Thursday, 31 August 2017

Out again next week

Having done what has to be done
for she who must be obeyed.
It's time for an escape chit.
So off to 
Weymouth next weekend
on board the


Friday, 11 August 2017

Lacock 10-08-17

6am in the morning is a wonderful
time of the day.
At long last I was back on the river.
I had my Barbel ledger rod,
loaded with marine pellets
and a float rod
with Maggots and Casters.
 The float rod caught small fish from the first cast,
Roach, Chub, Dace, Minnows and Perch,
all were feeding strongly.

 Some of the swims are really
others look really fishy.
 But I failed to catch any thing
larger than 6 inches.
 I ended up with
a couple of hundred small fish 
on the float.
 Thankfully I love float fishing
and this really made my day.
I think I'll be back there
next week for more exploring.
There are a few tasty swims
I will try out next time.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Ledges, Ladye Bay,04-07-17

Went back to the Ledges
but I intended to fish
low water to high.
Low water was at 10.15
and high water at 16.30.
So I was disappointed
to find it raining when I got there.
This makes the rock area where I
fish very slippery,
so I took a walk along the
sandy area then climbed back
up on to the Ledges.
So I didn't start fishing till 11.30.
Using my usual
baits and rigs
I was able to cast  to my full distance
as it was only a 10.5mtr tide.
The Squid/Mackerel, Squid/Sandeel
cocktail baits were not touched
till 13.50 when this little
Conger decided on a bit of  Squid/Sandeel
 Had to wait a while for my next
bit of action.
This time a 
Thornback Ray.
A male Ray / Shark
can be identified by the
These are the two finger type appendages
sticking out to the left.
Females don't have these.
The photos show the underside of the fish.
 This is the upper side of 
the above fish.
 Just after the top of the tide
this stunning male
fell again to the Squid/Sandeel
 As can be seen from
the photos
the sun was out all afternoon.
Shortly before I
packed up
This "Snotty" 
more correctly called
Silver Eel or Fresh Water Eel.
took a Squid/ Mackerel bait.
It was on its way to the
Sargasso Sea
in the middle of the
Atlantic Ocean
to spawn.
So ended a very enjoyable trip.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Ladye Bay 01-07-17

I intended to fish from
09.30 till 15.00
but weed became a real problem.
I had Squid, Mackerel and Sandeel
for bait, straight or cocktail.
From the off
the baits were not touched.
Not even a nibble.
Until this little
Cat Shark, Doggie
took a liking to 
Squid, Sandeel cocktail.
As can be seen
the weed was starting to
be a problem at 10.30.
 High water was at 13.30
and 11.5mtrs.
 There was a good deal of weed
which was making it difficult
to see bites.
 At about 13.00 I had 
a good pull down and drop back bite.
The rod pulled over, something was pulling line off the
There were hard lunging pulls 
 and it stayed deep.
Eventually I had it on the surface,
a large Conger surfaced.
It took another dive
which was a reel problem because 
of the rough ground in front
of me.
Fortunately I turned it round
and had it on the surface again
Eventually I got it to the Ledge,
but couldn't climb down because of 
the waves sweeping over it.
I grabbed the shock leader
and held on to it,
I knew I couldn't  lift it
out of the water
as the hook length might brake.
Well as I was trying to get my phone
out of my pocket the line broke
as a wave dropped back.
My guess was the Conger was around
the 20ld mark.
As the tide turned the weed problem
got worse, blocking the
top eye and pulling the leads round into the
rough ground.
So I packed up at 13.30.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

An amazing day on the AMARISA off Weymouth / Portland. 18-06-17

Met up with Jason and Hannah
at 06.30
and made our way
to the boat. 
With a short wait
Jason decided to have a dabble
down the side of the dock.
He quickly managed to winkle 
out a 
Gold Shinny.
The trip out was smooth and

It had to be a good trip.
We steamed out to just off the Portland Bill

Here we struggled to catch
enough Mackerel for bait,
just as well we took
some frozen.
However this Gurnard
fancied Mackerel  Feathers.
That's a new species for me.
With Squid,Sandeel and Crab also taken
we  moved further off.
The conditions were perfect,
calm, sunny and warm.
The fish were on the feed.
Nearly thirty Tope were caught
giving a good bend to my new uptide rod.
Matched to  Rovex Tide Line TL20,
a Fathers Day present from
Jason and Hannah.
Hugh thank you to you both.
I caught this Tope 
just after catching
a Conger estimated
between 35 - 40lds. 

With Skipper and his mate
being kept busy with these
toothy  Sharks,
they even came in two at a time,
over 45 minutes for them 
to get or Tees and Coffees
Jason and myself doing the pose.
I also caught Bullhuss, and Doggies
There were some huge fish lost
with plenty of hook lengths being
bitten through.
We later motored
to drift fish.
This was not very productive 
with 4 Turbot being hooked 
and all falling off before the net was ready.
The only down side to the journey
was the drive home.
Taking over an hour longer
than usual due to 
broken and crashed vehicles.
Well done
Keith the Skipper
Deck hand Paul
you worked hard
in quite hot conditioned,
great advice as always.

Friday, 16 June 2017