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January & February 2015 Fishing Report – Water Wolf Gets Tested


January and February were strange months, strange in that there were still plenty of fish about. Now the south of the island always holds a certain level of Callig all year round but this year the numbers over winter are definitely significantly higher than normal. No real size but there is still the odd decent fish amongst all the 1-2 pounders. Added to that it’s also been a bumper winter for Coalfish, or Shitties as we like to call them. The previous 2 years had shown an increase in number in late Autumn but this year they’ve followed through and there are large shoals of them about (check out the video below). If you’ve never tried targeting them you’ve got to give it a go, I know some people think that Callig put up a fight but pound for pound they have nothing on a Coalie. Catch even a 1lb fish on a light braid/LRF setup and you know all about it! In saying all this the best of the fishing is still in the southern half of the island, draw a line across from Peel and head south, the other way only seems to be good for burning fuel this time of year.

What else is new? The shore fishing is also better this winter than it has been for a long time. I’ve seen reports of a few Codling caught around Douglas, some a decent eating size. The harbours and rocks throwing up mini species, I know a few people who regularly head out with LRF gear and they’ve done well the last couple of months. Overall then January and February haven’t been anything like the right off that they would normally be. I even broke the boat out of storage early.

Water Wolf Test – Isle of Man

With the spell of settled weather we got towards the beginning of February I even got a chance to make use of my Christmas present, the Water Wolf Fishing Camera. Designed to be attached inline on your line these cameras are specifically for fishing. On the down side they aren’t cheap and the manufacturers general advice is if you’re going to cry about losing one best not to bother. So of course to try it out I started slinging it at one of the roughest rough ground marks we know. The results say it all :-

There were a few lessons that I had to learn. The 30lb main line (camera insurance:)) is an absolute dog to fish with when using 20g-30g lures, it really killed a lot of the lure action. But not as much as the camera itself. Having reviewed the results (and having been out fished about 30-1) I can see where I went wrong. If you’re looking at the doing the same then I’d strongly suggest you go with the heaviest weight that comes with the camera.


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