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7 minutes ago, ShootingEgg said:

Was in Sidmouth, east devon, water was like sandy soup, had a few knocks but no hits. Going to do a bit of spinning in morning. 

hello, if the water is cloudy put some smelly bait on, rag worm with slice of mackerel or squid to hold it on the hook, taken from a local report, good luck for tomorrow,  

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9 hours ago, ShootingEgg said:

Was in Sidmouth, east devon, water was like sandy soup, had a few knocks but no hits. Going to do a bit of spinning in morning. 

Take yourself down to the Ham end where the Sid discharges.

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6 hours ago, Yellow Bear said:

Take yourself down to the Ham end where the Sid discharges.

That's where I was. Outdide lifeboat Station. Then was on weston beach this morning, bait thief's... And rid got pulled off rest but hook bare.. Was using squid

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19 minutes ago, ShootingEgg said:

That's where I was. Outdide lifeboat Station. Then was on weston beach this morning, bait thief's... And rid got pulled off rest but hook bare.. Was using squid

hello, that sounds interesting, was that a whole squid, what size hook

 

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37 minutes ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, that sounds interesting, was that a whole squid, what size hook

 

Number 1 and 2 hook. And one was whole and had two hook and half squid, with bait elastic, was very tough... 

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6 minutes ago, ShootingEgg said:

Number 1 and 2 hook. And one was whole and had two hook and half squid, with bait elastic, was very tough... 

hello, i have never had that before, what you think, big bass/ conger ? i look on google maps very rocky either side of weston beach 100/150 ? yards out, any more fishing before you go back home ? 

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1 hour ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, i have never had that before, what you think, big bass/ conger ? i look on google maps very rocky either side of weston beach 100/150 ? yards out, any more fishing before you go back home ? 

God knows, if I'd hooked it I'd be able to tell you haha. I was right in  the middle of weston. Maybe just my poor baiting skills last night haha

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1 minute ago, ShootingEgg said:

God knows, if I'd hooked it I'd be able to tell you haha. I was right in  the middle of weston. Maybe just my poor baiting skills last night haha

hello, would not think so as you had used bait elastic, big bass are like industrial hoovers,  i have had on occasion the same but bit through the line taking hook and bait, i used 60 shock leader and 18/20llb main line, good luck if your out again, cheers 

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3 minutes ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, would not think so as you had used bait elastic, big bass are like industrial hoovers,  i have had on occasion the same but bit through the line taking hook and bait, i used 60 shock leader and 18/20llb main line, good luck if your out again, cheers 

Mad, as it was so rough to it was hard to know what was a potential knock or just the current knocking it about.. Back in n. Somerset now, so no more fishing this weekend.. 

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I had 10 mackerel yesterday from the kayak, as well as a few cod and pollack to 5lb. Kept the mackerel and a cod, gave most away to friends and hot smoked some mackerel for fishcakes!

Lots of bigger launce about too, hopefully the other fishing will improve as they home in on the feast.

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5 minutes ago, henry d said:

I had 10 mackerel yesterday from the kayak, as well as a few cod and pollack to 5lb. Kept the mackerel and a cod, gave most away to friends and hot smoked some mackerel for fishcakes!

Lots of bigger launce about too, hopefully the other fishing will improve as they home in on the feast.

hello, sounds like you had some good fishing Henry

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Beginning of the week I was on my boat in Cardigan Bay, just off Gwbert and Cardigan Island, 2 days fishing not a single take. Tried 2 different mix of feathers. Nothing. The pots we put out came up trumps tho 

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On 21/08/2019 at 10:59, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, sounds like you had some good fishing Henry

Poorer than the last time out for cod and pollack, but better for the mackerel. I even managed a fish I haven`t caught since I was a kid...

 

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21 minutes ago, henry d said:

Poorer than the last time out for cod and pollack, but better for the mackerel. I even managed a fish I haven`t caught since I was a kid...

 

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What the hell is that? A gunnard of some sorts? 

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14 hours ago, henry d said:

Short spined sea scorpion

Are they poisonous?

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They sure have a certain ugliness yet are beautiful at the same time, they are ambush predators so rely on camouflage, just like pigeon shooters and wildfowlers.

We used to think as kids that they were poisonous but they are not, our local name for them was granny fish

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Took two for the table yesterday on light spinning gear from the kayak, great fun along with several cod and Pollock. Kept the largest Pollock as it was quite a slab of bronze!

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Well spent a few hours casting at Eype today, hour before high tide and on it, absolutely zero fish. Nothing. So put the wetsuit on and grabbed the snorkle to see what the bottom is like, it's like a desert down there. I went out 300 yards and still was crystal clear, could see the bottom 20 foot below. No weed, no boulders nothing. Also no fry, eels or bait fish. Only thing i saw was a 1/2lb pouting (dead) pinned to the floor on a 2 hook flapper which was still baited. I dived down and cut the rig off and helped myself to a nice new shiny breakaway lead, which didn't break away obviously and chucked the hooks in the bin. 4 hours of driving for ****** all. About 8 other anglers there, none were catching either. We were nearer the west bay/Bridport sea defence wall than the car park. Still a great day out, took the boy for his first swim in the sea, and spotted the sunshine sheila's. 👍

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13 minutes ago, strimmer_13 said:

Well spent a few hours casting at Eype today, hour before high tide and on it, absolutely zero fish. Nothing. So put the wetsuit on and grabbed the snorkle to see what the bottom is like, it's like a desert down there. I went out 300 yards and still was crystal clear, could see the bottom 20 foot below. No weed, no boulders nothing. Also no fry, eels or bait fish. Only thing i saw was a 1/2lb pouting (dead) pinned to the floor on a 2 hook flapper which was still baited. I dived down and cut the rig off and helped myself to a nice new shiny breakaway lead, which didn't break away obviously and chucked the hooks in the bin. 4 hours of driving for ****** all. About 8 other anglers there, none were catching either. We were nearer the west bay/Bridport sea defence wall than the car park. Still a great day out, took the boy for his first swim in the sea, and spotted the sunshine sheila's. 👍

There were several guys snorkelling close in where I was yeterday and they saw lots of small pollack, flatties and lobster. I have been using a waterwolf camera to check out our reefs in 30-50 foot of water and they are teeming with life, wonder why there is such a difference?

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It's a pebble beach, big cliffs behind but they are of shingle and mud/sand. Can only guess that the tide moves the floor too much for anything to take hold. It's basically the next beach up from Chesil and everybody raves on about that place, even in west wales 200mile away I used to hear about Chesil 😅

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3 hours ago, strimmer_13 said:

Well spent a few hours casting at Eype today, hour before high tide and on it, absolutely zero fish. Nothing. So put the wetsuit on and grabbed the snorkle to see what the bottom is like, it's like a desert down there. I went out 300 yards and still was crystal clear, could see the bottom 20 foot below. No weed, no boulders nothing. Also no fry, eels or bait fish. Only thing i saw was a 1/2lb pouting (dead) pinned to the floor on a 2 hook flapper which was still baited. I dived down and cut the rig off and helped myself to a nice new shiny breakaway lead, which didn't break away obviously and chucked the hooks in the bin. 4 hours of driving for ****** all. About 8 other anglers there, none were catching either. We were nearer the west bay/Bridport sea defence wall than the car park. Still a great day out, took the boy for his first swim in the sea, and spotted the sunshine sheila's. 👍

I’m not into swimming that far out but I bet it’s lovely to see.

how olds your lad ? 

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