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March 2015 Manx Sea Fishing Update


Callig & Coalfish. The sea around the Isle of Man was alive with them in March. Unfortunately 99% of the fish were around the same size 1-2lb. Coalfish at this weight put up a great fight on the right tackle, where the right tackle is the lightest spinning outfit you can get away with for the weather conditions. It would be stupid to complain and I’m not going to, March is usually very quiet around here and so the opportunity to easily catch so early in the year is a welcome one.

So what else has happened? We had a few trips out in March, the most eventful resulted in my largest Ballan Wrasse for 20 years. It was caught on a rock mark in 50-60 ft of water that we’d previously fished in February. During the trip I passed comment that I thought bouncing some sort of crawfish/crab lure along the bottom was bound to work? The next trip I gave it a go, the bottom claimed the first 2 lures I put down but on the 3rd one I hooked the big lad. It was literally like hooking the bottom, except after a minute or 2 he gave a big kick with that monster tail. It was a great fight all the way to the top and taking no chances the landing net was called into action as he was brought over the side and then weighed – tipping the scales at just under 4 and a half pound. Massive result for this early in the year. You can see a picture of him on the Manx Sea Fishing instagram account. Happy to report that after a minute of recovery he swam away fine, all the Wrasse we catch seem to pop their ass, it’s a deep water thing, but they soon go back to normal once they are a few feet under the boat. Our final trip out in March was much less eventful, deciding to look for a bit of variety (Callig & Coalies are great but we are easily bored/spoilt) we headed out for a bit of deep water drifting. It was a complete waste of time, the Queenie fleet having dredged the bottom to within an inch of its life. One small Mackerel was the sum total of 4 hours fishing. I put down the Water Wolf camera and if it wasn’t for the fact I know so many commercial lads I’d put the video up to show just how little life exists after dredging, calling it a ploughed desert hardly does it justice. We used to have great Plaice and Brill fishing on the west coast of the island but when you tie in the Plaice breeding grounds with where the scallop fleet operate and at what times of the year it’s not hard to to see why there are next to none caught these days. Shame, but these lads have to earn a living somehow and hopefully technology in the future will help.

Shore fishing? I had big plans for my first LRF session from Niarbyl in March, unfortunately the car had other ideas. Anybody who knows the island will probably know that the car park at Niarbyl isn’t really the place to be stuck with a broken down car so I took the safe option of heading for home whilst the engine was still running. From what I’ve heard from others the shore fishing has been slow anyway, especially on the northern beaches which are still firmly in winter mode (Dogfish and Coalies).


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