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The Matchman Letters #1

Written by Tony Geal

Paul and I are both members of Worthing Deep sea Anglers and we had a trip out of Hayling after Bream and hounds with a chance of Tope. Here is my day...
Wind forecast was 5 north easterlies but for most of the day this did not happen.
I had Hermit, Rag worm,Squid,  + fresh Mackerel (I caught 4)
Tried Hermit first - nothing, half a squid did stir a 11.5lb hound. A couple of hours later, everybody catching hounds, even on old socks, except me.

The tide disappeared and I took a small wrasse on worm followed shortly by a bream of about a pound.
On to another mark where the sea looked Gar on with a flier up with a Gar.

Next mark the skipper said a mate of his had a 40lb tope there the day before.
Out with one of my previously tied Tope Traces: 4ft of 80lb nylon ending in a foot of 40lb wire and a 6/0 hook on with the flapper cast up tide.

A couple of nods later, weight out, I sat waiting for a run, unfortunately Paul had hooked a hound which swam around my line, Bod another member, started untangling it but something started to try to pull him in.

"Fish on", he said

I understand he cut Paul's line, and the fish took off heading towards Cornwall, I felt the weight and power, rod hooped over but no line coming off the reel! The line was neatly wrapped around the top ring of my rod. It must have happened when I gave slack line to assist Bod to untangle the lines. The inevitable happened as I watched the line part on the top ring...
The inevitable happened...

On with another leader and trace and flapper cast up tide. Agaian the rod started nodding,lead out, I must have struck too early, up came just a mangled bait.

Last few minutes of trip..last Mackerel, again cast up tide.
Again nodding rod, weight out, let it run, struck, fish on, but not the weight or power of the first. A few small runs, then I'm just bringing the fish to the boat, it goes light! The wire trace had parted! No, not my crimps, half way along its length - faulty wire? Or bitten through?

To round the day off back to the car to find a parking fine. I know it is £6.00p pounds to park for the Day. I put £6.00p pounds in the bloody machine but, not paying attention, the ticket only said £4.00p. I can only imagine my other £2.00p was rejected and I pushed the button and took the ticket not checking. "Who's the prat?"

So here it is, 1 hound, 1 Garfish, 1 Bream, 1 small Wrasse and 4 mackerel( all used as bait)
Cost: £45.00p boat
£14.50p bait
£4.00p car park
£25.00p fine
and probably £2.00p left in reject hole in ticket machine

Good job I am not boat fishing again until Friday!




Pollack on the fly

I know  good place...where the rocks are gradually exposed on the ebbing tide and it's possible to hop from rock to rock until you are able to get far enough from the shore to cast a fly into water beween twelve and twenty feet deep even at low tide. There's location in particular where there are two jagged fingers of barnacle encrusted rock that rise up steeply from the crystal clear water and the fronds of kelp growing over the submerged reef.Between these two outcrops lies a bay where pollack heard together shoals of bait fish and they set about them with great ferocity as dusk begins to fall. This, of course, is a great time to be casting a fly or using a light spinning rod.

In other places within this cove they lie in ambush on the down tide edge of the rocks waiting to pick off the small fish as they are swept along with the tide. Pollack will very often sweep upwards through a shoal of bait fish, taking as many as possible before crash diving back to the bottom.

If a fly or lure is fished too high in the water they will totally ignore it so you have to be prepared to risk losing tackle by fishing as close to the kelp as possible. But as the light fades they move closer to the surface and this presents the best opportunity for some exciting action.

When a pollack hits your fly it will dive for the bottom at speed

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