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Well done for trying. I spent another day watching dingy sailing. I’m now starting to talk like I know what I’m on about 

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Looks like a glorious day out there. Funny seeing those places I fished so many years ago with my own boat and working on charters.

 

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8 hours ago, JDP said:

Looks like a glorious day out there. Funny seeing those places I fished so many years ago with my own boat and working on charters.

 

Ok, so share some numbers of where the tope live. I'm fucked if I can find the bastards. 

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33 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

Ok, so share some numbers of where the tope live. I'm fucked if I can find the bastards. 

They were always more fickle around the needles area than heading further to the Nab.

Do you ever try for them SW of the Needles around N50'38.814 W1'37.837 around the wreck. Currents were strong but the area used to be ok for tope, turbot. Where the arrow is, lower left on the screen. Also the wrecks closer to the lighthouse.
Do you use a downriver with burley ?

 

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@JDP

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this is the area we normally try, also the hockey stick just below. There are some small banks to the east of the hockey stick too. 
I fish at anchor (and tried drifting), it's pretty snaggy around here. 

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51 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

@JDP

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this is the area we normally try, also the hockey stick just below. There are some small banks to the east of the hockey stick too. 
I fish at anchor (and tried drifting), it's pretty snaggy around here. 

That was common ground when I worked on charters, far less people fished more to the west. Those wrecks in that area you've outlined were located by landmarks when I first started out fishing that area. They were once loaded with pollack up to 16lb and getting a bait to the bottom through all the fish was very hard. I suppose the wrecks are stuffed these days ? how about those to the east off Brook and Chale ?

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9 hours ago, JDP said:

That was common ground when I worked on charters, far less people fished more to the west. Those wrecks in that area you've outlined were located by landmarks when I first started out fishing that area. They were once loaded with pollack up to 16lb and getting a bait to the bottom through all the fish was very hard. I suppose the wrecks are stuffed these days ? how about those to the east off Brook and Chale ?

You mean these??

 

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Never tried them, it's such a long and expensive journey.

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On 8/6/2022 at 8:04 PM, Saintly Fish said:

Ok, so Leo and I gave it another go today. Left Hamble at 07.45 and arrived 3 miles south of the needles around 09.10. 
Found our spot, dropped the anchor in anticipation, with positivity and excitement. 
Nothing. 
One conger to 12lb and 7 dogs. 
£150 in diesel burnt emoji31.png. 
But on the plus side, it was a gorgeous day (once the swell settled at around 10.30am). 
 

The crew grabbed an hours shut eye en route 

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hurst light house.

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And some stupidity to end the day 🤣

 

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..........the look says it all

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Yes that was the case back when I fished them, also the added time to get there with the slow charter boat meant I mostly fished them with my own boat. Some of them fished extremely well and the ones closer to shore meant you could fish them in bigger tides.

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We had a few small Tope on Saturday fishing the Sophies banks both east and west, biggest around 10lb. smallest about 10 ounces lol

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3 hours ago, mike farrants said:

One of these you mean?   😇

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Nice to see someone can catch fish around here 🤣

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59 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

Never heard of this area Martin, where is it?

banks approx 3 miles south of where you were on Saturday

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