Might as well combine September and October because frankly the weather in October has meant it wasn’t worth writing up. There is nothing unusual about low pressure systems rolling in of the Atlantic this time of year but I think it’s fare to say we’ve had our full quota so far this year, especially when you combine the wind and amount of rain. We had a months worth of rain in the first 3 days, nice. Obviously I prefer boat fishing but I’m also more than happy to wet a line from the shore…as long as I’m not being blown off the rocks/getting piss wet through/frozen solid. One of which I don’t mind but 2 or more and I’ll find something else to do unless there are big Bass being caught. So October wasn’t really a shore fishing month for me either. Anyway, enough whinging, the fishing was actaully pretty good.
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If anybody follows our Instagram account they’d have seen that at this time of the year we tend to concentrate on the inshore Cod fishing that takes off late summer/early Autumn. This year has been a bumper one for the “rock” Cod (the much deaper coloured fish that seem to actively hunt over kelp), but there’s only so much of the same fishing you can do before it gets boring and seeing as how the rest of the summer had been a bit of a washout in terms of full days out/offshore marks we took the chance yesterday to try one of the local wrecks. This is the latest we’ve ever tried fishing a wreck, mostly because you are never sure of the weather this time of year but the forecast was good, the tide was big enough to get out of the marina on time and with a high prospect of picking up some bait we went for it.
Bad weather made it a shit month. In much the same way as what August 2013 went rapidly downhill from the July so the same happened again this year. How bad? Two trips out in the boat and a couple of shore sessions was as good as it got. There were loads of fish about, just getting the chance was a real problem.
July is when we expect the sea fishing to heat up around the Isle of Man and this year was no different. The Tope arrived at around about the same time as the Mackerel, the odd Bass is being caught, there were loads of nice rock Cod down around Port St Mary and the first Black Bream of the year was caught.
The sea is warm but the fishing is relatively slow. June was a warm month and following on from our mild winter the sea temperatures are at least a degree warmer than what they usually are. If I go from my own records then I had 12 degrees for the 17th of June last year vs 14.8 on the 18th of June this year. Unfortunately for us the high pressure brought with it a long spell of north west winds, combined with a stiff sea breeze, which made things a little rough, the none bouncy days were few and far between and for the first time in years I didn’t get a full day out fishing in June.
April 2014 was the best April we’ve had for as long as I can remember, whilst there wasn’t a single flat calm day there were plenty of chances to get out fishing and with the sea temperatures above average the fishing was pretty good as well.
It’s another double month update because to be honest there has been bugger all happening. Worst winter ever? It has got to be. The only boat action over the last couple of months has been going down to check on the ropes amongst the various storm surges, storms, floods and whatever else nature has thrown at us. At least I can happily report all is well. I did try a bit of shore fishing from the rocks but lasted less than 20 minutes, a total waste of time, cold, wet and very windy.