Catch Reports 2013
Sunday 29th December
we got one day on the boat over Christmas and that was today Sunday. With
the inshore forecast for Selsey to Lyme giving Moderate to Rough seas we
tested Cowes for a very quiet day at anchor in the Ryde Middle area, along
with about twenty other boats. There were a few dogs and a nice Thornback
Ray for Andy shown left who returned the Ray. Reports of one or two small
Cod were close by with Whiting conspicuous by their absence.
There were shoals of sprats showing all day around the
boat. Most fish were probably feeding mid-water.
Meanwhile Lee Price shown above took on the elements and
caught this cracking 34lb Christmas Cod from his own boat, that's
commitment! It's a cracker. So they are there and there's still time to have
a go, we just need the wind to ease back and the sea state forecast not to
have the the word Rough in it!
Happy New Year and Tightlines, Les.
Sunday 22nd December
Merry Christmas to all those that fish with me and all those that take a
moment to connect to my website and read up what's been caught. This is a
hobby that went much bigger. Well we all like to see a good stock of fish
and most do their best to look after them.
Some fish are good to eat and photograph like Cod, Bass, Whiting and Bream
while others are best just photographed like Congers, Wrasse and Rays but
good specimen fish are great to see and deserve weighing and photographing
and then showing off somewhere like this.
the F7's and 8's in the forecast I will be spending the start of this
Christmas Holiday ashore. That's how it is but the wind will change and I
can't wait to have another go when it all settles down.
spaces on Friday 27th December
. This is the IOW Cod, Whiting and Pollock only competition based at
It's £55pp which includes competition entry. The prize table is being
organized by Bob Gawn and Kev Sampson at Yarmouth, obviously weather
permitting. I'll pickup and drop off at Lymington Yacht Haven and the
competition results will be shared after the weigh-in at a pub in Yarmouth.
This promises to be a great way of working off the Christmas Turkey!
Merry Christmas, Les
Sunday 15th December
No trips this weekend due to F7 SW but on Wednesday a small crew of four individuals found no Cod on our mark,
while John Skeggs not far away, netted seven 14-15lb Cod for his crew! I
warmed myself up on a feisty 40lb plus Conger as did Bob on another slightly
smaller right at the end. Kevin and I chipped in with a strap Conger each but the Cod were
not where we were. Dogs and Pout and a Whiting made up the catch. So on
Thursday with a six man crew I didn't fish but expected a better
return as we believed we were on the numbers but again Cod alluded my rods
Pout, Poor Cod and Dogs plus a Conger, a Whiting, a Spotted Ray and a Bass
for Don (left). Seven species in all but a quiet day. Oddly the wind never
went more than a mere breath but the sea built up all day, which was a first
for me. It's a bit weird feeling 'the sea' get bigger and bigger,
while at anchor, without any breeze at all.
Meanwhile just down tide from us, as he started the engine
at the end of the day, Yarmouth's Kevin Samson on 'White Osprey' netted a
14lb Bass for one of his anglers. So the potential is still awesome but most
fish are gorging themselves on the sprats this week. Sprats are showing all
over the sonar! The Solent is reported as 'very quiet'!
Please note next week there are 3 spaces on Wednesday
18th Dec and White Maiden is now only available on FIVE dates before the New
Year. I can change from charter to individuals, if required. Tightlines,
Sunday 8th December
A small crew on Monday fished a big tide on White Maiden off the Needles
and found Whiting, Cod, Pout and Conger. It was cold but comfy and the
fishing was good for the skipper as my cuttle and squid tempted this 12lber
and some nice Whiting. Paul battled a Conger of around 20lb. The best days
of the week were either not booked up by enough individuals or I was
committed elsewhere. Today we cancelled by committee, an understandable
decision by a crew made up of mainly skippers. No one like's fishing on the
'threshold'. My boat diary is looking busier towards and over
Christmas so I am looking forward to more Cod and Whiting for dinner. Note I
have now opened up most of March for Pollocking offshore wrecks on the big
tides or species bashing around some rocky spots inshore or on small tides
fishing the banks for Spurs and Blondes.
Other skipper reports are of similar catch make up to our
Monday trip with more Whiting showing closer inshore with some finding two
or three double figure Cod.
Sunday 1st December
Yesterday, Crookham SAC recorded 83 Pout, 40 Dogfish, 21 Whiting and 10 Poor
Cod. Not one big fish came out to play but the lads kept busy and made a
good competition out of it.
On Thursday I fished with Steve in his Merry Fisher called
'Agay'. It was a quiet 12 hour day as we fished 10/0's for most of the day.
Steve tricked this 18lb Ling with a Cuttle, on the small ebb tide.
On Tuesday's early start Paul fished hard while I baited
up his rods for 25 Dogs and a dozen Pout up to the last drop. This is when 6
squid did the trick tempting this cracking 17lb Cod!
Sunday 24th November
Saturday update: This was
the Paul Baker crew plus two. Alan on the left caught a 15lb
Cod on conventional double squid, Paul a 19lb Cod on Jelly worm and single
squid, Sam a 19lb Cod on a filleted Pout frame fishing for a Conger! These
prime fish came along with another
11lb Cod for Paul plus 7 Congers, one a feisty 30lb'er for Geoff, plus inevitable Dogs
Sunday update: This was an individuals day and Chris in
the middle below caught another 19lb Cod on squid, Ian a
4lb 15oz Spotted Ray and then Jamie Miller who we met at the fuelling
pontoon. Tony caught his cracking Cod during an afternoon session in
the Solent, in his own boat fishing solo. This lunker pulled the scales down to 27lb! Note other reports
form the weekend; a 32lb Cod on Mike Cottinghams 'Challenger' and a 33lb
Cod on Arty Savages 'Private Venture'. Sunday was a bit quieter than Saturday but
the quality is there. Also there were three reports of double figure
Pollock showing up too.
With this flow of North Easterly air we get slight seas inshore and cold
conditions, proper winter fishing. On Tuesday a local crew found the Whiting
starting to feed better at slack water, with a dozen or so towards 2lb. A
Conger and a kennel of Dogs plus a few Pout made up the rest of the catch.
We put plenty of bait down but missed the Cod so it was not for the want of
trying! With no other boats out, I have no explanation, except that we
fished the wrong two marks!
Sunday 17th November
A weekend of two half's with Saturday, bright and even warm at one stage,
plus some good fish. While Sunday was drab and quiet on the fish front.
The TOFFS came light handed on Saturday and let me fish.
That was a mistake. I caught a jammy 35lb Conger on Hokkais, a species
bashing setup, plus a 15lb Cod in quick time. Ian followed my Cod with a
nice 14lb Cod. Other than that a few Whiting, Pout and Dogs plus one more
Conger for me.
On Sunday the fishing was easy and comfortable but the
fish played hard to get. While I was scratching for a Whiting I hooked
another big Conger on Hokkais that Olly fought to the surface. It bit
through but I let her swim into my ready net, maybe she knew I was going to
get the hooks out of her before release!
Olly is left holding a lively Conger by the ears that he fought to the surface and beat on
a Fin-Nor Sports Fisher 60 fixed spool reel and a light Grauvell Anaga rod, perfect
at slack water and a massive experience that I shared the day before. Awesome fishing.
It's not what you do, it's how you do it!
But generally the fishing was quiet all round us on Sunday.
The Swindon crew worked hard and kept their baits fresh and on the bottom. A few
Whiting, Pout and Dogs came to the boat but the bigger bites just faded away
I reckon the SIXTY NINE boats that I counted on the
Saturday had caught most of the Cod that are turning up at the start of the
season and then spooked the
rest but it was great having a good go at them this weekend.
This is just the start of the winter fishing this year as
we are four weeks behind so we are expecting the bulk of fish to come in
over the next 6 weeks. Sprats are showing well on the sounders and something
is forcing them to the top for the gulls to have a share of them too.
On the right is a 'giant squid' caught by Eric on 'Melady'.
The squid was sucking on a Whiting and he was not aware that it was there
until Brian had
a fright at the net! Another experience but we are all now waiting for the
Whiting to show in numbers along with some more Cod.
On Wednesday the weather was perfect for the first day of the British Cod
Championships. We set our stall out for Cod and only Cod, with big, no, huge baits
on 10/0 hooks.
I chose a mark to win all the prizes but as it transpired, Rod who fished up by the cabin bulkhead, had
a reasonable Cod of just under 14lb that took 7th place. The 127 anglers,
on about 17 boats and caught about 30 Cod. A few boats blanked while others
had three. I reckon on a small tide our baits could have been too big, where
they sit too heavy and without movement on the seabed but that's just my
First was a nice Cod of 21lb caught by Doug (Bob Miness's
mate!) which earned £1000. The
heaviest Cod bag overall was won by fishing superstar Ray Barron with three
Cod for about 32lb, also winning £1000, fishing aboard 'Phosphorous'. Ray dropped another Cod
on the way up and used the following bait to catch his fish; 2x5lb box of
squid, 1x5lb of dirty squid, 10 packs of cuttle and 100 Black Lug! Ray
Best Skipper was Sam on 'Silver Spray II', a BWSeaCat from
Poole, with about 35lb of Cod while Eric Elliot on 'Wight Rebel', an
Offshore 105, was just a few
ounces behind! Not a massive weigh-in but the Cod are starting to show this
week and just in time. Thursday was cancelled due to the forecasted F6 - F7
with the anglers getting their boat fee returned.
These two pictures below show the contrast between the two
days. On the left is Kevin Duell on Wednesday heading to the Needles . On the right is a hovercraft
on Thursday being tested off Lepe. Thursday was cancelled. The decision was made by
1200 Wednesday so that everyone knew what was going on and back ashore, the
prizes could be setup, along with bar staff etc for the presentation.
It was a
good competition due to a big effort by the West Wight Charter Skippers
Association (WWCSA) organising crew Tim Doswell and Arty Savage, plus
helpers Kevin Williams, Rob Thompson, Len Osborne and Roger Williams.
Sunday 10th November
was cancelled on the forecast but today we managed to fish the Needles in
the Lymington & District SFC Cod open. Fortunately I had space for some of
the Saturday crew and so it worked out well for most.
After sign on we were anchored at 0745 for an 0800 start.
Steve caught a small Spotted Ray and Chris a 20lb plus Conger. A few dogs
and a Smoothound around 7lb preceded the biggest fish of the day, again for
Chris, another Conger weighed and released on the boat at 41lb. As the flood
started to ease back Wayne caught our only Cod at 15lb 13oz but at least we
had an excuse to attend the weigh in.
Wayne tied equal sixth with another Cod at exactly the
same weight. Likewise the two winners shared first and second prize as they
both weighed in Cod of 17lb 7oz. Nineteen Cod were caught by 105 anglers.
Biggest other fish (Excluding Congers, Undulates and Tope) was an 11lb Bass. The pairs prize of about £300 was not
awarded and rolls over to next year. The best Cod of the day was caught by a
non-competitor on Kevin Duels 'Voyager', that was a monster that weighed
35lb on the boat. Kevin was nestled amongst the competition fleet and just goes to show
that those fish of a lifetime are there.
There are more but smaller Cod down the Solent this week,
after Due South boated three Cod on their last 2 trips. Another indicator
that this winter season appears to have been pushed back by four weeks.
The water is still very warm for mid-November but is cooling and we will see
what that does for our Cod and Whiting.
Saturday 2nd November
What a poor run of weather! Horrendous hurricane force winds, then
mere gales with just one or two short breaks. In Lymington there was hardly
any storm damage partly due to the neap tide. On Wednesday my booked crew
didn't make their holiday due to the weather but father and son duo Mark and
Christopher were looking to 'scratch the itch'. Last minute they travelled
down from Buckinghamshire for a short, early morning session. That's keen!
We fished first light on the very last of the flood in the Western Solent,
leaving at 0600. Slack water was very quiet. After 40 minutes of no bites I
moved a short distance and we started picking up Dogfish as the tide began
to ebb away. Surprisingly the weed was almost non-existent but the sea was
the colour of tea. More Dogs took our baits, so I got twitchy and called
John and then Brian who fished the same mark the night before. Brian had
caught an 8lb and a 13lb Cod with the first hooked at 2230. Sure enough at
1028 our Cod came along! The fish took a single squid with a couple of
worms, on 5/0 Pennel hooks, no colour and was luckily lip hooked. Young
Christopher did a good job of pumping the fish in the hardest part of the
ebb tide, to the net. It weighed 11lb.
So, at last we find some Cod and are looking forward to
some settled weather, although as you can see, the Solent is a valid 'plan
B', on the smaller tides, if the crews don't mind a bit of weed.
Saturday 26th October
Weather forecasts that are easy to make a decision on! The gales have kept
us on our moorings for most of the week except for a quickly mustered crew
on Thursday. This was to take advantage of a lull and no booking for an
early morning Solent session. Sorry for not telling many of you but my
'contacts list' is chaotic after changing from Samsung Android to an Apple
iPhone this week. FYI - I like the iPhone, AS IT WORKS!
Back to the fishing; on Thursday morning we started in the dark on the ebb
and fished through the tide change and first light but only found Dogs and
Pout. We were fishing deep in the Western Solent. A weed warning should
accompany this report. My 10/0 hooks loaded with squid or cuttle or cuttle/squid failed to catch anything, with
expectations running too high. The baits were hammered though by Pout. Hokkais worked well though on the Pout, to
catch dinner. Bob finished the short trip with a 3lb Bass to save the day.
White Maiden is reserved for the WWCSA Cod Championships
on Wed 13th and Thurs 14th November. All spaces are drawn. To get your name
'in the hat' you will need to call Tim Doswell
07944 660889 and pay £140 for both
days. There's £1000 cash prizes for each day, plus other prizes.
I'm now booked but if you can find a space on a boat the
Lymington and District SAC have their Cod Comp, sponsored by LONI's, on
Sunday 10th November. Charter and Private boats can enter, there is a cash
prize of up to £600. See you there.
Note there is an individuals trip next Wednesday with spaces.
story accompanies these pictures sent to me by the Trident SAC 'boys' Chris
and John that went to the 'Canaries' two weeks ago. Chris has been to
Feurteventura for the last four years and this was the best fishing by far.
Here's some fish to whet anyone's appetite. Two Dorado's at 60Kgs swam
around the boat and were both hooked out on live baits dropped in front of
them by the skipper, shown left, at the same time! While John caught
this huge Blue fish at 35Kg the day before.
Please don't compare Bobs Bass with these fish, thank you!
Oh and note Chris I didn't mention the man over board drill! You can catch
the fish but you may not live to tell the tale! I can expand if you let me
Monday 21st October
The fishing is improving
quickly. Reports of Bass, Cod and small Congers in the Solent on the smaller
tides and some decent fishing round the Needles will make it all worth
while when we can next get out and have a go at them. See
My Diary for your fishing options on
White Maiden plus Cod Comp dates.
Last week we sailed and fished the South Ionian Sea, Greece, on a budget,
end of season flotilla with Sunsail. A Jeanneau 36i sailing boat all to
ourselves at £490 per person including flights. A good holiday in the sun
this time of year. It was fun plus an opportunity to learn additional
seamanship skills. A bit lively one day and certainly a proper test of our
very basic yachting skills. Fair to say we are still not proficient at
managing sails in 28 - 30 knots of wind and a choppy sea. It was
exhilarating and we survived. Another day we had a 2m swell on a four hour
passage (trolling session). While the other days were flat calm. It was on
one of these days that we found a lot of tuna feeding, the birds gave them
away. There were many Tuna plus one or two other species over a meter long
jumping while feeding in tight shoals but we couldn't get the lures through
them often enough to catch one. Each time the boat approached the fish
dispersed quickly. Next time we will experiment driving near to the fish,
cutting the engine and casting lures. That's another two sets of tackle to
pack but with 20Kgs allowance that's not a problem! Tighlines, Les
Saturday 12th October
This week we never had a Cod but a couple were caught today
(Saturday). We did find our first Whiting on Wednesday.
On Guy's Tuesday Sole trip we caught a couple of Soles
plus small Hounds, Red Mullet, Pout, Dogs, Silver Eels and a Spotted Ray.
John is showing a Sole and the Red Mullet.
The Wednesday evening trip was switched due to the weather
to a Bryn and Chris morning trip. At first light we found a Whiting, Dogs
and a Tope on a bank before moving under the cliffs. Here we caught a number
of Pollock, a nice Bass, lots of Wrasse, Pout, plus a Mackerel and a Scad.
Then today, again with Bryn and Chris (below) we had Wrasse, Pout, Mackerel,
while out deep we found small Congers and Dogs.
Monday 7th October
This week the Solent fished better than the Needles area while we are still
in this 'between seasons' changeover period. On Saturday the TOFFs crew
really struggled in the big tide, as did other boats, to find quality fish
round the Needles. We had Pout over the wrecks. When anchored we found the
odd Pout, Dog, Scad and Mackerel but it was quiet. On Friday the Matt
Pheasby crew had a F6 SW but did reasonably well sheltered off Cowes with
small Hounds, a Spotted Ray, Bull Huss, Dogs and Pout. While the mid week
Pat Warne evening crew found seven small Hounds, a Spotted Ray, Bream and
Pout rattling their light sole tackle. We are still waiting for the winter
fish to appear inshore, is it still too warm for them? Maybe. Tightlines,
Sunday 28th September
fishing for my crews was quiet this week but we got out and it was
comfortable fishing. Saturdays trip, was cancelled. The expected mixed bag
at this time of year was not too mixed. As usual I am keeping news of my
catch returns honest to make the report useful. Having said that at the
start of the week Fog and then at the end of the week strong Easterlies
stopped us testing preferred marks.
The inshore fishing proved the summer species are thinning
out and the winter species have not turned up yet. On Friday there were a
few Bream down the Solent in the blustery F6 Easterly. Shelter from the
Island's North shore enabled us to test three marks on the very small flood
tide but it was quiet and as you can see with Karen's Bream and Dickie's
Spotted Ray that it was good to see fish at all.
So the Bream are hanging on still down the Solent and the
weed is negligible. Worm and squid proved best baits. One fishy friend
caught a Thornback Ray on Monday that was completely black across its wings!
On Wednesday afternoon the fog didn't clear so at 2pm we 'went shallow' in
search of a Stinger off Sowley. Well as you can see pictured right an only just
sizable Bass for Simon and a Bream for Paul went home for tea. The best
Bream unintentionally released was the most hilarious incidents of quite a
best Bass was lost at the net as tangled with another line, it looked around
4lb, not so funny. A couple more Bream and a few dogs made up the bag. There were no Sting
Ray and no Smoothound but note also very little weed.
On Tuesday the fog cleared in time for the afternoon trip
for Richard pictured left. It was very hot and humid. His Hound put up a
good scrap, while on the same light rod a suspect reasonable Blonde smashed
him up half way to the boat. A small Blonde, a few dogs and five mackerel
made up the rest of the bag.
Sunday 21st September
Mackerel have definitely decided to swim South, as my Saturday crew
struggled to find just the one yesterday. Anyway we settled down in
Christchurch Bay with plenty of squid, sheltered from the huge flood tide,
to catch lots of Pouting plus the occasional Dogfish. As the tide eased we
moved South to find a couple of small Congers more Pout and Dogs over slack
water. As the tide began to ebb hard we came back inside the Bay again as
the mist thickened up to find a Bream, a Thornback Ray and more Dogfish.
Left is Alan who caught the biggest two fish of the day.I
On Wednesday, I reckon the 'Gill crew' from Lymington caught the last two Mackerel in the
Solent, so without live baits we trolled shads and drifted
Hurst with King Rag, for no reward.
We anchored up in the shallows off the banks as we lost
the light, close to the top of the tide, to find a reasonable Bass for John,
three feisty Hounds including the one held by Mario, three Silver Eels and a Dogfish. We were lucky to get
the trip in this week but the weather was fantastic for the Western Solent. Thursday
evenings trip was cancelled due to strong SW winds.
Sunday 14th September
TOFFs Saturday charter began in bright sunshine although breezy
from the North West, with a bit of a swell. We drifted a couple of banks and
a couple of wrecks. The trip ended with an afternoon of intermittent drizzle on the bow. The fishing wasn't great in the small tide but it would
take more than a lack of fish to stop these boys enjoying themselves at sea.
Mackerel are now very scarce inshore, so take more bait.
We found the
Bull Huss began to feed on the flood tide but would only take fresh
Mackerel, refusing everything else. Bryn's best Bully had clamped onto a bait pushed up the trace by a
hooked up Lesser Spotted Dogfish.
The two similar species were netted side by side. Better fish were expected
all day but never came. Brian caught the best Bull Huss at around 7lb. A
lone Bream, a few Pout, a Scad and a dozen Mackerel, added to the Dog fish
and five Bull Huss made up the catch.
Both mid-week evenings were cancelled due to the
rain and mist as I considered the safety of my anglers and my boat. Tightlines, Les.
Sunday 7th September
This is more like early autumn, eighteen degrees and 24 knts
of SW wind plus showers and a change in the fishing.
Yesterday, my Trident SAC crew were keen to go and so we went
round the light and had a nice bank all to ourselves until 1330 when we were
forced to come back inside. Three Tope to 7lb, three Bass to 5lb and two
nice Small Eyed Rays the best at 8.5lb made the shallow area with a big tide
and a little weed worth fishing. Mackerel can still be caught along with
Inside the light we avoided the weed in the ripping ebb tide
for a few Mackerel, a couple Pout and Gar. Steve is pictured with a Bass and
the best Ray while Chris shows the first Tope that came up at the same time
as the best Bass.
On Friday afternoon a local crew wanted to expand on their
previous Mackerel trip and managed a reasonable bit of weather although it
was still blowing twenty knots when we got to our first mark which was
blighted by weed that forced a change of plan. On the second mark we found
some Bream and a Dogfish with very little weed, before going back on the
drift for Mackerel, a Gar, and a Herring. Liz is showing her Bream, the best
of the catch.
On Tuesday evening I took Guy and John along to fish for
Soles. Well we found one but it was in the dying minutes. Up to then it was
Bream and a Bull Huss that rattled the rods. Here is Guy holding Johns
dinner and not looking too pleased for John! The trip back was under radar
plus track back with no visibility at all in the pitch dark plus fog.
As the BBC forecast fog for the Wednesday night from early on I cancelled
only to find it actually stayed fairly clear so apologies for that.
On Monday a half day trip with Tristan and Mal crew, started a bit bumpy but
flattened off lovely with a Thornback being the biggest and best fish for
Mal. Lots of Mackerel and Scad at anchor and a handful of dogs made up the
rest of the catch in the short session.
Sunday 1st September
I was away on Holiday in Portugal last week but on our return I managed to get out fishing
the following morning with the Wiltshire Farmers crew and the weather was as good as Portugal, the sea
comfortable and we had a small tide.
It was ideal to search for deeper and larger species.
The fishing wasn't easy but we found 15 to 18 Tope all between 7lb and 9lb.
Plus there was a Bull Huss, Thornback Ray and Dogfish. The Mackerel are
Back to Portugal, if you want a 'close' destination for a
Marlin fix then this is THE closest!
Read my story to
give you an idea of what to expect. TL, Les
Sunday 25th August
Mondays family Mackerel trip found plenty of Mackerel plus this Gar fish
for Grandad from Australia. The Blackwood family took some Mackerel for the
table. I flicked most off and kept the Gar for flatty bait.
While the evening trips were lovely evenings the fishing was
not easy. On Wednesday the Peter Devizes crew caught five Bream, too many
Scad and Pout, Bull Huss and Dogs at anchor with Mackerel, Pollock and Scad
on the drift. Still they managed to find some fish, on a quiet night. It was
a big tide and we avoided the weed.
Harder again was our Bassing with floated live baits. We had
a laugh and some mega tangles but no Bass on the boat. One was lost by the
boat. On the feathers there was a Wrasse, some Scad and Mackerel. Ted from
Florida got stung on the lip by a wasp after swigging his Cider bottle! It
came up like a balloon but more Cider seemed to sort it out! It was a nice
evening with a warm fresh Easterly breeze. Tighlines, Les
Sunday 18th August
A week of extremes in angling ability and weather. Today I cancelled TOFFS
on the forecast F6/7 SW. Yesterday England internationals Colin Searles and
Kevin Sampson showed some of my regulars what you must do to win a species
competition nowadays. To be fair this is not what we normally do as we went
about catching the smallest sea fish I have ever seen on marks that I have
fished many times before!
Species included Gold Sinney Wrasse, Ballions Wrasse,
Corkwing Wrasse, Ballan Wrasse, Pout, Poor Cod, Sand Blenny, Tom Pot Blenny,
Dogfish, Bull Huss, Bream, Garfish, Small Eyed Ray, Smoothound and Mackerel.
We were second the Boat with Kevin winning on ours 'White Maiden', just
beating Colin by a few points with a total of 240 points. Ray Barron fishing
home territory on 'Foss' skippered by Rob Thompson, stormed the comp with
430 points! Rob did well to put them over enough Pollock, Wrasse and Bream
to max out their score sheets. It was a horrible day with 25 knots of wind
at one point and heavy rain, a day which would be cancelled for my regulars!
Pictured from left to right is Kev, Dean, Jim, Alan, Don, Colin and Richard
gathered for a quick picture at the end of the comp.
On Thursday we had another F5 to F6 that meant the Solent was
our refuge for the Lucy crew and although they thoroughly enjoyed their half
day boat trip, the weed spoilt fishing at anchor. Mackerel however were
many. We kept a few of them for tea and flicked the others off with a T bar,
to swim free again.
On Tuesday, as we went West and away from the Solent the wind
picked up to 23Knts and caused problems, with a choppy sea that pulled the
anchor out. I have resolved my anchor problem now! Anyway after some
Mackerel and a Bream the wind picked up another notch, so we came all the
way back into Yarmouth to find Bream and Smoothounds at High Water when the
weed was not a problem for us. Young Rowan caught two Smoothounds and at 11
years old did very well to master this one himself and release it to the
On Monday we chased for a Conger round the Needles in a
fairly big tide and another breezy SW F5 day. We found the Pout on a 'lump'
(small wreck?) that we targeted but no Congers! We moved to a bank and that
was 'dead'! The lads caught a few Tope and Dogs back on our original 'lump',
plus the Pout again, otherwise it was a very quite day on the fishing front,
which to be fair, except for the England lads and Dean catching plenty of
whitebait sized fish on the species comp, Monday was a reflection of the
whole week since last Saturday.
Sunday 11th August
Saturdays (yesterday) Trident SAC plus Gary the guest searched hard for
reasonable bait sized fish as the Mackerel we caught inshore were all
big/huge. They were everywhere and taking small baits off the bottom too. On
the first drift Chris latched into a nice 2lb Tub Gurnard on Macky strip and
John a small Bass on feathers. Then it was go search time after the bank
became locked up by anchored boats over a 20 minute period. So off we went
and tested some areas without luck before anchoring a bank, on the deep side
waiting for the tide to ease.
The biggest Tope fell to Chris's Macky flapper, it was around 15lb. Smaller
tope were T barred off. There were Dogfish as usual. The afternoon drift was
in 25 Knots of wind against the tide which was hampered again by those huge
Mackerel. The Bass didn't show up!
Fridays Macky trip found 25 Mackerel and could just see the Red Arrows!
On Thursday a family holiday crew caught plenty of Bream, the
best about 1lb 6oz, mostly on the last of the flood, plus Mackerel and lots
of Dogfish. Sevi on the left is holding up a double shot of Bream. They
kept enough for dinner and released the rest. The other highlight of the day
was when we were flagged down by a solo fisherman, as we up anchored, he needed a tow back to Lymington.
It added half an hour to our return trip but was a good deed done.
Wednesday evening was lovely and the crew found
Mackerel, Bream, Dogs and plenty of Pout into the dark. There were
fish to keep them busy throughout the session with most returned. I have
noted in the last few days fish leaping in the river, marina and out at sea.
After a discussion with a Salmon angler, who caught two Salmon yesterday
(Thursday), he thinks they are Sea Trout.
Wednesday day time with the Stuart Young crew (above) proved that
small baits work during the summer. In the morning drifting session after
the Mackerel, we found a small Thornback Ray, a Tub Gurnard and a John Dory.
The John Dory was a first for my boat but it dropped off before netting, due
to lifting clear of the water. At anchor the lads caught nine small Tope up
to 8lb before going back on the drift again for 30 odd Bass, the best around
3lb. A third of these Bass were returned. The crew of mostly fire fighters above, are showing
part of their catch.
On Tuesday evening a small group of four anglers wanted to
try float fishing for Bass and we had a good session with some reasonable
fish. The best Bass was around 4.5lb with another eight falling to live
baits. The lads are showing their catch on the left.
Dates and spaces are available, see my
Diary Page for details.
Sunday 4th August
Well that's it, I am now a full time Sport Fishing Charter
The day I left NICE, Wednesday last week, we found some good Bass on the
Wednesday evening trip, fantastic! But, then the next day, my first day as a full
time skipper, I was let down by a new crew, and only for the second time in seven and
a half years! Anyway the New Forest Show on Thursday was a great alternative!
the start of yesterday's (Saturday) trip I was anointed by Chris, as a fellow member
of TOFFS, The Old Fountain Fisherman's Society! TOFFS are based in the City
of London and like to spend time in the New Forest, oh and Los Angeles! To celebrate the honour the small crew of four went out on
White Maiden on a breezy day, averaging 24 Knots at times and exceeding the
forecast, and still caught a few fish. The best was a nice Bass just under 7lb
for Ian. When anchored in a very comfortable bay we found some Bream for Pat, three Rays for Bryn and a Smoothound for
Ian. Chris had the best Bream to make the day reasonable for all. The biggest surprise,
there were no Dogfish!
On the right is Mike Callus with a nice brace of Bass, the best, again was
7lb. These were caught on the
Wednesday evening trip. Pat, who organised the lads, caught five himself but
returned most of his to fight another day!
Friday evening with the Dad's and Lad's from Milton Keynes
was ideal with a SW breeze on the nose. Typically, for a beginner crew, they
caught well, boating a Plaice, Thornback Ray, Tub Gurnard, plenty of Black
Bream and Dogs. The Mackerel competition at the start was a bit frenetic after
finding loads, immediately. Harrison, on the left, needed help to get the
Thornback Ray up off the bottom and onto the surface but he still lured the biggest fish while a nice Bream around 2lb was the best
specimen caught by young Jason. All the fish were returned alive except for a few Mackerel that were used for
For trips throughout August check my Diary page and then the Prices page and
if you need help to work out what I am trying to explain, give me a call.
Sunday 28th July
This superb weather is breaking now but Saturday started well
with 14 Bass on the feathers amongst some large Mackerel. The best Bass went
a couple of pounds and although one or two others may have been acceptable
for anglers they all went back to grow. Commercials would have taken most of
them. This was a comp so we then looked for Rays and then drifted for a
Pollock etc. In the end they caught 9 species with Tope, Smoothound,
Gurnard, Pollock, Bream, Bass, Mackerel, Pout and Dogs. On the left is Peter
larking about with his first Tope as each new species gave them bonus points
and Tope were worth quite a lot of points.
On the Evening trips this week, weed is starting to show
inshore on the very big tides and the Bream are still shy. Next week is
small tides. The weather was good though and species caught included Small
Eyed Ray, Pout, Dogs, Scad, Bream and Mackerel. The Mackerel have gone
patchy at the moment so take extra bait.
Sunday 21st July
Nice and hot still but these Easterlies and high pressure
have kept the fishing quiet. Yesterdays crew of Toffs from the City of
London worked hard right up to the final whistle, for mostly a dozen Bream
that came one at a time during the day from all three marks that we tested.
The Bream were shy. The best and biggest fish was an Undulate Ray caught and
returned by Chris on the left, it was a cracker. That good fish along with
the Bream and typical Dogfish and Mackerel was it. Very quiet but nice in
the sun and hot breeze.
On Thursday evening the Devizes crew found a dozen Tope, not
big but gave a lively account of themselves, each one disguised as a
potetial Bass. The other species on the night was a 4lb Thornback Ray plus
the Dogfish. Mackerel are still very easy to find. It was flat calm and so
nice I had to add the picture below of this sailing boat heading into the
Sunday 15th July
Trident SAC have been fishing with me for about six years now and this
was a rare occasion when the weather was kind to us, they had a full crew
and were willing to fund more fuel allowing us to search marks further
offshore. Well it paid off with four Cod and six Pollock.
To be fair the day was perfect for easy fishing and motoring
around the marks but it was hot and the high pressure always put the fish
off, so in the circumstances the boys did OK judging against other reports.
The best Cod was about 6lb the best Pollock about 7lb but we lost two big
fish over the Cod when a rod was pulled sharply down onto the hand rail,
bouncing off the fish, half way up in 190 feet of water. The other big fish
parted the braid, also a fair distance up off the bottom. Other fish caught
on the drift were Pouting and Whiting.
Wednesday evening was fished in a warm F5 from the North
East. See there are Plaice out there! This is the best of two
small ones but a different species all the same. Some Bream also made a show
on the carp rod on the drift.
We then went out to the bigger Bream spot of the previous
night and struggled to catch them, well Guy did anyway, sorry Guy. John
caught ALL the fish. Quite unbelievable. The Hound went about 6.5lb and was
followed all the way up to the net by another. Still if he hung around they
would have met up again. Just to rub it in as well as a handful of Bream
John caught a Bass on the last drop.
Tuesday evening, on the Bream, on a hot summers day,
lovely. An early catch was a small Undulate Ray by Richard. Don't tell the
crew but we tried for a Plaice mainly to get away from the many Bream, only
I didn't know they'd already used all the worms and the weed
ruined the plan . We moved out deeper and away from the weed only to find
plenty more but bigger Bream, with most released! There was also a Tope and
a Spotted Ray.
Monday 8th July
Above are the Sunday crew pictures of Ali with his two
Thornbacks, plus a picture of a yellow Ballan Wrasse and a huge Jelly fish
just to the left of it in the sea behind. The jelly fish is seen better in
the next picture. This was a very hot day. We drifted for some of the day
but with no luck. The Tope never found us but a nice Bream for Bryn made a
change from the Dogfish. Mackerel were plenty and we had four Bass amongst
them. Most fish were returned alive with the better Thornback Ray above
about to release a purse.
The Saturday crew started out with me at 6am, with the weather perfect.
First stop found lots of Mackerel and then eight Bass. Out deep drifting
never worked for us so we went to anchor. A 21lb Blonde Ray put in a good
fight on Paul's line just before the end of the flood tide. Sam caught a
couple of Tope and lost a much bigger fish, lively like a Tope or Conger.
One other Tope was also caught. On the Ebb slightly inshore the Dogfish were
interspersed by a nice 4lb Spotted Ray for Tim and a Red Gurnard for Alan.
Except for six Bass and the Mackerel, everything else was released to fight
There were plenty of Mackerel in the Solent
during the week which worked well on a Mackerel trip, when fog threatened to
ruin the evening but moved away from us as we approached the Island. We also
found plenty of Mackerel at the start of the evening trip, the day before.
On the Wednesday evening, the Pat Warne crew also found Dogs,
as they are everywhere at the moment plus a Spotted Ray for Paul plus a
Bream and a Bass for Stuart, shown on the right. The biggest fish, which was
huge, was well played by Bob, for around 10 minutes, until the hook pulled
out straight! Bob had baited with fresh Mackerel so I suspect that
this lost fish was one of the monster Sting Rays being caught down the
Solent. One of these has been weighed on the boat at 80lb by a local angler!
While a trawler photographed and released another Sting Ray well over 90lb.
Saturday 22nd June
The weekend has been blown away again but mid week
evenings were great. It was better late than never on the Wednesday evening
trip after Bob caught the biggest of the first three Tope caught on White
Maiden this year. We were a few miles from the Needles Light. Other species
included a Spotted Ray, too many Dogs, Pout and plenty of Mackerel.
Following a report of trawling all day over the same area on
the Thursday we went to another area more due South of the Needles Light
again in the evening, this time with the Paul Hayward crew.
We caught ten species that included Mackerel, Herring,
Pollock, Conger, TBR, Hound, Tope, Pout, Dogs, Bream. The Thornback Ray on
the right caught by Pete 'The Rat' was the biggest fish.
Both evenings were awesome as far as the weather was
concerned. This is what summer should be like and ideal on one of the
longest days, with some light still while going up the river at 10:15pm!
Monday 17th June
The Saturday trip was blown away but the keen crew organised
by Don and staying over in a Southampton Hotel wanted the Sunday.
Luckily both myself and Jeff on 'Lazy Daze' were expecting a
day off on Sunday so were free both to swap over to Sunday. The plan early
on was to let the sea settle down outside and fish the morning in the
Solent. The best specimen of the day was a 4lb 2oz Spotted Ray and the
biggest fish was a Hound of around 8lb both landed on White Maiden. Jeff's
crew managed to find Bass where we had lost two, just after we moved on to
another mark. He then found some Pollock also on the drift to add to their
species count. I reckon Richard on the right must have had the best Bream on
White Maiden too. All in all it was a good day in ideal conditions. Jim 'the
chef' and 'champion Spotted Ray catcher' made some cracking breakfast wraps.
Between our two boats we estimated the crews caught over 20
Smoothound and Bream and Pollock plus Dogs, plenty of Mackerel and ten or so
Bass. The fishing was reasonable and there was very little weed to worry
about, which makes a big difference when tackling the Solent.
midweek was unsettled and chilly but
we managed to find Guy
and Joy some fish on a lovely Tuesday evening including Bream, Hounds, Dogs,
Bass and Pout. Guy was fishing a very simple rig with small baits. A long
flowing trace with a
2/0 circle hook that worked well. Every single one of Guy's fish which
included two Smoothound to 9lb, two Bass to 3lb, two Bream, a Pout and five
Dogs were all caught on a 6lb class rod, with the circle hook in the
scissors of the mouth. This allowed for a simple release, a good conservation
measure as no lost hooks. Joy caught a Bass and Dogs on her special pink
Sunday 9th June
week was a cracker with lots of sunshine and clear skies as high pressure
held across the country giving us North Easterlies in the Channel all week.
Due to the difficult fishing outside in recent times the Solent seemed the
best area to target fish. The Smoothound were a good bet on Tuesday evening.
We only had three but the best Hound caught by Dave went 11lb. Dave also had
a small Ray and also the first Mackerel of the drift at the end of the
evening, his catch took the money. Along with the Hounds there were some
small Bream and plenty of Dogs.
On Wednesday evening a small crew on a Mackerel Trip were
inundated with them down the Solent. The five anglers accounted for around
190 Mackerel with two weighing over 1.25lb. There were also three Herring
On Saturday there was a strong breeze still blowing from the
NE at the Needles but over the top of us as we fished along the cliffs. We
found plenty of Mackerel and a few Pollack too.
Due to the wind blowing hard for longer than expected we
drifted for most of the morning and found Herring, Gars, Wrasse, Pollack and
were returning all Mackerel in the end. At anchor we found mostly dogfish
and a couple of Wrasse, so we went back on the drift for another ten or so
Sunday 2nd June
Yesterday the Trident SAC crew on White Maiden caught up with
the Round the Island fleet at the Needles Lighthouse which worked out well
for us. We soon found fish. A few Herring are still showing up amongst the
Mackerel. Here is the best one that looked big but only weighed 10ozs, the
boat record is only 1lb 1oz. While John held up the Herring his static rod
sat in the rod rest caught two Pollock, the only double shot of the day, now
there's a clue! Then later on one man band John found the only Huss off
Chale in a strong tide. The snarling 7lb Bully was returned. The day was
bright and breezy and the lads fished hard but returns were low with 6
Pollock, 5 Herring, lots Mackerel. Pout and Poor Cod, plus the one Bull Huss.
Right is Peter with a nice 3lb 8oz Plaice. The mid week Old
Codgers returned for a monthly get together. Bream, Plaice, Ballan Wrasse,
Corkwing Wrasse and Pout were caught but again the fish were not giving
themselves up on a cold, blustery day, all from the North which kept the sea
flat. They enjoyed the day out but like me want the fishing to improve.
Wednesday evening was worse. A crew from Devizes fished round
the Needles for a Conger. We found one amongst lots of Pout and Dogs but it
was a Congerette and took the money. The rain continue to come right through
the evening and was finished with some poor visibility and the Needles
Lighthouse moaning for us to come back. We did on time after practicing
retrieving a black bucket that was dropped over board in the near dark! This
outside working crew of farmers and pest controllers, said they enjoyed the
evening and didn't mind the rain but the fishing is harder this time of year
than it should be. Those Devizes sausages were awesome though!
Saturday 27th May
The inshore fishing is cool still with these weird
unseasonable temperatures appearing to put the fish off their dinner. There
are a number of species to be caught but they are certainly not giving
themselves up yet as the sea temperature is still down on the time of year.
The Paul Baker crew above worked really hard all day for
small returns only to be inundated with fish in the last 20 minutes when we
spotted some birds over a mass of fish. In the end the days fishing produced
a Bream, a couple of Conger, a Poor Cod, a Hound, a Wrasse the inevitable
Pout and Dogs but no Bass although we did work for them before finding lots
of Pollock, Mackerel, Herring and Wrasse all feeding on presumably a bait
ball. We filled buckets and boxes quickly in the last twenty minutes before
returning to Lymington.
During the week we found some Hounds down the Solent falling to crab, plus
Pout, Dogs, Mackerel and a Herring. Here is Jim with one of the best females
all released with the best weighing around 12lb.
The following evening was good enough to test the Needles
early on before fishing the last 90 minutes in the Solent. Outside we found
plenty of Mackerel and a few Pollock, while back inside off Yarmouth it was
very quiet with a few Pout and Dogs plus a small Bass.
The common theme in all the pictures is hats and coats and
not your normal end of May T's and Shorts weather.
Still lots of room for improvement.
Saturday 18th May
The inshore fishing is starting to warm up and there are now
a number of species to target but Mackerel are still scarce. Saturdays
Church Crookham SAC competition started on our Thursday Bream spot. After
one Garfish, a Corkwing Wrasse and Pout we moved out deeper to find a
specimen Red Gurnard, a couple of decent Whiting, a Hound and Dogs. We then
moved out deeper again for some large Pout and a couple of Pollock on the
drift followed by another Hound and a Tub Gurnard and more dogs at anchor
again. Fishing was not red hot but after 9 species and a tight contest it
proved to be a good day out on a very comfortable sea. Below is Dave with
his specimen 1lb 8oz Red Gurnard and Keith with a Pollock around 6lb.
Thursday I organised a quickly arranged Bream trip. We found five quality
Black Bream plus Corkwing and Ballan Wrasse.
My specimen Bream pulled the scales down to 3lb 10oz and took a head hooked
rag presented on a size 1.
Bob also managed a quality Bream too but they are finnicky
while spawning. We kept the males and released the females. This was a test
trip to run the engines after a filter change and to see what was on the
mark in readiness for the coming weekend.
Mick McNamara is holding the best Hound caught on a midweek evening
Solent trip. It was blowing a good F6 Westerly when we went out there but
that died away to nothing by around 7.30pm. The no wind, tide change around
dusk was the settings for the start of the action where the lads found 4
Hounds, a plump female Black Bream, returned to drop her eggs plus 4 Pout
and around 15 Dogfish.
Next we should expect to see a few more Mackerel and some
Saturday 11th May
Blown away this weekend and the sea is gradually warming
up and now 11 degrees in the Solent! Tightlines, Les.
Saturday 4th May
The sea temp is still down below 9 degrees out of the
Solent. Dogs are prevalent inshore along with Pout and a few Small Eyed Rays
on the right marks. Offshore Pollack are a target species. More
of this sunshine, a slightly warmer sea and you will see a marked
improvement in the inshore catch rate. Tightlines,
Wednesday 24th April
The inshore sea temperature is still down at 9 degrees!
This will slow inshore fishing activity without a doubt, with many now
starting to look for the first Bream, we will see when they arrive.
Offshore, recently on these small tides, the banks have fished very well for
Rays and the mid-channel wrecks for Pollock with the odd Bass and Cod coming
to the various latex lures too. Tightlines, Les.
Thursday 18th April
There's very little to update you on, as inshore is still
quite with the sea temperature very low for the time of year and is now only
just starting to warm up. Last weekend was limited due to the weather
and big tides but there have been a few boats finding Pollock mid-channel
fairly consistently when they have got out over the last couple of weeks.
The weekend before was quiet on the banks on the small tide but has to
switch on soon, so this weekend looks good for those that can push off a
fair distance and fish a bank or wreck on nice small tides. At last I have updated my boat
diary! Tightlines, Les.
Sunday 31st March
This freezing weather and nagging Easterlies are
persisting and keeping most boats on their moorings. John Skeggs crew on
Last Laugh had a good Blonde Ray catch of 31 fish on one of the small
tides last week with the best going 26lb. No other species made a show on
these banks out towards mid channel. Arty Savage on Private Venture 2
also found Blondes plus some Spurs on the same tides, also right out towards
the middle. So it is fair to say that the fishing is fairly quiet which is
no surprise with the un-seasonal cold conditions that we have this year so
far. It is only 20 degrees colder in the afternoon on the same day than last
year! Happy Easter and Tightlines, Les.
Sunday 17th March
A few Turbot and Plaice have been reported by
Poole boats fishing the Shambles. Plaice have been caught in local boat
marks too, and from the beach, so get some rag and lug worms plus some white
rag to tip off or use a tiny bit of mackerel on your yellow and red beaded
traces, and go get them, from anchor or on the drift. A nice way to break up
the day is to change tactics so have a drift too. Tightlines, Les
Sunday 10th February
We had a cold one Saturday and damp too but on the slight
sea the anglers could still have a real good go at catching the any
stragglers. Returns were poor though as we were restricted fairly close
inshore on the big spring tides. The reports from a surprising number of
other boats were very similar to ours. Fishing at five miles South in the
morning for two and half hours produced a few whiting and pout all falling
to Dave's tactics. On the afternoon inshore mark the dogfish were more
prevalent but Dave caught the biggest of his four whiting and Paul took the
money for the best specimen, a Spotted Ray, caught in the very last minute.
That's it for me now for the next six weeks as I have to prepare White
Maiden for the new season starting Easter week. See
boat diary for full boat charter
availability and spaces. I can turn any available full charter into an
individuals trip if there are only three or four of you interested.
Sunday 3rd February
I cancelled Saturday on a worsening Northerly F5-F7 and cold forecast. I
cancelled Sunday on the F6-F7 SW forecast. Ideally we need to get offshore in
February. The opportunity was created for a better weekend and again we never got
John Skeggs on 'Last Laugh' tested Saturday and kept close inshore to find
four Congers and a Skate but returned early due to an unwell angler.
Sunday 27th January
The forecast kept everyone in port this weekend both
Saturday and Sunday. Tightlines, Les
Sunday 20th January
Alum Bay and January Snow.
Saturdays trip with Crookham SAC was due to be fished on a F5-F6 Easterly
against a small flooding tide, along with temperatures around freezing
point, all day! Obviously this made for an easy and sensible cancellation as
most others did. I offered Sunday which was declined by the Saturday crew so
I offered out to a wider group of contacts by text seeing they gave a
Northerly F4, and soon assembled a small crew.
The last of the ebb tide and slack water produced a dozen
Whiting with the best around 4lb for Alan, while Bob winched up a 6lb Cod.
Pout and Dogs hit the bigger baits and we persevered as it was F,F,F,F
Freezing. The fishing at 2 miles went quite into the mid flood tide,
so with 2.5 hrs to go I headed South another 2 miles. Out there the fishing
was still slow at the end of the ebb, with only a dog, a Pout and a Conger
making a show! Maybe we should have fished smaller? Anyway we gave it a
proper go and had some nice eating fish to bring home.
Meanwhile further out John Skeggs on 'Last Laugh' found a couple of nice
specimen Spur Dogs and Arthur Savage on 'Private Venture' netted a Whiting
of 5lb for one of his crew and believed it was probably the first five
pounder he has seen for a few years now. So the potential is still out
there, let’s see if it warms up a bit though!
Sunday 13th January
Saturday was blighted by 24knts from the SE first thing,
along with rain for the rest of the day at 5 degrees and a massive tide. An
easy decision to cancel! I am aware of one boat planning to go and will
update this report.
Christmas Caption Competition
- Please pick your individual trip dates before end of March.
Mike Bryant -
like bloody Santa, in this stupid outfit.
Stephen Banks -
‘Here, kitty, kitty.......’
Mike McNamara -
“That's the cat sorted out now what can I have!”
Dave Wilson - “Any more dogfish on this boat and I’m OFF!”
Clive Wall’ Whatever happens, don't lose sight of that bloody tree! Only one
'If I don’t get a catfish soon, I’m going to dump on the deck again!”
Note there were others and some sent multiple caption efforts, cheeky but
Sunday 6th January
Yesterday, Saturday around the 'Needles Light' the drizzle, at around
10 degrees, gave poor visibility at times but on an easy to fish tide and
sea, which made for an easy day at anchor. The fishing was OK too. We
started with a slack water period where Pout, Whiting and the odd dogfish
hit the baited hokkais but as soon as the first Cod of 8lb was aboard they
upped their tackle. A small Conger came to the boat too but not quite enough
action, except for a huge fish that chewed through a relatively light 50lb
trace, so we moved out at half time and during the mid flood. This big fish
could easily have been one of those big gut hooked lunker Cod but to find
out you have to have at least 130lb traces.
First drop out deeper was another Cod of 12lb after 2
minutes. This was followed by a 4lb Whiting and a 5lb Bass. At that point I
thought we were in for a really good end to the day but the fishing went
quieter towards the end of the flood, except for a flurry of eight very
small Congers, the odd decent Whiting and lots of Pout if hooks were small
enough. Best boat report I heard of was Arthur Savage with six Cod, the best
going 35lb. While Brian had three Cod on at the same time the best going
17lb. He also caught a 10lb Bass. Skeggsy today, Sunday, on 'Last Laugh' found four Cod
with the best weighing 24lb. So a good time to get out there and have a go
Above is Ian with the best Whiting at a tad under 4lb with
Steve who accounted for both Cod and also lost the monster fish. Mike had
the Bass along with some quality Whiting too.