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Old 18 October 2015, 14:39   #1
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Bristol channel fishing

Hello all
I've put a few threads on today and everyone has been great.
I usually get on a charter fishing boat at Portershead for the cod this time of year, but as soon as I get my sib I will be chomping at the bit to get out on my own.
Can anyone tell me the way to go to launch, fish the Bristol channel.
I will have a honwave t40 with 20hp on the back, probably two of us most of the time.
I've fished blue anchore for cod last january in my kayak and would love to try on a sib.
If anyone is local and gets out in the bristol channel then please give me some tips.
Many thanks
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Old 18 October 2015, 16:12   #2
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Bristol Channel is a bit limited on slips and is 100% Tidal dependent.
I've used Options like Minhead Harbour Watchet Harbour... Portishead ...Bristol Marina Burnham and they all work for Getting to decent Fishing Marks.
...Timeings and windows all depend on prevailing weather and tides...BUT.. and its a big BUT for a smallish Honwave.
You must always take into account the very strong tidal flows and almost Otherworldly currents you can and will most certainly encounter ..The Bristol Channel is in my experience like nowhere else!
..All fishing is from an anchored Boat with Up-tideing being the most favoured method as you probably know...(BIG Worm/cocktail Baits)
When a Spring Tide ( a good time to fish) makes and there is any sort of chop/wind it can be quite a strain Anchored up for smallish inflatable...(and Crew) believe me I know from experience
It can be done,but you do need to pick a good weather window,and a decent Rig you can rely on.
IMO in a smallish vessel like yours it's best done with another Boat too.
The Harbourmaster at Watchet and the small tackle shop on Minehead Harbour "West Coast Tackel" are both a good source of local and up to date info/knowledge
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If your new to owning your own boat then the RYA powerboat 2 course would be a good idea before venturing out into the bristol channel on a small sib.
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Old 19 October 2015, 13:25   #4
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You can launch at Beachley Head, (under the old Severn Bridge ) but I wouldn't do it in a Sib... with experience on neaps with limited wind would possibly ok... But water can be pretty violent there... Littleton Pill is ok if you have launching wheels but not ideal.
Clevedon Slip is do able and Ive seen many SIBS launch there or Weston Super Mare by the Pier is Very do able. many boats launch there.
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