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Ian.Jones last won the day on February 7 2016

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About Ian.Jones

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    Cod Hauler
  • Birthday 02/05/1954

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    Male
  • Location
    Wimborne
  • Interests
    All forms of fishing, golf, food/wine/travel, diy
  • Boat Name
    Joint Venture

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  1. Ian.Jones

    Billingsgate

    I am travelling from Ringwood so can meet/pick up from poole if anyone wants to share? Ian
  2. Ian.Jones

    Billingsgate

    Posted 1 hour ago So who is going from Poole? Perhaps we could go in one or two cars Copy and paste names  1. Martin 2. Ian Jones
  3. Ian.Jones

    Billingsgate

    Jerry, I couldn’t make the meeting last night but if you pm your bank details or text them to 07771 725589 I’ll transfer the funds. I will also go along with either mini bus or overnight beforehand, whichever is the popular option. Regards, Ian
  4. Ian.Jones

    Billingsgate

    I have been to Billingsgate a couple of times as a corporate hospitality event - overnight in London, a 6.30am tour of the market (as it is closing!) and then breakfast in the fish school, followed by fish preparation instruction and a three course lunch with wine before departing with a coolbox full of goodies mid afternoon. It’s a great day out (I think around £180 per person), but London accommodation and meals would make it quite expensive in total. I would certainly be up for a trip to Brixham. ian
  5. Ian.Jones

    Slow jigging

    I should have mentioned, I fish with up to two drogues off the stern to minimise any wind drift - otherwise the boat is moving too fast even in a light breeze. Ian
  6. Ian.Jones

    Slow jigging

    Hi Graham I spend a lot of my fishing time in New Zealand slow jigging, with great success. Light gear makes it a very sporting approach, and with no bait required, is an easy go to method. But I think slow jigging is more suited to lighter tides and clearer waters - and therefore feel that it is a method that only suits when UK conditions are right. For tackle, I have a selection of quality one piece 6’6” rods that are graded by lure weight, paired with small level wind casting multipliers (with huge high tech drag capability) and 6kg to 10kg lines and flouro leaders up to 40kg. I have landed lots of good Kingfish and Snapper and even the occasional shark, including Mako of 150kg! My most useful lure is the Japanese Inchiku style, which is a flashy metal jig with an offset squid lure attached by two small ultra sharp hooks. I often tip the hook with a squid tentacle or give it a squirt of goo to give it a bit of smell. This is generally fished with a slow lift and drop on the bottom in 10 -50m depth, with an occasional fast wind in case something gets excited. The skill is in the control of the depth and speed, giving out line as required, and being aware of the delicate bites that often just take some of the weight off the lure. But it can also be effective fished from the rod holder too, and a good way to handle two rods while drifting. I have tried these in Alderney and had a few pollack, but deeper water and big tides would overwhelm the gear that I have used. Although I keep meaning to try an Inchiku lure fished behind a lead on a turbot drift over the banks as these tend to be snag free. Maybe also worth a go either side of a change in tide....... There are lots of other jig styles, but most are even more dependant on the boat moving slowly. It’s not called slow jigging for nothing! Regards, Ian
  7. Ian.Jones

    Happy birthday Ian

    Thanks for the Birthday wishes. I am still enjoying the NZ summer with lots of fishing time - spent my Birthday catching some live bait, followed by a 4.30 am dawn raid to try for a Kingfish. Was on my mark by 5.00am and within 20 minutes there were five other boats around me.......they’re keen over here. No Kingfish, but a few other species for the table, and a hammerhead shark that put up a great tussle. Good practice for Alderney. Regards to all. Ian
  8. Ian.Jones

    Baffle foam

    My neighbour is the sole European importer, selling to the Motorsport industry and increasingly to various military bodies. Equipping a tank is quite profitable I believe, but this is an expensive and high tech alternative to simple baffles to stop fuel surge. Also I would be concerned as to whether this would encourage fuel bug growth, as it could increase the potential water to fuel surface area within the tank. Ian
  9. Ian.Jones

    Close encounter of the toothy kind

    Looks like the picture was taken in the Olympic diving pool..............
  10. Ian.Jones

    Bass Debate

    I am always impressed by the effective simplicity of the fishery laws in New Zealand. Most sea fish and shellfish have both size and bag limits. Recreational anglers who unwittingly break these rules are given advice and direction - and a warning. Repeat offenders are substantially fined. Any angler seen disposing of their catch to avoid detection, or who attempts to hide or secrete their catch, have their fine doubled automatically. Anyone who abuses the rules by retaining about three times their limit will face a heavy fine and have a community service order imposed, as well as probably having their car, boat and equipment confiscated. If the same people are found to be selling fish or shellfish, both the vendor and purchaser face very heavy fines - big enough that they make the national newspapers. Most importantly, these limits are well communicated (eg notice boards at boat ramps, ads in newspapers etc.) and have widespread public support from a knowledgable community that would not hesitate to call the authorities if they believe someone is breaking the rules. There is even an easily remembered hotline 0800 POACHER !!! We could learn a lot........ Ian
  11. Ian.Jones

    LED trailer lights

    I have a 14 foot trailer boat in New Zealand which is fitted with waterproof, submersible led lights - which seems to have been the standard there for over ten years. Works brilliantly, no fussing about with lighting boards that have to be suspended from somewhere, have to be removed for launching and get in the way in the car while at sea. I can see no reason why retrofitting these to an existing trailer should be difficult, although UK number plates are inconveniently large for permanent fitting to a trailer. A couple of things to be aware of though. Firstly the light units come with wires pre-fitted to maintain their water tight integrity, so the cables have to be run back to meet and be joined at the male electrical socket - therefore the cables have to be long enough to reach. This in turn also means that the electrical plug to your car should not be submerged when launching, as the electrics remain connected, which should be the case anyway. Also consider that if the led lens gets cracked and let's the water in, it will need replacing. Another point to watch is that some older cars are not compatible with led lights. This is particularly true of the more expensive models that have clever systems that identify that a trailer is connected and whether a bulb has failed. This can be overcome by buying led light sets that have a higher resistance, but it is possible to make up a resistor box in the cable run to achieve this. Some car manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes will sell an adaptor that does this but it is expensive. I had this problem with my 10 year old Merc ML. The trailer tested perfectly, the car tested perfectly, but put the two together and they did not work due to feedback in the system. I overcame this by simply fitting a different set of lights, which was the cheapest option. Having had numerous trailer boats in the past, I would definitely plan for submersible lights on any future rig as it make the whole process of launch and recovery so much simpler. Ian
  12. Ian.Jones

    Warrior 175 or alternative?

    Rob is right to advise caution. All of the larger Yamaha outboards have an engine flush attachment built in, but it is a flush system only, and the engine is not cooled by this system so must not be run. Engine muffs are required if the engine needs to be started (for service checks etc.) but the flush fitting covers everyday use and is more convenient, allowing a fresh water rinse from a hose even when sitting on a pontoon berth. Ian
  13. Ian.Jones

    Anchor

    I had a Manson anchor for a number of years - expensive for it's size, but never lost it's hold once set. However if the appeal is the tripping feature, where the shackle slides along the shank, I found this to be difficult to use. Setting up the anchor specifically to trip, either with cable ties or weak chord, or both, was better for a fishing boat where anchoring on tricky ground is more likely, and resetting the trip is a small chore, particularly if using an alderney ring where the anchor is recovered to the cockpit. I think this feature is more aimed at cruising boats that only will try to use this "in extremis" Ian
  14. Ian.Jones

    windlass

    I have a 23' Grady White in New Zealand with an anchor winch - which has a rope/chain gypsy using 12m of chain spliced on to 150m of 12mm multi plait, anchoring in depths up to 60m. This has been trouble free from new (7 years) with no chafe etc. This allows me to recover the anchor from the cockpit while on my own and in rough seas. Drop speed is acceptable, but there are not the strong tides that we have to contend with here. Secret is to make sure the gypsy is well matched to the size of rope and chain, don't skimp on chain and take care to get a good smooth splice to the chain. Occasionally I have to rock the drum a little to get the chain to engage on the gypsy as it changes from rope - and occasionally I have to spread the rope in the anchor locker if it piles up after a deep water anchoring, but this is because I have three times as much warp as the boat builder recommends, so the rope locker is full. I trip the anchor, happily venture into rough ground, and am still on the original anchor. Works well for me, although on JV we decided to save the cost of a winch and use an Alderney ring for UK tides and depths. But we would rarely be without a second pair of hands to assist recovery. Ian
  15. Ian.Jones

    Very Sad news

    I got to know Chris well over recent years and admired his wealth of knowledge - which he was happy to share freely - and moreover his commitment to helping other Weymouth skippers; whether developing up coming talent like Lyle, establishing the Weymouth boat fishing website, representing the charter industry in political issues or acting as a linchpin for the EFSA tournaments. He even gave me his "Black Book" of fishing marks when he retired..........40 years of proven experience......and swore me to silence. His health was always a concern and it a great shame that he did not have more time to enjoy his retirement and the travel plans that he had. Great condolences to his wife and family and RIP Chris.
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