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Sea Angler Issue 567

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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Kelsey Publishing Group

en este número

2 min.

ANGLING HAS THE ABILITY TO THROW UP SOME AMAZING CATCHES just when you don’t expect them. You can usually predict big cod in winter, but massive bass in January are another matter. Yet that’s just what happened when a stunning 17lb 4oz fish (pictured on our front cover), the second-biggest ever on a lure, was caught by a boat angler (see page 32). There was also a 14lb fish, and late last year our contributor Andy Webb bagged a 12-pounder. You can read Andy’s story of his personal best on page 18. He was on a flounder session, but decided to target bass, which is what happened when Chris Clark fished Poole Harbour. Instead of flatties, he caught some superb bass (see page 6). It’s also worth remembering that, at the moment,…

7 min.
tale of the unexpected

SCRAPING THE FROST FROM THE car windscreen during the early hours on a crisp December morning, the adrenaline was flowing freely. I was heading off on a flounder quest at one of the more remote areas of Poole Harbour in Dorset. With the harbour fishing poorly for flatties during the past months, I did have more than a few doubts, but a surprise in the form of bass was in store. Joining me for the fun were Steve Lawrence and Chris Rogers, both from Poole, and, as usual, Steve, who is the renowned Poole flounder ace, was brimming with confidence when I arrived at the rendezvous point just as the first shafts of daylight were starting to appear over the horizon. With the car loaded, we were soon heading to Wareham, from…

8 min.
the night hunters

THIRTY YEARS AGO, THORNBACK rays in West, Mid and North Wales would disappear from the inshore grounds during November for breeding, typically venturing back inshore in late February, sometimes even earlier, in many areas. Their return coincided with the cycle of herring shoals and the first peeling crabs shedding their shells out in the warmer, deeper water below the spring tide line. Now, with the winter producing, on average, higher overall sea temperatures, they seem to hang about throughout the year. There is also a wider spread of the outward and inward migration pattern through the spawning period. If you know where to look, it’s still February, with its increasing hours of daylight and, hopefully, sunshine to kick-start the inshore food supplies, that still signifies the real return of the rays in…

1 min.

Casting distance can be an advantage, and is why some anglers miss out, even though they are in the right place with the correct rig and bait. For most, a cast beyond 100 yards with bait in fishing conditions is pretty good going. Stick to fixed-spool reels and European-style rods of 14-15ft in length and matched to a 7500 or 8000 sized fixed-spool reel with a long-cast spool. The rod’s added length increases lead weight speed, therefore increasing distance, and the long-cast spool design maintains a high line profile as line leaves it during the cast, again maximising distance. Other tips to get better casting distance are to load the reel with 20-30lb braid and fish a 60lb braid shockleader. An alternative is a 13ft beachcaster and a multiplier that will take…

1 min.
need to know

GETTING THERE From Hull, take the A1033 and B1445 to Easington caravan site, HU12 0TY. TACKLE SHOPS Chapman’s Angling, 208-212 Hull Rd, Hessle, Hull HU13 9NH tel: 01482 639900. East Coast Tackle, 1B Willows Rd, Hornsea HU18 1DA, tel: 01964 535064. Fishing Republic, 6 Strickland St, Hull HU13 4AQ, tel: 01482 707977. Hull Angling Centre, Holderness Rd, Hull HU9 3DS, tel: 01482 374201. North Bay Angling, 84 Promenade, Bridlington YO15 2QL, tel: 01262 401144. Top Sports, 118 Queen St, Withernsea HU19 2HB, tel: 01964 612340. 541192.…

6 min.
it’s a kind of magic!

Seeing a bar of silver with its deep red colouring behind the gills as it fights hard through the surf is a perfect sight for any bass angler, and is what makes them a favourite species with many. In my younger years I went through a phase where I chased after them at every chance I could get, visiting beaches in the South West armed with buckets of lugworms and peeler crabs. My first bass catch was at Ladye Bay in the Bristol Channel, when a 3lb 8oz fish took a mackerel fillet. The memory still sticks with me to this day. Sadly, once I started catching rays, my direction of angling drifted away from bars of silver. Since then I have put in a few sessions to target a double-figure bass, but…