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  • 12/2009 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)

    Dec 2009 by Gethyn Owen

    Report on-board My Way

    2009 - Review of the year

    After returning My Way to the water in mid March following her winter maintenance period, the fishing could have been best described as un eventful. Fish were around, but nothing too electrifying - dogfish, whiting, coalies, etc with the biggest catch being the reliable bull huss. That said, for the middle of March it is consistent fishing and what Holyhead can deliver on days when just getting afloat and blowing winter cobwebs away is all that is required.
    This time of year most anglers out fishing are simply getting back into the swing of things and anticipating the year ahead. Based on the previous years successes or failures our angling goals are decided upon - so many species to catch, or a tope over 50lb, smoothie over 20lb.

    We all have different targets.

    With the winds settling down for the Easter break it was with nervous anticipation that I planned the fishing trips for the weeks ahead. The weather over the Easter period was certainly a god send to many of us involved within the angling industry. Friends with boats, shops and a few in the wholesale trade all reported brisk business, with many grateful for the fairly settled spell of calm seas and sunshine

    During the first few weeks of April we tend to see more fish moving inshore. This can range from more dogs, bigger huss but also some pollack and coalies. 2009 has followed the same trend, but with exceptionally high catches of good sized pollack.

    Not to double figure standards, but the inshore rocks were reliable enough to deliver pollack averaging the 3lb mark. With some anglers often hooking into a brace, or if lucky 3 at a time. When drifting in 25 to 50 foot of water, close inshore, pollack to 6lb give a great account for themselves on light tackle.

    Rig choices varied for many of the anglers with the bigger fish falling to those prepared to work baits or jellies on flying collar rigs.

    Rough ground marks out in the deeps had been generally slow, few huss, spurs and congers, but a boundless amount of doggies infuriating most anglers with the 180ft haul up from the sea bed. With nothing to lose, a change of tact was required and a search for new ground. There is such a vast amount of sea available to us, there is never any harm in trying out new marks. In reading a chart, and having a run over with the echo sounder - gems can often be found.
    A good nose through the charts in early April and a series of 170ft rocks in and around a 240ft bed seemed like a nice holding point for a variety of species. A few miles off my usual haunts it was going to be an interesting mark to try out. Well, the move proved successful, no spurs sadly, but this mark produced more huss than dogfish with most of the specimens topping double figures with many around the 15lb mark, add these catches to 2 dropped tope (early season for us, so not geared for them), this is mark was without doubt going to be re-visited at a later time in 2009.

    All species have a hold on us for different reasons. Tope and smoothies for example, bait out, ratchet on and wait, adrenalin pumping waiting for the ‘click click’ of the ratchet. Pollack over wrecks – wind up nothing, drop down, wind up again whilst waiting for that short pluck of a pollack teasing your lure – then bang your losing line as the fish makes a bid for freedom.
    Wrasse fishing though can offer you all this adrenalin pumping action and more, basically a much greater chance of success. Most anglers who fish aboard My Way know of my passion for drifting inshore rock marks for wrasse and pollack. With 5 main wrasse species in the UK - ballan, cuckoo, corkwing, goldsinny and rock cook all making regular appearances aboard My Way, 2009 was an exceptional year on the drift.

    Unlike the past couple of years, good fortune fell upon us for most of May and June. Both months were far more settled than the previous couple of years. Light winds saw us set sail on many occasions, searching for a variety of species whether it be on the drift or hard at anchor. One of our main targets during this period is smoothhound.

    Again, 2009 was not to disappoint. Where north Wales has long been associated with some very good catches of smoothhound, My Way certainly sets some standards for consistent numbers of quality smoothhound. With us smashing the WFSA record for smoothhound in 2008 with the capture of a 25lb 6oz starry, hopes were set quite high for 2009. sadly though despite a few hundred double figure hounds and many in the 17 to 19lb bracket we failed to reach the 20lb plus target. However based on the theory of a 2year cycle for hounds we're hoping for a great run in 2010.

    Tope is another big draw for anglers to north Wales. Sadly the last 2 years from Holyhead have been hard work on the tope fishing front. Strong winds coinciding with the neap tides that are required for us to have a successful time tope fishing have all but ruined trips in 2007 and 2008. Fortunately that little piece of good fortune mentioned earlier helped out in 2009. this allowed for many more forays into the deeper water in search of the tope with excellent results. Paul took the helm of My Way late June for our first venture after tope and the crew from the Wirral were rewarded with 25 tope and 15 huss in 2 and a half hrs of hectic action.
    Our last venture for tope came in mid October with a crowd of paramedics from Conwy. With such a stressful job, these guys really wanted a day of rest and plenty of fish. Tope, Rays and huss a plenty certainly was what the doctor ordered. The video below was taken by one of the crew. Line screamed from Jasons reel as he hooked into what appeared to be the best tope of the day. Thus the 5 mins turned into 30mins as Jason took time to play his 40lb shark to the side of My Way.

    2009 also saw 2 surprises landed aboard My Way. Were as not exceptionally large fish, both of them were first captures aboard My Way and also the first heard of in the area. Our first new addition to the species tally came whilst drifting an inshore mark in early June. . Weighing no more than 4 or 5 oz, the Topknot was certainly the fish of the year so far, A first for it’s captor Monty Burns, but also a first ever aboard My Way. A few months later Jon Law hooked into the first of many haddock that came into Holyhead bay. not big by any north sea standard, but another first and much appreciated aboard My Way.

    In October we held another Sponsored fishing day to help raise funds to send a very brave girl on a very special holiday, Cath's Community and Ronald McDonald House Charities . As the anglers turned up at Holyhead Marina, it was clear to see that everyone had made that special effort with fancy dress costumes. What the lovely yacht owners thought of the variety of costumes including Ozzy Osborne, Superman, Vicky Pollard, Jason from Friday 13th A couple Indians, Katie Price and my very own Bet Lynch impression descending on their idyllic pontoon setting we’ll never know.

    My Way species list for 2009 - total 44
    bass, black bream, bull huss, coalfish, codling, conger eel, dab, dogfish, dragonet, gobi -rock & black, gurnard - grey, red & tub, haddock, herring, ling, mackerel, pollack, pouting, plaice, poor cod, , ray - thornback , blonde, spotted, cuckoo, rockling 3b, sandeel, sea scorpion ls &ss, smoothhound - common & starry, spurdog, tadpole fish, tope, topknot , tompot blenny, turbot, whiting, wrasse - ballan cuckoo, corkwing goldsinny & rock cook,

    Thank you to everyone who has supported us through 2009.

    Hope you have a fish filled year ahead and we look forward to seeing you in 2010.

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  • 29/12/2009 Fishing Report by paul sykes on Trojan Warrior (Whitby, North Yorkshire)

    29 Dec 2009 by paul sykes

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  • 28/12/2009 Fishing Report by Bob Marshall on Duke IV (Ramsgate, Kent)

    28 Dec 2009 by Bob Marshall

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    Ben's group from Eltham had a fine weather day on Duke IV and along with some cracking Whiting they got amongst the Cod. The fish preferred a tip of squid with their lug today. The fish just kept coming and even the sun came out.
    Read Ben's Review for his comments on the day.
    Glad you enjoyed the day Ben and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  • 23/12/2009 Fishing Report by Bob Marshall on Duke IV (Ramsgate, Kent)

    23 Dec 2009 by Bob Marshall

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    Despite the weather we are getting out and getting amongst the Cod. Lug & Squid or just plain Squid doing the buisiness. The fish are between 5lb To 10lb. Chris Terry & Ric all Duke IV regulars enjoyed the day with these Cod along with some nice Whiting Pout and of course the Doggies. Still a few dates available over the holiday period so come out and test that new gear!

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  • 20/12/2009 Fishing Report by stuart belbin on Razorbill 3 (West Mersea, Essex)

    20 Dec 2009 by stuart belbin

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    This must be the time to catch up on my reports, we still have snow on the ground and to make a change the wind is blowing so i have canclled my trip for today, So hear we go,over the last week we have seen mixed fortunes, the first day we had 34 COD up to 7lb and 3 THORNBACKS to 11 lb, The next day the wind was strong so that limited wher we could go and also the amount of fish, with only 9 COD to 6lb it was not one of my best days, The next day the wind had decreased, with six indeviduals i was able to try offshore, RThe first fish aboard was a 10 1/2lb COD to Jon Wesley a good start and the rest of the day went by well with another COD to7lb makeing the total 25 COD for the day,The next day i had 5 anglers hire ther boat, they landed 37 COD to 6l, Another great day.

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  • 11/12/2009 Fishing Report by Scott Belbin on Galloper (West Mersea, Essex)

    11 Dec 2009 by Scott Belbin

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    after a while fishing inshore due to to bad weather we managed to get offshore today. i had the lads from boat fishing monthly aboard and so we headed for one of my favourite big cod marks as the weather allowed. there was a fair swell running but it was comfortable enough to fish. at first we had a few doggies but soon enough we were into the cod. they came steadily throughout the day and although we only had 20 cod the fish were a great stamp. we had 7 doubles with the biggest just over 16lbs we also had several fish in the 8-10lbs range and a couple of roker aswell. these bigger fish will be around untill just after christmas and with a run of fish this size dont be surprised if we get a 30 pounder! we still have some spaces over christmas and there are still plenty of fish inside if the weather is too rough to get offshore.

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  • 14/12/2009 Fishing Report by Chris Bray on Great Escape (Lymington, Hampshire)

    14 Dec 2009 by Chris Bray

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    The weather in recent weeks has seen us move off of the wrecks and inshore for the winter cod. Catches continue to be good and nice double figure size backed up by nice abundant channel whiting and the odd bass.

    Looking forward to getting out to the wrecks when we get a calm spell to find the Pollack

    See You Soon Chris

    Posted 14/12/09

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  • 12/2009 Fishing Report by David Hancock on Excel 2 (Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire)

    Dec 2009 by David Hancock

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    Good amounts of cod coming from quite close inshore now, best one last week was 16lb for Dennis, well done.

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  • 13/12/2009 Fishing Report by Alex kweller on Predator (Poole, Dorset)

    13 Dec 2009 by Alex kweller

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    Pictured here are the lads from Breaksea Boats with a fine catch of cod. The biggest fell to Dave which tipped the scales at 20lbs.

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  • 12/2009 Fishing Report by Pete Rose on Sea Urchin IIl (Whitby, North Yorkshire)

    Dec 2009 by Pete Rose

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    Thanks to all the anglers who supported this years uptide festival as well as me and the boat, this year we won two daily events with Russel an angler from Mattlock taking the boats first daily prize with a ling of 6lb 12 oz which won him £50 he also won the heaviest any other species overall £100, and Karl Reid from Pickering came third overall with a nice cod of 9lb 3.5oz which also won him a daily prize of £50 as well as third place overall £200 total prize money £400 well done to you all.

    the fishing was Hard this year with unpredictable unsettled weather most of the week although we had a decent number of cod each day nothing bigger than Karl’s 9lb 3.5oz cod could be found all week and looking at the final results you can see only oz’s separated the first three places anyway some days were more productive than others but that’s fishing everyone had a good time and I enjoyed everyone’s company so thanks again for getting the sea urchin II up on the leader board once again, here are a few pics I took during the week please feel free to send me your photos I will be happy to post them up for you Mick.

    Day 1 – Monday 30th November Results From Cancelled due to weather

    Day 2Geoff Drake – 6lb 2oz Shytorque

    Day 3Russel A Keymer - 6lb 12 oz Sea Urchin II

    Day 4Rob Wadsworth 9lb 6.5 oz Shytorque

    Day 5 Karl Reid – 9lb 3.5 oz Sea Urchin II

    Day 6 Hugh Jones – 9lb 4oz sea otter II

    Day 7 K Davies - 6lb 14oz sea spray

    Final placings

    1st Rob Wadsworth cod 9lb 6.5oz SHYTORQUE £1000

    2nd Hugh Jones cod 9lb 4oz SEA OTTER II £300

    3rd Karl Reid cod 9lb 3.5oz SEA URCHIN II £200

    Heaviest other species

    Russel A Keymer ling 6lb 12oz SEA URCHIN II £100

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