Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Portishead Yacht Club Slipway. 12-10-16.

Once again I found myself
setting up at 07.00 
for a 10.50 low water.
Used 4/0 Pennel Pulley rigs
Loaded with Rag or whole Squid
As can be seen the mud at
low water totally covers the concrete slipway.
Take care the mud can be deep
in places so don't go off the edge of the slipway. 
Well once again only a small Whiting
was caught.
One whole Squid was taken 
with a drop back bite.
Unfortunately I failed to connect
and the rig came back empty.  

New Passage again 05-10-16

Again I tried here as this spot can be productive,
With high water at 10.18 
and 12.1m.
I set up at 07.00
Bait as usual was Lug, Rag and Squid.
Wishbone and Pulley rigs as usual.
Weather as can be seen was great
except for that chilly and gusty north east breeze.
Well, the story is short.
Just one tiny Whiting.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

New Passage blank. 20-09-16

Decided to try this spot as its been 
a productive spot for me in the past.
So getting down there at 8am,
I walked out to meet the tide.

Once again lost line caused problems again but this time
I managed to drag another
three lots of line and rigs in.
The fish up here must have still been in bed, as I didn't
get a bite.
High water was at 10.26 and 13.7m.
I only had rag this trip and used my usual

14 meter tide in the drizzle. 19-09-16

With Ragworm, Squid and Mackerel
in the bait bucket, I walked from Severn Beach
to my chosen spot by the pipes.
High water was 09.46.
Having been caught in traffic due to 
traffic light failure
I still managed to set up by 08.00 and wade 
out through the mud for the first cast.
Well with the usual rigs and bait combinations
and mixes I failed to get a bite before high water.
Every thing got soaked with the continuous
I was amazed that the wishbone rig
rod rattled.
Oh no, not a Snottie (Silver Eel),
but yes a Snottie.
Luckily it didn't tangle it up. 
 The next cast produced
a good pull on the rod tip.
A nice plump Flounder 
took a liking to Rag.
 That was the end of the fish action.
I now it was a waiting game  for the 
tide to clear three of my rigs.
Something had snagged my rigs
and so I waded out through
the mud.
Eventually I found them snagged on
a large length of 50lb + line.
I never found what it was connected to.
At least I had my rigs back.

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.