Hunting & Fishing
Sea Angler

Sea Angler Issue 567

Sea Angler is Britain’s s biggest-selling sea fishing magazine. Launched in 1972, it covers shore and boat angling around the UK coastline and further afield. It's unique because every month it offers: * Full and honest tackle tests: what to use and buy * Exclusive bass section: dedicated to Britain's true sportfish * Shimano Mission Catch Competition: catch target species over a certain weight to claim embroidered catch badges * Technical and Tactical advice: how to catch through the changing seasons * Regular kayaking advice features & stories On average we publish 140 pages each month absolutely crammed with action, advice, tips and inspirational editorial.

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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…

6 min.
beach bonanza!

AFTER A PERIOD OF INTERMITTENT northerly winds along the east coast of Yorkshire, with some massive seas and horrid weather, the cliffs and get-downs get very sloppy. At times like this, it’s better to err on the side of caution and look for an easy-access venue. Feeling the urge to get out fishing, I decided to fish Easington beach on the Holderness Coast because of its easy access to the water, rather than what could be a tricky descent on some of the muddy cliff marks. The chosen spot was just past the caravan site. By locating an old boat compound adjacent to it, you’ll see a slipway cut out of the cliff providing an easy walk to the beach. Another bonus is the good parking after the caravan site. Having met up…

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.…