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Sea Angler

Issue 590

The best-selling sea fishing magazine in the UK. Covering the seas around Britain and all the fish that inhabit them. Sea Angler magazine is essential digital for true followers of the beautiful art, covering deep sea boat action through to shore fishing. Sea Angler brings together the complete package providing reviews of the latest rigs and exclusive offers for the world's best brands. As well as engaging the biggest names in the sport to provide you with their tips and tricks to catch the best fish! Covering the seas around Britain and all the fish that inhabit them. Sea Angler is the best selling sea fishing magazine in the UK. Whether it’s: baits, rigs, poles, marks, setups or equipment you are interested in, you’ll stay abreast of all the comings and goings with a Sea Angler digital magazine subscription.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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Monthly
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3 min.
welcome

WINTER COD FISHING TIME IS UPON US ONCE AGAIN AND it always means more anglers out on the shoreline seeking Britain’s favourite fish. For some, particularly those who got into sea fishing this year during the Covid-19 restrictions, it will be their first taste of the excitement. Make no mistake, the cod fishing is nothing like it used to be decades ago, but the merest hint of cod being caught or even likely to show up certainly gets anglers into a frenzy. Like moths to a bright light, they will flock to the shore or boats from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Early fish did show after the September storms and there are certainly fish being caught on a regular basis right now in Scotland and the North East. Other areas however…

4 min.
that special feeling

THERE IS SOMETHING magical about heading to a rugged rock mark, it certainly gives a buzz and triggers an adrenalin rush and none more so than on this adventure. Tackling the rough and tumble of isolated rock marks is not for everyone, but for me it is the lure of the unexpected, when virtually anything can put in an appearance from rare mini-species to unusual warm-water species. Accompanied by my pal Steve Lawrence, my destination for this rock-hopping sortie was Cheyne Weares, which is situated on Portland’s eastern flank, in Dorset. This area has loads of potential but is rarely fished, mainly due to access and tackle losses. Once on Portland, pass through the village of Easton and head towards Southwell. After a couple of miles, the cliff-top car park at Cheyne Weares…

1 min.
tackle selections

Tackle-wise, for working the soft lures I chose a Fox Rage rod along with a Fox 550 fixed-spool reel loaded with 20lb braid. I always carry a variety of lures, but like the soft plastic versions when targeting ballan wrasse. For the heavy stuff I had a Fox Horizon rod combined with a Shimano Bull’s Eye fixed-spool reel loaded with 30lb mono straight through. Steve had Anyfish Anywhere rods and Daiwa ‘Slosh’ multipliers, again loaded with 30lb mono. This is one venue where a traditional line is thoroughly recommended. I opt for Daiwa Sensor. The new low diameter lines are unsuitable for fishing in the rough and tumble of kelp forests. At the business end, we went for a flapper rig armed with a size 1/0 Kamasan short-shank hook, along with a…

5 min.
tackle the reefs

ONE OF THE MANY BLESSINGS for anglers fishing the Bristol Channel is the low-water reef system between Minehead and Portishead in Somerset. Take, for example, those found near Weston-super-Mare, which are made up of bedrock covered in black kelp leading on to mud and then coral sand. It makes for a rich marine habitat with crabs, worms and shrimps thriving. Of course, where there is food the fish won’t be far behind. You can catch a host of different species throughout the year, but my favourite fish to target among the reefs around Weston and Clevedon are smoothhounds, bass, cod and Dover soles. These reefs are accessed from Sand Point and start appearing around two hours after high water and can be fished comfortably from around three hours down in the tide.…

1 min.
at-a-glance guide

BASS: March to November. Pulley rigs and running legers. Lugworms, ragworms, squid, mackerel and peeler crabs. Cast at all distances but they often get caught close in over the mud and coral sand. COD: September to May. Pulley rigs and single hook clip-downs. Lugworms, ragworms, squid and peeler crabs. Cast at all distances, but preferably out in the tide run and over the coral sand. DOVER SOLES: May to November. Pulley rigs, multiple hook clip down and flapping rigs. Ragworms and lugworms. Cast at all distances over the mud and sand. SMOOTHHOUNDS: May to September. Pulley rigs and single hook clip downs. Peeler crabs and squid. Cast out in the tide run and over the coral sand.…

1 min.
six tips for fishing the reefs

1 TRAVEL LIGHT: You are constantly on the move following the tide. Try to be decisive about what rods, reels and general tackle is needed. 2 CHEST WADERS: Useful for wading (right) across gullies and pools on the ebb tide. Good for keeping the mud off your clothes and easy to clean afterwards. 3 SAFETY: Don’t take any chances when it comes to safety, especially on the flood tide. 4 RIGS AND BAIT: Getting the correct rigs and bait for target species is most important. Local tackle shops have a great selection. 5 LOCATION: Look for any points of the headland and follow these down to the reefs. This will often put you on or around the best marks. 6 DRAG SETTINGS: Loosen off the drags on your reels (right). You can lose your rod…