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St Catherine’s Deep


Ivan Tuna

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Bah! Me too. Spent a few seasons trying to work it out. @Hoop once described it as "combat fishing", which sums it up nicely. Tides too fierce to anchor, and too fast to drift effectively most of the time. I had a few bass from the pinnacles and the ledge off Ventor but nothing worth the fuel to get round there. I tried SPJ off St Cat's point once and quickly got fed up of the jig kiting out past the stern.

If I was to make the effort to get there again I'd be tempted to drift the series of ledges & broken ground north west of St Cat's lighthouse in Chale Bay. They look to have potential but probably not worth the steam from Pompey/Solent area.

A tenner says JDP will be along soon telling us about how well it fished in the good old days before he was deported...

 

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37 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

How exactly would you get there? Swim? 

I hear there are lots of small rubber boats going spare on the south coast...

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14 hours ago, Ivan Tuna said:

OK - many of you boys are Solent specialists - does anyone regularly fish the deeps? what for ? Techniques?
 

It looks a stunning piece of ground but other than a few small pollack I’m fishless…..

 

Hurds deep is similar, been there at least six times over the last few years and never caught much to speak of 🤷‍♂️

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A nice big bucket of chum, 3 rods out all with wire traces, a mackerel on each, ideally live and wait for a thresher to come along….

that’s about as much as I know about st cats deep.

 

I remember reading about awesome wrecking in Hurds Deep, also a few blue sharks being caught but that was back in the 90s…. I guess that the wrecks aren’t as productive anymore 

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53 minutes ago, Odyssey said:

A nice big bucket of chum, 3 rods out all with wire traces, a mackerel on each, ideally live and wait for a thresher to come along….

that’s about as much as I know about st cats deep.

I believe you don't actually fish the Deep itself for sharks though. From what I've heard you push a bit further out and start the drift east of Dunnose Head and drift west to the the south of the island in 30-40m. Or vice versa depending on the tide. 🤷‍♂️

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23 hours ago, Andy135 said:

Bah! Me too. Spent a few seasons trying to work it out. @Hoop once described it as "combat fishing", which sums it up nicely. Tides too fierce to anchor, and too fast to drift effectively most of the time. I had a few bass from the pinnacles and the ledge off Ventor but nothing worth the fuel to get round there. I tried SPJ off St Cat's point once and quickly got fed up of the jig kiting out past the stern.

If I was to make the effort to get there again I'd be tempted to drift the series of ledges & broken ground north west of St Cat's lighthouse in Chale Bay. They look to have potential but probably not worth the steam from Pompey/Solent area.

A tenner says JDP will be along soon telling us about how well it fished in the good old days before he was deported...

 

It still fishes ok for those who know where and how to fish it. I have two Bembridge boat owners heading here in a couple of weeks who still get good fish and sharks there. Like any angling, you need to put time and effort into any new spots out. However some of those spots demand a decent sized boat even on coal days when the current is pushing over the better fishing spots. 

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