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Sea Fishing May 2012 – From Famine To Feast


If you’ve been keeping track of these updates you’ll have known that 2012 has been a really slow start for our sea fishing. I can’t remember there ever being so few fish about all the way through April, no early spring Plaice, in fact nothing of any real note within the inshore waters at all. It looked as though May was going to carry on in the same vane, but then suddenly half way through the month things started to happen and the sea was alive with fish.

Thanks to the fanstastic generally settled weather we’ve been having May has been a boating month and we’ve been out 12 times and caught over 200 fish, 99% of which have gone back to swim another day and grow a bit bigger. Huge shoals of Sandeel, Herring and Mackerel have brought the predators in with them and Coalfish and Pollack catches have been great. In a surprise move we’ve even had a mark situated only a quarter of a mile from the harbour entrance come alive with fish again, a mark that hasn’t fished well since about 2003. Further afield double figure Pollack are showing up within half a mile from land and our personal best for May sits at 11lb 8 ounzes. This lumper fell to a chunk of Mackerel drifted back in the tide with only a drilled bullet to keep it down in 3 knots of tide. Interested to see that the fish was absolutely stuffed with Crab and Squid, not the usual Sandeel that we’re used to seeing in these waters…maybe a tip there for those of you looking for specimen Pollack.

Having had reports of early Tope turning up we’ve had a few goes at them with very limited success. The one hook up we’ve managed resulted in 5 minutes of chaos, 3 tangled lines and eventually the fish swimming free from about 5 yards below the boat. It’s still very early days yet and we look forward to the main run of Tope starting in the next few weeks.

From the shore the tournament boys have been enjoying much better sport with plenty of flatfish (in various guises) and Dogfish being caught. It’s now taking 20+ fish to win a tournament where as only a month ago 4 would probably see you taking something home. Isn’t it strange how something seen as nothing more than a pest for most of us can be so highly prized by tournament anglers? In terms of flatfish the local harbours are well stocked with Flounders and the inshore sand marks are producing nice number of 1-2lb Plaice. Fantastic sport on the right, very light, spinning tackle.

It’s just a case of fingers crossed that the weather can hold out for June, the summer rock cod should be appearing anytime now and after a whole summer spent chasing them down last year I’m looking forward to getting back on the productive marks and pulling some out without the massive fuel bills this year! Jelly worms at the ready.


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