Monday, 9 September 2013

Swanage Pier 07/09/2013

Last Saturday we had a club match on the pier - first one out there for what seems ages, certainly since the pier has been fully open again.. Building tide, light breeze and dry.. We chose to fish the lower deck on the North side. This turned out to be a pretty good choice!
Fish came in from the off, with wrasse being the first to show as per usual. But it was not too long before some garfish came in too, along with mackerel and the odd pollack. The catch rate was very good till darkness fell, then it went as dead as a Dodo apart from a single pollack that the other half had to float fished rag...
The wrasse seemed to like small red pop ups on the 2 hook rigs and the garfish were much more interested in a bright green pop up about 9ft off the bottom. The mackerel were happy with red or green set at the same depth... As for the bait - mackerel and rag.. The other half did get a double shot of mackerel - one on fish bait the other on rag.... Some days what ever you just works!!!! I did have a couple of pollack to a sand eel lure, which was fun....
Final scores for us - the other half 459cm and me 555 cm.. Not bad for just under 2 hours.!!!!!!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Hurst Shingle bank 28/07/2013

Just a quick post on this one..
We were fishing a Bream comp organised by Loni's Tackle in New Milton, fishing from 15:30 - 19:30..
The wind was not very kind, a brisk southerly and the water was was holding a fair amount of weed which was a right royal pain in the butt!!! We battled on through the tide and the weed but with little in the way of fish.. I did manage to get a small sole and a small plaice, with the other half getting a mackerel to ragworm!!!
There were some bream taken from along the bank, but not huge ones and no great numbers. Still I am sure that we will be going back down that way in the autumn to see if we can winkle out a nice sole or two....

Preston Beach Weymouth 27/07/2013

With a match to go to on Sunday, we decided to have a few hours pleasure fishing and Preston was the first place that sprang to mind.. With HW at 23:00 it would suit us fine as we did not want to be out late, so we would fish till high and then home.
We set up at the Overcombe end of the beach, about 30yards or so from the reef. Glad we took the brolly as it did stay a little damp for the first couple of hours... 
Setting up, I found that one of my reels was not working - so I was left with one and a small spinning reel.. As fishing was a little quiet to start I put a bait out on one rod and did a bit of lure fishing on the spinning rod - with no luck.. So I set the spinning rod up with a 2 hook flapper and a 3/4 oz weight for fun..
The other half had the first fish, a garfish to a 3 hook trace with a popped up bait on the top hook.. My first was a bass at distance, but I wanted a gar too, so changed to a similar rig and it did not take long before I managed on as well... The other half now got into her stride and was catching on a fairly regular basis.. 2 more gar, a small thornback ray, a plaice, Gurnard and a mackerel and this was all before dark.... My most exciting moment was a good bite on the spinning rod, bring it in I thought I had another bass, but as the rig came up the beach I seen that in was actually a Gurnard and a pollack - very sporting!
After dark the pout came out to play big time, apart from a small black bream that I managed to find it was the pout that kept us busy till the end..
Not a bad session, and Preston did it again with lots of fish and a varied number of species..
Will have to get back down there again soon as the late summer and early autumn can be great fun there..

Monday, 22 July 2013

Shell Bay - Chain Ferry 20/07/2013

At last we were going to have an evening session - for pleasure this time, no matches or match practise to do....
Well saying that we were up early to head down to Hurst Shingle bank for the England Squad day, just as spectators though. The other half wanted to go to meet up with the teams down there, I just wanted to be nosey and look at the rigs etc, they were using.. To bring you all up to date, the other half got her first England cap this year and fished for the Ladies England team at the Home Internationals in Wales. She done pretty well for her first outing with them - section win on both days and the team came away with a silver medal.....
Back to our trip.....
After the squad session had finished we drifted off to Steamer Point (Avon Beach) for some food and see if we could have a fish there. Not a chance the beach was packed with more people turning up all the time, and this was at 19:00!! Next place to try was Southborne Beach, but the same problem there... Oh dear, where to next? We decided to head towards Swanage, so off to the ferry... When we were on the ferry I could see that the area to the right of the ferry slip was clear of sun worshippers... Hmmmm, maybe we should give it a go there? Plan hatched! Parked in the car park after the toll booths, and was very pleased to find that as it was after 20:00 it was free - bonus...
We were soon on our way to our chosen spot, but on arrival there seemed to be alot of weed in the water.. Oh dear! So we tried inside the harbour but soon found there was lots of weed there too! What to do? So we went back to our original spot with the thought that if we were going to put up with weed, we might as well have a chance of a fish!!!
With the light fading, we gave it a chuck. The weed was not a problem at all, but the crabs were a real pain, but not for long... Soon my new rod (a complete virgin) nodded down and a nice little bass of 36cm came in.. Well this set the scene for the evening, and the bass were coming in very regularly, for a change. This kept going till we decided we were very tired and it is a fair trip back home, shame really as the fish were still there to be had!
Total for the session was 19 bass between 32 & 42 cm and 2 small place - not too bad for a session of just under 4 hours....
All caught on rag at about 35-40 yards on size 6 hooks, 2 or 3 hook flappers.. Most were coming to the upper hooks, some popped up, some not - they were not that fussy!!!
Hope to try there again in a few weeks time as we are fishing matches over the next couple of weekends.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Another catch up...

I have still not managed to get any pleasure fishing trips in, a few club matches with nothing to report that would make headlines...
Swanage beach has woken up some what, but still not consistant with the catches.. The usual suspects are making up the bags, wrasse well and truly settled in for the summer. Pollack, bass and flatties all coming from the beach. The pier has now been opened up, which will help a lot but I have not had a chance to get out on to it..
Time just seems to be rushing by this year, most of it is being spent helping the other half with her fishing styles and rigs as next week sees her represent England for the first time in the Home Internationals being held in North Wales.. I am hoping to be able to have a bash around that area.. Will take my spinning rod with me so I can kill a bit of time while the matches are taking place. It will be interesting to see the rigs that the 'big boys' use ..... I am sure that some of my coarse fishing gear used to be heavier than the stuff they use.....

Anyway I hope to have a report on that up as soon as we get back, and maybe some tales of my exploits too..

Tight lines all...

Monday, 27 May 2013

General catch-up

Not posted for some time now, not that I have not been out fishing, it's just the returns have been so poor the posts would have just been - went fishing, caught nothing....!
At last things seem to be picking up, and the weekend just gone has been one of the better ones in some time.. The beach at Swanage is slowly starting to wake up, with the wrasse now back on the rougher areas, and Plaice, Bass, Pollack, Bass and pout in better numbers from the mixed and sand areas also a mackerel was taken from the beach last Saturday evening..! Garfish have been caught in numbers from the pier, even though the fishing is still restricted to 3/4 of the main stem.. I do hope that soon we will be able to get to fish the rest of the pier, once the damage has been made safe..
As for safety - anyone fishing further along the beach past the end of the concrete walkway must take note that you will be cut off over high water... Not only has a fair amount of the beach been washed into the sea, the cliffs around Shep Hollow have tried to join it.....
The other areas we have tried in the past few weeks are also starting to pick up, Preston beach is showing the same as Swanage. Hurst Shingle bank, has rays, bream, bass, pollack and mackerel showing too...

I do hope that from now on I will be doing more regular posts.. July might see me doing a post on the Home Internationals, being held in North Wales. I will be there supporting the other half at her first match representing England.....!!!

Monday, 8 April 2013

Burton Bradstock 06/04/2013

Not posted for sometime now, simple as all the fishing has been rockling snatching at Swanage when the weather allowed... As for the weather, well we have all suffered from the elements in the last few months...
Well last Saturdays break in the weather gave us the chance to pop down to chesil for a dabble.. We decided on Burton Bradstock as there were shed loads of anglers at West Bexington and Cogden, and from what I was told by a few anglers - not many of them had any luck...
We started just before 17:00 and sat back and enjoyed the sunshine and the lovely sunset. As you might have guessed, we did not manage anything in daylight.. After the light faded, the other half started getting bites and a couple of pout. At about 20:45 I managed to get a pout too.. Well no blank for either of us, which was a relief!
We carried on till 23:30 to see if the fish would get any bigger, but the best of the night came to guess who? - You got it the other half, and that was a baby bull huss not just her first for the year, but the first ever so she was well happy with the evening. To sum up, the scores were 14 fish to Becky (pout, poor cod & bull huss) and me lagging way behind with 4 fish (pout & rockling)...
A lovely afternoon and evening, maybe a shame that we were fishing the tide down (LW at 22:30), but it was well worth the trip just to remind us that spring was here - if only for one day......