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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7087
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 14 11:57 am    Post subject: Cod  Reply with quote    

We have had some brilliant cod fishing in the Bristol Channel. Mr Shan caught a 9lb beastie.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33661
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 14 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You need a large outside oven to cook that.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7087
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 14 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't you start!!!

We ended up salting it for half an hour because it firms up the texture and gives a better flavour and then we hot smoked it. Absolutely delicious.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35859
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 14 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's broken my dream. You were at the kids school last night, Shan, talking about fishing.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7087
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 14 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Was I somewhat inebriated?

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35859
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 14 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

*cough*. You had to lean on the reception desk to stay upright. And you were wearing a very nice 1950s netted skirt in black fabric with large silver spots. Apparently you had just moved to the area and were touring the school. My subconscious is a mystery to me sometimes.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7087
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 14 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds like something I would do.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32886
Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 14 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cold knapp near barri used to be a decent winter cod beach ,tis a very rapid drop off into deep water and the base of the shingle (20m down maybe 30 out (ish)) has provided some good uns

penarth pier can be ok at some tides but i cant remember if it is spring or neaps

church island at the end of rhossili beach has cod and/or bass at high tide so take two rods and suitable kit as you will be on for a few hours til the water goes away again

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7087
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We are fortunate enough to be fishing off the back of our little sail boat. We also caught 2 Thornback Skate. Very tasty! Especially with a white pepper and fennel crust.

Northern Boy



Joined: 04 Oct 2010
Posts: 976

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 15 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's a decent cod from the Bristol Channel! I had a couple just after Christmas but they were only 3-4lb.

I have had a couple of thornies while cod fishing and agree they are really good eats - very underrated IMO.

misty07



Joined: 22 Jan 2010
Posts: 2209
Location: swindon wiltshire
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 15 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Going to the channel Saturday then maybe out on boat from Watchet Sunday. Been fishing new passage but been blanking but there was a 22 lb from the channel this week I think it was nice flatties off of Brean atm aswell.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32886
Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 15 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i know cod are not very fierce but a 22lb anything is a beast to haul in

misty07



Joined: 22 Jan 2010
Posts: 2209
Location: swindon wiltshire
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 15 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Il try find post and get a pic of it . Was a big sea pig. Biggest I seen down here and south coast was nearly 40lb on the cod . Same as that 40lb conger or some hefty weight from Ilfracombe iirc

Northern Boy



Joined: 04 Oct 2010
Posts: 976

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 15 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
i know cod are not very fierce but a 22lb anything is a beast to haul in


When those tides are running in the Channel, a 2lb doggie can feel like 20lb!

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