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Sea Fishing – February 2012 Update

Where Have All The Pollack Gone? The truth is I have no idea but that is 4 trips out now, including trips to over 100 feet of water and still not a single Pollack since Christmas. In over 25 years of fishing I’ve never had 4 blank trips until this winter! This is unusual, don’t get me wrong we wouldn’t normally be seeing huge numbers of fish but there would still be “something” there. The fishfinder is showing nothing, the various baits and lures we’ve tried have confirmed that. I wonder if water temperature has something to do with it?

Back in November the water temperature was a relatively warm 11 degrees celcius. We were catching Pollack from the shore and within a quarter of a mile of land. In January and February of 2012 I’ve not recorded a water temperature above 8 degrees celcius. We all know that Pollack head for deeper water when it’s cold but I was sure we’d tried that, I want to avoid running further than 8-9 miles offshore this time of year if we can but I’m guessing that next year I’ll be giving it a go. It’s obvious that there is nothing closer to home.

The other mystery has been the Cod. We’ve had a couple of good Cod years and it’s been a real surprise to see them vanish so early. Up to the end of September there were regular Cod catches then nothing. Surely they don’t mind the cold water? The only thing that springs to mind is that there seems to be an enormous lack of weed and thus life about. I’m not sure how much it has to do with the windy winter we’ve had but many of the breakwaters and piers are noticably missing any sort of weed growth. Even well known inshore boat fishing marks are showing much cleaner on the sounder than they would normally be this time of year. Either some bastard has broke the rules and trawled over them or we’re just going through a weedless winter.

Either way the weather is slowly starting to pick up, as water temperatures rise and the sandeels start to appear there should be a whole lot more actual fish to write about in the next update!

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