Saturday, 27 August 2016

Ladye Bay 27-08-16

With Lug, Rag, Squid and Crab
in the bait bucket,
I risked the M5 traffic
to head for Clevedon.
I arrived at my chosen swim
at 08.45.
As can be seen about 20 mtrs of
rocks and weed and then sand.
Usual rigs were used.
From the first cast till the last cast
the little fish were a pain.
Nibbling the hooks clean.
The high water was at 15.30
and 10.4 mtrs.
It was overcast with a northerly breeze and 
a single light shower.
Thankfully I didn't get hit by one of those thunder storms,
that passed east of Bristol
With actual fish staying on the hook
few and far between,
I was none to pleased
when these two fishing boats
passed less than 200 mtrs out.
You'd think they would have steared
clear of fisherman on the coast.
In the end I had 
1 x Whiting, 2 x Codling
and this
All taking ragworm.
There were five other fishermen
who all had the same result,
except one lucky fisherman who managed
to reel in a 7 inch Smothound.
I packed up at high water, looking forward to my next
fishing trip.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Rockingham at last. 24-08-16

At last a fishing trip.
What free time I've had
I have been chasing trains or aircraft
but the fishing bug has dragged me back.
Fished from 9.30 till 1pm,
high water was at 12.07
an d 12.4 mtrs.
Bait was Rag and Squid.
Usual Wishbone rig and Pennel pullies.
As usual my first cast into shallow water
as the tide is still covering the mud flats.
A small snotty Silver Eel had taken a liking to 
Ragworm on the Wishbone.
Luckily it didn't tie any knots.
This car transporter was arriving at Portbury Dock.
 In front of my chosen was spot was this 
sunken wood vessel.
Well that was the end of any action until
high water.
A slight rattle on the Wishbone rod 
produced a lovely Dover Sole
to say I was pleased?
Yes indeed what a cracking fish.

Well that was the last of any signs
of life,
except for sea birds.
The weather was warm and sunny
with a north / northeasterly breeze. 
Might escape again on Sunday
maybe Ladye Bay me thinks.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Beaten by my son. Ladye Bay ledges.11-06-16

Headed down to the ledges for a few hours with Jason.
Tide was at 12.15 and 11.2m.
I started at 08.45 with Squid and frozen crab.

Well it was very slow until
about an hour before high water.
When Jason had a classic Thorny bite
on Macheral bait.
This beautifully marked Thornback Ray
of around 5ld 
was Jay's first ever Thorny 
and he was well stoked.
He hasn't stopped smiling and talking about it
all day.
My turn a short while later
with the rain coming down,
was this 15 inch Codling on
a cocktail of Lug, Rag and fresh peeler crab.
Jay's turn again after the rain
was this Cat Shark "AKA Dogfish"
For the last hour of fishing after
high water,
I had two Strap Conger
in quick succession.
It was a warm muggy day
with drizzle at times.
Tea shirt fishing
is so good.
Now time to service my
and remake some rigs.
Another nice fishing trip.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Ladye Bay 31-05-16

A chance to get out came up
so I legged it down to Clevedon
for 05.00.
I chose the ledges for the low tide
session, with the low at 09.18.
 I used Lug and Squid for bait,
with this small Conger being the
action, taking a whole Squid on a
Pennell Pulley rig.
 The wind was quite brisk from the
north /  north east.
It was also a beautiful sunny morning
and surprisingly I was on my own.
Which means that the Channel is fishing
 After the first Conger I had a
Codling just short of keeper size,
taking Lug worm on a wishbone rig.
This was followed by a slightly
larger Conger on the wishbone rig 
just before low water.
 At low water another Codling
took the wishbone rig as well.
With turn of the tide so the weed
started showing its self.
All during the tide the line
had the sticky mud causing
bunching on the line
which blocked the shock leader
from passing through the
top eye.
On winding in the last
cast I found these two tiddlers,
a Whiting and a Pouting.
Well I guess its still baby time out there,
and with some bait left over I
have another chance to fish
on Thursday.
Fingers crossed the larger fish are
out to play.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

First warm fishing session 04-05-16

High water was at
and 12.6mtrs
Rag, Squid and Peelers
was the bait.
 Flat calm with light southerly
made for a very enjoyable evenings fishing.
Rigs of the day were
Wishbone rig and Pennell Pullies. 
 A small 4 inch Codling
fancied the Rag on the Wishbone
first cast.
Then it went quiet till
a series of rattles and pull downs
on the rod tip, a drop back
made me think it could be a 
Thornback Ray.
this lump of weed 
plus 5 leads
wound in.
 A further 8 inch Codling
decided some Rag worm
was needed for diner
that was it for any rod tip action.
I fished from 16.00 till 19.15.
Nice sunset on my fishing trip.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

The I.C.I. Pipes area. 10-06-16

Well after some further medical drama
for She who must be obeyed,
I managed to be dragged out the house by 
my son Jason
With Black Lug, Squid and Peeler Crab
and a 14.2 mtr tide
we trundled down to the Severn Beach.
Some diversion was needed due to road work 
on the A403.
We started fishing around 08.15
and fished till 11.00,
high water was at 10.10.
 From the off, grass type
weed was a big problem along with
not managing to hold the bottom
with 190 and 210 grm leads.
 Bites were few and difficult to see.
I managed 5 small Codling, (all returned)
while Jason had one a bit bigger than
 Well as can be seen the weather grand,
the only down side was an easterly wind.
Thanks Jason for dragging me out,
it was a great trip.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Out at last. 16-03-16

As she who must be obeyed has had her operation
and all seems to be getting better,
I decided to hit the Bristol Channel
at Ladye Bay.
So getting down there at 06.35
with Lug, Rag and Peeler Crab.
The usual pulley rigs with 4/0 hooks.
The weather was cloudy and chilly with a 
north east gusty breeze.  
From the off  my rigs were being
pulled out after some rattles.
So I had to reel in more often
then usual.
Low water was at 06.30ish
with high water around 12.20
and only 10.5mtrs.
Well I soon had the first Codling on the rocks,
a tiny 4 inch fish.
Slowly the bigger fish were banked,
the next around 6 inches then 8 inches.
by 11.15 this near 4lb Codling was banked.
Well by 12.30 the bait had run out
without any more fish.
Yet again a very enjoyable trip.