CARDIFF builder Joe Arch, whose successes last year included winning the Southern Premier League, the Daiwa/Samalite League and the SAMF Masters, is now officially number one shore match angler in the world based on his results in the World Shore Fishing Championships.
Joe was the individual champion in 1997, the year that Wales took the team gold, and consistent results since then, including eighth place last year in South Africa, have lifted him to the top of the world ranking.
Cardiff is now home to two angling world champions.
Clive Branson took the World Coarse title in Portugal in 1987 after being runner-up the previous year and was a member of the winning Wales team in Bulgaria in 1989 when Cardiff anglers made up almost all of the squad.
A strong wind made it hard going for the smaller-than-usual entry for the Country Stores Open on Mumbles Pier.
The top catch was the 1.16kg dogfish hooked by Martyn Williams.
The second best effort was a 1.08kg cod caught by Martyn Richards and the third a 305gm whiting that fell to Nathan Samways.
The next in this popular pegged down series on the pier is on Sunday with fishing from 5pm to 9pm.
Booking in is at 4pm and more information is available from Brian Davies on 01792 875050.
It looks likes things are on the way up for Newport Sea Anglers after the second week when a number of fish were caught during a club competition.
Club treasurer Granville Thomas won the roving competition with two flounders and a cod weighing 1.89kg; Gerry Gamlin was second with a 1.28kg cod and Jeff Thomas came third with a cod of 0.98kg.
Ken Shove took a break from carp fishing to pick up his beach gear and win the Gwent SAC roving competition with a catch of four cod, two whiting and two pouting that turned the scales to 4.64kg.
One cod that weighed 1.33kg put Neil Evans in second place and Justin Bird was third with 0.82kg from a dogfish and a whiting.
Wind, rain and a lack of fish made it a miserable day at Penarth for members of Rhondda Valley SAC, but there was one very happy angler in the line up.
Kieron Profitt had just joined as a junior member and he immediately had his first win with a whiting that weighed 12oz.
The only other fish was the 4oz rockling beached by former Seamaster Champion Steve Llewellyn.
It was cod all the way for members of Penarth SAC fishing the pier and beach.
Ray Starling put two on the beach at Ranny Pool to win the competition with 3lb 13oz and also fishing there was Richard Taylor, whose 2lb 8oz cod put him in second place.
Third man Jim Sexton caught a 2lb 3oz cod at Dock Beach while it was back to Ranny Pool for the fourth best catch, Mike Hudd’s 1lb 14oz fish.
Odyssey SAC had a windy match at Llangennith and only four flounders to show for a day battling with high surf.
The catch was divided equally between two members from Gilfach Goch, but Wayne Harrison’s brace weighed 2lb 5oz while Dai Ridge had to settle for second best five ounces behind.
There is a Gower Rockhoppers Open, with the result decided by the heaviest single fish, on Sunday.
Competitors meet at The George at 5pm; fishing is from 6pm to 10pm and organiser Chris Isaac is on 01792 677079.
The pegged down open competition on Swansea breakwater on Sunday, February 27 will be fished from 12noon to 4pm and is a Penn League qualifier.
The second round of the WFSA East Region Shore League takes place at Marcross and Monknash on Sunday, March 6 with fishing from 11am to 4pm.