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Sea Fishing Update – September 2012


Broken record time, weather has been complete and utter crap. Yes south of the Bristol channel you enjoyed a bit of an Indian Summer but for the rest of the UK the weather has been appalling. It’s a real shame because this is when we expect to catch the better fish but what can you do? If you’ve not got the weather to get out then you’re stuck.

In terms of boat fishing September 2012 has been a total disaster. The UK has once again been locked into a system of never ending low pressure systems, for us on the Isle of Man that means endless days of strong West/North West winds and not a chance of going anywhere. Two trips we’ve had out. As mentioned above though the fishing this time of year is at its best and on our last trip we managed 29 Pollack (locally Callig) in a little under 2 hours. Not bad considering there was only 2 of us fishing, we had easterly winds and the average size of fish was between 4 and 6 pound. It may have only been a 2 hour session but it was the best 2 hours we’ve had all year, just a shame there were no other opportunites to throw the ropes off and wet a line. Further afield I’ve noted monster catches of Blue Shark, Turbot and the larger Cod look like they are starting to show up earlier this year than last. Bastard bastard weather.

Shore fishing has been dominated by our hunt for Bass but has again been affected by the weather. With the sea lively over such a long period the weed has become a real problem. Lure fishing has been a bit of a right off and ledgering hasn’t produced a single Bass. Not only that but our last session was absolutely freezing, frankly I wouldn’t blame the Bass if they’d decided to call it an early finish this year! To reflect on just how hard the local shore fishing is at the moment tournaments are being won with little more than Dogfish again. This is not the type of fishing I enjoy.

On a slightly brighter note we are hoping to get out in the boat for the first time in October tomorrow, this time last year there were plenty of Rock Cod on the inshore marks so it would be nice to get the chance to put a few in the freezer but it’s all down to the weather gods and what they throw at us!


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