Lagoon and Kingston Beaches

23 07 2009
Black Bream, Lagoon Beach, July 09
Black Bream, Lagoon Beach, July 09

This is a Black Bream I caught on a trip recently with Duncs and, later, Paul. Conditions were quite rough, and we didn’t realise just how much weed there was until on the first cast, our rigs were dragged right across the beach by the sheer amount of weed that’d accumulated on the line. I reeled in to find this pretty little Bream on the end of the line. They seem to be much more prolific this year than they were around 10 years ago, the last time I fished on a regular basis. Needless to say, he went straight back in after posing for this photo.

There was so much weed that by the time we’d reeled in and cleared it all from our lines we were well and truly ready to change venues. Paul turned up and gave us a hand clearing off the weed, and we packed up and moved to Kingston Beach, in Southwick. A great venue for being fishable when the open beach isn’t.
Paul caught the next fish, a Schoolie Bass (a picture of this currently forms the header image of this web site!) and I caught a Gurnard. Duncs blanked for the first time in three sessions, pretty good going for a newbie. My Gurnard also got popped back in. Bait was the leftover King Rag from the night before, write up soon. We left about 10:00, when the tide started to recede – being a Sunday we all had work to look forward to the next day. Not a great session, what with the move in the prime part of the tide, but we made the best of the situation and got a few fish out of it.




Abu Garcia Reel Oil

23 07 2009
Abu Garcia Reel Oil
Abu Garcia Reel Oil

Finally took delivery of the reel maintenance oil I ordered online a few weeks ago from Angling Direct.. it took so long to turn up that I’d bought some rocket oil on my last visit to the fishing shop and used that to service my reels, but as there are only 4ml in each tube I guess having two’s not a bad thing.

It contains two tubes, one “reel oil” which looks like the one you get with new Abu’s (certainly with multipliers anyway), and a tube of “reel lube”. I assumed this would be grease, but will be interesting to find out what it actually is.. maybe a heavier weight oil. Cost was about £10 including postage.

I’m a keen mountain biker, and I’m doing the “South Downs Way Randonnee” on Saturday, which involves riding 100 miles off-road, over the South Downs, for the British Heart Foundation. This usually takes me 14+ hours, so am knackered by the end of it – no fishing for me on Saturday then ; (

I’ll be more likely to get out on Monday, when I have a day off (recovery from the bike ride!) – according to the BBC there’s a 6.5 metre tide, at about 15:00 – perfect!

On a different note, I can’t believe that although this blog is only two days, the content has already been stolen by another site, probably a content harvester. It hasn’t copied the images as well though, which makes it look a bit strange considering the text talks about them! Thieving gits.