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Old 15 April 2013, 09:54   #1
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Fishing / Bream Fishing - Dorset

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Has anyone done much fishing yet this year? I'm looking to get out next weekend and was wondering whether the bream are inshore yet around the reefs and ledges between Portland and Poole?

Also has anyone found any shoals of mackerel inshore yet?

Finally if anyone wants to come along will hopefully be out saturday and sunday next weekend, may have a space or two on my rib, otherwise feel free to follow. If bream sound unlikely will probably get out on the Shambles Bank hunting flatfish unless anyone has any better suggestions.
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where are you launching from?
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Old 15 April 2013, 12:12   #3
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Because it's been very cold of late the fish have been coming in much later that usual. I have heard a report of some mackerel caught in a net in the Solent and some birds working the sea near Haslar sea wall this weekend. So things are picking up a little. As for the Bream, they are usually seen in numbers in May, but who knows what this year will bring. I think that Poole and Portland might well see them earlier than the Solent but how early I just can't tell you.
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Will review weather and catch reports on Friday but probably launch at Portland around 10am on Saturday and then either Kimmeridge or Poole on Sunday if anyone is interested in getting hypothermia for the sake of a fish dinner.

Also I plan to do some scuba diving on Sat too.
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We will hopefully be out this weekend in the Solent, hope the fishing picks up soon.... My freezers empty!
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As Hightower has Already said it's all a Bit Behind Schedual this year, and Bream being a Warm Water Visitors..(Like Trigger Fish) are no exception...
Some realy good Bream Fishing to be had on the Tennants Reef-(North and South) usualy end of April- May..but looking like they may be a Little Later this year...Mackrel being Caught mid Channell and Closer in at,and around Hope's Nose...pretty much a Banker!..Bass beggining to show but not in any numbers.
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I was out in the gower last weekend. I didn't have any mackerel, just 7 or 8 flounder, dabs and pouting.

was catching my first few mackerel by end of march last year!!
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I watched that Robson Green fishing show last night . Great show, great location, but in't he an annoying terwat.
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I watched that Robson Green fishing show last night . Great show, great location, but in't he an annoying terwat.
He's a completely different person in real life, a proper down to earth bloke, he joins in on the banter and isn't loud and overpowering.

I had the pleasure of shooting with him in the winter, I was a bit unsure after seeing some of his program's but I was very surprised.
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Cheers for all the info everyone. I've decided to launch from Portland on Saturday at about 09:00 and head out to the Shambles Bank having heard good reports of Turbot, Rays, Bull Huss and Whiting having been caught over the last week or so.

Think we'll have a full boat (4 of us) but welcome to tag along in your own boat if you want to join in.
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Now there's only 2 of us going (this saturday 20th April), purely for fishing (no scuba diving) so have space if anyone wants to join us. Leaving Poole and 0730 and launching at Portland 0900. Planning to get back to Poole about 6 ish. PM me if you're interested. Could take 2 more. (4 in total)
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Fish of the day was a 7lb lobster caught while fishing for rays using sandeel as bait.
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Fish of the day was a 7lb lobster caught while fishing for rays using sandeel as bait.
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I'll say!! fishing for rays and you pull up a 7lb lobster Gud'n mate
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Originally Posted by diver 1
Fish of the day was a 7lb lobster caught while fishing for rays using sandeel as bait.


You lucky git!!! Nice one
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Fish of the day was a 7lb lobster caught while fishing for rays using sandeel as bait.
Hmmm! nice lobby Are you sure there wasn't some diving gear on the boat as well as the fishing rods
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No this one was caught on rod and line. I've never heard or seen a lobster caught on a fishing rod before. The lobster had eaten the sandeel and hook but hadn't managed to break the line. When I first saw it in the water I thought it was a bit of the wreck he had lifted. Couldn't believe it when I netted it.

I was wearing a drysuit but that was to stay dry launching and recovering at Baiter slipway which in my opinion must be one of the most useless slipways in the country.

Not to say I wouldn't attempt to pick up the odd one on scuba in this country though!
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I also caught one on a rod. The hook got wedged under the front of its carapace. Sadly it was the one time I didn't have a landing net with me and I couldn't lift it out of the water. Hook pinged off and I lost it. Big bast as well.
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Catching a lobster using rod and line is more common place than you'd think.
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Catching a lobster using rod and line is more common place than you'd think.
I would be happy with just a Bass on the end of mine H. I've never caught one yet
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