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December 2012 Fishing Report


The much belated December 2012 fishing report is here, thought I’d better do it now before January comes to an end! Not a whole lot to report from a personal point of view really. We didn’t get out in the boat at all in December, partly due to the weather but more because the fish did a vanishing act the last time that we did venture out in November. One day there, next day gone. I’m all for getting out in the fresh air (more of that in the January update) but December is a busy enough month anyway so we decided to give it a miss. The plus side of having no intention of going out was that it also gave me the chance to lay the boat up properly. Engine fogged, which is a complete doddle on these Evinrude E-Tec engines, battery removed, fuel treated and a number of other bits and pieces sorted out.

Away from what we’ve been up to I’m aware that a couple of boats from around the island did get out with some mixed results. I think the general consensus is that the best of the fishing is well behind us this time of year but catch reports from the east of the island have been far and away better than on the west side. If you can get down towards Castletown Bay and Port St Mary there are still some sizable Callig around as well as a few Ling, Coalfish and small Cod. On the west of the Isle of Man it’s pretty much a total right off, the only catch we’ve heard off was a couple of small Cod caught several miles out from Niarbyl and that was the beginning of December. If you are absolutely determined to get out then I think the best bet is close in by the cliffs between Fleshwick and Bradda Head, we’ve caught sizable Callig all through the winter there in the past. Not a problem if you’re launching from Port Erin but a bit of a steam from Peel and when the weather is hovering around freezing you’ve got to be keen!


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