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  1. Took the boat down to Fowey for 5 days last week. Mixture of wrecking, sharking and inshore. 8 blues to over 100lb plenty of pollack and a bass off a wreck, some plaice from the harbour and loads of whiting when drifting for the sharks. Other fish caught were ballan and cuckoo wrasse, scad, pout, gurnard and mackerel (only 6 all week). Great time and hopefully back next year
    9 points
  2. After reading about Codling being caught (and a few good doubles ) I have been desperate to get out, but the wind was stopping any chance of that A weather window opened up between 7pm Friday and 7am Saturday, so a few calls were made to my regular crew and bait was ordered Arrived early and just scraped into the 5.30 outbound lock, along with 2 wafi's and another fishing boat A quick chat to the guys in the fishing boat revealed they weren't revealing anything, one of them had caught 1 nice fish last week and obviously thought he'd found the end of the rainbow and wasn't about to spill the beans Slipped out of the lock on to a flat sea (it was a Westerly and Penarth is sheltered with these) and made our way to the Newport end of the long sand bank near Cardiff North Watched secret squirrel race in front of the 2 yachts and properly cut them up to get to his rainbows end on the Coral, gives us all a bad name Myself, Shuff and Nipper had our baits out well before 6.15 ready for the darkness Tide was ripping through at an easy 5 kts and the 8 oz Gemini's were struggling to hold bottom, with 16 oz needed on the down tiders Nothing for the first hour, but when the tide started to ease, the bites started A few Blondes came up, with Shuff's going 14lb I hooked into a large Ray (Blonde probably) that I couldn't get up off the bottom, no matter what I did, that eventually snapped/bit through my trace Had I got it up in the tide, it's very doubtful I would have been able to land it A steady stream of strap Conger (to around 8/10lb) a few dogs, a few more smaller Blondes and 1 Bullhuss around the double figure mark kept us busy over high water and an hour into the ebb, until the tide got too strong and up we anchored Moved to the outer coral hoping the tide wasn't so bad, but after an hour of kiting, we moved again into Rannie pool area This was a lot easier to fish, had there been any fish there ! We moved again about half hour or so before low water (2.30 ish) to gully/hole a couple of hundred yards out, where, once the tide turns we would be right over the middle of it Low water brought unforecast strong Westerlies that kept us side on well into the flood, and obviously scared any marine life away A quick call to the Barrage to check water levels and the anchor was pulled and we headed towards the bright lights of the Bay through 5/6ft of water and finally into the 4.45 inbound lock So just the one photo (sorry JonC) and it's not of a Cod Got a cancelled South Coast trip to look forward to this Monday, so it's not all bad 😬 Hope next weekend is good, because the tides look perfect
    8 points
  3. Back down west after the heavy winds and a small window to get out day 1. We set out found plenty of small mackerel around once we got to our drift live baits on, within 15mins floats under rod is folded over in the rod holder ! Here we go ! initially we thought a tuna but the fight then started to show signs of ‘not so tuna’. then we saw it we must of got this fish to the boat 4 times on the leader so we were happy but balistic runs meant more action. turns out that I found some footage that the go pro on my head was filming that we both didn’t see in the moment a full breach ! incredible.. We never saw at the time because we was both holding on the rod in the stand where the fish had shot off at the side of the boat .. anyway so this was Ashes fish . and we spent the rest of the day on the drift but no more sharks. tuna lighting up the water like dynamite tho. not as big as the previous thresher but who cares it’s a thresher ! And a first for Ash! Day 2 next day and back out to the mark struggled for mackerel originally then found some and not so much longer than the day before the float was down. and the rachet was exploding Yep that’s a tuna… so strap in and buckle up I had the fish very close at 30mins. but did we didn’t get to release her so not a caught fish unfortunately insane runs and a hectic day big weather window now and I can’t get down this week but maybe again soon let’s hope 🤞 Josh
    8 points
  4. A quick catch up report from last week. I went out twice for two short morning sessions, and unfortunately there is not a great deal to report. The boat engine was serviced on Monday, although expensive, the Mercury main dealer's head grease monkey is very thorough and generally does an excellent job. So, Weds morning was nice (ish) weather and a good opportunity to check out the engine service and also the boat electronics as I had updated all the software and charts. I was intending to launch at 8:00am, but the traffic was again horrendous due to major road works, and it was 9:00am before I was able to slip Bluefin into the water. There was quite a thick mist, which I assumed would clear once I was out of the harbour, but I assumed wrong and even at 8 miles out the visibility was only about a quarter of a mile, which my crew (the wife) was not best pleased with ! I had decided to visit a wreck that I don’t often fish and the 8 mile trip was ok at 20kts with just enough visibility to make it a safe passage. Once we got there we joined Matt Forrester with Silver Halo who was already drifting the wreck. The fishing was slow, and my jigs were being hammered by jumbo sized Mackerel that were coughing up fingerling mackerel when being unhooked. Also, on the wreck were Scad and Pout, but no Bass or Pollock were at home. Unfortunately it was a tide limited trip as I had to be back on the slip for 12:30. The total haul for the trip was 7 Jumbo Mack, 2 scad, and 2 Pout. However, the trip proved that the engine was perfect after the service and the electronics were all working fine. Friday morning was also a time limited trip as I had the school run to do in the afternoon. Launched solo at 8:30 and headed out to a 12 mile wreck that produced Bass the last time I was there. The weather was bright sunshine and the sea was OK allowing me to cruise at 27knts, so quite a quick passage to the wreck. Already drifting the wreck was an Arvor that was identical to @JonC, I thought he had taken a wrong turn as the both crew were fungus faced and very rotund in stature 🤣 I drifted the far end of the wreck and using SPJ, and ended up with 4 Bass which were all in the 4 lb (ish) size range, I kept the 2 largest and the others went back to fight another day. Again, later in the morning I was joined by Silver Halo out of Torquay, and Matt and myself had a quick chat before I left at 12:00 midday. The haul from this trip was 4 Bass and 7 Pout, all fell to a 150g Osoi jig in Mackerel colours. Back on the slip, I had a minor incident that could have been a disaster. I winched the boat onto the trailer and although it didn’t feel right, I didn’t take much notice, however, I soon discovered that the rearmost wobble roller had turned vertical and was jammed against the hull. I quickly reversed the trailer in deeper, as the tide was rapidly ebbing, but was left with a situation where the boat was jammed on the trailer and would not roll off so that I could correct the issue. Luckily, another local boater saw my predicament and lent a hand to help me get the boat off. I was rocking the stern (and he pushed from the bow. Slowly the boat slid off. I found that the wobble roller had locked solid (I guess corrosion on the pivot bolt) and it took two of us to force it to its normal position, where I was able to load the boat with no issue. Fortunately, the hull damage is very minor, with just a 10mm gel coat chip on the lifting strake at the stern, which will be an easy fix. I feel so very lucky as I have seen this issue a few times in the past and a vertical roller normally takes out a long deep gouge in the side of the hull. The trailer is 2.5 years old and in that time I have made 89 trips, so the trailer has been dunked 178 times. The only maintenance required has been adjusting of the brakes back in the summer. Washing the trailer after each trip and using the hub wash really does work. I checked all the other wobble rollers (16 pairs in total) and they are all fine, however, I think I will replace all the pivot bolts with SS hardware. This coming week the weather is rubbish, so I will get the trailer rollers sorted out and repair the very minor gel coat chip (easy on a white hull). So, a few fish and a little excitement for the 2 trips, with a total distance of 54Nm
    8 points
  5. First trip out targeting the elusive Solent Unicorns for me, Ray had a go yesterday but his chosen mark was very quiet. A slight change of plan and we decided to stick the boat on a mark we knew would have more tide. Our theory was find the tide, find the fish. It kind of worked, it wasn't a fish filled day but 4th cast with my uptider resulted in an interesting looking bite. Reeled down to break the lead out, felt some weight but no nods at first. About halfway in and we got a kick so knew definitely a fish on. Started to get the hopes up as it was staying deep off the back of the boat. Finally a small Cod broke the surface so mission accomplished. Weighed in just over 6lb no monster but the first one out of the way. Hopefully a sign that there might be a turn around and more numbers may show this year
    7 points
  6. Booked a 4hr trip on Happy Hooker out of Puerto Colon, 9am til 1pm 4 of us with 4 other randoms already booked Fruitlessly trolled about, zig zagging our way up the coast for 1.5 hrs, then anchored in 130 M and dropped down some baited sabiki type lures on a short fixed spool rigged rod Caught loads of these And a few other small, local sort of things Not exactly enthralling dragging those up from nearly 400ft Then on the way back, two ratchets start screaming with this coming in on one rod And the other lure got spat before the rod could be picked up All in all not brilliant, but not a bad way to while away a morning
    6 points
  7. Nice day out with a couple of mates Fishing was hard due to tide strength but founds loads of jumbo mackerel,the occasional undersized bass and a lonely turbot looks like the summer fishing has come to an end let’s dust off the cod gear 😂😂😂
    6 points
  8. So after Fridays disappointing day aboard Jersey Girl with @Andy135, I needed to shake off the monkey and prove to myself that it's not me, and that I can catch fish. So, first mate LB and I set off from the Hamble at 8.50am, re fuelled at 9am and then set off to the Solent with an intent to catch a cod. We got to our chosen mark, circled around a bit looking at the sea bed on the "fish eye" feature of my Garmin 8410 (now my new best friend for anchoring). We baited Leos rod first and he dropped it down into a tide that was starting to run hard west. The bait hit the floor and instantly the rod rattled, Leo must have hit this strap conger on the nose with his bait. Blank saved before the day had started. I dropped my line in and waited, and waited, and waited. For the next three hours nothing. Around 12pm the tide eased and 3/4lb lead was deployed with devastating results, bang, fish on. Well ok, it wasn't a cod, but a welcome sight anyway and a healthy 7lb. Then it was a precession of strap congers topping out at just shy of 9lb the biggest. As the tide slacked right off so did the bites, until the tide swung and we fished hard again. Leo was made up with his codling of about 2.5lb, it's another new species and another PB for the little man. Unfortunately that was the only one we saw, and Leo insisted on it going back too. To grow for next year. It was touch and go, but after floating and flapping on the surface for a couple of minutes, he managed to dive down to rejoin his family!! The tally for the day was 8 snakes, 1 hound and 1 codling. Just goes to show it's all down to the skipper to find the meat, eh Andy? And as now it's the custom, Leo took us home.
    6 points
  9. Another 16 yesterday best going 160-170lb with a other over 150lb was a long day (44 miles out) but worth it! That’s it for this year on my boat. Back to Cardiff for a refit, service and cod 🙂
    6 points
  10. A man and a woman who had never met before, found themselves sharing a sleeper cabin on a train Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were both very tired and fell asleep quickly, he in the upper berth and she in the lower. At 1:00 AM, the man leaned down and gently woke the woman saying,………. “Ma’am, I’m sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket? I’m awfully cold.” “I have a better idea,’ she replied ‘Just for tonight,…… let’s pretend that we’re married.” “Wow! That’s a great idea!”, he exclaimed. “Good”, she replied. “Get your own fucking blanket.” After a moment of silence.....he farted.
    5 points
  11. Stolen from PBSBAC, an interesting video.
    5 points
  12. A bit of a scrabble getting my gear sorted (didn't have any rigs made, or stuff for sandwiches etc) but the forecast was good, so Weymouth bound we were Straight out to just west of the Bill to get some Mackerel (put 30 or so in the bait box) then a short move out to anchor up for some Bream Plenty of action for all of us with fish up to around 2.5 lb, razor clams outfishing squid strips by quite a bit, even outfished the prawns covered in chilli and garlic sauce ! Paul had a good day on prawn covered in chilli and garlic back a few months ago on the Skerries after Plaice, so now it goes on every frigging trip (it stinks) Had a move to the race for a crack at the Bass on artificials next, this produced around a dozen in all, with only a few under 45cm Next up was dragging some strips of the earlier caught Mackerel along the Shambles This gave Charlie Chuckles a pair of Blondes, with the biggest going 8 kilos (skipper thought it was 8lb, then realised his scales were set to metric) With a fair bit of moaning regarding the lack of flatties coming aboard (also read lack of skill) we went back on the Bream on a different mark Loads getting consistently caught by all, then it went a bit hay wire I was bringing in a run of the mill sized Bream, when it felt like I'd hit a snag (not really possible 60ft up off the bottom) then the snag screamed to the right and was gone This immediately happened to Charlie Chuckles and then to another guy who actually played a small (4ft ish) Porgie, much to the delight of the guys on the (too close) boat on our right, the thing came out of the water a couple of times then was gone Along with most of the Bream for the next 20 mins or so We did send a small live Bream out under a float, but the shark had long gone A few more Bream for us, then time to pack up This was probably the biggest Bream of the day, though there were quite a few around that size Charlie Chuckles with a rare smile and a Bream I'll try and take more photos next time When the fishing is good, I find it hard to put the rod down and pick up the phone
    5 points
  13. Had a comp out on the boat from Burnham on Sea yesterday. Only 2 boats out but a cracking day at sea. First cast and my brothers uptider had the classic nod nod slack and it was fish on. The fish fought like a cod staying deep all the way to the boat banging away and I got the net ready more in hope than expectation. Couldn’t believe it when a nice double broke the surface. Steady fishing for the rest of the ebb with thornies, straps and dogs but as the tide slackened the the bites slowed. Dad was next in to a decent fish over slack water with a hound well into double figure. Once the flood started we were well off the mark so we repositioned. This was a good move as we caught steadily again with 3 Huss and another cod to me. Back on the beach my bro’s cod weighed 13-9 and got him second place and won the pools, my cod weighed 12-8 and took third while my dad won with his hound that went 14-8
    5 points
  14. Yeah, I heard about that 999 shout where, when the ambulance arrived the Pikies stripped it....... 🤣🤣
    5 points
  15. There you go... resaved them as GIF's and that worked!
    5 points
  16. He sorted out the blocked Suez Canal with just 1hp I'ts not just him but even his dog is not to be messed with.
    5 points
  17. Taken on an imitation bread flake fly whilst fishing for mullet today. Absolutely hammered the fly and put up a good scrap on my 5 weight river rod. Big thanks to @Scotch_Egg2012 for coaching and demonstrating how to catch mullet like a pro. I'll leave him to start a thread on how the mullet session went 😉👍
    5 points
  18. I got as far as welding her door shut......🤣
    4 points
  19. I used to use a petrol camping stove and an old small saucepan to make mine. I used to fish a lot of wrecks and rough ground so it was worth making them now I ‘ loose’ a weight every 3rd trip so I just buy them. If you make the leads in Portsmouth speak to Andy, he gets petrol for the burner at a good rate🤣
    4 points
  20. after a solid 7 days working on the house with 'the' most glorious weather for boat fishing I finally managed an afternoon off for a spot of fishing.... but not on the boat (hopefully that will be sunday...) Went down to Slapton for a bash on the Mack's and did reasonably well using pop up rigs (everyone else was feathering and I pitied them for they caught naff all). Managed 9 in total at a fair old distance with a couple going over the 1lb mark along with a Grey and a Tub Gurnard of the same size (the Grey is food coz it died....). I plodded on into darkness vainly trying for a Bass or a Ray but I knew deep down it was fruitless so packed up and headed home about 9.30pm. Happy that I will get a lovely meal and I can take a couple with me on Sunday for backup... shouldn't really bank on catching them but I like to live on the edge... lol looking forward to posting a huge haul on Sunday, fingers crossed 😬
    4 points
  21. Couple more piccys
    4 points
  22. 4 points
  23. Nonetheless the other guy knew exactly what to do. Shall I speak to someone from admin to revise your username?
    4 points
  24. Last weekend I gave you a chance to prove your worth, to validate your username. Fortunately for me there was a club hammer swinging diesel train fighter by the name of @suzook12on hand to save the day. I guess some things just can’t be Googled 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🤣🤣
    4 points
  25. Chuck Norris has a secret nephew. He has ginger hair as a family trait but he’s a techy nerd who only catches dogfish so they’ve not spoken in years….. @Andy135 Chuck Norris had a son. He was raised in IOW, but the fish were too scared of him and all swam away so the U.K. government sent him to Australia. He now wrestles kangaroos in the bush, drags sharks ashore with his bare hands and out fishes any Poms he meets. He lives under cover but rumour has his name is…. Jon Da Pom 😮😮😮 ( @JDP) The fish still haven’t come back fully as they are too scared so the U.K. blame it on over fishing to protect Jons identity
    4 points
  26. Took Emily for an hour's fluff chucking this afternoon. Our preferred lake was unexpectedly shut, so we moved on to another local lake that has a reputation as a tough water to fish. I've caught here previously but it makes you work for your trout and wasn't going to be ideal for a youngster to keep interested. That said it was a lovely way to spend some one to one time together. We dropped a couple of fish that came off before the net, so at least we were tempting the fish enough to bite but sadly the clock beat us in the end. No fish but a nice memory made.
    4 points
  27. Well, survived that, at least this time round!!.... Am allowed out to play today tho havent ventured out yet. Still not 100% as yet tho.... Will be out n about later, got to get some pics of a lathe I want to sell (need the space for a mill), and check everything's ok down the workshop..... And a takeaway!!!!!
    4 points
  28. TBF, I guess you should have two categories, the heaviest round fish, and heaviest flat fish, with flat fish covering anything from a Dab to a Blonde (but not a ginger 🤣)
    4 points
  29. Feck that, I'd be nervous enough in a small boat Never mind dressing myself up as it's dinner and swimming in its kitchen
    4 points
  30. Met up with Andy, Neil and Leo on Sunday for a spot of mulleting. Idea was to share some methods and tricks that work for me when targeting them. First rule with mullet is there are no rules 😁 A lot of people over complicate mullet fishing, personally I keep things as simple as possible, my sole aim is to make a rig that allows me to present the bait in a manner of different ways that is very quickly adaptable, this is my key as very often a quick change in the way you present the bait will result in a take and this would prove the case today. First stop was to nose into a marina that I always check when I'm fishing the area. Good choice today as when we turned up there were fish right in the margins, first tip was showing how hard it can be even when you can see the fish to ID it as a thick or thin. My usual method is to try and get a good look but it wasn't easy today so the next thing to do is ping some bread in front of it and see what happens. Bingo it proved to be a thick as it quickly took a liking to the surface flakes. We all popped some surface flakes in which resulted in a couple of nudges but nothing serious. So I shallowed up my float rig, pinched the flake harder and dipped it for a slow sinker. First trot with the sinker saw the fish head for it but not commit, I pulled the float back which raised the flake up and I let it float through again slowly sinking, this gained a bit more interest and I saw the fish take the flake in and spit back out, nothing wrong with my presentation so I left it and the fish sucked it back in that's when I set the hook. Bang fish on, good little scrap and the first mullet was landed not bad considering it was 1/2 hr into the session. 3lb 5oz was the weight, couple of pics taken before it was released. Sadly that was it on the mullet front, we moved onto the sedge where I was trotting baits through with a bread mash mix thrown over the top resulting in lots of unhittable bites, a few bass fell to the bread but sadly that was it for the mullet, we are heading to the end of the season round here so not too disappointed as we managed one. Everyone had a fish be it Bass or Mullet
    4 points
  31. Could also point out they all use same/similar embroidery machines....... Where's the emoji for fingers in ears shouting lalala as is undoubtedly happening down on the south coast whenever this subject comes up....
    3 points
  32. All my beach rods have grippy shrink tube added above the spigot to give a good grip, as Century do now. Nothing worse than being stuck in a car park in the early hours with a 15ft rod that won't come apart. A rubber strap wrench like those for old folks to undo jars is good too
    3 points
  33. On the basis of getting caught out, I've decided to take the decision to cancel the worms, with the forecasts the way they are, I would rather go fishing with no lug than have 200 lug and no fishing....
    3 points
  34. RTU5024 GSM Gate Opener Relay 900MHz/850MHz/1900MHz Door Access Free Call Switch | eBay Get yourself one of these as well, a fair bit cheaper than the Eberspacher version I've had one for about 12 months and it's been a godsend in the cold I use a free Asda pay as you go sim and put the minimum amount on it, as long as the sim is used at least once every 180 days it stays activated When I get up, I send the heater a text and by the time I get to the boat all the windows are defrosted and the cabin is 20 odd degrees Very easy to wire in too
    3 points
  35. So, survived the procedure today only to be told can't drive for a week, they can feck right off with that idea!!! Back at work Monday!!!
    3 points
  36. Just booked myself into the B&B! 👍
    3 points
  37. In my last catch report, I mentioned that one of the stern wobble rollers locked in the vertical position and took a decent chip out of the Gel coat on the top lifting / spray rail strake. The problem with the wobble roller was the wobble pivot bolt had rusted, which made the assembly very stiff. To fix this issue I have changed all 8 pivot bolts on the stern rollers to M10 Stainless Steel A4 bolts, washers, and nyloc nuts. I did this by jacking the boat from the transom keel which takes the weight off the rollers. On reassembly, I have plastered them in 'Fuchs Aqua 2' which is pretty much saltwater proof grease. This is to ensure that the pivots will be well lubricated, and also the grease will form a barrier to help prevent electrolysis of dissimilar metals. My son was going to do the Gel coat repair as, although he is now a government HGV inspector / AI, his actual profession is vehicle body repairs, and he is apprentice served with 20 years experience as a painter. However, he managed to catch this nasty cold bug that is flying around here, and it put him in bed for almost a week, but he is OK again now. So, using his advice, I decided to tackle the job to take my mind off the forthcoming eye surgery ! The advice was, A) Carefully grind the chip edges to at least 45 degrees. Degrease with acetone B) Mask off the area and fill in the chip with multiple layers of Gel coat, using acetone to degrease before each layer, and force the layers to harden quicker with a hair dryer. C) Sand down to the correct shape with 100 grit wet / dry. D) Fashion the final shape with 320 grit, and then carefully finish with 400, 600, 800, and 1500 grit. E) Final rub with Farecla G3 cutting paste and then a final shine with either hard Diamond wax or Mer. and the final words were, F) If you fcuk it up, then I will come and fix it properly when I am better ! Here is the chip, The Tool I use a lot - Blue Point (Snap-On) air die grinder The finished result. The top of the picture is a reflection of the tarmac drive and airline on the polished hull.
    3 points
  38. Well not really but the little shovel nosed ray is part of both!!! Quite day on edible species but still came home with enough for a couple of meals. Banjo rays and shovel nosed rays were a nuisance but still good sport on the little kids outfit with 8lb braid. When things are quiet I often drop down to the little outfit as it makes anything I catch seem that much more demanding. It was Humpback highway yesterday with groups often coming to the boat to check me out, at one point one was so close it gave me a right soaking!!!! When they get so close I pull any lines in as Ive had then get tangled before, which funny enough the last time it happened the whale came to the side of my old zodiac and let me untangle the line from around its pectoral fin. Some knob came flying over in his boat which spooked the family group I had been having close interactions with but you get that with idiots who don't have a clue. Saw a few yellowfin feeding on very small baits but had no luck getting close enough to them.
    3 points
  39. That's just the sort of report that @JonC likes. No words, all pictures 👍 Some amazing looking fish there Leon. Thanks for sharing!
    3 points
  40. Worth a read https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1021144/2021-SD2-MAIBSafetyDigest.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2THk_W9W2SywREYLnEXR0fBuFSJG9OBEgxUTnV2Or5h1aFWYcUPldRO-g
    3 points
  41. I find @headlight 3 boats send them on WhatsApp and he crashes it all as he doesn’t want to make any more excuses not to look at them 😉
    3 points
  42. It doesn't look alive to me. If it felt threatened or in distress surely all it's spikes would be up. As it's in the Sun, maybe it came from an aquarium !!
    3 points
  43. i'm hoping for a big turbot then - round and flat - could win both categories with one fish 🤣
    3 points
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