Species, tactics and venue Hitlist

11 08 2009

Thought I’d summarise the species I’ve caught so far this year, which includes the month of July, plus a few sessions in April / May, and then detail my hitlist for the coming months! I’ve also detailed a few types of sea fishing that I’ve never done before, but really want to try. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit them all in!

Caught so far:

  • Gurnard
  • Flounder
  • Black Bream
  • Bass
  • Eel
  • Mackerel
  • Thornback Ray
  • Pout
  • Rockling

Species I want to catch in the coming months:

  • Bigger Bass
  • Smoothound
  • Whiting
  • Codling
  • Pollack
  • Plaice
  • Sole
  • Garfish
  • Dabs

Fishing techniques:

  • Rough ground fishing – probably on the beaches to the East of the Marina, but maybe as far along as Saltdean or Peacehaven. I’m thinking rotten bottoms, juicy Peeler Crab baits, 25lb mainline.. and *big* Bass ; ) This will take some convincing of my fishing buddies, as doing this alone is not a great idea.
  • Float fishing from the Marina – for Mackerel, Scad, Garfish and maybe Bass. The only Garfish I’ve ever caught was foul hooked.. I want one on light tackle, to Mackerel or sandeel baits.
  • “Down the side” fishing from the Marina – for Pout, Poor Cod, Blenny etc – sorry, but this type of fishing is great fun on light tackle.. it’s gotta be done ; ) wouldn’t go specifically for these species, but in combination with floating or Mackerel feathers.
  • Floating for Bass – not sure on the venue, now that my beloved spot on Shoreham Harbour is inaccessible, but I want Bass on light tackle. The NG will qualify, and maybe the Shoreham Harbour Arms.. potentially the area in Fishersgate where there is an easily accessible fishing spot for fishing in to Shoreham harbour.. bit mainstream though.

I also want to give Eastbourne Pier a go at some point, and perhaps even Worthing Pier. I’d like to vary choice of beach venue a little more too, trying stretches of beach that I haven’t given a go yet. I may be tempted to check out the sand at low tide, to get a flavour for where the sandbanks and other underwater features are.