Guernsey 2012 
Over the 2012 May bank holiday weekend, I went away with Trident SAC to Guernsey. After being picked up at the motorway services we crossed easily on the Condor Fast Cat out from Poole, which takes an hour of queuing, 3 hours to cross and 15 minutes to disembark and finally a full 10 minutes to the Pandora Hotel! Now that is a lot easier than having to worry about taking your own boat 82 miles. Once there the local boats can get shelter from strong winds on one of the many lee shores if you need to get out and fish, like we did. After all we were there to fish so that we could really enjoy the beer and chat in the pub.


On the first day it was howling and raining all day but fully booted and suited we went and caught about 80 Pollock and 3 Bass on live eels in 3 and a half hours fishing. No need to work the live eels, just put them on and raise them 6 or 7 turns off the bottom then wait for the bite. Generally a missed bite means you need to put a new eel on. Best Bass 4lb, best Pollock 5lb. All the Pollock were filleted and iced down in Richards lock up.


Day two was much better and it looked to be the best day according to the forecast so we headed for the banks. Here we drifted with Garfish fillets hooked once and they beat the fresh mackerel and live eels hands down.

We ended the bank drifting with twelve Turbot (flatfish) to around 7lb plus three dogfish and I am proud to say one of them was mine! The flats were left to bleed by cutting the gills, before icing them down. On the way back round Sark we found a few more Pollock.


On the last days fishing the rain went through just as we stepped out from breakfast. In my opinion this was the best days fishing as we found more species and the best specimen in the shape of this huge Ballan Wrasse. Roy who's holding up the Wrasse was the only one to miss a Turby the previous day, and as you can see he caught up with this one below left, which soon after I had mine on a Pollock spot, bouncing the bottom. We were both chuffed with our surprise Turbot. We also found Mackerel, Pout and Pollock too.


The Island is surrounded by fish. St Peter Port is full of Pubs and Restaurants. It would be difficult not to recommend this as a really great place for a short fishing holiday. Below is Richard Keen at the helm of 'Margaret K' and then below right the drinking crew minus the photographer in the 'Cock and Bull', a fine pub with good beer, perfectly sited about 300m away from our Pandora Hotel.


Thanks for a nice time lads and for some good fishing with Richard Keen on the Margaret K, St Peter Port, Guernsey.