The water is still bloody freezing and the air temperature is no better either really. But we did brave the elements and get out a couple of times, we even caught some fish!
Not exactly the perfect start to a fishing session.
Out on the boat I tried 4 of the regular spots during March but there were no signs of life, not even a bite. This time last year the last resort was an 11 mile steam to fish under some cliffs and that produced , so taking that knowledge I tried applying the same logic a little closer to home. I spent 2 hours drifting around some likely looking spots, throwing every type of rubber worm, sidewinder and whatever else I had in the lure box at them but all to no joy. Wasn’t helped by the fact the tip ring on my spinning rod fly off on the first cast! Then as luck would have it just as I was heading for home the fishfinder highlighted a 20-25 foot drop off into deeper water and was reporting mountains of fish along the edge of it. I quickly killed the engine and dropped a rubber worm down, it was only there for a few seconds before I had the first fish caught from the boat this year. Not exactly a monster Callig but good enough. I only had the chance to fish it for half an hour before having to get home but even so managed a couple of 4-5 pound fish for the pot and plenty of smaller ones that went back.
5 Pound Callig (Pollack), boat has been cleaned now as well!
Once there was a break in the weather, we had a bit of snow here, not sure if you heard? I was straight back to the same spot and this time with a couple of hours to experiment hammered them. As was the same last year I found the bigger fish fell for the Sidewinders, rhubard and custard in this case. It just seems to be that at this time of the year anything inshore seems to be in as close to shore as possible but has to be in 50ish feet of water at least. Down the west coast of the Isle of Man there aren’t exactly an abundance of those types of spots and even on the east coast it would generally mean heading south. A little tip for you, total waste of time heading north of a line through Peel until the water warms up and the Mackerel start to appear.
All in all a fairly successful March, echoed by some decent catches on the east coast as well including the first sightings of some Haddock.
The shore fishing is crap though, I mean really crap. Anyone wanting to stand out in the freezing east winds for the odd chance of a small Coalfish of Doggy is braver than me. Having tried and failed last year I’ll wait till the summer species turn up or there’s at least half a chance of a nice Plaice before I chuck a line from the shore again.