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A day on the Mersey

Postby Godders123 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:19 pm

I had hoped to get over to the island today with Richie for a crack at the conger but with the thick wet mist we both agreed that balancing on slippery rocks wasn't the best idea. A day on the Mersey was planned instead.

Richie was tied up until late morning, however I was eager to make a full day of it and so I opted for a morning session over low at town hall steps before heading over to Mariners to fish the high with Richie.

I parked up at the bottom of Tobin Street at 7:00 and by 7:15 I had bait in the water. It was a dreary morning with visibility down to 100 yards or less.

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Despite the miserable weather hopes were high of opening my codling account for this winter.

An hour went by without a hint of a rattle on the rod tip. Another hour went by and the only action I'd had was a snag up and lost rig :doh: Things weren't looking good at all and I could feel a blank coming on!

A couple of knocks registered and before long a decent sized whiting came skipping in over rippled water. Blank saved!

At low water I changed from lug baits to squid in the hope of picking up a ray but I simply fed the crabs with it. As the flood started I picked up another good sized whiting followed by a codlet.

It was getting on for 11:00 by now and Richie had just rang to say he was on his way over. Time to pack up. As I reeled in there was a fair amount of resistance but very little pulling back. Either a smallish Ray or a clump of weed I thought. In fact it was an edible crab.

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I wasn't aware that they resided in the Mersey but it just goes to show how rough the ground must be out there to hold them.

Off to Mariners we went and on getting there we decided to set up at the far end of the prom by the anchor.

Richie was keen on some raymondo action whereas I was hoping that the flood might throw up a codling or two. We both also dropped a rod close in in the hope of a sole.

Richie was first in on his sole rod, but to our disappointment it was simply a double shot of pin whiting. Shortly afterwards I followed up with a pin of my own.

The tide was racing and holding bottom was near impossible with the long rods. We managed to pick up a few good sized whiting between us but it was looking like another poor session to follow my morning at Mariners. However Richie was confident that the Rays would come on over high water and so as the water slackened off we both put whole squid baits on.

Richie commented that he couldn't hold bottom despite virtually no flow. Indeed whenever he tightened up his line bowed immediately. A slack line bite? He lifted his rod tip and a nice bend developed. Before long a wide set of wings appeared beneath us and after guiding it to the steps a nice thornie of 7lb 10oz was landed.

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No sooner had we released it I spotted a few tentative rattles on my rod and another raymondo was landed...another good fish of 8lb 4oz.

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Fish released and within minutes Richie was into another. This one a bit smaller, perhaps around 5lb.

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Richie slipped her back in the drink and as did so he gave it a loving gaze. He loves his thornies does Richie. She reciprocated with a loving glance of her own :lol:
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The tide had started to pick up and so we decided to call it a day. As I tackled down my sole rod a few yards of line was taken on my long rod. Tidal pull I thought but no, it was raymondo number 4, again not as big as the first two but welcome nevertheless.

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After a poor start it was good to be rewarded with a few nice fish.
Graham

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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby Richie Fisher » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:48 pm

An enjoyable afternoon Graham. Sensible decision not to go to the island. :thumbsup:
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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby joeNeal_71 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:52 pm

A proper day on the rays, top danglin' goylz :love: :love: :love:

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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby Big Kev » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:54 pm

Got to be happy with that session boys...nice pics Gra` :thumbsup:
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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby Greg Barratt » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:19 pm

Nice dangling, fellas. :thumbsup:
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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby Steve Duffy » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:22 pm

Raytastic. :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:
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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby Adam Roper » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:24 pm

Great result that gentlemen :clap:
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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby geddo » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:44 pm

Great session lads :clap: :clap:

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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby Godders123 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:54 pm

Whoops, images are a little on the large size :doh:
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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby wobbler72 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:49 pm

Cracking session lads. Thanks for the report :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby AndyJ » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:00 pm

Fantastic session :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby tatch1 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:31 pm

Cracking report & photos graham :thumbsup: well done chaps :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby Bobdeniro2 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:49 pm

Lovely jubbly boys :clap: :clap:


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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby merseyboy » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:20 am

Nice one lads.. :clap: :clap:

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Re: A day on the Mersey

Postby talkingbullhuss » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:47 am

Well done boys cracking result :thumbsup:
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