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Sea Fishing Update June 2012


For the past 4 years I’ve been updating this website and the summer theme has always appeared to be the same “can anyone remember a worse summer for the weather than this one?” It’s true, they really do appear to be getting worse each year! You can guess what is coming then, come on now, the weather gods have got to be taking the piss with this? In the whole of June we got to sea 3 times, 2 of those trips were limited to within a couple of miles of harbour with fresh force 4 borderline 5 winds. We have had no summer. The real bugger is that on the few occasions we’ve got out the fishing has been good. The sea is alive with Mackeral at the moment, as bad as the weather is, the bait supply is good!

With healthy supplies of bait the Pollack have been coming over the side on a very regular basis and in June we had plenty of fish up to 8 pounds. Not monsters I know but seeing as how we’ve been a bit limited in terms of how far we can travel and these have been caught within a mile of the shore these aren’t bad fish, especially on the light spinning tackle we’ve been using. The influx of Mackeral seems to have brought with it a slighlty more unwelcome visitor as well, the Doggies are back in force! For a few years they’d been a bit of a scarcity around these parts (thankfully) which meant a session on the Tope would usually pass without the constant Doggy bites. This year we seem to be plagued with them and I wonder if it’s that which is affecting the Tope fishing. The west of the island is usually a hot-spot but even though some people are catching a few fish there aren’t the numbers coming over the side as in previous years.

As far as the shore angling goes Macky bashing is still hugely popular, you can’t fail at the moment. The match anglers are catching plenty of Flounders in the harbours but other than that (and Doggies) it’s been a slow month. With any luck July will see the Bass starting to arrive, my main target for this year is a 5lb+ Bass from the shore and boat. The shore should be a realistic thing but I don’t know of anybody who catches Bass from the boat around here, of well there’s always a first time I suppose!


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