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Alderney 2017

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Looks ok from poole on xc but u look at Alderney and it's not good. Changing all the time BBC weather gives a low over Ireland with the isobars spread out but still gusts picking up over 20mph over the weekend. Either way it's not a settled high I was hoping for and looks uncomfortable. According to a few friends in Guernsey the tides are better next weekend for the banks and wrecking as they don't usually bother unless they have at least an 8m tide over their. With a few highs around to give hope of a settled period the long range is giving storms for next week. Ah well see what it's like on Thursday? 🤔

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Tigerfish: Going to make a call on Thursday, currently improving forecasts with maybe one of the four days in port. No Alderney Angling to keep us amused , plenty of beer to be had .

 

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Tigerfish: Going to make a call on Thursday, currently improving forecasts with maybe one of the four days in port. No Alderney Angling to keep us amused , plenty of beer to be had .

 

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We'll make the final call tomorrow too but as we were only doing 3 days anyway wouldn't want to lose one sat on the rock. Saturday looks pretty awful at the moment and Friday/Sunday only a bit better...

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From Steve Porter on True Blue posted today on Facebook:

 

"Update 17th May 2017

Just returned from our first four day trip to Alderney of the year during which challenging conditions at times tested the boat and crew.

Our trip over on Sunday was in a forecast fresh westerly wind but the sea state was much less than expected and the skies were blue. The boat had no problem maintaining a 20 knot cruising speed throughout. The catch rate was below par, probably due to the May bloom which appeared to be everywhere. One wreck did provide a steady stream of Pollack, but we left that mark in search for what for us, seem to be very illusive Cod.

Day two and quite rough conditions on the banks around Alderney. A fairly strong tide and at times fresh wind resulted in a consistently fast drift for most of the day. Just 13 Turbot and Brill landed but several nice Bass saved the day. Plenty of Launce on the banks.

Day three and our best weather day. Light winds and reasonably warm, but the fishing was again below par. Just 10 flatfish landed, a couple of Bass and a bonus Sunfish.

Day four and a lovely calm sea to travel back to Poole on. Sadly though, it rained for most of the day. Still, better to have rain than wind. Good fishing on our first mark which was consistent with plenty of Pollack, several Bass and one lone Cod. As we moved closer to home our catch rate slowed and we were only able to add more Pollack to the catch. The cod eluded us again. Overall though, a good day with more than enough fish that brought to an end a very enjoyable four days in some great company."

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