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June 2016 Manx Sea Fishing Report


The TT normally brings with it at least 1 week of settled weather and so it was again this year, from the 3rd until the 11th we were able to get to sea most days and in sticking with this years theme of not hammering the Callig we took the opportunity to try a few different things.

The general idea was to get out in to deeper water (120ft +) with either a mud or sand bottom and drift around with various types of feather rigs and different types of bait. The problem was that even though the water had heated up early there were very few Mackerel about, very few Mackerel tends to brings with it an abundance of pin Whiting and almost every trip was plagued with them. However we did also pick up a large number of small Codling which seemed to be about in greater number than previous years as well as the odd small Haddock. Overall I’d guess we probably covered 10-15 miles on the drift of the west coast and whilst there was very little of any quality coming over the side it was a valuable learning experience. One which we hope would pay dividends later in the year when things tend to liven up a bit.

Once TT was over the weather seemed to turn as well and that was just about it for the month of June. We did get out again on the 18th but with a strong northerly wind were restricted to fishing very close in. It also turned in to our first completely blank day fishing in as long as I can remember, certainly never before in the month of June. We decided to have a full 4 hours looking for either Plaice or Flounder and we couldn’t tempt a single bite. Every single one of the “old” flatty spots was tried without any luck.

Speaking to a couple of the lads who prefer to keep things simple there was still plenty of fish being caught on the inshore rough ground marks. Coalfish were turning up on a regular basis and the Callig (Pollack) fishing just never seems to go away. If all you’re after is a feed then a tiny bit of local knowledge, a Lemon coloured Savage Sandeel and about 10 minutes of your time is all you need to keep you in fish for the next week.

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