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Mike Fox

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  1. Mike Fox

    New rod and reel recommendations.

    Many fixed spool reels in your price bracket have two typical problems, in my experience. The first is the roller bearing on the bale arm, which is best lubricated as soon as you've bought it, especially if you plan to use braid with the stronger tides and deeper waters round here. The second is the drag; you want something that can be tightened to give many pounds of smooth drag under heavy load, in case you connect with a conger, big ray, or the elusive cod, and the better bearings you have, the better the reel in simple terms. If you rinse the reel well with fresh water after each trip, it will give you a couple of years of use, else you can expect major corrosion issues after just one summer. For a rod, I'd go for something with rod rings compatible with braid. Personally I like a 2-piece rod of 8' with sections of 4' each, for easy transport in the boot of the car and storage. Something 6-12lb class would be fun with bream, plaice, etc, but would probably only hold 6oz of lead maximum, so not suitable for deeper water with big tides. A 20-30lb class rod would handle any cod you're likely to find around here, and have enough backbone for the odd lunking conger or hefty ray, with the downside of not being as much fun for the smaller species. They can handle over a pound of lead comfortably, and if you really wanted to push it, maybe up to 2lb for short periods, but believe me, it's no fun retrieving pouting or doggies with big tides in deep water. Many anglers use a 12-20lb class rod, but I find they lack backbone for bigger fish and tides, and tend to be less fun with the smaller species like bream, so I don't use mine very often. Any rod is also worth rinsing in fresh water after every trip, especially the fishy grips, the reel seat and the ring eyes. The rod might outlast the reel by many years, but my personal preference would be to spend a bit more than half of your budget on the reel, to get the best drag you can find. This might limit the rods available to you. Mike PS The braid, say 300m of 30lb, could set you back £30, so hopefully this is on top!
  2. Mike Fox

    Club Cod Comp November 17th.

    Good luck those that take part ! Mike
  3. Mike Fox

    WIBAC 2019

    For those who might be interested in one of the larger competitions in Club Waters, this write-up might give food for thought. The overall results and positions are accessible from an embedded link. https://www.planetseafishing.com/welsh-success-weymouth-wibac/
  4. Mike Fox

    Where to keep my boat?

    Based on your travel patterns, I think I might try something different. I'd put in solid ground anchors at your new house, and secure your boat there for most of the year - your cheapest option. I'd seek an easy-access option for just July and August while you're around, such as Cobbs dry stack/Rockley ashore or Cobb's Quay F pontoon on a monthly deal (if they'll play). That will give you the most leisure time afloat per day during that key period when using the boat, instead of dragging it around. For the rest of the year, I'd either trail and self-launch at one of the slipways in the area (or multiple slipways to explore other areas), and accept the hassle with waders, day fees, hosing off and towing OR see if Rockley or Cobbs would use their dry storage equipment to lift your boat from the trailer, and launch/retrieve it for you, to save some of the hassles, but at a higher per-trip cost. If you used your boat a couple of times per month when you're around in these quieter times (and with wet/windy weather and shorter day length), it might give you a better boating experience for those days you choose to go out. I have a neighbour with a very similar boat on his drive, and he doesn't use it much due to the hassle of trail/launch/clean, but wants to hang onto it in case the ideal day comes along when he's free.... Mike
  5. Mike Fox

    Heavier spinning rod wanted

    Hi Steve, Have a look at the Berkley Naumad travel rod - heavy spinning travel rod, 4-piece, 80g casting weight. http://www.berkley-fishing.co.uk/berkley-rods-spinning-rods-berkley-naumad/berkley-naumad-casting-travel/1454122-0300.html Can double up as a holiday rod for barracuda, bluefish, trevally, etc. I won a Shimano 8000-sized reel a few years ago that I've struggled to find a use for, and it makes a good pair. Mike
  6. Mike Fox

    Lifraft Servicing

    The implication is, it's cheaper to buy a new liferaft at 10 years than keep servicing the old one. You'd probably break even in about 5 years... It's peace of mind, and there are times when nothing else will save your life. That's why we carry one too.
  7. Mike Fox

    Diesel tank sludge

    Hi Neil, you might not actually have a balance pipe, worth checking! My boat has twin 200l tanks with separate fuel lines and primary filters. I have to change tanks when down to about 25 percent, to avoid the risk of air getting into a pickup pipe when heeling. I have change over levers for fuel supply and return feed, that goes to a single secondary filter. The two tanks are deliberately separate to avoid cross-contamination. You might just have a full tank that side. Mike
  8. Mike Fox

    New family member

    Looks very versatile, enabling the odd weekend away or overnighter in comfort, as well as providing a decent fishing platform.
  9. Mike Fox

    Spring Species 2019 new dates

    Update: Feisty Fox - Mike, Carol and one non-member, Sunday
  10. Mike Fox

    Spring Species 2019 new dates

    Feisty Fox - Mike and non members, Sunday.
  11. Mike Fox

    Spring Species Comp 2019

    Feisty Fox - with Mike and Carol
  12. Mike Fox

    Cod comp....again

    Is it still on?
  13. Mike Fox

    Bob Horne Memorial Flounder Competition

    Well done Bobi, a great fish, on a difficult day. Nice to see a few club boats out there, and a few good fish caught. Thanks again Graham. Mike
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    Hi Mick, I use the good old Met Office Inshore Waters Forecast for the official position. If they have a strong wind warning that other sites miss, at least I've been warned! https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/marine/inshore-waters-forecast#iw7 For medium/longer range stuff, I've used a German website for many years, and trusted it for my long-range passage planning, as well as planning fishing trips several days in advance. See here: http://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/panels.php?model=gfs&map=1&var=1&lid=OP It combines temperature (colours) and pressure (isobars). Click any of the 9 windows to expand it to give a detailed chart for the day. Mike
  15. Mike Fox

    Bob Horne Memorial Flounder Competition

    Marichelle- Mick & James ( Non member ) Sea Jay- Mike and Clare Boblin- Colin, Bobi, Peter Russel snr, Fisheagle- Allan and Dave L. Probably both Comps Stingray - Terry and Neal. Foxy Fisher III - Graham and Mike