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

Thursday, 1 June 2017

What's next!

Due to having to do
what has to be done,
my next planned trip
out of 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Blank down Chesil Beach.19-05-17

After driving through a very heavy
thunderstorm which had slowed
my journey by 40 minutes,
I arrived at the chosen spot
on the shingle.
That storm was still hammering
Yeovil which was covered in hail
when I passed by.

 Weymouth and Portland  was
bathed in sunshine but a chilly on shore breeze
was rolling the shingle around.
 The fishing was a total wash out.
I managed a Spider Crab.
The sunset was really great.
 My son Jason managed this Bull Huss
which can't have been long out
of its purse (egg case).
We used Squid, Mackerel, Sandeel and Crab.
I used a cocktail of all together to set up a 
a good sent trail but no good.
I fished 3.30 till 10pm.
getting home at 00.03.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

First point Ladye Bay. 03-05-17

Started fishing at 06.00
with Squid, Mackerel, Sandeel
and Crab.
Fished 06.00 till 13.30.
Low water to the top of the tide.
My reels would be under water at high tide.
 Low tide was 3.4 mtr
high was 10.2mts
There was a chilly  north east wind,
mainly overcast with some sunny spells.
Casting to the left all was good till around
them the floating Bladder weed
came floating by.
This caused the leads  to be
pulled out and two
      managed to snag some snags.
                         After two lost rigs I started casting to the right                                
 till the tide eased off and the weed disappeared.
First catch of the day
a lump of coral.
 After that I was casting to the left again
when at 13.00
a strap Conger about 2ft long took an
At 13.30 I packed 
up and headed home.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Ladye Bay ledges, 23-04-17

Squid, Mackerel and Sandeel
were the baits chosen
for my trip down to the ledges at Ladye Bay.
I arrived at 07.30 to fish
the tide down and two hours up.
Low water was at  midday.
This was the sight
that greeted me when
I arrived.
It was also the route I'd 
take half an hour later,
as the tide receded.
 There were rattles on the rods
from the off,
First to show was a small
Doggie taking Sandeel.
That was followed by a
small strap Conger on whole Squid.
 Next on Sandeel was a
this rather larger Dogfish again
taking Sandeel'
 After that there was the
occasional bait ripped apart
or totally stripped hook but
nothing landed.
big sand at low tide
and really great weather.
 I guess that's the reason
for the shyer bites.
Just look at that photo,
absolute magic.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A day out on Amarisa. 9-4-17

"At last!"
The four of us exclaimed as we 
met up at the dock side at 
We were just about to board the
My youngest son Andrew
traveled down with me,
While Jason and his young Lady
had a shorter journey.
We steamed out at 08.00
about an hour we arrived at our first spot
and the baits lowered.
This was a bit of rough gound mark.
From the off Dogies
were on the baits.
Jason had a Conger
of 15lb plus. The odd Bullhuss and
Pouting were also caught.
 An hour and a half later
we steamed to our second
grounds for a while of drifting.
This was over sandy banks 
with the shallow banks 
throwing up some rougher waters.
This was not very fruitful,
with only one small Turbot
and a Dogie taking the baits.
A well pleased Andrew
with his first ever
 Myself with my two younger
boys. My eldest son was on 
Children care duty.
 Third spot was a cracker
With bites before the baits hit the bottom.
Everyone caught Pouting, there were loads of them.
Bullhuss were also caught
 Along with Small Eyed Ray,
 New species for Jason.
 New species for me
a Lobster.
This one went back as it was a female
with eggs
A couple of 
were also caught.
Andrew was well pleased
with this one.
A Starry Smooth Hound
a first for me
Took a whole Squid.
The Skipper admiring
the Starry

Andrew having a 
Chat with a Bullhuss
New species for Jason
and an other for his
World Sea Fishing Forum 
Species Hunt 2017

Baits used were
Mackerel, Squid and Sand Eel.
It was sunny all day
but a chilly breeze 
kept up all day.
Great company,
great Skipper and
a greatly need
escape for all.