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  1. 18 points
    lofty

    Happy with this

    In my hunt for stingrays I had a nice by catch on my huge rag baits. My mate weighed it on his electronic scales at 2,12 after taking off for his mesh bag. Also had a lot of fun on the smuts. Nice to get a fish on the board, although it'll get beaten by loads of undies this month[emoji23][emoji23] Returned to grow much bigger Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  2. 18 points
    Stuie

    Worth whiting for...

    Forcast was light winds for the day = it would have been rude not to take advantage - so it was a leisurely 9am start with friend Ken aboard. The plan was to look for whiting and we motored to a likely looking area well off Ballard. After a brief unproductive drift we dropped the hook and bites began straight away- dogs and a small conger followed by some jumbo pout. Then whiting began to put in an appearance - we managed several dozen with a few kept - they were mainly of a good ,stamp' best being 2lb 9oz. Back at Cobbs shortly after three for a celebratory Doombar. A very successful winter session.
  3. 16 points
    Mal Thomas

    First trip this year for Y-Knot

    Slightly over eagar start to get out this morning, took one look at the breakers at the end of the channel and went back into the Harbour for an hour. Even after the wait there was only 2 foot 6 inches outside the last channel markers, had to quickly lift the engine more and coast over the realy shallow bit. No fun at all, on the way in the breakers were quiet lively and still only 3 foot 6 inches at the end channel and no end markers have been positioned. Went down to Milford to try for a plaice or two, no luck with the plaice but I did manage 4 nice thorneys in 40mins, tons of baby dogs and a pout. Moved back to Christchurch and had 3 small eyed rays in 20 minutes and then the dogs moved in. Back home for for 3.30pm and a wash down, first trip without any hiccups always a good start to the season.
  4. 15 points
    billy2shots

    A proper fishy day

    I haven't fished freshwater for the best part of 3 years. Nothing too weird about that but I live 10 houses away from a river and grew up fishing rivers and lakes 2 or 3 times a week from the age of 11 until mid to late 20s. My kids are on half term and I promised them that we would fish the river Stour during this week. We popped down to the marina to get some things off of my boat at 11am Wednesday but the chance of a swift getaway was denied by the mrs who had other ideas. She had packed lunch for the kids so we got out the cushion and sat on the back of our boat in the sunshine. Pretty soon there were mullet all around us and my lad talked me into setting his rod up. 5 minutes later we hooked and landed the biggest in the shoal which was approximately 3lb. Result. Back home to sort the fishing stuff and buy a 1 day rod license. Bought it in the afternoon so we could then go again Thursday early morning (lasts 24h). A quick session in the gym followed by dinner saw us on the riverbank at 5pm. Managed to snaffle some roach and chub early doors and as the sun started going down the worms came out and we moved to a swim I used to catch Perch in 25 years ago. Bingo, 7 or 8 Perch landed in 20 minutes with a decent 12oz one for good measure. Bedtime for my 6 year old and 8 year old daughter who had come down a little later with mum. We walked back and they were tucked in bed by 20.30. I received a call from my dad wanting to plan a fishing trip on the boat this weekend so that was arranged. He asked if I had decided on a holiday for October half term because I've been talking about holibobs for 6 months but not pulled the trigger. 'We should just go carping in France' I told him. 5 minutes later and we were both searching the net for availability. Boom, there was a space at a familiar lake with nice gite for the family. This was coincidentally the last place I fished in fresh water until today. Wow, talk about signs from above. Lake and ferry booked and we're off to the place where a week saw us bank 9 30lb fish and 6 40lb carp. Calsberg don't do fishy days but if they did, Wednesday would have been one of them.
  5. 14 points
    Maverick

    Mid Channel Madness

    Dean and I decided we would go out on the boat fishing Sunday so arrangements for food and bait were made . Down the boat for a later start at 8:15. First stop was at Cobbs Quay fuel berth to fill Madness up after our Alderney foray then out into the harbour. We had a conversation about what we should do, breaming was on the agenda but seeing how flat the sea was along with the combination of small tides we plumped for mid channel wrecks. On our previous trip over to Alderney we lost all our pink look alike eels which had seemed to be the colour preferred by the fish, a quick call into Poole Sea Angling got us something similar then off we went this side of mid channel to see what we could find. The trip out saw a flattish sea which gave us a comfortable cruise speed at 20+ knots. Got to our first wreck which had fished on previous occasions but unfortunately not today with just a couple of hard won fish appearing. After giving it a good length of time the decision was made to move to the next closest wreck which was about 1.5 miles further west from the first mark. This small wreck fished slightly better but was not blistering sport with just the odd cod. Off we go again another 5 miles west to a reasonable sized wreck. This move was well justified with Pollock to 15lb and a splattering of small 5-8lb cod. Coming home was interesting with visibility down to 50 metres at one point, the fog was really quite thick and a total change from the morning. At one point Dean said look up I can see the sun to which I replied unfortunately we were not going that way and still couldn’t see more than 70/80 metres ahead, really strange. Close inshore (within a mile of land) the fog cleared to hazy sunshine. The point of making an issue of the fog is that if we did not have radar we would have been travelling at about 6 or 7 knots and bricking ourselves but with all the navigational aids on Madness including radar we were able to not only keep up a reasonable cruising speed of about 15 knots comfortably but we were able to see boats on the screens that were around us . Had we not had radar we would have came straight over the wrecks off Swanage where several boats had divers down. We could see these on radar 6 miles ahead so could take a slightly different course giving them a wide berth and not spoiling there (or our) day. I know that most of the club boats that go offshore are very experienced skippers and have all the kit and more. If less experienced members want to take their boats well offshore please take the time to talk to those that have been there and done that. Your learning curve will be greatly reduced
  6. 13 points
    Tiddler

    Tiddler goes to Wareham

    Tiddler goes to Wareham. Friday was another scorcher so we decided not to waste it. We launched at 2:30 ish and headed up the Wareham channel. With a 12 mph easterly and only a 13 foot boat I thought that going outside the harbour was probably not a good idea. ( I did point out that if we had a Barracuda it would be fine ) We headed towards Wareham at a leisurely pace. When we reached the river entrance we were plagued by biting, blood sucking flies. I looked on line and thought they looked like Blandford Flies but we've not come up in lumps so probably not ! We got to the quay, lowered the rod tubes and carried on up stream . . . . . Past everyone's favourite big house. We went all the way to the bypass before turning back. We stopped at the quay and Jacqui bought us an ice cream. When we left we were against the breeze so no problem with flies. After a while I nagged at Jacqui to take the helm ( she's done the level 2 ) but with it being so rare that we go out she loses her confidence. We went outside of the harbour and although it wasn't a problem for Tiddler it just makes it uncomfortable so we turned back. Jacqui was in charge until we were nearly back to the launching area and it got very busy. We had no rods with us so it was just a " Jolly " And very nice it was too.
  7. 13 points
    Rob

    Out for a run

    Taken JoJo away on our early summer family holiday as usual. Change if scenery this year (9 yrs in Dartmouth), we have tried Mylor near Falmouth. This is the spot I have launched for autumn sharking several times, what better place to stay than in the marina! Not my idea, Jo's! Didn't hear me arguing! Nice to see the JoJo from the property! She has not been out since October and that was down here. Yesterday the 4 of us headed out late evening to St Anthony Light house on the entrance to Falmouth and St Mawes for a cruise. Charlotte then piloted us back in, all the way until the final docking. Hopefully some catch reports will be forth coming! R
  8. 13 points
    Rob

    Out for a run

    So popped out for a couple of hours with the kids as company. Quick call to Charlie Chapman's charter skipper friend and he put is on to a location. "You will be plagued with rays, dogfish and bullhuss" perfect I thought,just what the kids want. 5 mins in and thornie, 5 mins another happy days. As I am typing this we have missed another. Just what they needed to keep interest! Thanks Charlie. Rob
  9. 13 points
    Saturday gave the top side a good clean with the family,Sandy loves playing with the pressure washer so I was able to clean sink area etc. Sunday with a mild hangover from a great dinner dance....thanks for organizing Mal[emoji106] I went out about 8.15 with bream as my target . Tried by Ballard just below Joint Venture but missed my only bite so moved into Swanage bay to find Chris and Mal there on kinkyfisher [emoji23] Wasn’t to long and they come on the feed slowly with largest at 2 1/2 lb all went back as full of eggs,only 4 or 5 but target achieved.It then died with the tide so tried several places in the bay but my head was banging so in just after lunch. Great to be out and she goes great with the brand new leg
  10. 11 points
    gaffa

    Reflections 2 second trip of the year

    Well this went better than the first only a few days earlier when I didn't wet a line due to rough weather. Managed to get through the bridges and harbour by 9.30am which is pretty good for me . Out towards Old Harry and started drifting with an assortment of rigs trying float for garfish and mackeral,feathers for mackeral and bottom tackle for anything. Bait was cuttlefish srtrips. Managed 5 species but no mackeral or garfish and it wasn't for lack of trying. Didn't anchor up just drifted from old Harry into the bays both Swanage and Poole Back home at 18.30 so pretty good day overall.(for me that is Peteg
  11. 11 points
    Heroes on the Water (SW Coach, Steve) had a great afternoon on the water last week with Martin in Cornwall - he caught Launce, Pollock (including a lure caught double header) and was particularly happy to land his first Catshark (Dogfish) (1 of 2). All in all a very successful afternoon.
  12. 11 points
    Myself and Andrew from our welsh section ventured up to Llyn Padarn set in the Snowdonia National Park. We have been working closely with the charity change step , A team of veteran peer mentors who use their own experiences to help veterans confront challenges in their lives, and to navigate and engage with support services throughout Wales. Fresh from going up the country’s highest mountain Snowdon , our veterans were given some brief paddle skills training before spending an hour touring the lake in groups of three . Some even demonstrated some enviable self rescue techniques 😀 A cracking day afloat with a great group of lads and lass in a stunning location .👍
  13. 10 points
    Reel Wizzard

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