Happy new year!

12 01 2010

It’s been a while and there is a very clear reason for this – I’ve not been doing any fishing. A combination of moving to a new flat halfway through December, Christmas, New Year, and the shite weather have meant that fishing has taken a back burner.

January is very much a scratchy month – I’d hope to connect with a few Whiting (didn’t catch any in 2009!), but would expect Pout and Rockling to form the mainstay of the catch.. which isn’t much of a motivation!

Will be keeping an eye on the weather and planning a trip or two soon. In the meantime, tight lines!





No fishing ; (

30 11 2009

Haven’t been fishing since my last session by the hot pipes. This is mainly due to the horrific sea conditions since then – the sea has been a complete maelstrom.

Currently there is a northerly wind, which has made the sea flat calm, but I’m unable to get out till the weekend, so I’m hoping that it stays calm for then!

I’ve decided that I will be unleashing my new Blue Yonder too, so am planning to take a quick look at the brake configuration, load it with new line, etc, to ensure it’s ready for the first trip.. can’t wait!





Weekend fishing

3 11 2009

Well, it looks like the weekend may be a prime one for a good fishing session – a 6m+ tide, at about 2am on Sunday morning – perfect. Tide wise that is! The weather looks set to be light rain and 21mph winds! I’m gagging to connect with the Whiting – especially as Duncs had one on his last session ; )

I’ve been preparing by building up 3 hook Paternosters, and putting fresh line on my Elite, due to having had a few snap offs in the last few sessions. Still debating whether or not to unleash the Blue Yonder, as I haven’t even had a cast with it yet. Can’t wait!





Species, tactics and venue Hitlist – Update

27 10 2009

So, just over two months ago, in August, I wrote about the species I’d caught up to that point in the year, and those that I wanted to catch before the year was out, the venues I wanted to use, and the tactics I wanted to employ. Thought I’d give a little update as the Summer season has very nearly ended (Bass still relatively prolific, and I did see a shoal of Mackerel two sessions ago..).

The species from my hitlist that I can now add to my “caught” :

  • Smoothhound
  • Sole

I think I’ve probably missed out on

  • Garfish

But am still pretty hopeful about catching

  • Bigger Bass
  • Whiting
  • Plaice
  • Dabs
  • Codling

A few Codling in the Winter season would really compensate for the general terrible conditions that I’ll be fishing in, and I absolutely love Whiting, the bread and butter winter fish.

In terms of tactics, I haven’t yet managed to get in a rough ground fishing session or fishing from the Marina. I have managed to vary venues a fair bit though, with the Banjo beach, King Alfred Beach and Shoreham beach (along Basin Road South) being fished for the first time.

Here’s to a successful Winter season – tight lines!





Calm seas ahoy

30 09 2009

Particularly excited about the fact that the sea has been so calm in recent days – hopefully this represents the start of a winter of no weed, to make up for the awfully weedy Summer! Woohoo! (Touch Wood)