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Just came across the forum whilst researching for a trip to the skerries in April.

Great forum with some with very helpful posts, hopefully I can have something to offer when the weather improves!

Best Fishes

Stuart 

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Welcome on to the site. 
It’s a bit quiet at the moment as everyone is out repairing their sheds or whatever. 
Post some pictures up of your boat if you have one or some fish or anything🤣

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Welcome, nice to see a fellow welshie on here 🙂 Even better it’s an Evans 🙂 

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5 hours ago, Sevans said:

Just came across the forum whilst researching for a trip to the skerries in April.

 

What do you need to know about the Skerries ? I can probably help............😉

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12 minutes ago, GPSguru said:

What do you need to know about the Skerries ? I can probably help............😉

Much as I hate to admit it... you're probably right. 😖👍

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9 hours ago, GPSguru said:

 

What do you need to know about the Skerries ? I can probably help............😉

Thanks GPSguru, I have a weeks holiday booked near start point mid April and weather permitting Iwas hoping to launch a kayak at hallsands and head out in search of plaice, turbot, blondes and anything else that might pull my string.

Stuart

 

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The all important question that nobody has yet asked, What’s your favourite flavour Pot Noodle? 
Living in Wales you must live near the site where they are mined? 
 

@Odysseygrew up living in the shadow of the Soy sauce reactor- a bit like a Welsh Charlie Bucket 

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12 hours ago, Sevans said:

Thanks GPSguru, I have a weeks holiday booked near start point mid April and weather permitting Iwas hoping to launch a kayak at hallsands and head out in search of plaice, turbot, blondes and anything else that might pull my string.

Stuart

 

 

Yes, that will work OK,

A 1nm paddle on a bearing of 90°T will put you on the inside edge of the banks and a little over 2nm on the same bearing will put you on the outer edge of the banks.

Try not to veer too much South toward Start point, as you will be entering rougher water where the tide rips start.

However, although there are plenty of fish all over the banks, we tend to fish the Northern end by the Sherries Bank Buoy where the number of Plaice on the inside edge of the banks can be quite prolific. This would be a longer paddle for you of about 4nm on a bearing of 59°T. Alternatively, you could drive over to Slapton sands and launch from there, but it would still be a 3nm paddle.

My experience suggests that worm baits are generally a waste of time. We normally use a thin strip of fresh Mack, tipped off with a strip of squid. However, my favourite bait by far is a frozen prawn (from Tesco's or Morrisons) tipped off with quid.

For tackle, we usually use single hook running ledger rigs, but the hook needs to be strong as you have a good chance of picking up a decent ray or the odd Turbot. My rig is a 5oz watch lead and a 20lb FC hook length of about 18". Hooks need to be a very decent strong Aberdeen style, and we use Sakuma 560 (1/0 or 2/0).

Going straight out from Hallsands  and anchoring on the outer edge will see you in Blonde ray territory, with fish to 20lb+. Here you can use 6/0 hooks (Sakuma 545 manta Extra) and big Mack baits (whole fillet).

When you are drifting for Plaice, always put out a second rod with some tinsels (we use a 4 hook string, of size 4's) dragging the bottom to pick up fresh mack and snakes (Launce). Also be aware that you will also pick up weevers on this rig !

Lastly, during a decent weather spell it is very busy with boats, so please make yourself highly visible. Another thing to look out for is wind over tide, as this creates some quite nasty water over the banks, as does a fresh Easterly.

Keep your eye open for us, 'Bluefin', a 5.85m Ribcraft professional.

The evenings, just before sunset, after a nice day can be quite spectacular on the banks with Porpoise, Dolphins, basking sharks and even Minke Whales.

Unlike the Shambles banks, the Turbot are not there in numbers and are more of a by-catch, certainly not worth targetting. Other species on the banks are Plaice, Mackerel, Scad, Gurnard (Tub, Grey, and Red), Small Eyed Rays, Blond Ray, Spotted Ray, Weever, dragonet, Launce, and Common Sandeel. Fortunately no Dogs and Huss, but they do catch them off the beach at Blackpool sands,

 

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1 hour ago, GPSguru said:

 

Yes, that will work OK,

A 1nm paddle on a bearing of 90°T will put you on the inside edge of the banks and a little over 2nm on the same bearing will put you on the outer edge of the banks.

Try not to veer too much South toward Start point, as you will be entering rougher water where the tide rips start.

However, although there are plenty of fish all over the banks, we tend to fish the Northern end by the Sherries Bank Buoy where the number of Plaice on the inside edge of the banks can be quite prolific. This would be a longer paddle for you of about 4nm on a bearing of 59°T. Alternatively, you could drive over to Slapton sands and launch from there, but it would still be a 3nm paddle.

My experience suggests that worm baits are generally a waste of time. We normally use a thin strip of fresh Mack, tipped off with a strip of squid. However, my favourite bait by far is a frozen prawn (from Tesco's or Morrisons) tipped off with quid.

For tackle, we usually use single hook running ledger rigs, but the hook needs to be strong as you have a good chance of picking up a decent ray or the odd Turbot. My rig is a 5oz watch lead and a 20lb FC hook length of about 18". Hooks need to be a very decent strong Aberdeen style, and we use Sakuma 560 (1/0 or 2/0).

Going straight out from Hallsands  and anchoring on the outer edge will see you in Blonde ray territory, with fish to 20lb+. Here you can use 6/0 hooks (Sakuma 545 manta Extra) and big Mack baits (whole fillet).

When you are drifting for Plaice, always put out a second rod with some tinsels (we use a 4 hook string, of size 4's) dragging the bottom to pick up fresh mack and snakes (Launce). Also be aware that you will also pick up weevers on this rig !

Lastly, during a decent weather spell it is very busy with boats, so please make yourself highly visible. Another thing to look out for is wind over tide, as this creates some quite nasty water over the banks, as does a fresh Easterly.

Keep your eye open for us, 'Bluefin', a 5.85m Ribcraft professional.

The evenings, just before sunset, after a nice day can be quite spectacular on the banks with Porpoise, Dolphins, basking sharks and even Minke Whales.

Unlike the Shambles banks, the Turbot are not there in numbers and are more of a by-catch, certainly not worth targetting. Other species on the banks are Plaice, Mackerel, Scad, Gurnard (Tub, Grey, and Red), Small Eyed Rays, Blond Ray, Spotted Ray, Weever, dragonet, Launce, and Common Sandeel. Fortunately no Dogs and Huss, but they do catch them off the beach at Blackpool sands,

 

top info, thanks for taking the time out to post all that GPSguru.

I will be in the area for a week from the 9th of April with smaller tides at the start of the week. so hopefully the weather will play ball and I can get out.

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1 hour ago, Sevans said:

top info, thanks for taking the time out to post all that GPSguru.

I will be in the area for a week from the 9th of April with smaller tides at the start of the week. so hopefully the weather will play ball and I can get out.

Good luck and keep us posted. 🤞👍

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GPS Guru

many thanks for the info, I have just returned from my break at East prawle.

weather only realy allowed me one trip out to the banks and that was Wednesday so medium tides.

drift was around 1 knot so made hard work peddling back and forth for the drifts.

fishing was quiet but I did manage 3 plaice, all in 40+ feet and all on prawn cocktails, either rag or crab.

I also managed a grey gurnard on sabikis so another species for my hunt. 

yesterday I tried somewhere different because of the fog and had 2 more species, bass and bream.

again thanks for the top info, and the great forum

Stu

ps files to big to load especially for a technophobe!

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58 minutes ago, Sevans said:

GPS Guru

many thanks for the info, I have just returned from my break at East prawle.

weather only realy allowed me one trip out to the banks and that was Wednesday so medium tides.

drift was around 1 knot so made hard work peddling back and forth for the drifts.

fishing was quiet but I did manage 3 plaice, all in 40+ feet and all on prawn cocktails, either rag or crab.

I also managed a grey gurnard on sabikis so another species for my hunt. 

yesterday I tried somewhere different because of the fog and had 2 more species, bass and bream.

again thanks for the top info, and the great forum

Stu

ps files to big to load especially for a technophobe!

Sounds like a great trip. PM me the photos and I'll add them here for you  👍

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