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April 2015 Manx Sea Fishing Update

I’ve been hanging of on this because the way May was going I was going to roll 2 months in to one! However things have gotten a little better towards the end of the month so here is April in all its glory.

Herring And Submarines?

The more I record our fishing trips the more I learn about the cyclic nature of our weather on the island. Looking at the first couple of months of the year I was predicting that April would be fairly settled, and it was. In fact it was as good an April as I can remember. We started of by fishing the usual rough ground marks with lures, picking up loads of small to medium Callig and Coallies (up to around 4-5 lb) + the odd Wrasse. Fish numbers are way up and in amongst these average fish I managed to bag a much better Callig that tipped the scales at a little under 8lb. Following on from last year the Savage Gear Sandeel Lemon pattern seems to account for most of the fish, if you are just looking for numbers then you can’t go wrong with that lure. To find a better fish you need something that isn’t getting hit on the way down and for that I’ve noticed anything with orange in it seems to do really well, with the bonus chance of picking up a Cod. This year is looking like being a bumper year for the inshore Cod but more on that in May.

With the longer spell of settled weather and our lure fix sorted it gave me a chance to run the boat a bit further offshore and try some general ground fishing for different species. Fishing on the drift and bumping various scratching rigs and feathers baited with Herring along the bottom produced Dogfish, Whiting, Codling, Haddock and most surprisingly of all, a lot of Herring. Between two of us we caught more Herring in 2 hours on one trip than what I’ve caught from the boat in 6 years. Just to prove it wasn’t a fluke we managed to repeat the trick a week later. It was on one of these trips that I was fishing with the Water Wolf camera and managed to pick up the strangest sonar ping, here’s the video:-

If anybody has a clue what that was I’d love to know? It was a flat calm, crytal clear day with no other boats within 5-6 miles of us. I’ve been filming under water for the last couple of years and I’ve never heard anything like it.

To finish of the month and with the weather starting to turn I took the decision to hit one of the wrecks and see what was about. The Oona Hall was picked at random and despite what appeared to be perfect weather and tide conditions there was sweet FA on it. Drifting either side produced some nice size Whiting but the wreck itself was completely baron. As we always say to ourselves afetr days like that you’ve got to try, it’s the only way to find out how a spot is fishing. Just a shame about the fuel bill!

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