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  1. In my local estuary, if I get a decent fish it's usually the only one of the day. So when my Patchinko 125 disappeared in an explosion of spray on the third cast this morning, I wasn't expecting much further action. The fish fought hard but my main concern was floating weed building up on the line. It was scary trying to remove it with one hand while keeping tension on the fish because I fish barbless and allowing slack in the line often results in the hooks falling out. However, all went well and a lovely plump fish of 58cm came safely aboard. My next bass on the Patch was about half a pound, and as the flood tide increased there were no further takes. In this situation, fishing over maybe four feet of water, the answer proved to be a Hound Glide in Cotton Candy, which showed up well in the slightly stained water. I'd hardly moved the lure a yard on the first cast when the rod crashed round and the reel screamed and screamed. The bass then kited round in the tide and spent the next few minutes thudding away under the boat. When it surfaced alongside I saw it was hooked on one prong of the middle treble but the de-barbed Decoy held and with relief I guided the fish into my big net. It's surprising how much difference 9cm in length makes to the bulk of a fish. This one was much bigger than the first at 67cm and probably around 7.5lb, lovely chunky specimen. After recovering in a tub of seawater, a quick snap and measure and it was back over the side and swimming away strongly. Seven more bass completed the session, though they were very modest schoolies. I've now had 14 fish of 40cm or more from this general area this season in amongst many schoolies and a few blanks. Strangely enough, three of them taped out at 67cm, and you have to wonder....
    9 points
  2. 8 points
  3. A hot day was forecast and tides / sea conditions were favourable, so we launched at 07:00 this morning. Summertime is definitely here, even at that time of the morning I had to put up with some tw@t from the Midlands who declared he needed the whole 2 lane slip to launch a 4.8m Brig Eagle 🙄. When I saw his reversing skills I can understand why ! The wife is not too keen on going out to the 20+ mile wrecks as she said it seems to take a long time, so I headed for a wreck at 9 miles. We were the only ones on the wreck and I immediately hooked a couple of good sized scad that were partial to a slow jig. Following on from that, it was just Pout city. I lost count of the Pout, so we moved onto a wreck at 12 miles out and found it to be netted. Normally netting is not an issue, but the drift was taking us straight into the net Danns, so I moved onto another wreck at about 14 miles out. Again, in 145ft of water this wreck was full of pout (decent sized) and not much else. It was now getting on for lunchtime, and it was very hot, especially as I have to cover up due to the drug that they are treating my colitis with, as it makes me about 50% more liable to 'T' Cell skin cancer, which I could do without !. I drank about 4L of water throughout the day. Both the wife and myself commented that there was a distinct lack of boats on the wrecks and NO rod/line commercials, which is a good indication that the fishing is crap at the moment. We decided to go inshore and try for some mackerel, the sea was mirror calm, so it was a quick 30+knts return trip. Again, I would have expected to see Dolphins and porpoises in these conditions, but there were none to be seen. After moving a few times, we found some Mackerel and managed 22 mediums, which have gone straight into the bait freezer. By late afternoon it was getting unbearably hot, so the wife suggested we set off down the coast toward East Devon for some sightseeing, so a steady 20knts took us past Horse cove, smugglers cove , Dawlish Warren, Exmouth, and onto sandy bay. At Sandy Bay I saw one of my fishing mates who was spearfishing. He told me that there were hundreds of school bass chasing the fry, but none of any decent size. Strangely, further along the coast we had seen Bass rising and the fry clearing the water like a rain shower, and that was about 2 miles out. Unfortunately, I didn't have my HTO lure rod on the boat, which I would have put to good use with casting jigs. Not many fish, but a decent day on a flat calm sea, the trip was a little under 50Nm.
    7 points
  4. OK..... It has been a month since I have been out so in the end we decided to tread carefully, however, I was fine, so really pleased. After refuelling with E10 🙄 at Tescos, we launched at 07:00 to a minimal short chop, that I knew would flatten as the day progressed when the wind swings around to the North West I had decided that we would try an inshore wreck that was about 5Nm out and in 100ft of water, only a small wreck, but it does produce the goods . We got there quite quickly on the flooding tide and the drifts were quite fast at 1.5knt, OK, but you need to keep resetting the drift to stay in the fishzone. The wife decided to go with a string of Tinsels on size 6 hooks, mainly because she likes the variety that they catch, and I stuck with Red Gills and Slow Jigs. We were soon catching Pollock in the 3lb range, and they were falling to not only the lures but the Tinsels as well ! As we had to be back in for 12:00 ish in order to get ready for the afternoon school run, I decided to sit it out on the wreck for the duration of the tide, however, once we got to slack water, the Pollock bites dried up and were replaced by hoards of Pout of all sizes. Also, the wife managed to pick up another couple of Red Band fish ! By mid to late morning the sea had flattened, and it was extremely warm out there, with me plastering on the factor 50. So, we finished up with 11 Pollock, 2 Red Band Fish, and I lost count of the Pout. We only kept the Pollock that had 'blown, so 5 came home with us, and I have had one for evening meal tonight. Unfortunately, the Bass had gone on holiday. We landed back on the slip at 12:45, TBH an excellent morning to be out there, I sent @Andy135 a couple of whatsapp pictures just pee him off whilst he was on his conference calls 🤣 On the way in we detoured to take a look at the Regal Princess which has recently anchored in the bay. The total for the day including resetting the drifts was 17.5Nm Only a couple of pictures, The stamp of Pollock was 3lb ish, good table size. Flat calm mirror sea at 5 miles out.
    7 points
  5. Diceded to go early Sunday morning Met up with James my fishing buddy early. Got down to the boat at 5.30am Weather was as good as it gets. We had chum to cut up and fill the boat with fuel then we were off. Thought we would hit Deantail again for the mackerel it hasn't let us down yet. I was right 40 mackerel in 20 minutes well chuffed. We decided to drift from the Nab Tower down to St Catherine's Point. It was the worst day we've had in a while. I had a save the blank Dogfish James had a small Tope about 8lb. Even though we were on neap tides the water was pushing through hard. James had a right old scrap with his Tope. The weather was so hot. The best thing is getting a cold beer out of the cool box. Nothing taste better than an ice beer out on the boat. We headed back and saw a couple of Threshers jumping just to rub our noses in it. All in all a great day out on the boat with great company. Boat went great. See you all when I have a Thresher to talk about. I will still keep dreaming 😂😂 tight lines everyone. See all of our videos on sharksmithangling on YouTube thanks Tony
    6 points
  6. So...I hope everyone has been out enjoying themselves and catching loads of fish!? The plan for me this year was to fish the life out of three different marks in the hope of sussing out some kind of rhythm. A couple of short sessions a week and a bi monthly all dayer. I've kept a diary and everything. It's going ok, I've very rarely blanked but just as rarely caught anything worth of a mention. lots of bits around the 2lb mark and lots and LOTS of proper tiny ones. Last Saturday I spent a good few hours at a mark where I've had all my best fish and where I felt I was really getting to grips with. 2 fish in a handful of casts straight of the bat. Nothing massive, just short of a couple of pound. "Yes mate, here we go", I thought, and then nothing....for five hours, even though at times every couple of seconds I would see a spikey dorsal darting about or a big swirl or bow wave. I tried everything I had and could I catch one? Could I fuck. I must've covered every square foot of water and just as I was reeling in to walk off the beach and blame it on something other than my shit angling, WHACK! I'm in. Brilliant scrap, it had a few tries and fair play but it was well hooked and eventually I slid it up the beach onto the wrack. Real thick 62cm. New PB for me. Unfortunately there was lots of blood and although I rushed the photo and tried my best it was not swimming away or even looking to get any better. Ive never killed a bass and was massively unprepared. I don't even carry a knife. I looked around the shore for something to speed up the job and inspired by my old parachute regiment days, picked up a brick and used my initiative. To make myself feel better I gave her to a mate who would do something special with her. So a bit high and low on this one but worthy of a report I thought. Thanks for reading.
    6 points
  7. Dean (my eldest son) and I thoroughly enjoyed the first Offshore Outlaws get together, it was great putting names to faces and what a great friendly bunch they are. Our trip started early doors on Friday leaving our berth in Poole at 7:15am. Our first port of call was to get some bait so pulled in alongside Poole quay nipped into the tackle shop and purchased some Squid. Got to our first fishing spot on a mill pond sea a couple of miles off of Bournemouth Pier to an area that holds lots of small fish . Baited shrimp rigs on saw us straight into bait fish. After 40 mins or so with bait tank full of small pout and mackerel we headed out to our planned mark which lies 8/9 miles south of the needles. The area is just full of banks which on the anchor produce rays but when drifted we expect to get Bass. Well we gave it a really good go but only managed to land 1 Bass of 4/5lb and a follow right to the boat which never took the mackerel bait. We also had a couple of rays and dogfish on the drift which were not expected. Around 4ish we took off and headed into the solent and then onto Hamble River arriving around 17:30. A quick wash down for both the boat and us then on to meet Neil, Andy and the others at the Gaff Restaurant for a well deserved drink and a really good burger. Saturday saw us up not so bright or early after the night before but we were ready for a day of excitement fishing the marks suggested by Neil. We followed Neil and Andy out of the river and onto the first mark which turned out to be really slow but we did have a few small bream and a small conger. Our anchor kept slipping which we put down to the bottom being mud. Up our neck of the woods we are used to anchoring sand or broken ground so a little learning curve for us in mud. We just needed to put out 4/5 times depth of warp instead of 3 times we are use to doing. Neil had given us some other marks prior to our visit which had been duly put into the plotter. We chose to go to a mark near the bramble banks (West end) expecting a sandy bottom, nope more mud so more drifting and re-anchoring. We did however well, Dean caught an 8lb 8oz thornback ray and a 4lb 12oz small eyed ray along with more dogs (lots more) and small bream. The wind got up pm so the decision was made to call it a day and go in for an early shower and ready ourselves for the evening meal and some footie match on tv. Today we were due to leave the Hamble and make our way home. The forecast was to be ok early am with winds increasing as the day went on. We decided that a cooked breaky was needed before we left so didn't leave until 10:30ish. The trip through the solent was ok. We were able to maintain 18 knots no problem. With the south/ south westerly wind I was expecting Christchurch bay to bit a bit rougher but it was if anything slighly better the the solent. On reaching Poole bay the winds had increased but weren't to bad. A decision was made to stop at Southbourne rough for a spot of fishing. We had Bream from the off occasionally bringing up two at a time. We probably had more fish in an hour here than the whole of the weekend however the wind at this point had strengthened to a stif 4/5. Travelling the rest of Poole bay homeward was done a little slower at 14 knots with water coming over the front of Madness. Arrived back on our berth around 3pm washed the boat down and sort our gear out. Although the fishing wasn't the best Dean and I both said we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend away. It was great to try something different and really nice to meet new people. I think the only thing that may have improved the weekend would have been more people attending but I do appreciate timings do not always work out. Looking forward to the next meet but perhaps at a different venue?
    6 points
  8. Last week I had a shark trip out of Neyland West Wales on White Waters. The weather was fantastic with just enough breeze to get a decent drift but flat enough to fly out there at 20+ knots. The fishing was slow with just 4 runs, 2 fish to the boat and 2 shaking the hooks. The bottom fishing was slow as well with whiting hard won. Plenty of trawlers out there, stacks of dolphins and sea birds.Biggest blue went 90-100 lb I had the other around 60lb. We also picked up a piece of trawl net on one of the outboards but luckily Andy felt it hit and killed the engines straight away. Quick lift up of the leg and it unraveled fairly easily Yesterday I spent the day on the skerries fishing light for plaice on our own boat. We had 25-30 plaice between the 3 of us plus grey and red gurnards, a dab and a small blonde. Biggest plaice went to my brother at 2lb 1oz
    5 points
  9. We just got home from a great mini session feathering for bass, there must be billions of the things there. I wanted to do something that would entertain my daughter so this was ideal. Sabikis and white feathers worked the same, but the smaller sabikis we’re getting cleaner hook ups. Nearly all the fish were unhooked without touching them except for a couple for pictures. Unfortunately none were sizeable, the best going 40cm. We probably had over100 of them in an hour or so, coming up in 3s and 4s.
    5 points
  10. How does a Cornish girl know when her mother is having her period? Her brother's dick tastes funny
    5 points
  11. had to get out the house and get some fresh air - decided i couldn't be arsed to get the boat out so went to the pier with 2 spinning rods -had nothing in 3hrs on the float - no one else did either, and when the 2nd spinning rod produced nothing on the lures i switched to scratching to save the blank - simple 2 hook flapper, size 6 hooks, and squid strips produced the results - I was getting small pout on every drop - (much tot he amusement of passers by and tourists that wished they had been allowed to bring their rods) - great sport on very light gear - especially the 4 or 5 double shots i had! must been at least 30 of them in total!was lovely to get a break from the pout and bag my first ever Scorpion fish - what a lovely (spikey) little fella! everyones evening was spoilt by the incessant jet skier who insisted we wanted to watch him blast up and down just yards from the pier - i mean, its busy with boat traffic, swimmers, kayaks and paddle boarders - nothing against jet skiers - but you have hundreds and hundreds of miles of coastline and open sea to enjoy - why be 5 yds from the pier - perhaps he couldn't swim or was scared to go out of his depth....... I only hope he impressed who ever it was with his bunny hops and fast turns.
    5 points
  12. I say tope PB, not like I've a huge amount of them to my name!
    5 points
  13. Hi all. i really shouldn’t be sitting in the jacuzzi with weather like this outside but unfortunately yesterday i got a bit sun stroke! i had a chilled out morning and walked 1m down to paignton harbour and had a nice full cooked breakfast. The next step was to get my electric bike from the house and go over to Torquay to pick Gadget up. So 20mph across the bay and greeting alot of eye candy on the way, I dont think riding a fold up electric bike is on the attractive scale! anyway i get to the boat and set back across the bay to pull her onto the visitor mooring and drop my bike back to house and bring out 50lt of fuel. at this point someone had decided to raft onto me within minutes of me being gone. Anyway fuel in and some cleaver rope tricks to escape and away due south east for an hrs run at 20knts lush day music blaring and no bait just jigs and sidewinders. Upon arrival my mate matt (silver halo) was already there and had just had one drop and was helping someone with a mid size pollock. He shouted over to say they bass have been around, at that point my minnow got smashed mid water and then slack lined. After connecting to said fish it was a deeper as in wouldnt come straight up. A nice bass prob 6-7lb was at the side of the boat. why do i never get stuff ready and it always takes at least one fish dropped to then go and get the net and gaff for next time. i tryed with spj and was failing with it as the fish seamed to be so high in the water. So i carried on with lead heads and got through a few pout from the floor and a few other small bass. matt then leaves on a good note with the chaps having a few sizable pollock to take home. im now here on my tod in perfect calm mirror seas and decide to carry on. well the pollocks turned on and i have to say it wash a better session than ive had in pollock season. i put most fish back and kept one sizeable pollock for the table. on route home i came across 3 of these party balloons with sting coming off them. These should be banned as they seam to be everywhere. It was a nice trip just to cool down in the heat and listen to some tunes on the way out. Nice to drop straight on to a good number of fish and nice to see a friend out in the abliss roturtura is working well
    5 points
  14. I had a reasonable night on the bass even though I had three seals in front of me tonight, All was fine whilst I waded chest deep until the biggest of the three ... Must have been a bull took a liking to my Patchinko ...it was huge and the faster I reeled the bigger the bow wave became and I could see the huge shadow under the surface after a 40 meter chase I lifted the lure skywards from the water a few meters away from me expecting to be no knocked over ! A lucky escape was declared although I almost soiled my waders. That was a strange night.
    5 points
  15. I want to get back into beach fishing. So I thought I would give Gilkicker a try with my son Terry. We got to the carpark at 8.30pm ready for the long walk. Terry is a keen Carp angler so his trolley was well appreciated After a 1/2 mile walk we set up two rods Terry was on Rag and squid I was on a whole squid both on pulley pennel rigs Within 20 min Terry had a screaming run nearly took the tripod over nice 4lb Smoothound It was 2 hours until high tide the weed was being a big problem. It was nearly unfishable. We stayed until 2.30am just as we were packing up I was in. I had a nice just under 3lb Bass. Had a great time it's been too long since the son and I went fishing. We will go back when the weed isn't such a problem. Well pleased with what we caught off the beach in difficult conditions 👍 I know it's not boat fishing but thought I would share this with you all. (Sharksmithangling)
    5 points
  16. Fella turned up with cash today and took the boat. Fitted a new radio and installed nmea 2000 in the new one, tricky job fitting it all into such a small console. Got some cash left over between trades so a few new bits and pieces will soon be installed. Ordered some adjustable transducer brackets from France so I can raise and drop them beach launching. Excited about getting this little rig up and ready for action.
    5 points
  17. 5 points
  18. Got a bit more done today Surprised it wasn't pumping water I'd have said theres a good couple of years in the impellor yet..... 🤣🤣🤣
    5 points
  19. I’ll put some pics up tomorrow. But needless to say, we had a fun weekend.
    5 points
  20. Hope he can save the whole finger though. Looks painful. 😖
    4 points
  21. As title. Geoff. Sorry - all upside down again, but looked ok before posting. Still, at least they should be ok for JDP. Geoff.
    4 points
  22. Had a couple of blues yesterday. Was hot and slow. Nothing big but nice to be out. Not much else to say 😂 Was flat which makes a change
    4 points
  23. Hi guys, invite from Jon, so just joined, will take a look through, cheers gents
    4 points
  24. As I posted elsewhere I was unable to take my boat to the Hamble meet as the insurance company insisted that I needed a survey prior to getting cover. The suirvey was carried out this morning and I should get a copy by Friday. No point in posting any more pics as she still looks the same!!! Geoff.☺️
    4 points
  25. We had a junior comp today so had my lad Jack onboard with me and my brother. Plenty of rays, a few dogs, half a dozen hounds and plenty of eels with the biggest going 16-6 to Jack. He hooked it right at the end so we kept it alive and weighed it in on the beach before we returned it.
    4 points
  26. Arvor 215, skate platform😆 Great bit of kit, makes long sessions a doddle.
    4 points
  27. Cheers mate, love it, went from a DA19 to the Arvor 215, great bit of kit. Will do mate
    4 points
  28. Because I didn’t catch anything. And it’s no surprise really with the amount of bait fish in the area. This isnt a great photo, but shows the concentration of sand eels, this lot got bigger as the depth of the water got deeper. Taken from Swanage pier on Saturday.
    4 points
  29. Proper, struggled to get down the stairs Mrs swamp made me do a covid lft and was clear Be fine in a day or so
    4 points
  30. So saw the weather forecast for Friday was looking good so last minute trip planned in….. only issue was meeting friends for burgers and drinks in Brecon and didn’t leave there u til 10pm got to boat at 12 then an hour to load up with food, chum fit new batteries and get to bed for 1am alarm set for 05:45 to get 6am lock…. Collected crew ( @headlight) and made way down the haven. Was a bit more choppy but soon 40 miles out. Got the drift going but was a slow day a few small blues all less than 100lb so no point in boating the babies so released in the water. water temp still quite low so will head further south next trip! No fish pics, as not really worthy of pics…. see the burger though…. Dirty as hell but oh so tasty….. #FoodPorn… Donut each side of beef, bacon, cheese…. Fries had pulled pork and mozzarella…. Family birthday do on Saturday 😴😴😴😴😴 Rather be fishing 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    4 points
  31. He followed me out abd drifted close to us. Not sure how he did but we had 12 blues to 105lb and a porgie of about 160-170lb so a reasonable day out
    4 points
  32. 4 points
  33. Recently I visited the Green Boat Show in my home city of Plymouth. Although I don't own a green boat (!) I wanted to look at an electric outboard before finally committing to buying one. The ePropulsion 1.0 Spirit Plus is not a trolling motor, though you could use it for trolling. It has the power equivalent of a 3.5hp petrol outboard. Because I don't use my current four-stroke 5hp auxiliary as much as I should, it is often difficult to start, which discourages me from using it - a real vicious circle. As an auxiliary which won't start in an emergency isn't much use, I'm going electric, which should be ultra-reliable. It will also enable me to move my boat around quietly in the shallow waters I often fish. The integral battery is easily removable and floats if dropped in the oggin, so I will be taking it home to recharge. I had thought of getting a solar panel and leaving it in the boat, but figure an electric outboard without the £800 battery is less tempting to thieves! I'm excited about my new engine, which should arrive from the USA in the next week or two. Once it is on the boat and I've given it a good trial I will review it here.
    4 points
  34. We were all really impressed with the effort you went to so you could be their/they’re . Pleasure to meet you both.
    4 points
  35. Joyce and I made down to the Mercury meet, but sans boat as my survey (due last week) had to be delayed as the surveyor had just returned from abroad and had to self isolate. The new survey date has now been confirmed for Tues. 20th July. We travelled down in a hastily adapted old Berlingo and managed to book a campsite pitch at Netly, just a few miles from Mercury. We informed Neil that we were setting up and would be arriving a bit later as we were trying to fathom out how to fit the awning! Out of the blue and totally unexpectedly Neil and Jonc arrived and had it sorted out in no time and we were given a lift to Mercury in Jc's posh car (a lovely VW toe rag). We enjoyed the two evening meals in the company of the outlaws gang and Pete was kind enough (thanks Pete) to run us back to the campsite (no taxi available before 1 am). Anyway it was great to meet a few (all those there) forum members and hope that we can make it to the next meet with our own boat, even though it would have looked very small when compared to the three boats (Madness, Jersey girl and Tarlach Too - in no particular order) that made it. Geoff.
    4 points
  36. Here's the photo evidence!
    4 points
  37. I saw people catch fish, but only on my boat. I saw Andy look like he was about to, but didn’t. but then did……. Eventually ….
    4 points
  38. Was recommended to Terry and Jigabite by the tuna tagging specialist at my marina who swears by his knowledge and advice. Studied the informative website, called Terry and the following day received just what I’d hoped with a balanced outfit and some great gear. A valuable resource, thoroughly recommended!
    4 points
  39. As and when work, tides and weather allows - once a week on average sometimes more - I ceramic coated the engine when it was new and before it went in at the beginning of the season - I usually just rinse off the salt with the fresh water as I do the cabin top and sides, sometimes not - this is my second recent Merc so now at 9 years of ownership between the two and providing you keep the black reasonably clean it keeps its looks OK - the previous one looked almost as new when I traded it in at 9 years old - photo taken just before we removed it
    4 points
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