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  1. 13 points
    biggcol

    Photo of the Month June

  2. 11 points
    lofty

    Congers are the new dogs

    Had a day on the water with a mate off Southbourne Weather was as mixed as the fishing. Looked like thunder, then sunshine, then cold and cloudy, then sunny then thick fog! At the West of Poole bay you get the ice cream boat selling it’s wares. Today at Southbourne we had a lightning fast little boat selling “ Cake, cake.” Good to see Tiddler on the water. Didn’t even need Jim to save an anchor for me. The fishing was good Lots of macs, many Joeys but a good few takers. Small eyed ray, Thornbacks, Dabs, Bream, Gurnard, Macs, Bass, Congers. It used to be you put maccy down and the dogs would start up. Today it was Congers, and most into double figures. Made a right mess of my lively.Also more Thornies . Couldn’t find an Undulate but I notice they’re common further East? A great Tuesday Back to it tomorrow
  3. 9 points
    Kingfisher 126

    Photo of the Month June

    Sunny Sunday on the Shambles 14th June 2020
  4. 9 points
    Maverick

    Fishy Tales

    Adam just looking at your recalling the history part of the club and for those that are interested would like to update with this. Our first club online presence was indeed on Phantom Fisher. I negotiated with the owner to have our own page on his site. Unfortunately this only lasted a few months before due to personal circumstances he pulled the plug and closed the site. Our experience with this site however planted the seed that we needed our own online presence. Another website based in the solent/isle of wight area (Solent Angler?) was at that time the largest fishing site in our area. I contacted Chris the then owner and agreed with him that we could temporarily have our own page/section on his site whilst we sorted our own. Chris welcomed us with open arms. Our part of this website soon became the dominant section of Chris's site. He was infectiously enthusiastic on building his site and sea angling in general. This page really took off and gave the club such a boost in interest/membership. After an appeal I had contact with a former member of the solent fishing site who agreed to build a site for us but this turned out to be a walk up a garden path and a total waste of time except for my meeting Paul Dore. Paul admitted he had not had much (or was it any) experience of building websites but he could write code so would give it a go. Paul built our original website and forum for no cost followed by subsequent updates and at least one rebuild. A lot of work was put into building both the club and the website in the early years. I am sure we would not have gotten as far as we have had it not been for Paul and I for one will be eternally grateful for his help laying the foundations of the club we have today. Oli is our current webby and has done a great job on our latest rebuild and maintaining what we have now. To all those reading we are interested in your story. How did you become a sea angler, from a young age, old age or just happened on? tell us the ins and outs I will try to recall my angling history from when I was a young lad until the present day and post in the next few days.
  5. 7 points
    Tiddler

    Congers are the new dogs

    Got out at about 09:30 and headed for Southbourne. Water quite flat so could go quite quickly. Found a few waves so dropped back to 22 MPH. Stopped and drifted near cafe area but nothing but a couple of Mackerel. Lofty called for any Poole bay boats. He said they were doing OK further up so went over to join him & Dave. They were anchored so I moved away as I wanted to drift. The wind was changing direction from ESE to S which made it hard to plan the drifts to avoid bouys and kayaks but just kept my eye on it as well as the three rods. Plenty of fog around the cruise ships which were moored up due to corona virus but we didn't get much of it. I was catching a steady stream of Mackerel so that was good. Had a very big take on one of the other rods but missed that one. Mick tried to radio me but I didn't hear him. I'll try to remember to put my radio up on the rod tubes whilst fishing so I get better range. Great day to be afloat. Tiddler_June_2020_Low_Res.mp4
  6. 7 points
    plaicemat

    Spooling a fixed spool reel.

    Am I the only one who didn't know this? A really good tip for putting the line on a fixed spool reel to avoid any tangles, why isn't this put on the box? Terry.
  7. 5 points
    biggcol

    Spooling a fixed spool reel.

    Another tip you might find helpful. When using the rod butt to hold the reel thread the line through the rod ring on the butt, then hold the butt so that the line is vertical over the spool ,this will stop the spool jumping around. Having been a tournament caster for many years, respooling reels is part of the sport 😜 sometimes 20 times in a tournament. Multiplier or fixed spool the same principle applies when spooling.
  8. 5 points
    Adam F

    Fishy Tales

    Part 1: How it all started! I've fished like many of us since I was old enough to hold a rod - maybe 5 years old. I remember standing on Boscombe pier with my Dad in the cold and rain, no bites and whilst Dad was keen to go home to bed, I’d always ask for just 5 more mins! Once I was old enough to fish on my own it was on the Stour at Muscliffe with Dad, catching roach, pike, perch and chub. As I got older and more independent I joined Christchurch Angling Club (CAC) and widened my horizons to the lakes in and around Ringwood. I learned my craft fishing the rivers in Dorset however and feel blessed to have been taught by my dad to fish ‘proper’... trotting a stick float in a river. If I had to pick one type of freshwater fishing - this would be it - a centrepin, a stick float and a pint of white maggots. I match-fished for a few years with good success but soon found the constant competitive edge a bit wearing, so moved onto Carp fishing. The combination of massive, hard fighting fish and the added bonus of sleeping away from home and the adventure of camping was irresistible to a 16 year old! I was properly ‘hooked’ on carping for several years and as I progressed into full time adult work, it was normal for me to finish work, drive to the lake, set up - fish all night, up at 6am, pack up and back into work for 7.30. I’d do this 3 nights a week before going home for a shower and fresh food before spending all weekend at the lake. Back in the 90’s a 30lb carp was the holy grail and a truly massive fish. I was fortunate enough to catch a couple of these beasts with my best going 38lb 2oz…. Today that's run of the mill in many lakes - back then it was a fish of a lifetime. So fast forward to what I’d guess is 1998 and it was Carp fishing that got me back into Sea Fishing. Myself and several mates had started to make an annual pilgrimage to France for the HUGE carp that it was renowned for. It was a proper adventure too - a transit van, 4 blokes, a mountain of tackle, nice weather, big carp and loads of beer! Perfect! One year we had a drop out and Neil Cooke who then owned Bournemouth Fishing Lodge ( a mate of mine as I worked in the Lodge from 12 years old to maybe 18) suggested a stand in to fill the trip. A guy joined the group called James Parker. James and I hit it off straight away and we spent every night that trip in France drinking beer on the bank into the early hours talking all things fish and fishing…. He was nuts about fishing as I was! On the last night we started talking about how we started fishing and I mentioned I actually started as a Sea Angler….. James mentioned that he had a small fishing boat back at home in the UK and that when we got back we should do a trip. I didn't need asking twice! A few weeks after getting back from France, James took me out of Christchurch, having launched at Wick on his little 13’ yellow open Shetland… it didn't have a proper name but James called it the Yellow Peril! This was my return to Sea Angling and in a heartbeat I dropped all things freshwater. After several trips in shore with James and having caught some good rays and other fish I fancied a boat of my own. As we all know this was the start of a very slippery slope! I was searching Boatsandoutboards.com daily but in all honestly didn't have a clue what I was looking at, and whilst on a very meagre salary the thought of spending thousands on a boat was terrifying! James called one day and said his mate had a little cabin boat for sale. We went over to take a look - in Oakdale I seem to recall. She looked great - but what did I know! We bought her and went 50/50 on the cost. I was still living at home at the time so ‘Tara’ lived at James’ house in Southbourne. At 16’ long with a 30hp 2 Stroke Outboard she felt like a min-charter boat to a complete novice like me having only been on open boats in the past! James and I fished all over the place in that little boat in some pretty shitty weather! We also caught some great fish! Double figure bass, Undulates to 18lb, Small Eyed to 13lb, Congers over 50lb, Huss to 12lb, 4lb Bream. We fished up to about 8 miles out but that little boat was proof that time on the sea is just as important as fancy rigs or bait! After a couple of years I was earning better, and the lure of a bigger, better and faster boat was too much! I had now started an office based job in front of a PC all day and I’ll admit to being addicted to Boatsandoutboards.com and Findafishingboat.com…. I dreamt constantly of a bigger boat. At this time I was in Bournemouth Fishing Lodge and picked up a flyer for a website called Phantom-Fisher.co.uk this was a website and more importantly a forum for boat fisherman in Poole. At this time Facebook, Instagram etc didnt exist and so a forum for people to talk fishing and boats on the internet was some kind of heaven! Phantom-fisher didnt last long though and as it closed down many of the member were homeless on the internet. At this time I was introduced to (and I’m sorry I’ll forget a few names!) Peter Russell Snr and Jnr, Martin Burt, Bob Fuller, Bob Horne (RIP) Paul Dore…. These guys belonged to PBSBAC, and I joined straight away and threw myself into the club and joined the committee to help. It was apparent that in these new modern times we needed an online presence, and thus PBSBAC.co.uk was born under the tech guidance of Paul Dore (if I remember correctly!?) This proved to be an amazing resource to tap into anything you could possibly need. Want to know how to wire in a twin battery set up? Ask the question and the members would advise! The lust for a bigger boat was growing daily and having been out one evening to be taught the Alderney ring anchor method by (then chairman) Martin Burt on this amazing Warrior 195 called ‘Maverick’ I had decided that whilst a 195 was out of my league I did want a Warrior 165. Trouble was, so did everyone else and having emptied the piggy bank I had no more than 11k to spend. I looked in vain for months, every decent boat I found was sold, all others where shit heaps. Paul Dore rang me one morning to inform me of one that had just come to the market in Eastney Marina, Hayling Island, so Bob Fuller and I popped down the very next Saturday to take a look. It was here I learnt a very sage lesson about buying boats! She was beautiful - shiny and not a scratch on the hull. Clean and tidy she looked a bargain for 11k. The sea trail went great, although the engine alarm did sound as we approached the slipway back home… however it was too late, i was smitten, and whilst the engine looked a little tatty and out of sync with the rest of the boat this was the boat I dreamed of. £11k was a deposit for a house back then, but we did the deal and soon she was sat on the drive back at home. I’d met my wife Rachael by this time and we had our own house in Verwood and I was proud as punch. A new wife, a new house and a posh new boat! A couple of months after buying BW, we didnt the annual club trail-away trip to the Shambles - the engine started playing up on the way back. I felt sick. I managed to get it back to the slip but the engine was very poorly. I was skint after buying the boat, and the call from the workshop that evening nearly made me vomit; ‘The engine is shagged mate - total write-off the block is cracked’ I did actually cry. Rach my wife was ace and after a couple of days we re-mortgaged and bought a brand new 60hp Mariner 4 Stroke. I had more great memories on BW. Some of my best were really pushing the limits of a 16’ boat and going mid-channel wrecking on her. We had to carry 4 x 25l of petrol. 1 to get there, 1 for the days drifting and running about, 1 to get back and 1 for reserve. 100l of Petrol on a 16’ boat is a lot! 25 miles offshore in a 16’ boat was both scary and exciting! One trip we caught so many cod that I couldn't get BW on the plane… we had to come back at displacement speed - the extra 25L saved our bacon that day! One another trip we started the day in beautiful sunshine, and it stayed all day - flat calm, not a ripple. On the way back a ‘pea-souper’ descended and I helmed 25 miles home on the edge of my nerves with no radar and only the MK1 eyeball for guidance. Again, after a few years that familiar itch many of us know, started again - bigger, faster, better?! I looked at a lot of options but struggled to get away from the Warrior brand, so sold BW and bought a Warrior 175. Whilst only 1’ bigger the actual physical size difference was massive - she was wider, longer, taller… self draining deck, integral fuel tank….. A real step up from the 165. I should have learnt a lesson from the 165 right? Well, ‘Out of the Blue’ had a Honda 130hp engine with a 5 year warranty and only 150 hours on the clock. Safe as houses right? We had been on another trail-away to Portsmouth as a club for the Tope off the Nab Tower and on the way back after another great day of fishing, the Honda started to ‘miss’ slightly…. You all know that feeling when your pride and joy starts to miss-behave…. It was a sickeningly familiar feeling from a few years ago. If I recall correctly I had Gorden Moore with me that day. Back home, I started a long drawn out process involving several engineers and lots of more wasted money. You know the saying ‘owning a boat is like taking a cold shower whilst tearing up £20 notes’ well this was that. ‘Maybe its the HT leads?’ Change them - nope ‘Maybe its the Fuel filter?’ Change that - nope ‘Maybe it’s the Injectors?’ Change them - nope After several hundred wasted pounds, I was poking around at the end of my whit and noticed that the oil was emulsified?! Surely the first thing you’d check? I took it straight to Honda who confirmed that Yes - once again the head was cracked. I felt sick again. Amazingly - whilst out of the 5 year warranty, due to the low hours on the engine they decided to honour the warranty and the engine was replaced FOC. I’d lost faith once again in that boat after all that. About this time Rachael and I had moved out to Shaftesbury from Bournemouth to settle down and start a family, and trailering a 17’ boat through the narrow, muddy country lanes started to become wearing pretty quickly. Once again the nagging feeling started again and I began to contemplate a bigger (faster!?) boat that could be moored and avoid the tedious 25 mile trail to a slipway. Another chapter was about to begin!
  9. 4 points
    lofty

    WiFi expert wanted.

    I make big bits of wood slightly smaller for a living. If this didn’t work first time.......
  10. 4 points
    Update The broker contacted me last week, they had put the boat in the water to prep it for the sea trial, and found that it had a lateral crack that was letting in water, and the engine oil was emulsified. They gave me the option of letting them fix it, or refund my deposit. Engines can be fixed but a lateral crack is a bit scary so I'm taking the refund. 😢😢😢 So it's back to the drawing board. After reading the fishy tales with dodgy weather and slipways I'm having a rethink about launch and retrieve (at my tender age) so are there any members on a swing mooring. What are the disadvantages and benefits, I'm guessing security for one. Thanks in advance Adrian
  11. 4 points
    Tiddler

    Get your Rods out!

    Forgot my Rod so I had the wrestle this one. Could have tried "trout tickling" I suppose.
  12. 3 points
    Coddy

    How to catch smoothhound

    I got an email from Talk Sea Fishing about how to catch Smoothounds Thought it might help some new members new to boat fishing and others to get some new species Click the link to read it. https://www.talkseafishing.co.uk/smoothhound-fishing-how-to-catch-smoothhound/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=how-to-catch-smoothhound_11
  13. 3 points
    Bobby Buoy

    Spooling a fixed spool reel.

    Thanks that's more useful than Greg's comments.....but good to know I'm still young!😀
  14. 2 points
    Thanks Toerag very kind of you to update us. I think that sadly we be will giving our foray over the channel a miss this year but will hopefully return next year
  15. 2 points
    Thought the forum would find this interesting:- https://guernseypress.com/news/2020/06/18/alderney-lays-down-law-for-charter-boats/ Private boats will invariably have similar restrictions, check https://www.visitalderney.com/travel/sail-to-alderney/ for details. Certainly anyone coming ashore needs to self-isolate for 14 days at present - this applies to all the islands in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The Bailiwick is coming out of lockdown ahead of the UK as the virus is under control here (no new cases for 48 days), with all restrictions apart from the travel one above being removed as from Saturday.
  16. 2 points
    I am out tomorrow Ben But just Wendy and I, so I do not think she will go for a run to the shambles. She should be on a cruise at the moment [Monaco tonight] so even an offer of a look at the cruise ships may not convince her. LOL
  17. 2 points
    lady jane

    Air brush

    These were the spare ones you get, but lead colour only. a couple of colours sealed with marine varnish. (Yet to try).
  18. 2 points
    gjb

    Air brush

    well done Andy you can do my makeup when i go out🤣
  19. 2 points
    malc lemoignan

    Orkney 21 day angler

    Hi Colin i am in a small syndicate 1 member is pulling out only 2 members use the 24 we have never used the toilet and have never used the berths to sleep in we have the use of a trailer for a 21ft boat so really a 24 ft boat is too big as they say big boat big bucks thanks for your reply
  20. 2 points
    Tiddler

    Spooling a fixed spool reel.

    I was convinced he was going to Bash a BIG nail in there to hold it down. When I try that it leaps up and runs across the floor. But if you listen to what he says about the correct way because of the memory. He then sits it in warm water to " reset the memory" So it sounds like " wind it anyway you want " and leave it in the water long enough to drink a bottle of Doombar.
  21. 2 points
    Maverick

    Get your Rods out!

    Apparently Wessex Water are still looking for the hole in their water main
  22. 2 points
    great white

    Photo of the Month June

    One Happy Chap back afloat last week.
  23. 2 points
    Hi Ben, a few photos will help, and information on which type of stern gland it is. My comments below assume an inboard diesel and straight shaft. If it's a traditional stern gland with greased flat string and a separate grease "gun" then it's straightforward but messy. If the stern gland is dripping a tiny bit of water now, you can nip it up afloat until it just stops, then re-pack the grease "gun". If the gland has no adjustment left and is dripping quite a bit of water, it will need re-packing. If you're lucky, it's just a matter of slackening off everything ashore, fishing out the old packing with an appropiate hooked tool, and replacing it. Always cut the flat string on the diagonal to reduce ridges, and insert it slowly whilst winding it on the shaft. Make a diagonal cut for the last bit too, so it lies neatly, and compresses uniformly (but not too tightly) as you tighten everything up, and you can then apply as much grease as you can before re-packing the "gun" as it easiest ashore. If you have the black rubber Volvo shaft seal (or equivalent) these need a tube of grease with a metal nozzle that you insert between the two stern-facing flaps/seals on the gearbox end, and you squeeze the grease out (like toothpaste) as you rotate the shaft. These shaft seals last about 7 years, and eventually wear slightly asymmetrically causing a leak that grease won't stop. To replace them, you need to remove the shaft from the gearbox (which might be difficult without proper pullers) and slide it aft, dismantle and remove the old seal, and carefully install the new one, using the insert tool provided to make the two rubber flaps point aft as you insert the shaft. If you have rope cutters installed on your prop, these might have to be loosened or removed to drop the shaft. Oh, and keep the fitting tool in your spares box onboard, I once had a seal "invert" on launching and needed the tool to push it into the correct position. Hope this helps, Mike
  24. 1 point
    Maverick

    WiFi expert wanted.

    Is this what you want What does AC -1200/1900/3200 mean to deep for me lol
  25. 1 point
    gaffa

    Spooling a fixed spool reel.

    line spooler plenty around for under £20 . It has to be the way to go

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