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Old 28 March 2006, 23:21   #11
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try worldseafishing.com as well-it's got some more basic explanations and shows you how to put bait on the hook so it's displayed most effectively. It helped me no end when all I was catching was sodding wrasse.
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I think what would surprise you Roy is just how few fish there are out there. Unless you are over a "mark" of some description. Like the Mackeral there are plenty of Wrasse which arn't worth eating. Ideally you need to get some wreck marks etc into the GPS. When I'm spearfishing, apart from the odd Pollack, it's fairly sparse pickins'.
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Useful website

Here is another useful place to ask questions about good places to fish in your area:

http://www.sea-fishing.org/forums.html
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Thanks everyone - Im off to the tackle shop at lunchtime - to kit myself out.

Suppose I will have to buy some bait or are the mackerel here yet ? They start arriving about now dont they ?
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Suppose I will have to buy some bait or are the mackerel here yet ? They start arriving about now dont they ?
Can I suggest looking at the Rapala lures. They are great for bass!

When you see the birds working, chuck one over the side and troll it about for a while. Good fun. No messy bait to deal with.
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I think what would surprise you Roy is just how few fish there are out there. Unless you are over a "mark" of some description. Like the Mackeral there are plenty of Wrasse which arn't worth eating. Ideally you need to get some wreck marks etc into the GPS. When I'm spearfishing, apart from the odd Pollack, it's fairly sparse pickins'.
Not suprising really considering the way our fisheries protection people have hounded our fishermen out of exsistence whilst allowing the Spanish factory ships a freehand!!!
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Can I suggest looking at the Rapala lures. They are great for bass!

When you see the birds working, chuck one over the side and troll it about for a while. Good fun. No messy bait to deal with.
Trago's sell 'Rapala' lures Roy. You'll be able to sort ya' tackle out down there.
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Trago's sell 'Rapala' lures Roy. You'll be able to sort ya' tackle out down there.
Look out for the Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows too. The silvery ones really look like sandeels.
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I have done loads of fishing from boats over the years and in my humble opinion if you have control of your own boat don't get bored fishing static baits at anchor go for a mobile approach. Over the last few years I have had some great sport with Pollack on Jelly worms fishing either over rough ground/reefs or wrecks. With your boat and area Roycruise you could have some superb sport. Here is how it works for me.
Buy some Jelly Eels as shown in the piccie and some strong hooks (ask your dealer for a suitable size and strength, I use Mustad 6/0).
Tie a hook onto a length of 18lb breaking strain line (trace). The length of line depends on the strength of the tide. If the tide is running hard use around 6ft, if the tide is slack drop it down to 3ft or you will get tangles.
Thread the worm onto the hook head first and pull the hook out through the body at the distance of the straight portion of the hook (about 30mm)
Tie a swivel on the other end of the cut length of line (trace).
Attach a five ounce weight onto a carrier of some description and thread the weight onto your main (reel) line. I don't know the name of the weight boom/carriers I use but they look like red duffle coat toggles with a metal clip on.
Thread a plastic bead onto the main (reel) line to stop the weight crashing into the swivel and then tie the main line onto the other end of the trace swivel.
This is a very basic set up but very effective and puts you in very direct contact with a taking fish.
Here is the important bit and the bit most people get wrong. To fish the lures find yourself the rough ground/wreck and let the boat drift naturally. Lower the weight SLOWLY to prevent tangles until the weight touches botton. When you hit bottom wind the reel handle QUICKLY for 3 full revolutions this means you shouldn't catch bottom too many times. You now need to wind the reel handle SLOWLY and SMOOTHLY to allow the worm to work its magic. Keep winding slowly and smoothly even if you feel knocks when the time is right the fish will hook themselves.
Finally make sure the clutch of the reel (star wheel on side) is set light enought that you can pull line off the reel with a good tug. If this is set too heavy when a good fish takes it will either snap your line or rip its mouth.
I hope this helps and I wish I was a faster typist.
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Very thorough description - many thanks for taking the time to type all that out.

Nice looking fish by the way - I look forward to eating my first non mackerel catch.
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