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Old 03 June 2013, 16:49   #1
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Line fishing off a rib

I have been trailing a line with several hooks and a spinner from a hand line for ages now off the Falmouth area and caught nothing! I trawl along at tic over and use a 10g weight.
I know the fish are laughing at me. What am I doing wrong!!
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Hi,

I would try a line of feathers and don't troll just drift with the tide,
The mackerel are now about with the warmer seas but you will catch many species with the feathers, you can try tipping the feathers off with a strip of mackerel

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OK thanks for that what weight should I be using?
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OK thanks for that what weight should I be using?
Waaaaay more than you have been! Try something in the 6-8oz bracket but prepare to go higher...

10g will have been on the surface.
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Blimey, that was quick
10 g should be ok, you don't want any slack when you you are gigging up and down if you do increase the weight, Ifind more mackerel are around at about 80 ft of water, drop the weight to the bottom but wind up a few turns so you don't snag and you might catch bottom feeders cod pollock or pouting, all good eating but don't barbeque the pouting as it seems to dissappear

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You meant 10oz, didn't you?
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Yes,
Lets stick to old money
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Mackerel definitely now about, pulled about 30 out in an hour on Sunday just off teignmouth. (Then got bored and need to burn fuel)

Just let the boat drift with the tide about 200yds offshore in circa 10m of water. Only needed 6oz to drop the feathers, but that's because the tide was light. Generally the faster the tide the more weight is required.
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Lets stick to old money
You nipped in there before me - I had intended to reply to Adam. For a minute there I was wondering if there were new weight types that I hadn't heard of - you know: "Bob, pass me an 8G sinker!"
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We've been out a couple of times this year and came back empty handed. Still kind of early for mackerel. Speak to any old sea dog in your local harbour and you'll hear conflicting stories and advice about what to catch.

We were fishing out of Rosehearty at the weekend with ragworm (check out the film Dune with Sting) and you'll get the general idea! If you don't fancy digging it up at low tide, then any decent tackle shop will sell you it, or peeler crab, squid, etc.

Mackerel is great when they're in decent condition, but cod, pollack, wrasse and dab are more fun. Bait up (plenty youtube videos), then using 6-8oz weight sink the hook right to the bottom. Don't troll, don't even play with it... just wait. Normally we throw our lines then crack open the coffee and sandwiches!

Rocky ground and wrecks offer the best results.
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