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Sea Angler Issue 569

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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
Kelsey Publishing Group
$7.13(Incl. tax)

in this issue

5 min.
get out there!

EARLY APRIL, BUT IT FELT LIKE January in Siberia. My ears were stinging by the time I arrived in my little cove. The tide was high, 2ft of water over the biggest of the rocks and weed patches. I knew my hands would be like frozen fish fingers, so I already had my lure clipped on, a soft plastic in Ayu, a gungy lugworm colour. Not much wave, so I made my first cast 10ft back from the edge, then I stuffed my left hand in my pocket to warm it up a bit. Bang, a fish on, about 2lb. Back it went, I checked the lure, and out with another cast. Hand restored to the pocket as the softie sank through the water, then a twitch and half a pace…

6 min.
banker venues

ATTEMPTING TO CATCH AN EARLY - season bass will depend on where you live or fish. It can be achieved in March, and most certainly April, but the further south and west you live, it may even be earlier. January 2019 has already thrown up some good bass, although, arguably, these fish could be termed as very late-season stragglers. Here, I am concentrating on where to fish, and will suggest the specific lures that I will be using. SIGNIFICANT MOMENT In my book ‘The Lure of The Bass’ I tell of one freezing-cold, bright and sunny day in early April when – following an extended period of cold easterly winds – I decided to go lure fishing for bass. I arrived on the mark at dead low water, safe in the knowledge that I…

6 min.
land your fish of a lifetime

I HAVE A FEELING THAT IF I EXAMINED the lure fishing tackle of 100 bass anglers, the most common breaking strain for both their braid mainline and fluoro or monofilament leader would be either 20lb or at least close to this. When we go lure fishing for bass from the shore, we are unlikely to connect with a bass that weighs more than 10lb. Even if we are lucky enough to hook a magical double-figure fish, it isn’t going to go over 20lb – we can but dream, though. It is perfectly possible to land fish that weigh far more than the breaking strain of your line but, of course, this doesn’t take into account where you are fishing. I have seen 200lb-plus sharks landed from beaches in Namibia on 0.50mm/30lb mono on multiple…

8 min.
play your cards right

WE’RE AT THAT TIME between when the majority of fish are offshore breeding and prior to their eventual return, typically from the middle of April. After that we should notice the return of a multitude of species to our shores to rid anglers of an air of despondency, but for now we must adapt our fishing to catch what’s there and not target fish that are unavailable in numbers. Yes, it’s a challenging period, especially on the open surf beaches in my local area of west and north-west Wales. It can be argued that a change in our seasonal weather pattern has seen some winters hang late, making, for instance, the month of March more like the February of old (think 2018). Many of us still work to the fish behavioural patterns that were…

1 min.
ground features

Each species has a definite preference for certain ground features. Bass and cod are best fished for tight in among broken ground or tight to or into rough ground. Both will sometimes run the clean sand surf line, but it’s not reliable, and the bulk are caught near rougher patches or boulder ground. If you know of rough patches and time the tide accordingly for the bass and codling, then you’ve massively improved your chances of catching. Flounders advance right on the edge of the flooding tide at night, but dabs and plaice move into the mid-tide ground, then take up station in any shallow depressions or slightly deeper parallel gullies that run along the length of the beach where food can be found. Even at high tide, dabs and the plaice stay on…

6 min.
surprise, surprise!

UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES I give specimen hunting a wide berth early in the year because the fishing has a reputation for being as hard as nails. Yet after hearing some rumours on the grapevine that a few fish were stirring two months earlier than normal from marks along the Dorset/Devon border, it really grabbed my attention. After a few hasty phone calls, I was ready to hit the road again in February with Steve Lawrence and Jamie Young, both from Poole. We decided on Seaton as our destination, where a few early rays had been caught, and where the fishing normally springs into action with plaice, rays and smoothhounds from April onwards. As we pulled up at the café that adjoins Seaton Angling Centre, our hopes of a bagging session were somewhat diminished…