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Old 22 January 2013, 01:11   #1
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Put your rods away......

** Dispute takes mackerel off menu **

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has downgraded mackerel from its list of fish suitable to eat.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21119899
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Old 22 January 2013, 03:06   #2
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Just now I blame the snow - the mackerel are sick of hearing constant hyped up reports of how winter has once again arrived in the UK so they;ve decided to leave.

The salmon are likely to do the same come autumn when we're sure to here never ending reports on how all the leaves are falling off the trees....
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** Dispute takes mackerel off menu **

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has downgraded mackerel from its list of fish suitable to eat.
Heard the debate on Radio 4 this morning with Evan Davis, with representatives from the Pelagic Fisherman's Association and the Marine Conservation Society.

They said it's okay to catch them on handlines.

Just don't get me started on discard!
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Just now I blame the snow - the mackerel are sick of hearing constant hyped up reports of how winter has once again arrived in the UK so they;ve decided to leave.

The salmon are likely to do the same come autumn when we're sure to here never ending reports on how all the leaves are falling off the trees....
Don't forget the eels. They're fed up and not coming back from the Sargasso Sea
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Sounds a bit fishy to me
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Sounds a bit fishy to me
On a grand scales of things. That's a slippery statement
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fishing rods now redundant

basically the seas are being fished into a desert. Twenty years ago the coast by my house would have been full of little dinghies rod n line angling for cod whenever it was calm enough. Sub zero temps, snow, whatever we were out there fishing for big cod, and boy did we catch some big uns, the struggle was getting through the hordes of whiting to the cod. Today its flat calm and there is no one out there ...because the place is dead! The good old EU saw to that. The dock was full of spanish trawlers for a couple of years, but they've b******d off now that the place is wrecked. Mackerel, thornback rays, plaice n soles a similar story in summer, a few stragglers but nothing like they were.
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Same story with mackerl a few years ago. Go out for an evening and you would get you tea but not now
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Plenty still left in Lyme Bay

Launched out of Teignmouth in Sept Oct Nov and early Dec, and always had plenty of Mackerel.

Would normally go out over the wrecks, which were sometimes hit and miss for the bass and pollack, (although always loads of pouting, yeuchhh)
and then spend the last 1/2 hour close (ish) to shore, and we were always able to pick up plenty, sometimes full house on the feathers was common.

Only by about mid Dec had they all buggered off.

Mind you the biggest problem I found was trying to locate the wrecks in the 1st place.

Tried looking on the internet, and the dive sites didnt always give the best Lat Long, and fishing websites dont give out any details either, not unrealistically! we spent ages motoring around looking with the sounder!

Then came across an app for the Iphone, called Wreckfinder, It is brillant, best 3.99 i ever paid.
It gives the lat long for 10,000 wrecks around the UK, and also gives depth, size of vessel, cargo and when sunk, and history of the vessel, where known. The lat Long is smack on, motor over to the co ordinates, and you are bang on the wreck.

As soon as I got that sorted, started catching bass, lovely size fish, just fantastic for a meal for a hungry couple of fish lovers! Also some good pollack as well.

Anyway we had a great few months before the weather got a bit too choppy.
Roll on April when I will be home next!

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Oddly enough, last summer was the first time I've seen mackerel leaping near the beach for quite a while. Only once, though. Apparently it used to be a regular event... before my time.
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