Monday, 17 June 2013


Last weekend i took my other half Sharon and our two dogs to a secret mark for the day to have a picnic and  see if i could bag a thornback ray. The weather wasn,t particularly good being very overcast with a strong wind blowing and a bit chilly. Sharon didn,t mind and neither did the dogs so of we set. After a nice offroad drive along the bottom of the sea wall we were at my chosen destination and carting the gear over to the otherside of the sea wall to fish on top of an old pill box. Sharon took her camera and the dogs for a walk as i proceeded to set up my tackle on top of this comfortable fishing platform. After one slip cast resulting in a big birdsnest i had my two rods cast out, one with a 2 hook flapper baited with ragworm for the bass and the other with a big herring fillet for the thornies.

 Just as Sharon got back from her walk i had a knock on my herring rod followed by a big slack line. Quickly winding in the slack i felt another thump and walked backwards pulling into the fish. I could feel a heavy weight thump again on the other end and i have to say i got a bit excited. Sharon was taking the mickey out of me as i started to talk to the fish, asking is it what i,ve been looking for and dont come and other mumbo jumbo that us anglers say as we,re playing a good fish. Fortunately Sharon took some lovely action shots as i played the fish in. There it was in the weed at my feet, my very first shore caught thornback ray, only the second i,ve ever caught, the first being from a boat out Hayling Island many moons ago. Although the fish was wrapped up in my trace, the hook was well and truly in its mouth.

Here is my prize at 7lb 13oz, not the biggest fish but not only my first shore caught skate but also the heaviest shore caught fish i,ve landed. Was i a happy boy, you bet i was.

Sharon also got some cracking pictures of the RNLI performing a rescue on a boat with engine failure just up the shore from us. It was good to watch the boys in action, they were quick and efficient in securing the boat then transferring the people on board to their rib and taking them to port, then roping the boat to one of their ribs and towing it back to port as well. Excellent work lads, job well done.

Cracking pictures by Sharon....


A week ago i blagged a night away from She Who Must Be Obeyed and decided on fishing a local water for catfish again hoping for an encounter with a big pussy. Truck loaded, pedal to the metal and i was there at 6pm ready for my overnighter.

After a quick walk around i opted to fish a swim down from where i was the previous visit. The main reason for this being that there was less weed in front of this swim, i,d got stuck in the weed with the catfish i caught previously, and didn,t want to risk a loss due to this. Three rods set up and cast out, two with a good few handfuls of groundbait containing chopped squid bits in ink, tuna, mussels and halibut pellets, and the third rod just hookbait and a small pva bag.

I had one rod baited with a Pallatrax Catchunx pellet  accompanied by a pva bag of the same broken up and fished over the groundbait. The next rod had a Dynamite Baits Squid and Octopus 30mm pellet, which i had soaking in managing glug, also fished over the groundbait. The third and final rod was baited with good old luncheon meat with a pva bag of chopped up meat samples and cast in the opposite direction to the groundbaited area, just to see if the grounbait was having an effect.

After getting the rods out i settled down and cooked myself a nice rib eye steak for my dinner with thick creamy mushroom sauce as a side, all cooked fresh on the bank. After devouring my meal in record time as it was gorgeous and was starving, i sat with a tea cup in hand watching the water for any fishey signs. Initially there was no real movement but as the sun started to set a few silver fish started to top until suddenly 2 swims down i heard a catfish tail slap its tail on the surface. Without hesitation i grabbed a rod i had already set up to floatfish a big lobworm and shot to were i could still still the ripples fading away. I fished tha area for an hour or so but had no joy so trotted back to my bivvy and slid into the sleeping bag as it was dark by now.

Through out the night i must of had more that 6 full blooded runs on my luncheon rod, but i didn,t manage to land any of them. I connected with 3 of them as i picked the rod up as it hooped over for 10 seconds or so before all went slack as the fish dropped the bait. The other rods didn,t even get a sniff, strange as i would of thought that these would be more enticing to the catfish. At 8am the following morning feeling the worse for wear after getting barely any sleep, i pushed the barrow the long walk back to the truck feeling a little dissapointed with the lost fish. It won,.t stop me from trying again though.

I was fishing a running lead system on the luncheon meat rod so i think that i will try a 12in hooklink set up with a semi fixed drop off lead next time so that hopefully the fish will hook itself straight away rather than waiting for me to strike the take. Maybe this will help, who knows....

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


Last thursday i took the afternoon of work and took my Dad sea fishing as we havn,t fished together much over the past few years. The venue i chose is close to Waterbouy Towers but requires a key to gain access through a farmers gate , you then have a mile track to follow before you are at the bottom of the sea defense wall, there you have access to about 5 miles of sea defense wall that you can fish. After a little look around we settled for a nice looking spot which already had water lapping at the bottom of the sea wall.

After half hour we both had our rods tackled up and cast out in the hope of bass and thornback rays, in fact we were happy with any fish that should tug our string. Baits consisted of ragorm, whole and chopped squid, herring fillets and mackeral strips to tip off. There was a bit of a fresh wind blowing which meant we had to don warm clothes.

 As we sat chatting about this and that, Oscar the wonder dog wore himself out running too and fro along the sea wall, i,m not sure who enjoyed the day most, us or Oscar.

We didn,t have any action until an hour after high water when my Dad had a nice little run of 4 bass pick up his ragworm baits cast around 50yards out. He also missed a few bites as well.

Not the biggest bass in the world but they were most welcome and definately got the juices flowing for another trip up there in the next week or so.

I opened my account shortly afterwards with the worlds smallest dogfish, so cute. Followed by the first sea run eel i,ve caught for a good 10 years, then a bass of a slightly smaller size than those of Dads.

We packed up around 3 hours after high water as the tide was starting to creep away and i reckon even at 75 yards we were only fishing in 3ft of water. We had quite a few knocks which didn,t materialise so there was definately a good few fish out there which looks very promising for future trips. I still fancy a thornback ray but times running out so i,ll have to get my act together soon and have another go.

Overall it was a cracking few hours fishing made even better by the company of my Dad. Cheers Daddio, get some rigs tied as i reckon next weeks gotta be worth a try........

Tuesday, 4 June 2013


A week ago i had another go for the tench on a local water for a couple of hours after work. I,m really enjoying this style of fishing, turning up around 6.30 in the evening with 2 rods and only a small amount of gear, having a wander around the lake looking for signs of fish before settling in my chosen swim until dark then off home for a cuppa and bed. I,m lucky that the lake i,ve chosen is only 2 mins away from where i live, and although is fished quite heavily by the day ticket crowd, it is still an attrctive water with plety of areas you can tuck yourself away in.

Anyway after choosing my swim with a big reedbed to my left and a small island to my right i proceeded to set up. I now leave my rods all set up now so not to lose time having to retie leadcore etc, all i have to do is clip on a new hooklink and slide on a lead and i,m fishing. On one rod a opted for a stick mix and boilie approach cast to the bottom of the shelf around the small island, mainly in hope of a passing carp. The other rod had 2 pieces of balanced artificial corn and a small pva bag of pellets cast to the reeds as i had seen a tench roll there earlier. I,ve been using the Gardner Target range of leadclips and swivels as they are smaller than the carp size ones, along with a size 12 or 14 Pallatrax The Hook, my favourite hook of late. The pellets were micro Hinders Snailz pellets, my favourites, and i gave the bag a few drops of the  sweetcorn flavour Korda Goo.

By the end of my few hours fishing i had managed around 8 bream upto 3lb and 2 tench of around the 3-3.5lb mark. Great fishing, although i found that once the bream get a taste of the pellets they get to be a pain, causing the bobbins to constantly dance around as soon as the pva melted. In the i had to tighten the indicators to the rod and wait for a proper run instaed of hitting each twitch. I may have missed a few tench bites but so far all the tench i,ve caught here have screamed of once hooked so i don,t think it makes much of a difference.

I think next time i fish there i might take a float rod along as there seems to be some big roach and rudd swimming about. I,ve seen some big fish roll which i,m pretty sure weren,t tench or bream.

I had an audience for most of my time there. They made me feel hungry, mmmmmmm crispy duck pancakes!!!!!!!!