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Old 01 September 2008, 19:48   #1
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A rather unsuccessful fishing trip out of Cruden Bay on Sunday. Pictured is my grumpy brother and the marker bouy 'Cruden Scaurs' which lies approximately 1.5m SE of Cruden Bay. Sea was kind of lumpy, and it was like pea-soup visibility wise for a time.

Anyone who has successfully fished this area - I'd like to hear from you. As far as we're concerned the area has been stripped bare, which is worrying.
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Old 02 September 2008, 17:42   #2
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Join the rest of the club the west coast is no different except when the Mackerel come in .. then its 'eat' all you want time .. but there is only so many ways you can do 'em ......
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There's 'west-coast' and 'the west coast'!

Was west of Lewis in August and the fishing was great. Red Gurnard, Mackeral, Saithe and decent sized Pollock. Only took what I planned to use and always put undersized fish back to fight another day.

The fishing on the east coast just now is incredibly poor. Was planning to visit the SS Fram for a spot of wreck fishing but visibility was poor and it lies 4 miles north of Pennan.
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Last two weekends I've fished for Mackerel and it was hard going, I recon they've had enough of our crappy weather
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Saithe and decent sized Pollock.
They are never a problem to find, just not the best eating.. although I see they are making their way into the restaurants now .. we used to use em as lobster pot bait only. I have a wee nook I can catch pollock or Lythe as they are known here, with a line, and a black eel that, unless you wear gloves will cut your hands when you pull em in they are so big (YIK ..fishermans tales)
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Last two weekends I've fished for Mackerel and it was hard going, I recon they've had enough of our crappy weather
Should still be plenty I'd have thought Andy, I find their depth varies a lot though ?
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Should still be plenty I'd have thought Andy, I find their depth varies a lot though ?
Went to 3 holding area's last weekend and only managed a handful in 2.5 hours, wouldn't have minded so much if eating these, but I was bait fishing and ate into serious fishing time.
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Went to 3 holding area's last weekend and only managed a handful in 2.5 hours, wouldn't have minded so much if eating these, but I was bait fishing and ate into serious fishing time.
Not sure what you mean but if I can help for Mackies just post up
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There are areas in the Solent where you are more likely to find large shoals of Mackerel, localy these are called a holding area. One such area is around one of the Solent Forts (No Mans Land) where the Sandbank to the South funnels water in the direction of and around the Fort. This speeds up the tidal flow and is attractive to our little friends.

Of course Mackrel can be fished all over the place, but is rather pot luck unless you see the Sea Gulls working an area.
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There are areas in the Solent where you are more likely to find large shoals of Mackerel, localy these are called a holding area. One such area is around one of the Solent Forts (No Mans Land) where the Sandbank to the South funnels water in the direction of and around the Fort. This speeds up the tidal flow and is attractive to our little friends.
Ah .. I see.. ever get any Horse Mackerel down your way?, I havn't seen or caught one for years & I dont know why we dont seem to get them anymore
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