Sunday, 28 December 2008

Next fishing trip dates?

The next dates that I hope to to getout fishing are

Sunday 04-01-09 Cottages or Yacht Club, Portishead.
High Tide is at 11.46 am and 11.2mtrs (Avonmouth datum)
Arrowsmiths tide table.

Saturday 10-01-09 Rockingham, Avonmouth.
High Tide 18.38 pm and 12.7mtrs. (Avonmouth datum)
Arrowsmiths tide table.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Season Greetings to all

I hope you all have a Great Christmas and New Year.
I wish you all full keepnets and bites galore.

Severn Beach 23-12-08

Fished this spot today,
but the weather was dull, low cloud base,misty / foggy
but vey warm for the time of year.
The sea was flat calm.
I used up the rag and lug left over from sunday.
Rigs were Pennell Pulley and 2 / 3 hook patenosters.
Varied the distance from 20yrds to 80yrds.
What can I say.
Catch was BLANKITY BLANK. (Aaaarrrghhhhh).
My last trip of 2008???!!!!!
Never mind skimming stones was good fun.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Lower Light 21-12-08

Decide to go back to the Lower Light again.
This time the weather better and looked more fishy.
Catch was 7x Whiting again none bigger than this one?!!!
Baits again were Lug, Rag, Mackeral and Squid.
Rigs were Live bait Pennell Pullys.

Don't know what happened to this one?
It was dead when I wound in, and found it looking like this.
Two ideas come to mind
1st :- it was attacked by other Whiting
2nd:- a bigger fish had a go.

Between my kit and the other fishermen, the dark area
is where they had dug their own Lug worm bait.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Rockingham evening session

Sunset over Portishead
Went down to Rockingham to use up the bait
left over from fishing the Lower Light.
Very light north westerly wind and cool not cold.
Tide was 11.9mtrs at 17.00.
Fished from 15.30 till 18.30.
Two rods with size 1 pennell pully rigs.
Lug / rag and Squid / Mackeral cocktails.
This 9" Flounder was caught at the top of the tide.
The only other fish caught was a 3" Whiting????
Nice relaxing trip,
just what the doctor ordered.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Burnham on Sea Lower Light

At last, an escape chit in hand and bait in the bucket I left home at 06.00.
Drove down to Burnham on Sea, Somerset.
Started setting up at 07.30 and just look at the weather.
Dawn over Burnham on Sea.

Baits used were Rag and Lug worm, Squid and Mackeral.
This is a photo of Rag and Lug on a flowing rig with some bling.
As can be seen by the next photo the sea was calm and still quite warm.
This is why the venue is called the Lower Light.
This is the Light house.
No not beach measles but the sand casts of the Lug Worm

This is a photo of the Lug Worm hole (right)
where it sucks in sand and the worm cast (left)
which is the the stuff left over after the worm has digested
the tasty bits.
This why I have a rosy glow about me?
I thought it was the sun but no
it was Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station.
Well here is the technical stuff.
High tide was at 12.00 and was a 10.4mtr (Datum Avonmouth ).
Fished with three rods.
1st rod Pulley with Worm baits,
2nd rod Pulley with Squid / mackeral cocktail,
and my Carp rod with flowing trace with a combination
of all baits. Singly and as cocktails.
Catch was 7 Pin Whiting.
This area has soft / sinking sand and deep mud.
Check out the area before you start fishing.
Also there are very fast tides.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

What no reports

Due to injuring my Achilles Tendon will
out running I have not been out fishing.
Normal service in 1 - 2 weeks.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Bristol Docks 06-11-08

Guess the cold weather has hit the Docks
as I fished from o8.00 till 10.30!
First fish was at 09.00 a 12oz Skimmer,
second was a 6oz Roach at 10.15
and third fish was an other 6oz Roach at 10.30.
That was it.
No further fish for a while from now.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Monday, 20 October 2008

Severn Beach again 19-10-08

Oh dear, what a trip.
Fished from 07.30 and finished 12.30.
High tide at 10.42 and 12.6mtrs.
Bait:- Rag, Squid and Mackeral.
Rigs were
two Pennell Pulleys one with 1/0 hooks and 3/0 hooks on the other.
Baits were straight rag, Squid / Mackeral and Squid / Mackeral / Rag cocktails.
One fish landed????!!!!!!
This little Whiting was foul hooked throgh the gills.
The personon the left in the red over black coat caught a nice
6 1/2ld Codling, weighed on my scales. Well done that person.
It was his only bite?

In total I counted 32 fishermen.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Baltic Wharf, Bristol Docks 13-10-08

Baltic Wharf is at the Avon Gorge end of the Bristol Docks.
The water is between 9 and 18 feet deep.
There can (in the summer) be a lot of boats moving up and down.
As can be seen by the photo below it is a pavers / concrete bank.
This veiw is looking towards Bristol City Centre and the S.S. Great Britain.
This veiw is looking towards the Cumberland Basin
and the Locks to the river Avon and Bristol Channel.

Fish that can be caught here are Mullet (below)
Flounder, Trout, Roach, Skimmer Bream, Carp, Perch and Dace.
Some nice Roach can be seen in the photo above plus a Skimmer

and a Roach.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Sever Beach 10-10-08

Went down to the Severn Beach with bait left over from
a trip to New Passage last Wednesday.
After a right awful start when I could not get anything right
I finally caught a Snotty.
With the tide about 2hrs from high, I was able to get up on
top of the rocks and settle down.
The tide was at 16.42 and 10mtrs
The weather was great light southerly wind and nice and warm.
Baits were Rag, Lug, Squid and Mackeral.
With 1hr to high tide my Squid / Macky Cocktail on a Pennell Pully rig
was pulled out the the bottom and tacken down tide in a classic drop back bite.
A 5 minute wind in produced a 5 / 6ld Conger.
The crab during this time were ripping the worm baits to shreds
in less than 10 minutes.
1 1/2hours after the top as I was starting to pack up
my Lug /Rag cocktail on a pulley rig as well,
started to bounce around and then headed up tide.
Smart and after a really good fight this 12 / 15ld
conger came on to the shore.
It scarred two Polish women who thought it was a Cod? I wish!
I just would not stop riggling about.
A nice finish to a strange fishing day.
Two other anglers also fishing but they only managed two pin Whiting.
Next trip Pole fishing down Bristol Dock early next week.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Severn Beach 03-10-08 part 2

Severn Beach is a very popular venue at this time of the year,
and is an early cod season venue.
How to get there.
From the M5 JUNCTION 17 take the B4055 and continue to Severn Beach
Turn right on to Beach road and park.
Follow the path to the top of the sea wall and choose your peg.
This is a photo of the lower prom as I call it.
Plenty of room along here.
Don't cast too far you don't need to , and the tide
is to strong most of the time.
On tides over 13mtrs this this path can get flooded
thats were all the rubbish in the next two photos came from.

This photo shows (in the back ground) the upper prom.

This is used on tides larger than 12.5 mtrs.

Very tight on a weekend tide at times

especially from September to December.

Fishermen can be seen at the southern end of the prom.The Severn Beach should have been called Severn Mud

You can see why in this photo.

The height of the Lower sea defence wall can be seen

in the photo below.

A tide of 9mtrs just gets to the bottom of these rocks.

Severn Beach 03-10-08

Dinner at last.
This 25 inch codling was the first fish of the day and one
three codling caught. The other two were 12 and 9 inchs
and went back to swim another day.
Als0 caught were two conger,
one of around 3lds
and this one between 8 and 10ld

Two snottys were also caught.

The conger and snottys were all released and swam off.
The tide 1 and a 1/2 hours after high water.

More info will be posted later.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

New Passage 27-09-08

Fished 15.00 till 19.30
Tide was 12.9 mtrs at 18.53.
Weather was calm, temp 17c and misty.
Used Crab, Squid, Mackeral and Rag Worm.
Rigs were
4/0 Pennell Pulley
1/0 Pennell Pulley
Size 1 flowing trace.
Catch was 2x Snotty Eels.
The weather was very nice but the fishing was poor.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Whiting and Bass

Fished Ladye Bay 07.00 till 12.00
Low tide at 11.10
Baits used Crab, Rag, Squid mackeral.
Rigs used were
Pennell Pulley 4/0 hooks
Pennell Pulley 1/0 hooks
Flowing trace size 1 hooks
Weather light east north easterly wind and overcast.
Temp 10c up to 14c.
First fish on the 1/0 Pennell rig, Crab and rag cocktail bait,was a small whiting 3 inches on the first cast.
Then this 8 inch whiting on the second cast and same bait.
Then three more pin Whiting.
On the Carp Rod and flowing trace
this small schoollie Bass took straight rag worm at 10 mtrs.

My third rod with 4/0 hooks and varying sized

cocktails of Mackeral, Squid, Rag and Crab,

Failed to attract any bites until my last cast when this

greedy little pin Whiting had a go at the sausage.

I had plenty of time to take a few photos

but nothing was worth taking.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Next fishing trip

My next trip will hopefully be on thursday
at Lady Bay.
Hope to have the report on here by Friday

Thursday, 18 September 2008

New Passage 18-09-08

Fished near the Severn Crossing again,
heard that Codling were being caught, so armed
with Rag Worm, Mackeral and Squid got down there at 07.00.
Fished till 11.00.
Tide was 13.1 mtrs at 09.51.
Three little rattles but nothing on the bank.
Never mind try again soon.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Another Conger

Using up the left over bait produced this Conger of around
5 - 6 pounds.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Yatch Club Portishead

This venue is a good spot when there are
large tides or strong winds.
The photos below are looking towards the Yacht Club and Lifeboat station.
High tide.
Mid tide.Below are photos looking east.
High tide.

Mid tide. This is a spot where long casting is best,

as between 40 - 60yrds there is a large area of rough ground.

It is also a good low tide mark but very muddy.
Beware of the fast rising tides. Don't get cut off.

My Conger of around 8lds was caught today 02-09-08

Baits used were Rag worm, Mackeral, Squid and Sandeel.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Why no blog?

Normal blogging will return in two weeks after
I have run the Bristol 1/2 marathon.
I will run it on the 14 september.

Friday, 22 August 2008

River Frome, Snuff Mill, Bristol

This is a small river in the middle of Bristol.
It is in the Fishponds / Stapleton area.
It can be accessed from River View off Broom Hill.
Our dog Puddles is showing me what he thinks of fishing,
he is sticking his tongue out.
This is what I call the car park bank.
The next phew pictures give a little look at some
of the spots I fish from.

What you can expect to catch.
Bream, Chub, Carp, Roach, Eels, Dace, Minnow and Gudgeon.

The main fishing style is to keep mobile and spend around 15 minutes per swim

and move on when the bite stop.

I generally float fish, covering the area down stream using bread, maggots or casters.

I also use a fly rod and 16mtr pole.

When the river is running hard after heavy rain I

use the feeder float method.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

OK what do fish look like!

Here are some I caught earlier.

This Thornback Ray around 3ld was caught at Ladye Bay

from my low tide mark. Pennell Pully rig with Rag Worm as Bait.

This 1 1/2ld Lesser Spotted Dogfish was also caught on the same day

and same bait and rig

Little Codling weighing less than a pound
again caught on the rig and same venue.