Latest Fishing Reports: United Kingdom

  • 27/07/2018 Fishing Report by Jonathan Law on Privateer (Rhyl, Denbighshire)

    27 Jul 2018 by Jonathan Law

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    A late cancellation gave the opportunity to get my light rods out and try a few things myself this weekend. A quick call to a fishing buddy and a few packs of worm and we were away.

    We had already decided to fish for smaller species with the aim of getting a bit of variety. Getting re acquainted with the angling out of Rhyl this year, has been a revelation or at least a reminder of something I must have weirdly forgot ��

    We started off with the aim of targetting a few Wrasse and sure enough we found them in numbers which was a surprise but the quality was even more impressive with many fish around the 4lb mark, awesome sport on light gear and oh man they didn't half fight. We were very careful to play these fish slowly through the depths and we could honestly say that they all went back down, angry ��but in good health which is nice.

    As the tide picked up we set the anchor on some rough ground and the species count rose quite dramatically, with plenty of mini's, Tub and Grey Gurnards .... surprisingly no Reds ! More Wrasses and a nice surprise and new species on the boat, a Topknot about 25cm. We were having great fun by this time and Kev caught a nice little Ling. we tried for a little Conger but failed .... only half a dozen Dogfish later the tide had started ease so we went back on the drift picking up more Wrasse and bits .. so with an hour and a half before we could get back ashore we decided to have a change and head inshore to see if there was any smoothies , Dabs and Bass biting .... well we failed to catch 1 Dab inshore ... un surprising as, our rods never stopped with small Hounds and Bass smashing the baits. 3 Small Tope managed to jump on, as we used up our last full squids. Again all brilliant sport on light rods �� .... finally we ran out of bait and it was time to return to base, having taken our tally to nineteen species. these were . Ballan wrasse, Goldsinny wrasse, Pouting, Codling, whiting, Poor Cod, Tub Gurnard, Grey Gurnard, Ling, Dogfish, Topknot, Dab, Tompot Blenny, Mackerel, Scad, Dragonet, Tope, Smoouthound and Bass.

    When you consider the possibilities and species not on that tally it has to be said that few ports can match the variety of sport Rhyl has on offer. The prolific Ray and Huss, big Tope and not to mention the offshore wrecking. This has been an excellent boat move for Privateer and I have to scratch my head why I have taken my local port for granted in recent years. It is proving excellent to get re aquainted with the port I pretty much started my boat angling journey ��

    I have a date, Saturday 1st September allocated to fish a friendly species comp. the trip will be 10 hours 5am till 3pm and I will be aiming to fish the above marks and a couple more so if you would like to have a go, please message me for more info. The cost will be £45 per person, not including bait and there will be a small trophy for the winner and lots of good humoured banter ��

    Thanks for reading.

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  • 07/2018 Fishing Report by Roy Smith on FairWay AQUA STAR (Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey)

    Jul 2018 by Roy Smith

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    hi out wreck fishing when weather permits Pollack in 6 to 13 lbs range inshore some good tope about with many lost with bite outs on line loads of huss many of large size. September off amlwch is best moth for the larger Pollack I,ll take you to them weather permitting . Offshore wrecking with me 10 hours £450 bargain price cheers Roy

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  • 28/07/2018 Fishing Report by David Lumley on TRIO lll (Hartlepool, Durham)

    28 Jul 2018 by David Lumley

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    Fishing co tinues to be good here on Trio lll
    Lots of codling to be had on shads or baited hokkis
    3 at a time for some lucky anglers
    Obvisously some have to be returned safe and sound to grow for next time

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  • 27/07/2018 Fishing Report by Richard Carr on Northeastern (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear)

    27 Jul 2018 by Richard Carr

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    Air show weekend and we have had to cancel both today's trip and tomorrow trip. Gutted is a understatement.

    We sailed yesterday and had a cracking day fish of the day was a 10.5lb ling and followed by Kevin Dodger Rogerson with a lovely clean run 8.5lb cod. Endless quality stamp cod and ling made up the catch with the normal Macky keeping us up with fresh bait which has really made a difference used at the correct stage of the tide on hokkai rigs. It's really just a matter of time until we click a good one from the wrecks.


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  • 07/2018 Fishing Report by Rich Ward on Shy-Torque III (Whitby, North Yorkshire)

    Jul 2018 by Rich Ward

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    Some lovely plump codling knocking about at the moment here at Whitby.

    My good mate Nigel Hall and my lad Adam knocking a good box out between them the other day. Most of the fish falling to the shads.

    The ground around the 3 to 5 mile producing a reasonable amount of fish so plenty of fishing time too!!

    Check the calendar for any availability and as ever we will sail with a minimum 4 anglers. Individuals are always welcome on the boat as well as any newcomers to the game.
    We will sharpish get you into the swing of it!

    Cheers for now,

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  • 27/07/2018 Fishing Report by jon old on High Flyer 2 (Great Yarmouth, Norfolk)

    27 Jul 2018 by jon old

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    Bringing us up to date been extremely hot weather has put the fish off a little bit on the weaker tides. Mackerel have been patchy along with only one tope run so far very poor for this time of year but see what august brings. Nice few bass all returned of course due to the ban, biggest just under 9lb not quite double figure. Plenty of smoothounds best bait by far is peeler but still waiting for our hen crabs to moult been so strange the weather and how its affected everything. Still catching whitting on the inside on worm baits they dont seem to go away now have completely lost the spotty dogs now bit of a relief really to be honest. Odd thornback still coming in so mixed sport all round really. Picture today is of Anthony down on hoilday with decent bass of 8.5lb pb for him well done. Looking forward to August Monday 6th where we have a specialist tope trip £65 per head few places still available tide is perfect thats why date is chosen hope weather plays ball. Will organise few night trips if you want to go on the list please email or text will get first refusal picking tides so slack water is middle of the session to give you best fishing up or down the tide. Leave about 6pm home midnight so you can go to work next day ! Thats about it got a windy weekend ahead will see what happens. Until then tight lines everyone.
    Jon (High Flyer 2)

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  • 27/07/2018 Fishing Report by Paul Kilpatrick on Sea Otter 2 (Whitby, North Yorkshire)

    27 Jul 2018 by Paul Kilpatrick

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    Been some very nice cod of late and today was no exception this lad was overjoyed with his bumper cod some very nice fishing indeed .

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  • 07/2018 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie on Size Matters (Plymouth, Devon)

    Jul 2018 by Kevin McKie

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    Just steaming back to Plymouth from Guernsey after another cracking trip.

    I had a group of regulars on from Bristol who fish with me every month.

    This time they brought with them a load of Jonny Sadler home made plonker lures.

    They looked like a type of slow jig with a mackerel shrink wrap on them, they weighed 7oz to 10oz with two assist hooks on.

    Over slack water they where deadly especially on the inshore reefs around Jersey.

    Andy Cottle caught a monster 7lb 4oz Ballan Wrasse on the plonker lure!!

    The photo doesn’t do it justice it was 22 inch long and as fat as a rugby ball, by far the biggest Wrasse I have ever seen and a fish of a life time.

    The next drift seen Andy catch his first ever John Dory and the following drift Dennis and Sean both caught John Dory!!

    Three John Dory’s in two drifts, the plonker lure was doing the business.

    Each day for about an hour over slack water the lads used the plonker lure over the inshore reefs accounting for, Ling to 25lb, Pollack to 13lb 8oz, Cod to 12lb.

    The Banks produced, Blonde Ray,
    Undulated Ray, Turbot,
    Gurnard and the dreaded Dogfish.

    At times the Gurnard and Dogfish where a big pain stealing our Turbot baits.

    The Bream fishing was very good especially on the smaller tides, most where around 1lb but there was good numbers of fish to 2lb.

    The wrecks on the way over and on the way back produced, Ling to 20lb, Pollack to 12lb and Cod to 6lb.

    Every time we go to Guernsey we are always trying to find new marks to fish to give our anglers the best opportunity to catch there dream fish.

    Sadly all our Guernsey trips for 2019 are fully book by very wise anglers who know that,
    Size Matters is the boat that lets the fishing do the talking.

    Kevin Mckie
    Size Matters (Plymouth)


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  • 27/07/2018 Fishing Report by peter stubbs on Sapphire (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear)

    27 Jul 2018 by peter stubbs

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    Friday 27th July, Has we headed out today we could see it was"nt going to a hot sunny day like the past week with the rain clouds above us and a rolling sea and 3 first timers on board two, On getting to the fishing grounds and drop in the mackerel were catching soon I cut some mackerel for bait in came the codlings, Apart from the rain we manage around 50 codlings in 4hr, Well done lads.

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  • 26/07/2018 Fishing Report by peter stubbs on Sapphire (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear)

    26 Jul 2018 by peter stubbs

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    26th July Thursday, Jeff moon and wear fishing was out on there 4hr trip today, First stop was little slow but after a move to better ground the came on very good, A good stump of codlings to 7lb,

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