This will have to be a shorter E-News as I have only just got back from a couple of days filming in the West Country and I need to crack on with the base editing. I have to keep my eye on the business ball as that is what enables us to bring you all these free-to-watch films ….Lord knows how much petrol and diesel I have got through this year, running around trying to get footage here and there. I just hope the price of fuel doesn’t start to go up, which I notice is starting to happen.
The freshwater fishing at least on the coarse side has taken a bit of a backburner position as I have to try and get some saltwater films done. The problem is easy to see. All the lake coarse fish are basically trapped in a confined area so you have a good chance of catching something, but everything at sea is open and wild, so you have to get the better weather conditions to even put you in with a chance of a catch. Also sea fish are commercialled to oblivion whereas freshwater fish are pretty well protected (except from Cormorants, Otters, Crayfish etc.) . The last couple of August freshwater trips I had were disasters. Either one fish or a total blank! The dour month of August is always tough on a river. But I had a one-fish deal at a top Stillwater, so that was when I decided to switch to Saltwater. Not before I squeezed in a fly fishing trip down at Chalk Springs in Sussex where I got my limit of Rainbows, but was frustrated by the Brown trout I could see that were having nothing of my presentations. They look easy when you can see them through the gin clear water, but are not interested when the water temperatures are high. Still, it can’t always be easy and I was grateful to at least walk away with a good film.
On the sea front I dragged “HI SEA DRIFTER” down to the West Country to try the latest shark hotspot of the Dodman Point. On the way down we had people flashing their lights and waving as they passed our bright yellow shark boat. A couple of guys in a works van even waved a telescopic rod through their window!! We ended up with some really good mackerel fishing from the shore on the float (film done), next day was windy so we stayed inshore for Bull Huss and Doggies (Film done) and then left really early for the new shark grounds with the only weather window we had. The drift gave us an hour of ebb flow, then slack, wind was 2/3 westerly and while we had the rest of the flood we envisaged going one direction, East for six hours. In fact we went south?? So is there a tidal condition out there that is different from elsewhere. Maybe this is why the new Dodman shark grounds are throwing up the sharks. Is there a bait circulation area there, holding sharks, tuna, and even European Barracuda? Either way I can’t wait to get back down there. We loaded up with sharks so there will be a film on the way for all those liking the “toothy critters”. There is a great deal of satisfaction in doing small boat shark fishing as you can really count the fish as your own. You have to make up the chum, decide on the weather, choice of mark run the boat, bait, hook, land, and hopefully tag the shark yourself. If you want to stay later you can.While on a big boat you will have the major decisions made for you. And of course in just a 17 foot boat like the “Flyers” that we use, you are about 15 inches away from the shark when you lean over the side. Next big shark trip will be down to Hayle Bay (St.Ives) where the big Porbeagles are running past , and probably are there throughout the winter feeding on Pollack, something which I have always believed happens all along that North Cornwall coast. There seem to be more Porbeagles being caught from the South Cornwall coast this summer, so maybe something different is happening and that’s why the Dodman area is throwing up the sharks. We did try trolling laminar flow fast troll lures for the Bluefins while there, but getting the speed right with the boat is quite tricky. 14 knots is fine but on a 17 footer you need to keep it on the plane. The Laminar flow marlin lures can be pulled up to 22 knots for Marlin, but for slower speeds like we would use I reckon a softhead would be lighter and therefore catch more air at a lower speed. I used to spend far too much time refining new lures when I did a lot of Blue Marlin fishing, and seeing those lures pop and smoke bubbles brought back some reel-screaming memories.
Over in Ireland at the Dromagowlane Guest House, Paul Harris has had his clients getting some really first class shore fishing. Apparently lots of Pollack around up to 12lbs, but also tales of some big fish being fought to the rocks, only to bury in the Kelp at the last minute? What can they be? Bull Huss have been caught to 15lbs, which is a real monster of a shore fish, and I’m guessing the Conger are putting in an appearance as well. So anyone wanting a bit of shore action might want to contact Paul, as the best months are often September and October when some really big stuff is moving around. Much depends on the weather but such is the shape of the land on the enormous Beara peninsula that you can always find somewhere to get a bait or lure in the water.
Had a day out with Wayne on his brand new Flyer”Thresher”. Target was Bass on the sandbanks and we certainly had a good start which you can see in our latest film..”RIP TIDE BASS”. Got a few tips in there, including the Blue and white Shads that we nailed the fish on, both on the day in question, and over in Ireland. Seems our best Bass colour and size. I got to use my 5-piece Nomura travel rod a few times and it’s going to be one of my favourites, much like the white “Kanji” that is now one of my main lure and sea rods. I must upgrade some of my fishing lines though as I use the same mono from one year to the next. It doesn’t degrade that much if kept in a cool dark place, so I guess that’s why I get so much mileage out of mine.
The Bluefin Tuna are getting the hammer up in Donegal Bay, so it seems that could be an annual occurrence now, and the World and his wife are anxious to get one under their belt. Of course for most sea anglers it’s out of their reach, but is it? If you drag some lures to and from your local fishing grounds you never know what you might hook, and there’s nothing to lose as you are travelling anyway. It’s something I’ve always thought would be a good way to discover potential grounds…like the new Dodman shark grounds.
Wayne was telling me a story where a father and son had a couple of bass on a sandbank mark, and were obviously delighted…except that a rod and line commercial came over and basically tried to bully them off what he thought was “his mark” !! That’s shocking, as we can fish anywhere we are allowed to, and just goes to show the greed of some people. I wish Bass were a terrible eating fish and commanded no cash value at all, then they wouldn’t be targeted. I reckon this commercial picked on the boat because he saw one was a youngster. He ought to try that with some of the serious Eastern Wight small boat anglers….he would be in for some major problems as I know a couple that would track him back to the docks and put their point over in no uncertain fashion. I don’t like greedy bullies and hope lots of small boats can fish the Bass areas and he can’t even get a drift in.
With the cooler weather I might schedule a couple of freshwater trips to see if anything is on the nibble, and I still haven’t got round to Barbel fishing. Having used “Hi Sea Drifter” and enjoyed it I am going to take another run down to the Dodman shark area, just hoping that we don’t start getting the spinoff from the tails of any hurricanes that form further south at this time of year. It still seems a short window for everything, so if you get a chance to go fishing make sure you take it…
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