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.

Previous fishing trips

21 07 2009
Schoolie Bass

Schoolie Bass

OK, this is a new blog, so making most of the enthusiasm I have for it and going slightly mad with new posts =) Thought I’d post about the fishing sessions from earlier in the year, as these were pivotal in re-igniting my enthusiasm for fishing.

My first fishing trip this year was a daytime session down by the King Alfred, with a mid afternoon Spring tide. I got down a little later than was ideal – I like fishing at least three hours up to the tide, and instead fished maybe two hours up, but ended up with a small Schoolie Bass and a Rockling. Both were caught on the early stages of the session, during the flood.. it went dead as slack tide arrived, and nothing else was produced. Needless to say, both of these went back – in fact, I rarely keep any fish, preferring to let them swim another day.

I hadn’t really thought about fishing before the week I had off of work in April, when, walking back from town along the seafront and stopping to sit in the sun for a bit, I realised what a great excuse fishing would be to erm.. sit in the sun. Two days later, and I’d stocked up on terminal tackle, got some bait and there I was!

Shortly after this session, Wade asked if I’d show him how to fish. He’d bought a fixed spool / beach caster combo and was keen to learn! Wade, Shuo and myself agreed to go to Brighton Marina for a Mackerel fishing session, but were quickly put off by how packed the West Arm was – the East arm was completely closed so the West Arm was overflowing. Not a good environment for teaching someone to cast for the first time! I did use the opportunity to purchase a new 8 foot Masterline spinning rod and reel combo from the Tackle Box at the Marina – at £18 I couldn’t resist!

Rockling, April 09, King Alfred Beach

Rockling, April 09, King Alfred Beach

We instead went to Newhaven harbour, where despite not catching anything, I taught Wade basic casting, the grinner knot (my favourite) and mackerel fishing sink-and-draw technique.. not bad at all!

Shortly after this, Paul and Duncs phoned to ask if I was interested in going fishing one Sunday afternoon. I said I’d come for the crack, but hadn’t got any bait so wouldn’t be bringing any gear. We ended up going in Shoreham harbour, but didn’t catch anything other than a crab, which I caught by freelining some luncheon meat on a hook down the side. Desperate times and all that!

Our next trip was another where I turned down the opportunity to actually fish – the venue was Shoreham Harbour West arm, but as the chosen time was at almost dead low tide, again I refrained from taking any actual gear, and instead helped Duncs to improve his newly learnt casting technique. Again, no catches, but a giggle all the same. Bait was Mackerel; a fisherman next to us had a Flounder on King that I saw, and I’m sure a few pegs up I saw the silhouette of a Doggie being brought in.

After that, Duncs and Paul had a few sessions down by the Hove Deep Sea Anglers club. By this time, Duncs had bought a fixed spool / beach caster combo, very similar to Wades’, by pure chance. This venue produced some Black Bream and Bass, all undersized, but providing that vital first fish for Duncs.

I joined the following day for another session in the same venue, but didn’t manage to connect with any of the tiny bites we were getting – inevitably undersized Black Bream. They are very adept at removing bait from the hooks bit by bit, making the style of fishing very reminiscent of freshwater fishing, with very quick strikes needed. I was using size 1 hooks, which were probably too big to actually hook them,  judging by the size of fish that Paul and Duncs caught..

More will inevitably follow tomorrow – there are a few sessions to catch up on, but bed is calling at the mo. Until then!

Kingston Beach Fishing

21 07 2009
My Gurnard, modelled by Malc

My Gurnard, modelled by Malc, 19.7.2009

Had a 4/5 hour session with my uncles Malc and John on Saturday night. Original plan was to hit the Norfolk Groyne, but the sea was incredibly rough. we settled on Kingston Beach – much calmer.

I arrived about an hour after M and J, and promptly realised I’d forgotten my multipliers – doh! Luckily, J had a spare 6500C3 going, and I had a spare rod with screw winch reel fitting – my main rod, a Daiwa Procaster, has coasters, which are kept in my reel bag.

We had fresh red rag, peeler and fresh lug courtesy of M, and I’d bought a few packs of King, to make up for the fact that due to a bike ride that day, I couldn’t go digging.

First fish went to M, a flounder.. not sure of the bait but it was red I think. he went on to catch another 5 or so Bass throughout the session, which J and I teased him about – they were the size of goldfish! Ha ha.

As high tide approached I caught a reasonably sized Tub Gurnard, a pretty fish, on King. He went back in straight away. I then went on to catch one of M’s goldfish sized Schoolie Bass, who went back straight away too. I was mainly using red throughout the session, with the occasional peeler, switching to King later on as the red ran out. Would have used more peeler if I’d been more organised but the convenience of worm won over this time round.

It did rain for a little while, but it wasn’t too bad, and it was good to catch up – just like old times. I can see myself getting back in to this!