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Bit strange, 20 years ago I witnessed my best mate haul in a 3lb beast on the start of December near Llangrannog (West Wales). That was a fluke, as that was intended for other things and was a loner. It's just my mate over Salthill nr Galway had a load at the start of December and my brother in law has been watching them drag them in regularly of the rocks on the weekend off Paignton, Devon. And yes he knows what a mackerel looks like. 

Global warming, change of gulf streams? 30 mile out I could understand it, but off the rocks? Might get the feathers out next time I'm down there 🤔

Screenshot of the vid he took as his language would get me a ban.... 

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11 hours ago, Weihrauch17 said:

I do a bit of sea fishing off Whitby but have only ever caught normal sized Mackeral.  Just googled records and the UK shore caught record is 5lb 11oz, I had no idea they go so big in UK waters.

Crazy isn't it! Mackerel the size of Jack Pyke. On light tackle that would of been better than any salmon 

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A few people on other forums saying the same. Global warming is probably part of it, pouting would have been a remarkable catch off the Tyneside coast when I was a kid but now regularly turn up, dogfish are being caught off Fife and Angus along with bass, there was also a bream caught at Skateraw, Torness power station, which is notable for bass too. ABT back in the north sea and a swordfish in the firth of forth so why not mackerel in the winter?

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2 hours ago, henry d said:

A few people on other forums saying the same. Global warming is probably part of it, pouting would have been a remarkable catch off the Tyneside coast when I was a kid but now regularly turn up, dogfish are being caught off Fife and Angus along with bass, there was also a bream caught at Skateraw, Torness power station, which is notable for bass too. ABT back in the north sea and a swordfish in the firth of forth so why not mackerel in the winter?

Might bring some interesting species further south. I'm not used to southern fishing, all my fishing has been west wales

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20 minutes ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

Hello, caught my best bass off the Dorset coast , very long time ago 

I've always been with people that catch big bass, never had one myself. Biggest I think is about 3lb, but tbf think the biggest I've seen is only about 8lb. 

I miss living near the coast, I used to fish a lot, coast at one point was 300 yards away 😢 now it's a 1 1/4 hr at least to anywhere decent 

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3 hours ago, strimmer_13 said:

I've always been with people that catch big bass, never had one myself. Biggest I think is about 3lb, but tbf think the biggest I've seen is only about 8lb. 

I miss living near the coast, I used to fish a lot, coast at one point was 300 yards away 😢 now it's a 1 1/4 hr at least to anywhere decent 

Hello, that was the size of mine I caught off West bay , just over 8llb , it was blowing a gale enough to get it on to the beach, very tasty 👍 

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