Sea Angler

Sea Angler Issue 591

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3 min

COD FISHING YOU MIGHT THINk IS, TO COIN A PHRASE, A GAME of two halves, particularly for shore anglers. Those in one half of the country seem to catch their share during most winters, while those in the other part feed on slim pickings. It’s the fabled North/ South divide in fishing terms. Draw a line between the Mersey and the Wash and in most years those north of that divide generally get the best of the cod fishing. South of that line, the cod fishing is rarely outstanding now, perhaps with the regular exception of Chesil Beach in Dorset. Chesil too can be temperamental though, as you can find out on page 6. Of course, those along the Bristol Channel will tell you their winter cod fishing is either good…

9 min
the beach bites back!

CHESIL BEACH HAS RARELY been kind to me over the years when I’ve targeted cod. A vast expanse of shingle bank located on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, it stretches from West Bay in Bridport, bending a course all the way to Portland, near Weymouth, some 18 miles further east. Many of my shore sessions at Chesil have never been particularly memorable or indeed, anything to write home about. In fact, I mostly remember the beach for its sheer defiance in giving up its fish bounty easily. It’s not as though I’ve never put the effort in either. Days spent breaking my back collecting a variety of baits; many hours spent tying far too many rigs and packing almost every bit of kit I own, hoping to cover any eventuality that may crop…

5 min
conquering the quarry

TRIPS TO MY FAVOURED stretches of Dorset’s Purbeck coastline were severely restricted due to the Covid-19 restrictions and then gridlocked roads during the main summer holiday season made sessions only viable during midweek evenings. Once the tourists had departed though, I couldn’t resist the urge to get out rock hopping on this rocky stretch of Jurassic coastline. Calm conditions are best when tackling some of the lofty perches and should be combined with a tide topping out an hour or so after dusk. Having watched the weather forecasts carefully, a window of opportunity suddenly opened and a couple of days later I was heading west with my mate Steve Lawrence from Poole to our destination at Little Hedbury, a small quarry nestling midway between Dancing Ledge and Seacombe. From the parking area at…

4 min
spotted ray

SPOTTED RAYS, OFTEN CALLED homelyn rays in Ireland, are a fairly common species in our waters but can be localised when it comes to targeting them from the shore. Sometimes confused with the blonde ray, the spotted variety has the spots on its back stopping short of the edge of the wings to leave a clear unmarked gap, whereas on the blonde the spots go all the way to the wing edges. Shore-caught spotted rays average between 2-4lb, with a five-pounder a very good fish, but commercially they have been caught to over 10lb. TACKLE & RIGS Standard 4-6oz beachcasters up to 13ft long suit the majority of spotted ray situations, and reels like the Abu 6500 or Penn 515 are ideal. Load the reel with 17/18lb line and a 60lb shockleader. The…

2 min
when & where

Found all around the UK and Ireland with the exception of the middle and northern half of the North Sea, spotted rays are commonest on the south-west and west coasts. On a localised basis they can be caught all-year from the deeper rock marks, though the numbers soon decrease through mid-winter and early spring. On the beaches it’s usually from mid-June through to December that they are available in the best numbers. During June and July in some areas, localised catches can occur. An example is when these rays come close into shallow water to deposit their egg cases in weed beds, before they push out into deeper offshore water again. This species favours clean sandy ground, sometimes fine shingle, but bigger fish can be found in cleaner patches over rough reefy…

1 min
best bait choices

Spotted rays take mackerel and squid baits or a mixture of the two. The baits should only fill the hook and just push on to the trace. This ray has not got a huge mouth so smaller baits are the key to success. When tight inshore this species will also take prawns, small peeler crab baits or strips of bluey. The smaller spotted rays will sometimes take worm baits. The very best bait for this species is a sandeel and, surprisingly, frozen often out-fishes fresh. When using a sandeel, choose an Aberdeen hook about size 1/0. Cut off the sandeel’s head and tail and pass the hook point in through the tail cut. Next push the whole sandeel body round the bend of the hook and up the shank to present the…