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2018 CATCH REPORT
Monday 23rd July 2018
I can't deny the fact that the fishing has been hard
work close inshore in the middle of the day. Nothing has fed readily and the
Mackerel seemed to have disappeared again but then returned. Add a lost
anchor, it has not been great period except for the superb weather. Then on
Saturday, it all changed with a regular crew and some help from a neap tide
and smoth seas which enabled us to venture further and deeper. The fishing
was good with fifteen tope all 18lb to 31lb, Blonde Rays to 29.5lb and a
nice Turbot making up the catch. There were some great fish lost too, one a
very nice Turbot. There were plenty of Mackerel on Saturday but not so close
to home unfortunately.
Top left to right down : Rob with a nice Turbot,
Clive with the biggest Tope weighed at 31lb and Kevin with a boat record
equalling Blonde Ray of 29.5lb.
Next Glynn and Rob with early Tope, that just kept
getting a bit bigger all trip, and Paul with an Undulate Ray from an evening
trip last week.
Lastly, I'm holding Clive's 31lb Conger, Rob and
Sean with a nice pair of Undulate Rays and Chris with a well marked
Tuesday 10th July 2018
The fishing, the boat and the weather has
been great. Here are some pictures. I have little spare time so the pictures
will have to tell you most of it. However Mo with the 10lb Bass, was a day I
will never forget. Every ten minutes the guys wanted to try something else.
Most were ill, not sure what with and one tried to throw another off the
side while in the English Channel! The other memorable trip was Terry
Shergolds flatty rig day that caught a Brill or Turbot on each drift for the
first three drifts and then another better Brill a couple of drifts later
while the rest watched! And the huge numbers of Tope in the area at the
I still have dates and times to suit everyone at the end
of July and in August, so call me, or check my
diary pages, Tightlines, Les
Tuesday 25th June 2018
Thirty species have been caught on White Maiden II over
the last two weeks! Including Pollock, Pout, Poor Cod, Black Bream, Bass,
Grey Gurnard, Tub Gurnard, Reticulated Dragonet, Rock Goby, Sand Goby,
Tompot Blenny, Cuckoo Wrasse (1 male, 9 females), Ballan Wrasse, Baillons
Wrasse, Goldsinney Wrasse, Corkwing Wrasse, Tope, Dogs, Huss, Hounds,
Undulate Ray, Thornback Ray, Small Eyed Ray, Spotted Ray, Congers, Mackerel,
Herring, Gar, Turbot and Plaice. No scad yet mind.
Pictures below - top left to right working
down....Included in the list above was this best specimen 21lb Smoothound
caught by James last week. I didn't include the Bruce caught Black Back Gull
in the list above. I did include Dave Makervil's Pout! David's Small Eyed
Ray was a tad over 8lb. Terry's Lobster came after two good Bass and a good
Bream, an incredibly lucky angler :-). John caught the well marked and
biggest Ballan Wrasse. It was suffering from barotrauma so I got it back
down with my seaqualizer tool, it worked. Next is Alan at 89 years young who
caught this small Turbot. Colin with his first Tope of the day. Jason with a
specimen 16lb Undulate Ray. Colin with a Grey Gurnard. Adrian with a 16lb
Tope and Paul with one the same size. Alan did get some help with his
Sunday 10th June 2018
The Bream chasing continues with Black Bream
showing up in better numbers now. We caught the first Gurnard this week too.
Also it was nice to see a summer Undulate Ray. Top to bottom, Left to Right,
Alan from Wednesdays Bream trip, who starred with a personal haul of 17 good
Bream, most released. Sean Marsh with a double figure Thornback caught just
before we towed home the Power boat, on Tuesday evening, from off the
shingles. The Calshot Lifeboat boys, Graham and Sean, did a great job while
I just made decisions and helmed the boat.
Next are the Thursday lads during a purple patch with fish
coming to the boat well, with some cracking Bream. On Friday I teamed up
with Hermit for a lovely, relaxed day out, for a corporate fishing charter,
SEan is showing his Tope. Yesterday, Simon won the biggest fish and Lee
Marchant trophy, with this last cast 14lb Undulate Ray.
This week, I have spaces (£40pp) on a half day on
Wednesday 1100 - 1600. There are three spaces (£50pp) on Friday and
Saturdays inshore trips 0800 - 1630.
Tuesday 5th June 2018
I have been very busy chasing fish, very
hard, all around the area. Three trips were shrouded by fog all day. There
are more species about now and the Tope are moving in but bait fish have
been hard to catch. Plenty of markings are showing on the sonar but they
must be too small for our hooks. I suspect what we are trying to catch on
our baits are gorging themselves on the very available white bait and
ignoring the humble squid and frozen mackerel. Left to right is Glenn with a
cracking Cuckoo Wrasse from the Thursday trip. Next is Matt with one of his
Tope from Saturday. Then Callum and his Hound from their Friday evening. On
Sunday John and I hosted the Army Boat v Shore teams. It was a good comp. on
our boat we managed 12 species and about 70 fish. It was not easy but it was
the same for both teams which made for a good comp. Matt the winner on my
Boat won by a country mile or was it a nautical mile?
Tuesday 30th May 2018
Pollock and Hounds are trending now along with Black Bream
and a few Mackerel. The May bloom (suspended plankton / organic material)
looks to be clearing and settling now so I am expecting some great fishing
over the next two months.
Below is Chris and Bob with two of Saturdays Pollock
caught well away from the backdrop. Chris caught the best Pollock at 11.5lb.
Stuart is next with a Hound from Wednesday nights Dogfish trip! On Thursday
we were close to home for some excellent Smoothound and Black Bream sport.
Some took them on very light tackle. Left to right below is Jaz (I think),
Sean Marsh and then Simon with a few of the Eighteen Hounds caught in just
20' of water with all but one returned to fight again. The Bream were not so
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Sorry for late report but I am very busy and find this site the trickiest to
update. Now I tend to save this one until last but note my Facebook website
is always edited on a weekend and much easier to manage.
It has been a tricky week last week where we chased fish
for all four days. We did find some good specimens on some days amongst lots
of Dogfish. This is a short and sweet report as the pictures paint a
thousand words. Hopefully I will fill out the report when time permits.
Top left to right, Chris and Bob with a Pollock a Cod.
Then Chris with the best Bream so far at 3lb 12oz and Bob with a good one
too from Mondays individuals trip. Next is Dave with a 3lb Bream, caught
Friday, Phil with an oddly marked Lesser Spotted Dogfish and a couple of
nice edible brown crab. Lastly is Chill with a nice Small Eyed Ray caught in
the thick fog on Saturday which persisted all day!
Sunday 13th May 2018
On Saturday (yesterday) a local crew of
occasional boat anglers and first timers caught the first Mackerel, Herring
and Tope of the summer along with a 12lb 8oz Pollock on feathers! They also
accounted for Conger, a Spotted Ray, Pout and Dogfish. This was all in a
short five hour trip.
The guys fished patiently while we sought our prey and the
search paid off eventually.
The Wednesday Bream team below led by Liam and Peter
caught the best two at around 2lb 12oz on a quietish day. We managed twenty
plus Bream along with Gars, Pollock, Pout, Dogs and Wrasse.
The sea is now crystal clear except for a bit of may
bloom. Jelly fish are everywhere. This feels a bit more like the proper
start to the summer season now. It is now only 5 weeks to the longest day of
See diary for spaces tomorrow, Wednesday and next Monday.
Tuesday 7th May 2018
Limited time for web updates.
But here's a taste, after some poor weather with just one
trip two weeks ago, the lads top right, did well on the Saturday before
last, with Rays and Plaice and since then, the weather has improved.
With the sun and clearer seas along came the Bream. We had
three trips chasing them on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rick Oats caught
the three best Black Bream of all three trips that went 3lb2oz, 3lb and 2lb
10oz. Thursday was a search mission and we certainly did that. On Friday we
did find lot of Bream but moved to find the bigger ones. Saturdays trip
ended a bit early after a 'wasp swat' onto mackerel feathers, meant one of
the guys had to go to Lymington A&E to have the hook removed.
I still have some summer midweek dates available but thosw
dates are now filling up very quickly. There are no weekends dates available
now until the winter, so be warned.
Monday 23rd April 2018
Great weather and smooth seas but slow looking for the better fish
still. The best of the last few trips was this 14lb Undulate Ray for Paul
Crane. Well deserved and returned to fight again. Other fish caught while
Breaming and Plaicing this week were Hounds, Congers, Dogs, Pout and
Pollock. The Bream are there nesting but don't feed easily but they can be
distracted from their nesting duty. The water was cardboard brown for two of
the trips and not ideal. The best trusted reports are Black Bream of 5lb+
but just the very odd fish showing. So we will keep looking for them!
John Aslett is pulling the birds again :-). I reckon this is a Wood Warbler
that stowed away with us while fishing off St Catherines Point, last week.
Wednesday 18th April 2018
On Saturday the fog was thick but we made our way
to a deeper bank where we found a couple of Brill, Hounds, a Blonde Ray and
a nice Pollock. Chris, Chris and Steve from left to right, show their catch.
When the tide ebbed hard we moved inshore for lots of Pout and a Pollock. On
Wednesday we tested a different bank for Rays and found a few Hounds with
the Blondes. Ian caught the best Blonde at 14lb, flanked either side by
Graham and Ken with their Hounds. A lovely day.
On Thursday a small crew caught some cracking plaice but
as I was fishing too, I forgot the photos. On Friday a family crew hammered
the dogfish and no doubt you know what they look like :-)...
Monday 9th April 2018
On Wednesday I only had a small crew but we tricked
thirteen Plaice between two of us with Gav catching the target species
eventually for a reasonable fourteen. Graeme above caught the most and the
biggest, both weighed 2lb. They looked bigger. There was a also a Conger,
Spotted Ray, Pout, Dogs and a Hound.
On Sunday we fished a deep bank for Blonde Rays. We had
some well marked fish with Ash on the right, catching the biggest fish and
best specimen of the day with a nice 19lb'er. The local builder crew
also found a few other species. Kev and Mark, above, showing their
Smoothound and Bull Huss. The sea is slowly warming up towards the summer
fishing. It was nice to see other species now finding their way closer
I'm expecting Mackerel, Herring and Pollock to show up
very soon so that will make for some good eating. I cant explain how nice
Plaice is if you cook the ones that do not survive the catch and release.
I fill my fish box with a couple of inches of water and
put all the dodgy looking ones and the keepers in there, all alive. At the
end of play we keep a couple each for dinner and release all the healthy
ones. After a day or two (not too fresh) cook the small ones as you would a
sole, fried in butter with salt and pepper they are really nice.
There is a big fish trip this week with spaces on
Wednesday and a Plaice trip with spaces on Thursday so just let me know if
you fancy that.
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
A week getting ready for Easter trips only
to be washed out. Still all up and ready to go. FYI for all those that
didn't find my 2018 reports, until now, I have fixed a fault on the side
bar. I stopped using that button so I didn't see the mistake but a few
people had told me so (Chris, Bob, Tony!!)... FYI (2) I have trips on
Wednesday and Saturday with spaces. We will be mainly targeting the Plaice
with a chance for Turbot on Saturday.
Wednesday 28th March 2018
charters were fished on White Maiden II last week of which the Sunday trip
with the Dave Extance crew fished very well and caught all the fish that the
other trips should have caught, that's fishing.
On Sunday we had a cracking day, with no wind, no swell
and even a glimpse of the sun. This was exactly why I fish through the
winter into spring. The Blonde Rays were consistently feeding through the
small ebb and flood tides and a reasonable size too up to 17lb, so not a bad
March catch by the end of the day.
As well as twelve Blonde Rays the Dave Extance crew caught
two Small Eyed Rays and a Thornback Ray plus dogfish. We lost a Tope or Spur
that bit through. Simon certainly did well with his 12' trace and single 6/0
hook as he accounted for nearly half the Rays caught including the best at
On Saturday we nearly blanked. As did others around us. At
the end of the day I found too much good bait that was left unused eg black
lug, razor fish and rag worm. The Plaice are definitely there. On Sunday
most boats there accounted for 18 - 22 Plaice exactly where we had fished.
All found Black lug important to add to their cocktail baits.
Simon is showing three of his seven Ray catch, Dave is
below left and Darren is below right.
Friday 16th March
Mexico, last day, with a 7am
start giving us just enough time to get some proper fishing in. Over the last two
weeks I have done the family thing, times twenty!! A tad excessive for a
selfish fisherman in my opinion :-)... My Sister-In-Laws Mexican family are
lovely people but generally it is not the most 'safest feeling' place to be. There
are too many Police and Soldiers with machine guns. You see security all over the country,
everywhere you go. We are so lucky in Britain. We visited Mexico City (3
nights), Delicias (Chiwauwau), Barrancus Copper Canyon (2 nights), Chiwauwau City, Guadalajara
(2 nights), Pueto Vallarta (6 nights) and Yuillita. Five flights, two seven hour train journeys and a
six hour coach trip! Anyway back to the fishing at the start of our last day.
At 7am we headed out to where, just 15 hours before, we
were snorkelling before getting hammered on cheap beer and Tequila, in fact
booze was free on our party boat.
Our fishing day was, as usual in this area on the West
Coast, calm and warm. It is a good place to visit in our February and March
for a recharge.
After spotting the birds working we trolled through and
hit two hard fighting Jacks (Caravelle) both around 25lb. I coaxed one in
easily on a broom stick and wanted more until the skipper gaffed it through
the gut. The plan was to release them.
We trolled some more and cast live baits at another bait ball but that was
it. Two was enough as we had to eat them, which we did, or give them away.
The fried fish steaks and crevice was the best meal I ate in Mexico. Please.
no more goat!
On the left, is a picture of our return to port. It's not easy to see
but behind the boat in our wash was 'Red Tide'. This is where the winter
cold water gets below the warm water and kills the krill turning the sea
red. Tightlines Amigos, Les.
27th February 2018
Just starting to get a bit too cold! On the
last trip a small crew braved the elements and a lazy force 5 blowing from
the East, against the tide, for most of the day. It was bloody cold. The
dogs from a week ago had all gone. The Congers from two weeks ago have all
gone too! So just Rays and only four of them. Ian Hewett caught the best
Blonde Ray at 16lb 4oz and the best Small Eyed Ray at 6lb 4oz. Funny old
game. Well that's it for a few weeks now but if you are looking to book with
me I suggest that you do that as soon as possible as bookings are coming in
steadily and the warmer months will fill up as we get closer to them.
Tight lines, Les.
10th February 2018
we have just had some superb weather that
made the quieter fishing this week more palatable for the anglers. on Friday
a full crew had a few Congers, along with Steve's 5lb Bass, Pete's 12lb Spur
and Johns Blonde Ray but they all caught far too many Dogfish. Not their
fault, they were the ones taking the smaller baits. The tide was a bit big
but just manageable out on the banks.
On Saturday we chased the horizon, covering a total of 95
miles, up to 36 miles to the South East of the Needles Light house. It was a
good chase with a small crew that worked hard but all to no avail. It was
one of those days. More wrecking trips or Plaice fishing on the big tides
and fishing the offshore banks on the small tides will be our plans for the
next month, so check out the diary for options and dates.
Tight lines, Les
10th February 2018
'Cracking February Fishing'
If you like a lot of weight on your rod then
this was the trip to be on. On Thursday I rounded a crew of hopefuls that
were on standby. We were fishing in a small tide which meant the lead
weights never went over a pound but the fish were feeding extremely well.
And they were all big and weighty. Nearly all of them went back to do their
spring thing. Peter Hellyar caught a superb 29lb specimen Blonde Ray, a
feisty 38lb Conger, a specimen 10lb 2oz Bass and a 10lb Thornback plus
Whiting and more Congers. All these fish were returned except for the small
Whiting which made very good live baits. Ian Hewett caught this lovely 17lb
Undulate Ray plus a 12lb Blonde Ray and Congers. Mike Callus caught the
cracking 23lb Blonde Ray and a 30lb Conger plus another Blonde Ray and
smaller Congers. Devon caught the first and best Small Eyed Ray at around
7lb. There were also more Whiting, Eels and Rays caught by the rest of the
crew. I was pretty knackered at the end of it because of all the weight
lifting plus the sea state continued to build gradually throughout the day,
before we made a run for the Solent to finish off in comfort.
Fingers crossed for some better weather now so we can test
the mark again.
Ye ha! Two days of fishing and all is well again with the world! After
last weeks poor weather, I managed to pull two guys forward to Friday and
get a few more for a six hour trip, after Saturday's forecast turned from
good to wet and windy. It was very nice, due south of the Needles, with an
11lb Cod, a dozen Congers to 25lb, a few Whiting and Pout, plus a couple of
Spotted Rays and a Smoothound.
On Sunday the Dave Extance party, having missed a couple
due to weather, fished in a F5/6 Westerly, comfortably down the Solent. I
moved marks to avoid a swinging stern as it was F4/5 Westerly against a
small ebbing tide early on. We a few fish mostly Pout, some Whiting and Dogs
but it was Glynn who won the 'Lee Marchant biggest fish trophy' with a
Spotted Ray just under 4lb.
The rest stuck to the task but the cloudy water and the
sprats marking in the top 15' probably did not help us much.
My emergency food supply came in useful after a couple of
the guys forgot their lunch. So out came the Sainsbury's Chilli Con Carne
and instant mash. It went down a treat!
What a great start to the New Year with two good days at
anchor, South of the Needles, on Thursday last week and yesterday (Sunday).Iif
we can get out and South of the Island, the fishing is good. You have to
wear plenty of layers and barrier gloves like I do, when fishing, if it gets
very cold but the cabin is warm and the kettle is red hot!
Top left below is Jack Sillence with the best fish over
the last two trips, a cracking 14lb Pollock from Sundays trip. Steve Miller
caught another double figure Pollock on Thursday from the same position on
the boat, also falling to fish bait. Peter Hellyar weighed in with a nice
12lb male Undulate Ray and Fred caught the best Whiting at 3lb 12ozs. The
picture of the three of us show's some nice fish all caught at the same
time. Both trips saw Rays, Congers, lots of Whiting, a few Smoothounds and a
Pollock plus Pout and Dogs. A friend of mine close by boated a 40lb Tope,
which proves the water is still 'November temperatures'.
I kept my Conger and we had it for lunch and dinner
and froze some down. It is very good to eat, if you; take the best, bone
free 'sadle fillets' from behind the head down to the vent. I cut the head
and tail off, clean the gut and do the precision stuff at home. At home, I
cut the large fillets off and skin, then cut into thin fillets and par boil
(5 mins in water with added salt), then fry in butter, salt and pepper. You
will be amazed at how good Conger Eel is to eat, so don't return mortally
injured Eels. There can be quite a lot of waste, as I am fussy over the
fillets, so I would only do this to those Congers that wont go back or for
someone else who specifically wants to eat it.
Tightlines and Happy New Year! Les
Merry Christmas, Tightlines, and Happy New Year, Les
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