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October 2012 Sea Fishing Update


Traditionally the last month of good sea fishing around these parts and I’m glad to say that the weather has done us some small favours. Whilst we haven’t had any flat calm days there were plenty more days when we could get to sea in October than there were in September, and once out the fishing has been good.

Last year I spent more hours than I could count and more money on fuel than is healthy chasing Cod. I wouldn’t like to add up how many miles I covered without any success but it was a lot! Anyway, eventually in September I hit on a spot that delivered good numbers of lovely pink rock Cod. They only lasted a few weeks, appeared nowehere else and as far as I was concerned it could have just been a one off. So it was great to get the chance to “predict” them this year and you know what, it worked! Same spot, roughly same time of year, many more Cod and some to a very healthy size, great sport on artificials. In amongst them were also some very good Pollack (Callig locally) which went healthily into double figures. The few trips we managed the beginning of October we couldn’t fail, 30-40 fish an hour between 2 of us with ease, the majority going back but some being kept for the pot. Then come the middle of October we tried again, this time on a day when we had no right to be fishing. We left Peel at 10am in the morning in a very deceptive sea, we had a south south west swell that had to have been coming all the way from the Atlantic, no if’s or but’s about it we should not have been out in that, you know it’s bad when your mum phone’s you having seen you leave harbour to make sure everything is OK? But we had Cod fever and any half decent chance we were going to take. After battling a 10 foot swell for 40 minutes we got to the mark only to find that there wasn’t a fish in sight, just like last year they’d buggered off almost over night. We gave it an hour then crawled back to port, much to the amusement to those watching on the breakwater.

Fortunately the weather gods gave us a break for the next few days and in much calmer conditions we tried again but it only confirmed what we’d thought, the fish had moved so of to one of the regular haunts further north it was where we spent a couple of days catching good numbers of “average” (5-6lb) Pollack. Then towards the end of October that died of as well so it looks like our season is just about at an end. It will be time to put the engine to bed until February soon, I don’t think we’ll be bothering with the winter boat fishing around the Isle of Man again this year. Last year was a total waste of time, even now the only real “fish” of any size being caught are huge numbers of Squid. No idea where they’ve come from but our Manx waters are full of them at the moment. There’s not much fight out of them and a lot of cleaning involved so I think I’ll stick to seeing my squid in ring form on my plate.

One final point, having failed miserably to catch the Bass I’ve been talking about it was really good to see one of the local lads catching one in a tournament…from the beach where I’d been trying for bloody ages. Yeah nice…real nice. Bastard fish!


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