A POOLE-based fishing club hosted its annual dinner dance and presentation at the AFC Bournemouth hospitality venue.

The Poole Bay Small Boat Angling Club hosted the night and celebrated the best catches of the year.

The evening was hosted by Steve Porter, a renowned charter skipper and top bluefin tuna charter fisher.

The prize-winning fish were all caught in local waters. Some of the top awards included a new club record for the best specimen of the year, which was a 7lb 6oz coalfish, caught by Ian Jones.

The other awards included the largest bass of the year. This was awarded to Steve Scott who caught a 12lb 11oz fish. Another notable award was the largest specimen ray of the year a 20lb 4oz ray caught by Charlie Chapman.

The club’s chairman Mal Thomas and fellow member, Chris Witheford, performed a crowd-favourite sketch from Laurel and Hardy.

The largest fishing boat club in the south aims to cater to the needs of all anglers from St Catherine’s Point to Portland Bill. One of the most important features of the club is putting the safety of the members above anything else.

The club holds monthly meetings and regular social events and competitions that help brings the community together and the dinner dance awards evening was one of the highlights of the year.