Sunday, 12 January 2014

BACK TO MY ROOTS

This past few weeks has seen me exploring local marks in the hope that i may find a couple of good ones for a quick fix of fishing over the coming year. I moved back to the Southend area 6 months ago and although i lived here for 6 years about 15 or so years ago it all seems a bit different. I,ve been checking out a few areas i used to fish all those years ago and its had me reminiscing of good times past.

With all these thoughts of the fishing i,ve done in the past i decided that i wanted to fish the places that i used to when i was in my late 20,s. The first place i wanted to try was the platforms near the Westcliff Leisure Center as i used to have some good fishing from these casting towards the end of the groynes and towards the moored boats. Unfortunately they are no longer there which was a disappointment, but with my gear in the van it wasn,t too long before i was at my next destination, Old Leigh....

I set up in front of the seats at Bell Wharfe as i used to all those years ago, and cast into the deep gully that still lay 20 yards out from the concrete quay.













Its was a beautiful evening for a few hours fishing but unfortunately all i had was a few rattles on the rod tips to show there was any life out there. Still i did manage to take a few decent photos, not too bad really considering they were taken on my Iphone.

I also had a little look at the beach in nearby Chalkwell, just in front of the railway station, and that looks like a good place to try at some point. This morning we took the dogs for a walk along the beach at Thorpe Bay and there was a couple of areas i remember seeing guys fish from that we walked too. Maybe i,ll give it a go there too at some point.....
















NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGES

Well i guess i should start off by wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year and hope that this one will bring many pb,s and memorable fishing moments. I,m hoping that i will be able to get out on the bank more this year as i feel like i,ve barely fished at all during the 2013 period. I guess my tackle business, www.waterbouytackle.co.uk, has taken a lot of my time as well as moving house. Never mind as i,m determined to change all that this year.

During the holiday period i have been taking the dogs for nice long walks and have used this time to explore a few local marks for their fishing suitability. I,ve found a cracking venue no more than 5 miles away from my home which i,ve known about for a while but as yet not been there to explore. Well i,ve now walked a GOOD few miles along this stretch of tidal estuary and have found a couple of cracking looking spots to have a try for bass during the spring and summer as well as for the flounder which i know will be running up this estuary very soon to spawn. In fact i,ll be trying for the flounder very soon as there should be a few around along with some whiting before they move out.

I enjoy walking the rough wilderness of our Essex estuaries and love to watch the local wildlife go about their business as i quietly stroll by, well as quietly as i can with 2 mad dogs in tow. Recently i,ve enjoyed watching the skeins of geese noisily lift from the mudflats and settle in the nearby fields as the tide comes in, as well as the bright white egrets as they stand motionless in the small creeks than run along the shoreline. I,ve even seen a local seal floating a few yards from shore keeping an eye on my dogs as they run along the waterline. Most of the days have been pretty wild, with strong winds and lashing rain, but these are the days that i love to be out in, and the dogs don,t mind.

The only disappointment i,ve had with these walks is that the weather has been too wild to take any nice pictures to put on here, but i,ll get some soon.......