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Manx Sea Fishing – June 2014 Report


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.

It was a strange month for the fishing. The sea has been alive with sandeels and I’m assuming because of that we’ve seen record numbers of small Callig and Coalfish. On days some of the inshore marks were unfishable – unless all you are interested in is pulling out 1-2lb Callig? The other fish we would expect to have seen are still behind, especially the Mackerel. As I write this now in July they (and the Tope that follow) are here but right up until Tynwald day they were very scarce on the west coast – I know things were a little different of Douglas but as I understand it you still had to travel. Once the Mackerel arrive the reports of Tope shortly follow and there have been some good catches from the North West beaches if that’s your thing. The flatfish are still behind and as of right now you’ll be doing very well to catch a Flounder in any of the harbours, never mind catching a Plaice.

In order to avoid the smaller Callig we’ve covered a fair few miles trying out different spots with different techniques and we’ve had some good mixed ground days pulling up plenty of Cod, Whiting, Haddock, Dogfish etc The bonus of those extra miles is that’s it’s also helping with my chart of the west coast, it’s coming along nicely and has already been responsible for finding 2 new fishing spots that have produced fish. Always good to find a new mark. It’s also good to know that if you can get through the smaller ones the better Callig are still there, we had a couple up and over the 7lb mark in June.

I wish there was something more interesting to report but like I said it’s been a strange one. Even the Basking sharks have only made a fleeting appearance this year. The good news is if you’re due on the island soon then at least the pier fishing is at its peak. You really can’t go wrong at Peel, Port Erin or Laxey right now. And if you want a greater challenge then why not try catching one of the monster mullet that are circling around Peel marina? As for us July will be mostly about landing that big Tope and maybe, just maybe eventually finding a Plaice.


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