Category: Latest Session Reports

Fishing Decisions

Submitted by Damion Fryer 10/2/2016

You arrive at your chosen fishing mark just as the sun’s trying to rise on the horizon. The winds are light, the sky is clear and conditions look good. You put on your sturdy walking boots, load your rucksack onto your back and pick up your rod and reel. Read more

Knot much Luck

Submitted by Tim_the_Manc 26/05/2015

Seems like I picked the wrong two weeks to come up to Cornwall, fishing wise, as I’ve had nothing of note since we got here, and not for the want of trying, which is why I’ve squeezed all of my recent sessions into one report..

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Back in Town

Submitted by Tim_the_Manc 19/05/2015

The last few months working on a project to install a new Stock Management system at work have been hard going in many ways; hardly enough spare time to scratch my backside and a whole new language to get to grips with; prior to January Java Beans were what you ground to make coffee and an example of SQL (sequel) Script was Rambo: First Blood Part II so my eyes have been well and truly opened these last few months.

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My First Trip of 2015 – By Poppy The Dog

Submitted by Bill Fagg 10/4/2015

Sally the woman gets up, she is going to work I know it.

I follow her around the house as she bustles about. Maybe she’ll give me some food.

Sally the woman has a cup of tea and looks at her phone.

“oh no” she groans and picks up a piece of paper and scribbles a note.

“Just my luck” she mutters as she heads out the door. Read more

Blanking & Winter Finds

Submitted by Bill Fagg 28/2/2015

As 2014 wound down so did the bass fishing in Dorset, others have reported 2014 as a good year but for me it fell short of average.

I used to do a lot of bait fishing from Chesil beach and also do a lot of fishing from one of Weymouth’s finest charter boats Top Cat but these days I like to go lure fishing for bass which to many might seem pretty pointless in the grimmer Winter months (it is).

But there is something about the patch I fish that keeps me going back even when I know the chances of actually catching something are slim to zero.

Since my last catch report at the end of November I’ve had a few fish, nothing special and some of them weren’t even the silvery kind but that hasn’t stopped me going to the coast most weeks as there is always something interesting to see or something interesting to find.

At the end of the year after a wet and windy blank I came across a lady who had hurt her leg after slipping on the rocks and was being tended to by a local emergency response volunteer who happens to be a chum of mine
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Loch Leven Day 2

lochlevenmusselsAfter the previous day’s close encounter with the one that got away (while I was spinning for Mackerel and Pollack) I thought it well worth giving the mark another shot to see if I could replicate yesterday’s events, albeit this time with a successful landing of the as yet unidentified fish.

 

Try as I might, it wasn’t happening. A few hours of spinning proved fruitless so I went in search of a different Loch Leven mark. But not before a spot of breakfast consisting of a good handful or two of fat, juicy mussels I discovered at the low tide mark whilst foraging (unsuccessfully) for bait.

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Loch Leven Day 1

After packing up so late after my last session at Fort William, the plan was to drive just outside of town and sort out a proper plan the following morning. The problem was that I couldn’t find anywhere just out of town, at least not to the south, suitable to pull up and have a kip for a few hours.

Long story short, its nearing 1am by now, I’m absolutely shattered an I’m still driving south looking for somewhere to stay. I see a signpost for a road off the main A82 after about 20 miles or so. Given that it was a smaller road, I thought the chances of finding a little cut to pull into were higher than on the main road leading to the biggest town in the Western Highlands. Thankfully, for once I was right.

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Fishing Fort William

My AA Road Atlas tells me that Fort William is plonked on the corner of a large ‘7’ shaped lump of water, with this corner being the meeting place of 2 big-ass sea lochs: Lochs Eil and Linnhe. More importantly, my mate Curt tells me that the sea fishing is brilliant there. His ‘top fishing marks in the UK’ book says that also. In the ‘tackle tips’ section it even advises beefing up your mainline as if you fish with 2 hooks its quite likely you’ll be pulling 2 Thornback Rays at a time! Now, if the thought of that doesn’t get the ol’ angling juices flowing the you need to take up a different sport! Read more

Devon Vs Cornwall (Rematch) Results

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Although February isn’t particularly the finest fishing month of the year, it’d been a while since we have all gotten together for a fish. Very kindly, Tony (Squidder) stepped forward and made our most recent meet, on the Mountbatten Breakwater the weekend just gone, happen. Thanks mate.

In addition to coming along, meeting new members and having a fish, Tony organised a friendly catch and release comp for the day also – Devon vs Cornwall: The rematch! Read more

SWSF Roadtrip Roundup

This year’s SWSF Road Trip saw Matt and myself travel and fish our way around Cornwall. Our aim was to find and fish 5 marks on 5 consecutive days, seek out new venues, catch some corking specimens, hold a rolling comp and meet fellow members as we went.

Southwestseafishing.co.uk’s 2010 Road Trip proved to be an all out success. Although hampered by some freak August weather and having to deal with other trials and tribulations thrown in our path, Matt and I saw our plan through and found some stonking specimens along the way.

If you missed out on the lead up to it and the daily blog updates whilst we were on the road, you can check out how we faired by following the links below:-

Day 1 – Tintagel
Day 2 – Hayle

Day 3 – Porthcurno

Day 4 – Porthoustock
Day 5 – Fowey

Road Trip Results

Members comments and discussion regarding our trip can also be found on our forum.

Thanks once again to everyone who suported and encouraged us along the way!!