Hunting & Fishing
Sea Angler

Sea Angler Issue 565

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.

THE WORD ‘LEGEND’ IS OVERUSED, BUT IN THE CASE OF THE GREAT John Wilson, it was a fair description and a well-deserved accolade for a true angling pioneer. His passing has surely saddened everyone in angling. I’d known him since the 1980s when I worked on Angling Times, and then when on this company’s sea angling magazines. He also partnered our contributing editor Dave Lewis (above) in many fishing exploits, so Dave was keen to share his thoughts… Dave says: “On Sunday, November 11, John Wilson MBE suffered a stroke while at home in Thailand. Sadly, he never recovered. John was 75 years old and was, without doubt, the most recognisable angler anywhere in Europe. There are very few corners of the world where John had not fished, or where his…

8 min.
ryhope revisited

WHEN I WAS A LAD AND living at home with my folks, my bedroom window faced directly towards the coast. When the wind battered against the glass, it always woke me up in the middle of the night, and I would huddle under the covers, instinctively knowing there was a real chance that a decent cod sea would be starting to run. After a few days, the northerly gale would eventually subside and I’d run into the garden at the rear of the house. Amid the subdued calmness, I could clearly hear the distant roar of the waves rolling on to the beach. Excitement would immediately take over, and after a quick inspection of my dad’s bait fridge and freezer in the garage to see what was available, I simply couldn’t…

1 min.
flattie fantastic

BEING ONE OF THE LARGEST natural harbours in the world, Poole offers countless opportunities throughout the year for a wide variety of species, but it is particularly flounders, which show during the winter, that attract anglers to this shoreline, in search of a magical four-pounder. For those targeting flounders, Poole Harbour has one great advantage over many of its West Country rivals where peeler crabs rule supreme. Crabs can often be expensive and difficult to source during the winter, but, luckily, ragworms are far the most productive bait within Poole Harbour, and these can be bought at a reasonable price from the many tackle shops that serve the area. For instance, £10 should buy more than enough for a day’s fishing. December and January are the prime months for big flounders in the…

4 min.
four great marks to try now…

1 HOLES BAY This is a relatively shallow muddy mark with a small channel running some 50 yards out. Casting distance is not an issue along this stretch, and I always favour the outer edge of the channel. Of all the shore marks around Poole Harbour, Holes Bay offers your best chance of connecting with a real big fish, and a four-pounder is a real possibility. Don’t expect a bagging session because this is a specimen mark where you may get a couple of fish during a trip if you are lucky. Really big ragworm baits presented on a size 1 Aberdeen-type hook are the key to success. Generally, flounders become more active when there is some flow going through the channel, whereas the action often melts away during slack-water periods. Because these bigger fish…

5 min.
the hunt for big cod

If you want to target a big cod from the Bristol Channel this winter you should put in the hours over the Christmas period. Between December and January, there is a great window of opportunity for some decent fish in the vast estuary. Big cod are, however, few and far between now, with a fish breaking into double figures seen as a good one. The ultimate goal for most specimen anglers would be a cod around the 20lb mark. Because those big cod are in such short supply, you may want some help on where to put in your rod hours. Barry is one place in the Bristol Channel that has a solid reputation for producing big cod from the shore. THE CHASE As always, I like to seek out local knowledge before embarking…

1 min.
need to know

GETTING THERE For Holton Road Angling, follow the M4 to South Wales and leave the motorway at junction 33. Head down the A4323 towards Barry. Turn off on to the A4050 and follow the A4231 to Coldbrook Road. Turn off to Church Road, which leads to Holton Road. For Cardiff Foreshore, leave the A48 Eastern Avenue at the Cardiff Docks/ City Centre exit at Llanedeyrn. Go along Southern Way and Rover Way to the dock entrance. Park on the approach road and then walk to the Foreshore. TACKLE SHOP Holton Road Angling, 242 Holton Road, Barry, South Wales CF63 4HS, tel: 01446 679284.…