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  1. billy2shots

    South of Pevril, East of Durlston

    Ok guys. Thanks for the warning. I will stay inshore tomorrow.
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    South of Pevril, East of Durlston

    Thanks for the heads up. Was planning on getting there at high tide which will give a few hours of fishing in slackish tide 12.45-16.30 before it start to really go out again. Will it still be a challenge during that period of the day <0.5m tide swing.
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    South of Pevril, East of Durlston

    With conditions looking very good for tomorrow I was thinking of heading a bit further out than I normally do. I’ve ha my eye on what looks to be a deep hole of 30m (25m all around). This is showing on Navionics as you draw a line east of Durlston head and South of Pevril half way along the ledge. I was thinking this gulley could hold Tope and conger. Has anyone got experience/pointers for this particular area. Failing that, I will go with the tide to Dolphin Sands.
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    Poole Quay Folk Festival

    Thanks Greg. I’ve also seen that Poole Quay boat haven have visitors spaces for £7.50 for up to 4 hours. It’s probably a bit more sheltered in there so will give them a call to see if there’s spaces available. Failing that, a couple of flybys of the Quay and a tour around the islands will be in order. Anywhere on the water given the expected temperature!
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    Poole Quay Folk Festival

    Was planning on going to the Quay on Saturday for a few beers with some friends for the folk festival. As usual, trying to keep everyone happy Is is a waste of time. Particularly because of where people are starting from and where they want to go after. My boat is at Parkstone Bay which could be the ideal compromise. I was thinking about a potter around the harbour and a couple of slow passes of the Quay. Is there anywhere along there to stop or is it permit/berth holders only?
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    Servicing time, (recommendations)

    My MF805 will be coming out of the water for a couple of weeks for its annual TLC. She's in Parkstone Bay Marina and we have used saltwater solutions who are based there for the last couple of years with no complaints. Yellow Penguin are also there and I am open to shopping around when it comes to spending a few £ The boat needs -service on a nanni engine and new anodes -antifowl removal and redone -hull polish and superstructure (I'm being lazy here) i was going to replace my fishfinder and transducer for an Axiom but I will hold off a year as I'm hoping to move house. Over to you members for your recommendations.
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    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.
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    Near miss whilst at Anchor off Southbourne.

    Rocket Propelled Grenade might be more helpful.
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    Near miss whilst at Anchor off Southbourne.

    100yds! wow you're lucky. People pass me flat out at approx 25yds all the time when I'm anchored in and around the bay. There's literally open sea everywhere but I'm like a magnet that boats head for and then slightly adjust course at the last minute. I'm in a MF805 so not exactly small and the sea keeping is reasonable, yet I get water over the back and side regularly and anything that's not fixed down gets thrown around inside. My fishing partner (pops) regularly has to take a knee whilst putting the kettle on due to the hammering we take from near misses. It happens so often that we are getting used to it and just accept it as the selfish standard. We have questioned other boat users as to why they have come so close and when I say questioned I mean asked at a normal conversation volume not shout because the boats really are that close to us. We just get filthy looks in reply. A couple of weeks ago we were anchored at the secret ray Mark with 4/5 other boats. All within a decent cast of each other. Some plumb blastsed across the wreck and through the middle of our anchored semicircle. The channel was literally a stones throw away and empty yet this tw4t did that....
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    The Offside Rule for Girls

    Nah, it's 2018 and it's a self service till 😉
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    The Offside Rule for Girls

    Very good but we all know there should be 2 other girls in front making you 3rd in line. Pedantic mode off/
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    Barracuda 9

    As Greg has summed up above, the 805 ticks a lot of boxes for my needs. It was the right boat to buy 2 years ago and having spent a few days weighing things up, it's still the right boat for me now. Went to see the Barracuda 9 today. Love the front deck area but there is no real gain in stern deck area. Add in an outboard instead of a full width dive platform hanging out back and what I would gain in some practically I would lose in other areas. Interior was just too much of a compromise as regards space, layout and storage. A nice boat but just not right for me at this point in time. A huge thanks to everyone for all your contributions and helping me look at things from all angles. I've decided to modernise my 2007 805 and the next time she's out of the water I'm going to invest in a more modern plotter/sonar. Now that's a whole new can of worms!!
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    Barracuda 9

    Thanks for all the replies. We don't stay on the 805 overnight, it's a day boat with room for kids to muck around on which is why it feels a little one sided. The galley is a fairly big thing, the Mrs likes cooking on board and although she says she will prepare food before we go, it will be somewhat missed. We looked at Rodmans but plumped for the 805, yes they have more space but you don't half pay for that in purchase price and running costs. The same sort of cash gets you a much newer 805 or Bararacuda 9 which although is not the be all and end all, it is a factor for me. The sun is out and that's probably making me think of boats and dreaming of what ifs. I'm going to pop in to see a local(ish) one tomorrow just to get it out of my system.
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    Barracuda 9

    Currently my dad and I have a Merry Fisher 805. It's been a good boat with plenty of creature comforts but it does have its drawbacks when it comes to fishing. The biggest limitations I find are -Lack of fishing space on deck. It's 'ok' for 2 but my son (6) is getting into fishing and I keep having to find excuses why we all can't fish at the same time. -It's a bit slow. I know that it's all relative but we often find ourselves cruising at 13 as anymore gets a little noisy and uncomfortable over a longer period. We tend to have shorter sessions of around 6 hours total and having the ability to get places at 20 knots would really increase the time with bait in the water and open up new marks. -The MF805 is great for family and fishing but there's probably a little too much berth space down below that is a little wasted for our needs. With that in mind (and I blame this forum) I have spent the weekend purring over Barracuda 9s. Much more outside space to fish, certainly faster (and costlier) but my big head scratcher is the internal space. I think it will be ok but that could be rose tinted new boat glasses speaking. We are a max of 2 adults one very small adult (the Mrs) and 2 kids. Looks like 4 can sit comfortably on the 9 with the lower berth still there all be it smaller than on the MF. Most of the time there is only 3 sat down anyway as rods are being set up/packed away, kids are playing in the berth etc. Im waffling to myself but I guess what I'm looking for is advice and opinions about making a switch. Anyone have experience of the Barracuda range or has anyone made the switch from cruiser to this kind of boat and care to share their experiences?
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    Anchor and chain

    Took the windlass apart and found the gypsy size. Boat is 8m. Bought 10m of 8mm galvanised chain. 7.5kg Bruce pattern anchor. I will attach to my 80m rope rode.