Skating at the Fort (31st october)

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Skating at the Fort (31st october)

Postby Psychocabbie » Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:45 am

Following yesterdays loss of a decent fish, and the fact i still had bait to finish off i decided to give Fort Perch Rock another go at the end of my shift this morning.
Low water was 8:45am.
I arrived at 5:30am and once again i had the place to myself.
First rod out was the heavy rod with 4/0 pennel pulley rig, baited with whole squid and fished as far as i could cast it in the crosswind.
The lighter bass rod was then set up with a 2 hook clipdown with size 1 hooks baited with lug and rag. This was fished no more than 30 yards out.
Instant response as the fish were feeding confidently in the darkness, and first out was a Dab.

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Followed very quickly by the other ususal suspect, Whiting.

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then it was mayhem as the fish where nailing the baits as soon as they were cast in, and frequent double hookups were common. Strangely every single one of my double hookups contained only one species each time, either dab or whiting.

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It was just an endless succession of fish whilst it was dark, but bites slowed a bit as it got light.

The large bait had hardly seen any action except a couple of ambitious whiting who fancied their chances against my mummified squid.

30 minutes before low water i got a good heavy bend in the rod like something had drifted into my line, then another similar bend again. looking like a ray bite, i wasn't in too much of a hurry to hit it. Then the rod pulled over really hard and i wound down to feel the thump of something decent on the end. would this one come off like the day before? on the way in a large branch caught my line and i was fighting both that and the fish in the wind and tide. eventually i was able to clear my line off the branch and brought my first thornback of the year onto the beach.

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weighing in at 11lb 4oz i was over the moon !!!

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sadly that was pretty much it for the session bar a couple more dabs.
By 9:30 the tide was pushing pretty hard and was carrying a lot of debris and weed so i packed up.

Final surprise was this little monster on my bass rod as i was packing in. Just seemed to make me laugh seeing it - maybe because i was in dire need of sleep.
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Postby SKEMsTe » Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:50 am

nice report and what a thornback!!!!! well done!

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Postby Simon » Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:51 am

Well in mate, you look well chuffed.. and so you should be !!!

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Postby Steve Duffy » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:07 pm

Top report. 8)
D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F
AGNB
Thats bang out of order !

Species--- Bass,ray,smoothhound,starry smoothhound,plaice,flounder,dab,LSD,huss,whiting,coddling,mackeral,pout,pollock.

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Postby gmonkman » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:13 pm

Nice thornie m8. The perserverance paid off. Lovely to see.

Did it go back?
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Postby Big Kev » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:14 pm

Well in laaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,that`s a superb raymond 8)
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Postby Psychocabbie » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:19 pm

gmonkman wrote:Did it go back?

ALL my fish go back unless they are needed for bait, and occasionally one or two for the pot.

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Postby bigdave » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:33 pm

lovely ray :D
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Postby Paul Tucker » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:40 pm

persistence will always pay off at perch rock. 8) that's a cracker. 8) well done again. 8)

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Postby Shaun1118 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:46 pm

Well done mate, put it up on the speciemen league table to claim 1st place and 10pts ;)

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Postby parky1991 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:01 pm

wosit caught on the squid :?: :?: :?: :?:
Defo gonna giv it a go at z weekend well done mate :D :D
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Postby svenbren » Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:34 pm

nice ray good report ;)
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Postby Psychocabbie » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:30 pm

parky1991 wrote:wosit caught on the squid :?: :?: :?: :?:
Defo gonna giv it a go at z weekend well done mate :D :D


yup mummified whole calamari. takes the crabs a bit longer to get it off the hook :

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Postby Shaun1118 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:39 pm

calamari tends to be more or less crab resistant than many other baits, i find though that by using elastic, you decrease the cances of missing bites as the fish cant peck at it ;)

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Postby Psychocabbie » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:43 pm

i tend to make the squid into a sausage shape, that way my hook point is always exposed and i land more fish.
i think it helps keep the scent in the water for longer as the juices don't wash out too quickly.
i'm happy to leave a squid bait out for an hour when i'm off the rocks around anglesey for conger and huss, and still get fish after that time on it.


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