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  1. 18 points

    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. 15 points

    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.
  3. 14 points

    Scratching Saturday

    Apart from the fog in the harbour a fantastic day was had onboard Madness last Saturday. Weather was absolutely perfect the fish were biting and banter was flowing, what more could we ask for. Fish caught were Conger eel (miniscule) Pouting, Whiting, Thornback rays, bass, starfish and whelks, ohh did I forget dogfish? loads of those. All in all a great day afloat with great company, thanks Tony and Neal for joining me. 👍
  4. 14 points

    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
  5. 13 points

    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.
  6. 13 points

    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
  7. 13 points

    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
  8. 11 points

    Friday 16th. November.

    As the wind had gone around a little NE I decided to go blow out some cobwebs today at the Rockley end of the harbour with Mr Nash. The plus side being we used about £2.50 in fuel and managed to drown a few worms. The bonus was my first flounder of the season, followed up with plenty of small bass. Not a huge fish but very thick in the body. However as Allan said plenty of crabs stealing the baits still.
  9. 11 points
    Martin Hurst ( HOW )

    Fish of a lifetime

    This week I traveled over to Northamptonshire to meet up with James . James was sent to Iraq 12 years ago at the age of 18 and since leaving the Royal Engineers has been undertaking regular trauma counselling . When I was asked to take him out I knew despite the long journey from Wales I couldn’t say no. I briefed him on how we would fish the water , using a small paddle tail Lure on a 7grm jig head , fished just above the extensive weed in 4 to 7 foot . The. Chance of a good pike was a real possibility , but it can be a difficult water especially when the suns out . What followed was totally unexpected . The pictures tell their own story . James told me it was the best day’s therapy 😁
  10. 11 points

    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. 10 points

    Smart Phones

  13. 10 points

    A Mystery

  14. 10 points

    Bass Competition

    From the 1st October we can Legally retain 1 Bass per person per day We therefore agreed at the October club meeting to proceed with the annual Bass Competition - although for this year in a different format The winner of this years Bass competition will be the individual that catches the largest Bass during the month of October. Where possible please include a picture of the fish - if you can't post it, please forward it to a club member that can. No need to register your intention to fish this competition before hand. Good luck everyone and let's hope the weather allows us all to go out and catch a few!
  15. 10 points
    alun j.

    Bass Competition

    Middle of the month and nothing reported yet ! So here's one to start it off. Caught yesterday [15th] 3 lbs 8 oz.
  16. 10 points

    Steady day drifting the bay

    Lazy start with Geoff Lambert this morning and motored in friendly conditions to Bmth pier area - no mackerel so went to Boscombe pier - same result except for Geoff catching a tub double on the feathers. So it was to Southbourne to target plaice. They were few and far between - no doubt many have been unable to dodge the copious nets. However we pressed on to find tubs and grey gurnards and to great surprise a red mullet, plus the odd mackerel to the lazy line. Eventually a plaice put in an appearance - followed by several others - one of good size. As the day drew on we moved west and drifted near Boscombe pier and then Bmth pier where i latched into the smallest thornback ray i've ever seen. All in all a good day - fine weather and a northerly wind to make it even more comfortable.
  17. 10 points
    Reel Wizzard


  18. 10 points

    My day

    https://loftykayakangler.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/too-bloody-secret Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  19. 10 points
    Craig one of our How coaches has spent the last two years coaching abroad (Hong Kong , Indonesia) , but being home in Wales for the week before going out to Norway offered to run a paddle workshop . Richard and Stephen jumped at the opportunity , spending the morning with Craig and trustee Martin , even having time before breaking for lunch to practice self and assisted rescues . Lunch concluded both the lads wanted to have a little fish , and despite suffering from historical back pain , were soon out on the water casting and trolling lures . Martin soon , aided by local knowledge , was amongst the jacks but it was Stephen who let out a scream of surprise when having hooked up the pike went airborne. Another brilliant fish , and a first from the kayak on Only Stephens second outing . . When asked when they wanted to meet up again the answer of “tomorrow “ wasn’t totally unexpected 😁
  20. 10 points

    Out for a run

    Today Charlie. Prob 70lb to be conservative, they are easy to over estimate as are so lean. Wasn’t brining it onboard as usual for a measure with only Livvy to assist. We had seen a small one prob 30lb, which we waited for but this one just hung around the stern and the smaller of the two vanished. So I took the honours, Livvy could hardly hold the rod up! I even hand fed it the trace, it was 3 ft off the rubby sack, I lowered the bait, we both saw it eat it. I pulled the trace and set the hook just on the edge of the jaws, perfect. After a few runs, I got her head the side of the boat to release. No more seen so we came in at 5:30, having only gone out at 1:00. Shame for her but better we had one than none. R
  21. 10 points
    Raymond Ellerton

    What a great Day

    Yes guys today i got my first fish. Only aa small doggy but it was a fish . And then on the way back in i stopped in the Harbor and got my second fish . Not sure but think it was a Black Sea Bream. Just off brownsea There is a man made stone wall There. So i wounder what tomorrow will bring . Tight Lines
  22. 9 points
    i'm in!

    New kid on the block

    IMG_3373.HEICIMG_3373.HEICIMG_3373.HEICIMG_3377.HEICIMG_3382.HEICIMG_3387.HEICWent out Saturday with a new crew member Jacobs gone off the fishing a bit as he hit the teenager crisis 😢😢 anyway Jacobs sister Taya keeps on about fishing so decided to take her out 👍👍 set of into to the harbour within five minutes first ever fish IMG_3373IMG_3382.HEIC.HEIC a very happy 5 year old a few more IMG_3377.HEIC IMG_3387.HEIC the weather was so good we had time for a swim IMG_3382.HEIC we had a great day out 😉 Now she thinks I'm the coolest grandad ever 😊😊 IMG_3387.HEIC
  23. 9 points
  24. 9 points

    48 Hr Competition

    Firstly: Thanks Martin for another fantastic day out on Madness. The weather Gods were smiling too. Flat calm and sunshine. Martin had the 2 Blondes very close together and in a strong tide he was " Cream crackered " They looked a lot bigger than mine on the way up but turned out to be a bit smaller.
  25. 8 points
    Oh, forgot to mention, the rubbing action required with the salt is rather personal, so I'd do it out of sight