Sea Angler Issue 596

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3 min

WITH LOCDOWN regulations eased in April, more of you are getting out fishing and, judging by all your catch pictures, getting some good results. Always be mindful of treating your fish with respect and return any you don’t keep to the sea as quickly as possible. Unhook your fish in the water if possible. Some sea anglers are now using carp fishing style unhooking mats, which many feel is the way forward particularly on rough or hard terrain. Public perception can be influenced by unintended poor handling sometimes caused by lack of experience. Always be aware that there are elements lurking in the background looking for excuses to condemn any form of angling. Consider also that populist campaigns and some television coverage may not always be in your interests. Who, for instance,…

8 min
bass and the buffet

ALTHOUGH I CONSIDER MYSELF A kindly soul, I’m not giving anyone an Ordnance Survey map with my bass hot spots highlighted in magic marker. This is mostly because coves and beaches that develop a reputation on the grapevine attract interest from those who set illegal nets too close to shore and peddle undersized fish to restaurants out of the backs of vans. Therefore, my geographical advice is general. Locating bass is actually fairly simple. Go where their food is in good supply and where the fish won’t need to work too hard for their meals. It is unfair to describe bass as lazy though, but it’s anglers who can be lazy. They’re the ones who can’t be bothered to roll out of bed at half past daft to catch a perfect…

5 min
playing catch up with hounds

ANGLERS IN THE UK ARE accustomed to some exceptional fishing for smoothhounds, but it was only 10 years ago when a mysterious type of boat sport began near the Dutch coast. Since then these sharks have become a major shore angling species on our side of the North Sea. On the day I first fished for these sharks I caught four and was over the moon. Almost ten years later it is my favourite type of fishing, but these days it is from the shore. Smoothhounds are a smaller variety of shark but without the teeth associated with their bigger cousins. Instead of teeth, they have hard bony plates to crush their prey. They have all characteristics of a shark but their food consists of crabs, hermit crabs, ragworms and other worm…

1 min
10 top uk venues

1 SELSEY Always a stand-out venue every year for anglers seeking hounds. The West Beach is the popular area where evening flood tides in calm weather are considered best. 2 SKEGNESS The flat, sandy beaches along the Lincolnshire coast are well known for their prolific fishing for smoothhounds in the summer. Skegness is a favourite, but try Chapel Point, Huttoft and Sutton on Sea too. 3 ABERTHAW Fish two and a half to three hours either side of low water on mid-range to neap tides at this prolific venue in South Wales. Other top marks inlude Porthkerry, Marcross, Monknash, Newton and Sker. 4 THE SOLENT Many of the Solent venues produce hounds. Try the front of Hayling Island, where sometimes you’ll see the fish feeding close in to the beach. On the Isle of Wight, marks at…

2 min
ramsgate east pier

DOVER WAS ONCE THE PREMIER place to fish in Kent, with its two piers and a breakwater being popular attractions. Currently there are none available. This caused problems for many anglers with limited mobility because the lower deck of the Admiralty Pier was open to disabled and the older anglers who could fish from their cars. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of Ramsgate’s East Pier. It might be the answer because anglers can drive on and fish for free. There are toilets on the pier too. When you drive on to this pier it is advisable to park as close to the railings on the inside to allow access for port authority vehicles. SEASONAL SPECIES Although in general the fish may be of a smaller…

5 min
ray hunters

OFTEN DESCRIBED AS A wilderness of barren sand, the Southbourne beaches to the east of Boscombe Pier are surprisingly productive especially throughout the spring and autumn. Nocturnal small-eyed rays are the main target during April and May but between September and the end of the year a wide variety of species put in an appearance including rays, soles, plaice, gurnards, bass and even a few small smoothhounds. To check out the area’s potential I met up with my old mate Steve Lawrence for an evening session to target the once popular but now rarely fished Fisherman’s Walk section, which is about one mile to the east of Boscombe Pier. The Blue Flag beach is among a group of sandy beaches along the Bournemouth seafront. This was December and I arrived just on dusk…