Hunting & Fishing
Sea Angler

Sea Angler Issue 561

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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In this issue

2 min.
sea angler

With the recent launch of the science fiction film The Meg, about a huge megalodon, we’ve had some fun creating this issue of Sea Angler with its tongue-in-cheek cinematic journey into the world of sea angling. ‘Sea Angler does the movies’ kicks off on page 8 with Chris Clark’s article on mullet, called Mission Possible: Ghost Protocol, and continues throughout the magazine, with an intermission for the Your Fishing section, starting on page 40, before resuming with Tope Gun in the Danger Zone on page 58. Alongside these net flix, we’ve got all your favourites, such as our Sea School section, from page 80, and tackle from page 100. Meanwhile, I bet you haven’t failed to notice that sharks get plenty of publicity at this time of year, particularly in the national newspapers.…

6 min.
mission:impossible ghost protocol

You don’t have to be mad to fish for wily thick-lips, but some might say it helps. It can be a frustrating mission. On occasions ‘mullet madness’ is the only description of going after thick-lipped mullet. To put it simply, these grey ghosts can test the nerves of even seasoned anglers. It’s the reason they are given a wide berth by some, but there are always plenty of exceptions. I picked up a few whispers that some quality thick-lipped mullet were being caught from the eastern end of Beer beach. Soon a plan was hatched and I was off on another road trip to the west for what I hoped would be Mission Possible. As usual, when heading to this stretch of the Devon coastline, I was meeting up with Scott Cooper and…

3 min.

HILL WALKING, CLIMBING , mountain biking and skiing are synonymous with this outdoor adventure land, but Fort William has another string to its bow – the shore fishing can be tremendous. On a good day, it is not unusual to catch five or six species including dabs, codling, mackerel, pollack, grey gurnards and more dogfish than you can imagine. What really attracts me to the Highlands is battling with thornback rays. More akin to a Scandinavian fjord rather than the open coast, the deep, dark waters of Fort William and Loch Linnhe offer year-round fishing in relative shelter, even when the surrounding high peaks, including Ben Nevis, are being battered by ferocious winds and whipped by winter’s icy blast. Nestled inland on what was once a geological fault line, this is the southern half of…

2 min.
the fishing marks

1 CORPACH A small village near Fort William on the Mallaig Road, where, if you pass the sawmill you have gone too far. With comfortable fishing from a grassy bank at the start of the Caledonian Canal, it is noted for mackerel and pollack to lures. Bottom fishing with baits is harder due to the fierce tide that can occur, so choose neap tides for thornbacks and dogfish. 2 LONG STAY CAR PARK This mark is situated on the southern edge of Fort William and offers very comfortable fishing from the boot of your car. It can be busy in summer with tourist parking and mackerel anglers, but it is a great family venue that fishes year round for all species. For some variety and mixed species, try a two-hook flapper baited with mackerel strip…

1 min.
need to know

GETTING THERE With its good transport links, serviced by bus and rail, it has Inverness airport 70 miles to the north and is 100 miles north of Glasgow. The drive along Loch Lomond and into Glencoe is stunning. Fort William makes an ideal base for the adventure enthusiast, with loads of accommodation to suit all budgets. TACKLE SHOPS I’m aware of two places where you can buy bait and a few bits of tackle, but they cater more for spinning and mackerel fishing, and the serious angler should come prepared. E H Wallace , 36 High Street, Fort William PH33 6AT, tel: 01397 702832. Tools and Tackle, Loan Fern, Ballachulish PH49 4JB, tel: 01855 811111. HIGHLAND SHORE ANGLING Leo Crofts runs an instruction and guiding service for the Scottish Highlands. Web: highlandshoreanglingguide.wordpress.com Facebook: highlandshoreanglingguiding…

5 min.
lilstock & two smoking barrels

“ A SHOOTOUT on the shores of the BRISTOL CHANNEL with rays and smoothhounds the TARGET species ” AFTER BLASTING BAITS OUT TO THE HORIZON, I SAT BACK CHATTING to my fishing companion Stuart Norrish as we gazed towards the Welsh side of the Bristol Channel. The weather was perfect, with not a breath of wind, and the sea was as flat as a mill pond. Such conditions are usually ideal when fishing the channel for rays, and it wasn’t long until we had the sign of fish activity. Stu’s rod banged down and the fish took line. Eventually, as I waited at the water’s edge, Stu got the fish to the surface and I saw a thornback attached to his hook. It was our first of the trip and weighed…