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The Matchman Letters #2

Written by Tony Geal

Pathetic in Poole...

Got up at Silly o,clock and watched the world start to get up at the bottom of my road (I found out what Jenson Button does as a second job: he drag races Biffa refuse trucks along Worthing sea front).

On to Poole (thanks Andy) representing Worthing deep sea Anglers along with Andy, Bod and Stef.

We are drawn on a Diving boat from Swanage, hopefully the skipper might know reefs etc unknown to the local charter boats and we're with a team from Surrey.

We begin at the Harbour entrance trying for a schoolie bass, unfortunately all the other boats are South off the ferry and we are North. We then moved to South of the ferry and we got just one drift. Stef manages a Wrasse and then we are away (got brain into gear here, let enough line out as to be beyond other anglers - cracking bite, missed it, never had chance to get down again).

On to the second mark a nice piece of reef, had 3 different sorts of Wrasse here plus a Blennie.

Third mark is by Swanage Pier (I can see the bottom! Unfortunately we are nowhere near the pier itself). Bod has a Scorpion Fish, his first ever! He must get out more.

We move on to a small local wreck and I had Poor cod, Pout and a surprised Red Gurnard.
Moved on to another small wreck. Now trying for Cuckoo Wrasse and a Gar, most other Wreck small fish already on score sheet, some are trying for Conger.
Finally leave the Wreck to go Skate fishing. We arrive at Skate ground and the tide is already well into flood, one of the Surrey lads has a ray of 10.5 pounds. All I can manage is 2 Dogfish and 3 Spider Crabs.

People are calling for glovesMoved finally on to a reef off Bournemouth. I still need a Cuckoo and a Gar. Bod catches a Gar, Surrey lad next to me has a lovely Cuckoo, but I lost my rig on the bottom! Out comes my special made up Wrasse rig, touch down, good bite, strike, fish on...please be a cuckoo! Next thing is I'm connected again to planet Earth, lost my rig, along with most of the other people on the boat. I tried a different piece of reef this drift said skipper. People are calling for gloves. Got some in the wheel house was always the answer, never ever saw the bloody things you had to wait for the crew man to break it off, wrapping the line around his Jumpered arm while your head said  "@!##~?/><##   hurry up that's my braid thats is disappearing quickly."
People are calling for gloves

Did not have time after that to tackle up and try again for that Cuckoo! Never even had time even to try Puddleman's Reds back in the harbour. We wasted too much time on the wrecks, ray fishing and generally steaming about!
Both ourselves and the Surrey lads had 21 points. You need at least 25 plus to get on the prize table.

Thanks for the lift home Andy.

Now got to get myself sorted for tomorrow night.





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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