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Old 26 May 2008, 05:36   #11
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Mackerel lures should pay dividends if you're on top of a shoal. They are a mid-water fish, so don't drop the weight too deep. Mackerel will chase anything, right to the surface if need be.

For anything else, cod, etc - you'll need decent bait. I swear by peeler crab, squid, rag-worm and mackerel. These fish are deeper. Drop weights until they hit the bottom, then wind-up so they're a couple of meters of the sea bed. For best results, position yourself over a wreck, or rocky ground.
how about trolling lures do they work well? all my boating is done in the solent area. would you recommend this method for bass for example. If so what type of lure would you recommend?
i'm not too keen on buying worms and crabs for bait so was hoping just to use lures if possible. do you know any spots/wrecks i could try in the solent area? thanks
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Old 26 May 2008, 08:42   #12
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I have caught Bass on a Toby lure but Mackerel is better. Just get some feathers and then use mackerel for bait!!!
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Old 27 May 2008, 06:52   #13
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Fishing Marks

Have a look here:-

http://www.solent-fishing-guide.co.uk/

Bass in the mouth of the Hamble on lures & bait

Mackerel everywhere on incoming tide

Mullet near the marinas

Wrasse/Bream/Doggies galore island side near the needles!

Feathers/Muppets probably the best bet for 'clean' fishing

Enjoy!
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Old 27 May 2008, 08:15   #14
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I know what ya mean - but apart from catching nowt there is no such thing as cleanliness when mackerel fishing. You'll still be trying to clean the scales and mackerel s*** from the tubes for months But its still fun.
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Old 28 May 2008, 07:32   #15
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just be carefull with hooks around the tubes ,especially with mackerel when bringing them aboard ,,i land them in a plastic box or bucket its a bit safer with a few hooks on a trace and if there are any small children about it stops them getting caught up , also keeps the boat getting messy too as, wavelength just said,
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Old 28 May 2008, 08:04   #16
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Where to fish

If conditions allow, try any of the local headlands, like OldHarry, Durlston and StAldhelms when the tide is running hard. But be careful of the overfalls. Last weekend, we had 20 Makerel, 2 good sized Pollock and 2 bass, off st Aldhelms on Hockeye feathers, simply drifting through the race close inshore. Change the depth your fishing at to find the fish. Got a bit hairy at times with 6ft standing waves!. You could then go into chapmans pool for a fish BBQ on the beach. Have fun but don't scare the family!
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You don't need bait for mackerel - they are so greedy they will even take a shiny hook!!! The feathers are just that - with a few shiny bits. All you do is jig the rod up and down fairly near the surface.

once there were so many fish under us the echosounder couldn't even see the bottom. We were in 60' of water but the depth guage said 20'. Put a 6 feather trace over the side and you get 6 jerks on the rod - 6 fish in one go!!! To be honest a 6 trace is too unweildy - a 4 trace is better.
Sounds fantastic
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So when I pop to the fishing shop I want to hand over the credit card and ask for:
6 foot rod (2 sections)
4oz weights
Fixed spool reel
10 lb line
Snap shackle swivels
Mackerel traces
Feathers and shiny bits (or are they the tracers?)
Fish around Harry’s Rock
Rocky ground or wreck
For Mackerel keep near surface (does that mean you don’t let the weight touch the bottom
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Chapmans pool for a BBQ
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Don't forget that once the Mackerel are caught then you'll have some fresh bait for many other species of fish. Anything from the humble pout to a large Ray. All depends on what type of ground you're fishing.
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I much prerer a multiplier type reel over a fixed spool. A nice ABU7000 will set you back less than £50.
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