Saturday, September 22, 2007

Banks fishing in September

With the nice weather continuing we went bank fishing and had six nice flatfish.
3 turbot to 9lbs and 3 brill with the best coming in at 7lbs.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Bassing in September

When the bass and mackerel became scarce on the Isle of Wight grounds we went West and found some better fish with free lined mackerel. This provides a very exciting way to feel the full fight of the bass without any weight on the line.

Friday, September 07, 2007

September Conger

Jane Matthews with her first Conger caught all on her own!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Shark Fishing

On a conger fishing trip about 15 miles south of Poole a couple of weeks ago we had hooked into a large shark. After 30 minutes on 30lb braid the line had parted - just after we had a chance to see the fish about 20 feet below Silver Spray. So it was with tremendous anticipation that we looked forward to Charles McDowell and his mates coming for a crack at sharking today.
Within 30 minutes of the rubby-dubby slick being started we spotted two sharks just a few yards off the boat. They disappeared below the waves and within a minute one of the shark reels started to run out. The shark was hooked and Charles spent over an hour fighting a very energetic shark on 50lb class tackle with monofilament line . The fish went around the boat and sounded a number of times. After a terrific fight the shark was safely released at the side of the boat and swam safely away. We estimated it to be over 7 feet long with a huge girth and expected it to be over 300lbs. A second shark was hooked up within the hour but once again braid prooved not to be suitable for tackling these tough fish.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Early September Ray fishing

Early September saw a nice run of Undulate rays off the Purbecks.

14lber for Mark Palmer

Andy Herman 13lber

Paul White -Harris 13lber

Skipper Andy 12lber

Dereck Willis 10lber
Chippy Turner 7lber