mile.
They had SEVEN species between them - cockoo ray, thornback, dogfish, ling spurdog, conger and rockling
Second was Roy Tapper with a nice rockling
giving him 15 points and PS40.
The second match featured 25 entrants, with 11 weighing in four codling, three flounder, three sand dabs, two rockling
, two coalfish and one pollack.
Cardiff member Mike Mather was second with one weighing 0.43kg and Neil Evans third with a 0.20kg rockling
In total 13 flounders a rockling
and an eelpout were weighed in, all of them coming from Whitby harbour and piers.
Ivor Smith, from Rogerstone, was the most successful traveller when Gwent and District SAC held a roving competition as he returned to the weigh in to put two dog fish and a rockling
weighing 1.34kg on the scales.
Chris Woods, from Cowbar Jetty, was runnerup with one tadpole fish and one rockling
for 1lb 6.5oz.
Craig Maddox caught two rockling
and a pouting and with a combined weight of 0.35kg they were enough to give him first prize.
were the dominant species in the latest St Mary's match, fished by 17 with 14 weighing in.
He beached two dogfish, two rockling
and a cod to put 2.47kg on his card.