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  1. Club Trip to Alderney 2013
  2. Was wondering why we were getting hits from muckle flugga fishing searches and there was a record ling caught here the other week. Sort of proves Peter's point.
  3. The Blonde Ray (in Poole Bay) Identification Records Bait Tackle UNDERRATED Possibly one of the most underrated species in our waters, the Blonde Ray offers the best chance of catching one of our larger species of rays, and it’s different to other rays in that the Blonde will produce a healthy fight. So, read more about identifying a Blonde, it’s habits, and tactics for catching this wonderful creature. IDENTIFICATION The top side varies in colour from light fawn to brown with many small black spots which notably extend to the edges of the wings. There are also a few larger creamy spots. Underside is white. Adults have their backs covered with prickles, and have spines only on the tail. The young have prickles just on the front edge of the wings, and spines that run down the back onto the tail. Eyes are large and the snout is short. RECORDS The PBSBAC record currently stands at 28lb (12.7kg) and is jointly shared by Trevor Rowlands, John Peck, and Peter Peck, all caught during 1994. The Wessex Region Specimen weight, which we use for Poole Bay area, is 23lb 8oz. The British Boat Record is 38lb 9oz (17.491kg) held by Mr I. Dobson, caught at the Overfalls by the Nab Tower off the Isle of Wight, during 2000 . The British Shore Record is 32lb 8oz (14.743kg) both caught in the Channel Islands and is jointly held by C. M. Reeves caught at Mannez Targets, Alderney in 1986, and K. Frain caught at Grosnez, Jersey in 1994. The National Minimum Landing Size is 41cm measured wing tip to wing tip. HABITAT Blondes will typically frequent sand banks, especially banks with a minimum depth of 30ft that have steep slopes into deeper water, but can be found wherever there is sand or slight rough ground. The Blonde is a very powerful fish, and uses this power to remain active across the whole range of the tide. Unlike other rays, it does not seek shelter from the tide, so do not confine your fishing just to the down-tide side of a bank. The larger females are often caught on the uptide side of the bank in the direct tidal flow. Marks in Poole Bay include the Dolphin Bank, the banks off Swanage, the Gravel Bank on the Slates, and the bank off Southbourne/Hengistbury Head. Smaller Blondes are also caught in the shallower waters off Ballard cliffs just east of Swanage. WHEN Although Rays are regarded as summer species this seems to be untrue of Blondes in our regional waters, as they can be caught throughout the year. February to May is generally a dead time for many species, but this is the time when many of the larger Blondes are caught. It?s believed that breeding occurs in September when the rays congregate on the banks. A few months later in February the large, pregnant females begin to be caught. As mentioned earlier, Blondes are not afraid of the tide, so neaps or springs are not generally critical. In fact, if you are prepared to stick it out with 2lb leads during the spring tides, many of the better specimens are caught at this time. BAIT By far and away the best bait is Blast Frozen Sandeel (Ammo extra large) or if you can get them fresh Launce (better after they are frozen). When the fish are really going for it, squid and mackerel work equally as well. Combinations of Sandeel and squid, Launce and Squid or Mackerel and Squid also work well when the fish baits are scarce. Other baits that has taken Blondes include Pout fillets. TACTICS Because the Blondes stay in the tidal flow, they like a moving bait, so choose a fairly long flowing trace and a lead weight appropriate to the tide that just allows the lead to bounce gently along the bottom. One of the tactics is to use a Solid-C rod aboard a small fishing boat like "maverick" Anchor yourself uptide of the bank and allow the bait to move back onto the bank, up the slope and over to the other side, if possible. Try to cover as much of the width of the bank until you find where the fish are. A slight lifting of the rod tip allows the lead to rise off the bottom and drift back with the tide. When a bite occurs you will often feel a few light bumps on the line. This is the ray finding the bait and then lying on top of it before actually ingesting the meal. Do not strike yet! Allow the bite to develop and wait until the rod tips bends hard over or the ray starts to move off with the bait. Then a lifting of the rod into the fish is all that is needed to set the hook. Once hooked, the Blonde will typically surge off on a few short but powerful runs, so be prepared to adjust the clutch after the initial strike. As the ray lifts off the bottom it will then use its? wings to hang in the tide and use the power of the tidal flow. It?s then a case of hauling the ray in. Be prepared for another surging run as it nears the boat or net. TACKLE Keeping in mind that Blondes can reach 30lb+ and are often taken in fast tidal flows, a 20-30lb class downtider rod matched to an Penn 225, Shimano TLD15/20 or similar, is the norm. End tackle usually consists of a 4 to 6 ft flowing trace with a strong 6/0 hook, like the Varvivas Big Mouth or the Mustard Viking 79515. However, we would recommend using 50lb class tackle when fishing deeper marks (80ft +) with a large tide run (when using 1.5 lbs of lead and up). It?s happened more than once where 30lb class gear is just not up to the job.The line invariably parts and a lovely fish is sent back to the bottom with a trace, hook and 2lb of lead still attached. LASTLY A beautiful fish, perhaps underrated, that gives a lot of sporting pleasure, and is a valuable asset to our regional species. Like most species, Blonde Ray populations have been severely affected by inshore trawling, so, wherever possible, please return the fish, especially during the breeding season in September, and when the pregnant females are around between February and March. Enjoy your sport but respect the species and protect the future. Acknowledgements Rob Thompson - Skipper of Manta Ray out of Lymington.
  4. The Black Bream Fact File: Common Name(s): Black Sea Bream Scientific Name: Spondyliosoma cantharus Usual Size: 35cm UK Record Weights from rod/line: Shore: 5lb-00oz-02dr Alderney Channel Isles M.Guilmoto 1994 Boat: 6lb-14oz-04dr Devon Wreck J.A.Garlick 1977 PBSBAC Record: 5lb 4oz to B.Short in 2004 IDENTIFICATION Deep laterally flattened body, with large scales, that are also present upon the head. Single long dorsal fin, who's anterior portion is composed of 11 spines, with the posterior formed of 13 to 14 soft branched rays. The anal fin is approximately half the length of the dorsal fin (although shorter than the Red Sea Bream), and has 3 spines at it's anterior that is then composed of 11 to 12 branched rays. The head is small with large eyes, and a small low set mouth. The teeth are small and slightly curved, whilst being sharp and pointed. There is a gradation in size of the dentition from front to back. The top of the head and body is a darkish blue grey to black that blends into the metallic silver grey of the sides. Six or seven dusky vertical bands are often to be seen on the sides, along with horizontal streaks of golden brown. Male fish go darker along the back and head, occasionally sporting vertical dark bands or blotches. BREEDING Comes as far east as the reefs off the Sussex coast off Littlehampton and to the Newhaven wrecks. Fairly common around the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, though is not present in the numbers seen prior to 1975. Spawns from mid May through to early July along the reefs of the English Channel, off the Cornish coast. A nest builder like the wrasse, but favouring sand and gravel patches depressions amongst boulders and rocky reefs. The male guards the eggs until they hatch. From then on the small bream form schools over the nest area for the first few weeks before venturing on. The eggs are guarded by the male. Habitat This the second commonest member of this family, likely to be encountered in UK waters. A bottom to lower water shoaling fish, most often associated with rocky/weedy ground, along with reefs and wrecks. Seeks out rocky ground, patches of boulders and rubble, but especially shallow reefs that work out at angles from the shore such as the Kingsmere Reef off Littlehampton. Can also be found close to inshore wrecks in deep water and will cross clean sandy ground on their way to new rough ground feeding areas. Food: Bottom dwelling invertebrates and crustaceans, along with encrusted algae and small fish, make up the bulk of their diet. Is a catholic feeder taking mostly shellfish from the rocks, but also small sandeels, worms and even tiny crabs. Range Commonest in the South and West , until around September, although tending to be local in occurrence. Rarely seen in the Northern waters of the UK, this is a Summer migratory fish, that may move eastwards along the English Channel, and arrive by mid April to the Sussex region. Shows simultaneously in the English Channel and off the Welsh coast about late April, but it can mid May during colder springs. Peak numbers occur during June and July when the fish are closest to shore. They remain until the equinoctial gales occur during late September and early October, then disappear moving southwards. The more northern travelling fish take until late June or July to reach their destinations, but still stay into October if the weather is mild. BOAT TACTICS MARKS AND FEATURE Bream shoal best over the shallower reefs that work their way out from the shore. Places to look for here are definite vertical shelves, depressions, and scattered rising rocky pinnacles coming off the seabed a few feet. The shoals work through such areas on a set beat until all the food has been cleaned out. The depths over such ground may be as little as 20ft, even less, but the fish are not put off by this. In deeper water, again it's the rock pinnacles that will hold the fish around their bases, but sometimes bream work along the edges of shingle banks and will cross from one rock mark to another over cleaner mixed ground and will still take baits. To emphasis this, it's always worth fishing a single patch of rougher ground, however small, that is surrounded by sand. If there is enough food to hold them, the bream will be condensed over such ground and eager to feed resulting in big catches. Small inshore wrecks and close to shore concrete constructions will also have their head of bream. Some large specimens show from the deep water wrecks laying in upto 300ft of water, but these tend to be members of small schools carrying upto maybe a dozen fish all over the 3lb mark. It's worth remembering that bream are often concentrated in very small areas, sometimes the shoal will be all packed into an areas roughly 30yds square. Fish outside this and you'll think the area is devoid of fish. TIDES Over deeper marks with a reasonable tide run, then the bream feed best, or should we say, are more densely shoaled during the smaller neap tides to the mid sized tides. Spring tides over this ground will tend to produce far less fish, but those that are caught will tend to be of a larger overall size. Over the shallow ground, again the neaps will fish okay, but now it's the middle sized tides with their comfortable run of tide that suit the bream best. Very big spring tides will tend to shoal the fish up tightly in sizeable depressions and on the downtide side of the reefs where the tide run is broken and less strong. Slack water periods will see bites fall away. Peak feeding times are when the tide is running well through the middle flood and ebb tide spell. On spring tides the early flood and ebb will fish better than the stronger middle hours of the tide. Bream will lift higher off the seabed as the tide run eases, but be tight to the ground during periods of peak flow. AS you'll see in the paragraphs on rigs, this last point is important for keeping the bait in the feeding zone. WEATHER Bream are not really affected by changeable weather. They'll continue to feed through calm, sunny days, overcast rainy ones and are not put off by building seas. However, over the shallower reefs rougher conditions may force the fish out further into deeper water where the seabed is less affected by the swell and the same applies, say in west Wales where the water is unpolluted and very clear. The amount of light entering the water makes it easy for predators like tope that feed on the bream to spot them and this pushes them out into deeper water and rougher ground for protection. TECHNIQUE BOAT HANDLING Whether you're aboard a charter boat, or on your own dinghy, anchoring exactly right to put the stern just uptide of the chosen mark, especially in shallower water, is the make or break to getting the best catches. You need to use the tide to drop both the baits scent and the bait itself backwards into the fish. Get it wrong and try to position the stern over the mark and like as not the bait will be pushed over the fish by the tide and beyond them. Anchor well uptide and then let off spare anchor rope until you get the position just right. If bites die away, try letting a few more yards of rope free and you might just pick the shoal up again. GROUNDBAITING You'll enjoy far more sport if you draw the fish into your immediate area by using groundbait. The best mix of groundbait is to mince up mackerel or other fillets and add in some animal feed bran and pilchard oil. Aim for a really well minced up mix which disperse downtide in a cloud with just a few free floating tidbits to excite the fish. It's okay to put the groundbait down with the anchor if you haven't got too much anchor rope out. If you're using lots of rope, then the groundbait will pull the fish past the boat nd reduce your catches. The best way to put groundbait down is off the bow using a heavy weight to hold it in the tide. Make a basket from metal mesh and put the groundbait into two onion bags inside the cage. The onion bags slow the release down and the cage stops fish ripping the bags open and prematurely releasing all the mix. TACKLE You need only a spinning rod casting upto a maximum of 2ozs in most areas. The rod needs to have medium fast tapered action and should not be an all through type of blank. Some stiffness in the tip is essential to allow bites to be struck at speed. Add a small multiplier or fixed spool reel loaded with 8lb line and you've the perfect set up. In deep water and fast tides you may need a rod taking upto 3ozs, but more than this and you'll over gun the hard fighting blackie. RIGS Bream, as we said before, rise in the water as the tide slacks off, but are close to the seabed when the tide is running. The rigs need to be instantly adjustable to allow us to constantly alter the depths at which the bait sits. Use a small plastic boom like the Avis type using lengths of supple telephone wire to lock the boom into position. The wire is twisted round the mono and is easily slid up and down to adjust the height that the boom fishes. The rigs body needs to be from 25lb line and 8' long with a size 10 rolling swivel as the main line connector. Slide on a small bead, then the boom and another bead trapping them with the telephone wire. At the base of the rig tie in a small loop using two overhand granny knots. Tie a weak link of line, say 5lbs to the loop and add the lead to this. A snagged lead is then lost without sacrificing the whole rig. The hook length needs to be upto 8' in a running tide, but cut it down to 2' towards slack water. This should be from 10-12lb line ending in a sharp Mustad 3261BLN Aberdeen size 4, or better still the excellent 34021 carp pattern from the same company in the same size. This design allows the boom to be positioned from seabed level to 8' which is the usual band the fish are feeding in. BAITS Cut fish strips or squid strips about 1" long and .5" wide, longer strips of the same width may pick out the odd bigger fish working amongst smaller ones. Other good baits are cockles, lugworm and ragworm, strips of sandeel, and small chunks of peeler crab. Mussels can also pick up though the bream find it easy to rip these off without getting hooked. TACTICS Experiment with the size of weight finding one that will just bounce off downtide slowly without fully loosing contact with the seabed. This keeps you a tight line which is essential for hitting fast, now you see it, now you don't, bream bites. Bream rattle the rod tip three or four times and you need to lift into the fish fast, or they'll be gone. As a rule, bream do not hook themselves. This is not lazy fishing, you'll need to work hard and concentrate to hit just 60% of the bites. If the lead rests on the seabed and no bites comes, lift the rod tip to get it moving again. Bream hit a moving bait better much than a static one. Make absolutely sure that your reel has the clutch set to give line will below the breaking strain of the line. Bream want to run and crash dive repeatedly. If you try and hold them you will snap more off than you land. Small fish upto a pound can be swung in on the line, but anything over this size should be brought in to a landing net for security. BLACK BREAM FACTS AND TIPS Bream make superb eating and whilst not a frequent commercial catch are highly coveted being classed as a prize dish in top class restaurants. Take notice when lobster fisherman drop newly baited pots. This acts as a groundbait to the bream shoals that are then drawn in to the area to feed. Bream are attracted by noise and by adding a rattle bead above the weight you'll increase the number of bites you get. Trigger fish will often swim amongst the bream shoals. If you get a stronger than usual bream bite followed by the hook length being cut, then tie on a stronger hook length and use an long shank hook just in case you hook into another trigger. Acknowledgments to Mike Thrussell
  5. This video shows how to create a latest topics block, showing the full post, and then adding that block to a new page.
  6. This video shows off some of the user interface you can expect to see in the article management area of the ACP.
  7. Learn how to use the new "Promote to Article" feature to copy a post to the articles section.
  8. IP.Content 2.3 includes a new feature designed to help you build your forums and website out the way you want to: control over your primary navigational menu. The primary navigation menu is the the "tab" bar across the top of the page that includes links to each major section of your site. IP.Board builds this automatically based on the applications you have installed, but when you use IP.Content, you will likely find yourself creating new pages that you wish you could quickly link to in that same bar. It is possible to edit your skin templates manually to accomplish this, but this presents a few problems: Your template edits may need to be reverted when upgrading in the future in order to inherit updates in the skin in future releases. You will have to determine the logic necessary to show the tab as "lit up" when someone is viewing that page (and to ensure other tabs do not appear to be lit up). It is inconvenient repeating this process each time a new page is created. This is no longer a problem with IP.Content 2.3. You can now visit the "Navigation Menu" page available under the Settings module in the IP.Content ACP area and build tabs through an easy to use interface. You can control what order your tabs display in, and even put them before or in between default application tabs. You can control almost every aspect of the tab from the title, the textual tooltip, any additional non-default attributes (for instance, including a javascript click handler that will log the click in an analytics program) and more. You can even create submenus that will display on click or on hover, including many links underneath one tab. You can also modify many aspects of your default application tabs as well, going beyond what IP.Board offers by default. For instance, using this tool you can add additional attributes to your application tabs, change the title, and modify the textual tooltip shown when a user hovers over the tab. The best part about this new feature - IP.Content automatically figures out which tab to light up without any extra work on your part! We hope this new feature in IP.Content 2.3 helps you better control your site the way you want it to be.
  9. When you edit content in IP.Content, whether it be blocks, templates or pages, there are many built in tags that you will need to or want to utilize in order to generate the content appropriately. Blocks have variables containing data that may be of use to your users. Page templates have variables that perform important functions, such as inserting the page title or marking where the page content should be displayed. It is nearly impossible to simply remember every variable that can be utilized in your pages and templates. IP.Content features a template tag help panel that you can use to alleviate this problem. The panel can be minimized if you don't need it (and your preference is remembered so you won't have to minimize it each time you load a new template to edit). The panel is tabbed, providing you with various tag options based on the specific content you are editing. Database templates will show you the database tags you will need to use, while blocks will show you the variables being passed into the block template. You are able navigate some of the tabs when necessary in order to better determine the appropriate variables for the specific area you are editing. A small icon is shown next to each tag, and clicking this icon will insert it into your templates automatically wherever the cursor is blinking. You need not manually copy and paste the tag - simply click to insert! Some tags will have additional information or perhaps a relevant example of the data it represents. These tags will have an arrow indicator next to them to let you know that you can click on the arrow to view further details about that specific tag. This panel is always available and dynamically adjusts to the type of content you are editing. It is but one small feature available in IP.Content designed to help you build your site the way you want, as efficiently as possible.
  10. IP.Board 3.1 introduces a new feature that is available for any application to make use of: sharing links. IP.Content makes use of this feature in the custom databases (and articles) modules to allow you to more easily expose your content to a wider audience. Along with supporting sharing of your content with third party services such as Facebook and Twitter, you can now also send an article via email, print the article, and download the article easily by clicking the appropriate icon under the article body. The additional printing and downloading features allow the content to be shared, online as well as offline. Within the articles module specifically, the article image that you upload when posting the article (optionally) will automatically be flagged for use with Facebook when someone uses Facebook to share the link. This ensures that the correct image is the one Facebook displays to other users. Similarly, we pull out an appropriate extract of textual content for Facebook to use as well. If the user is logged in to Twitter or Facebook, sharing the content becomes even easier, not requiring you to even leave the site. We hope that by providing tools to make it easier to share content on your site, your content will be exposed to a wider audience, bringing you more traffic and making your content more easily and readily available to the world.
  11. With IP.Content articles and custom databases you can mirror a topic to the forums when a new article or database record is submitted. In doing so, IP.Content can also utilize that automatically-generated topic as the comment "storage" for the article or record. When a comment is submitted to the article, the comment is actually stored as a reply to the topic. Similarly, replies made directly to the topic in the forum also show up as comments for the record. This functionality can be enabled at a per-database and per-category level. You can specify separate forums for each category in your article section, for instance, or you can turn off forum commenting for a specific category, while enabling it for all others. A few additional configuration options, such as allowing you to automatically remove the topic when the record is removed, and specifying a prefix and/or suffix for the topic title so that your users can more easily identify that such topics were stemmed from the articles section help round out the feature, giving you better control over how these automatically posted topics are handled. The forum cross-posting capabilities allow the administrator to better tie in articles with the forums, giving you better opportunities to expose your content to a wider audience. Additionally, forum management of comments provides for easier maintenance and stronger managerial options of the comments, utilizing IP.Board's powerful, proven feature set.
  12. The media module in the IP.Content ACP section allows you to quickly and easily manage multimedia files you may need to use with IP.Content. While you can certainly upload your files through FTP, or link to offsite files, you may find it easier to upload the files using the media section of the ACP, and then copy the links for use within pages, templates, and blocks. Media files uploaded through the IP.Content Media Manager are also easily inserted using the Template Tag helper window available when editing pages, blocks and templates with just a single click. From within the media module, you can create folders, upload files, move files and folders, rename files and folders, and delete files and folders. When viewing a listing of files you will see a preview (if the file can be previewed), and selecting a file will present some other pertinent details. You can also right click on the file and use your browser's "Copy Link" option to quickly get the link to the file. This tool can be a timesaver when you simply need to upload an image quickly for use within a page, block or template. The media folder is defined in the media_path.php file in your forum root directory, giving you the freedom to move and organize your paths as needed.
  13. IP.Content 2.0 uses the term "frontpage" to refer to both the homepage of the Articles module, and the landing page of each individual category. We have introduced this new navigational structure to better allow you to showcase content, while presenting it in a standardized format that your users will be able to understand and jump into without assistance. Firstly, you will now be able to define "frontpage" templates in the ACP for the Articles module. IP.Content will ship with 3 defaults: 1x2x2 Layout This layout will display articles in a traditional "news" style layout. Blog format This format will display articles in a blog-style format. Single column This layout will force articles to display in a single column, one per row. You can use one or more of these frontpage layouts, or you can create your own. Experiment with displaying articles in different formats on your homepage to determine which layout your users like best. Articles must be set to "Show on front page" in order for them to display on the homepage frontpage. In addition to the homepage frontpage, each category has it's own frontpage. The category frontpage functions identically to the homepage frontpage, except for two important factors: Only records from within that category (and it's subcategories) will be displayed The "Show on front page" setting is not honored for the category frontpage You will be able to easily review and manage the articles set to display on the frontpage from a new section of the ACP labeled "Frontpage Manager". We feel that this new area of the articles section will help showcase important articles and increase user interaction with your articles section.
  14. In the IP.Content ACP, you will notice that there are 3 separate template sections of the ACP: Block Templates Page Templates Database Templates Article Templates Within each templates section, you can create containers to group your templates into logical groupings. For instance, you may wish to create a grouping for each database you create, and then place the database templates appropriately into the container representing the database itself. Or you may wish to create multiple front page templates, and group them all together in the article templates area. You can use containers for whatever purposes you may have, or not at all: it's up to you! Templates can be reordered by dragging and dropping the rows up and down, and they can be moved from one container to another via drag n drop as well. Certain meta data about the templates are stored when you create new database or article templates, allowing IP.Content to tailor other areas of the ACP to help you out. For example, the software stores the template type when you create a new template. This allows us to show only "category listing" templates in the "category listing template" selection dropdowns. Similarly, the template tag help panel can automatically know which template type you are editing without you having to specify. Properly making use of templates can help you push out pages on your site in a uniform manner quickly and easily, and without having to "reinvent the wheel" each time a new page is ready to be published.
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