What a cracking morning. Light westerly breeze clear sky and a frost. Fished from 08.15 till 11.15 with high water at 09.48.
Used my usual rigs and lug and squid baits.
Here can be seen my wishbone cliped down and ready to cast.
Once again a 18 inch Codling took the wishbone rig with lug bait with in a couple of minutes of my first cast. On the second cast I had an 8 inch Codling which was returned alive. Just before high water I caught Codling at 16 inches. On the same rig and bait.
A few casts later I started getting rattles on the rod tip. That eventually produced a 15 inch Flounder. Again caught on the wishbone rig. Squid just does not work this year.
With the left over bait from yesterday I went down to the grass bank again.
High was at 18.13 and 12.3 mtrs. Weather was the same as yesterday but with drizzle and a bit more wind.
Same rigs as usual and Lug, Rag and Squid again.
Within 3 minutes of casting out my first wishbone rig I had a good knock and landed a keeper codling. Second cast out and an 8 inch codling was landed. Third cast out and a 4 inch codling was landed. Fourth cast and a good knock. Missed it.
That was it no more bites. The pennell rig with Squid failed again.
DANGER THIS AREA HAS FAST TIDES THICK MUD and DEEP GULLIES. Don't attempt to fish this area unless you are with some one who knows its well.
A good pair of wellies, bib and brace or wadders are a must. Shoes or trainiers ar a no no.
Started fishing at around 09.15 high was at 14.21 finished at 15.00. First bite was at around 10.00 and was a snottie which recked my wishbone rig.
The photo below shows how carefully I had to be. I started out fishing off the rocks the other side of the pool in front. Yep 10 minutes and that's how quick this tide is here. Shortly after this photo I caught my first codling in that pool / gully.
10 minutes before this photo that area was water free. At first the weather was misty, calm and warm. The sea was flat calm.
By high tide a light on shore / westerly wind had picked up.
Went for a long walk with my rods today up Severn Beach way. Trudging through the mud and over Bladder Wort weed covered rocks, I came to a spot with a gully in front of me. Behind me was more of the the above!
While the Gully was filling up with the
in coming tide, there were no bites except
for one rattle from a Snottie. As I got pushed back by the tide the Codling started biting.
The first was caught on the wishbone rig with rag worm bait. There probably less than 6 foot of water. The bites then came steadily. I eventually ended up on this shingle bank.
The wishbone rig accounting for most of the fish. Lucky day for these two as they were returned. The top one was just under size anyway.
As I was about to move off the shingle bank this cap took the bait, rag and lug cocktail on a pennelpulley rig. Lucky day for this one as well, I put it back. As can be seen the shingle has already gone?
I then took a hike to Severn Beach it self. here I had another snottie mess up a rig as well as my final Codling, again it was returned. This is as far as a 10.6mtr tide gets to at high tide.
Total bites = 14. 8 bites were Codling, 3 kept for the table, 5 returned. 2 Snottie bites recked rigs? 4 bites mised.
Fished the grass bank from 17.15 till 20.00. First cast out with the the wish bone rig produced a 37cm codling on lug bait. Woo Hoo good start can it continue?
The tide was 12.5mtrs at 19.09. Rigs used were the wish bone rig and a Pulley Rig with 3/0 Pennell hooks. Baits used were lug / rag and squid. Well yes the fish kept comeing! I managed 4 more keepers Russell (my son) who was also fishing with me also caught 4 codling and a flounder. However he did have to borrow one of my wishbone rigs to catch most of his fish.
What a great evening, as Russell said "It's just like the good old days"
"Good fishing, good company, good weather" What can you want?
Fished a new venue today. A 10 minute walk along from the Severn Beach there is a spot that is the same as fishing Rockingham, except that this is whats in front of you instead of mud! The mud starts further out.
As can be seen from this photo (looking towards Severn Beach) its just beyond the grass bank.
This time I used the pulley rig on one rod with whole squid and a Wishbone rig with rag and lug on the other 15 minutes before the top of the tide and the first bite of the day produced this Codling on the lug baited wishbone.
At the top of the tide, 09.30, a nice plump flounder found the rag baited wishbone hook. This under sized flounder came to the lug/rag baited wishbone rig and was returned alive, 10 minutes later.
No more bites were seen and I packed up around 10.30.
Fished down the grass bank again this morning with my son Russell (Rusty). High water was at 08.35 and fished from 06.30 till 10.00. It was a 12.6 mtr tide. The usual rods and rigs were used. Baits taken were Squid, Bluey, Rag and Lug. It was a warm morning until high tide when the wind picked up and that took the edge off the temperature.
I caught the first fish, a Codling, just big enough dinner. It was caught on a Wish bone rig with Lug as bait. There was then a lull in the bites untill Rusty had a had another Codling. In the end I had 9 fish 5 Codling, 3 Snotties and a Whiting. Rusty had 2 Codling.