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Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 12 5:21 am    Post subject: Mackerelwatch 2012  Reply with quote    

Plenty of them around off the Gower on Wednesday, along with the usual dabs


Colin & Jan



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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 12 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Been a few caught off of the Dover/Folkstone beaches when the weather has settled for a few days.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 12 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Mackerelwatch 2012 Reply with quote    

Northern Boy wrote:
Plenty of them around off the Gower on Wednesday, along with the usual dabs


Any caught from the beaches or mostly off-shore?

The sea seemed reasonably warm on Wednesday when I was shrimping, well mooching about in the sea with an empty shrimp net, but I thought the mackerel would arrive a bit later this year due to the poor weather.

Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 12 5:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Mackerelwatch 2012 Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Northern Boy wrote:
Plenty of them around off the Gower on Wednesday, along with the usual dabs


Any caught from the beaches or mostly off-shore?

The sea seemed reasonably warm on Wednesday when I was shrimping, well mooching about in the sea with an empty shrimp net, but I thought the mackerel would arrive a bit later this year due to the poor weather.


They were off the kayak, but in fairly deep water. I know they've been had off the shore in Pembrokeshire tho.

Where did you get your shrimp net from?

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 12 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I might wait for the current cold weather to pass and get the rods out in the next week or two.

The shrimp net was just a cheapish, small WSB one from here:
http://www.campandfish.co.uk/wsb-tackle-shrimp-nets-18

I'm now going round the beaches of North Devon proving they don't have shrimps.

DawnMK



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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 12 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would love to have a go at beach fishing were could I learn

Nature'sgrafter



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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 12 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Has any been spotted further north like past Scotland Orkney way (say's he with the rod ready in the barn)

sean
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 12 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:


I'm now going round the beaches of North Devon proving they don't have shrimps.


Quite a lot of them have prawns though.

Colin & Jan



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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 12 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

'I would love to have a go at beach fishing were could I learn'


Dawn; coming from Bucks myself you can't get much further from the beach in whichever direction you look. Best thing to do is get a few books on sea fishing from a car boot sale, look at videos on Youtube and then get some cheap gear (again from car boot sales).

It depends on what you want to have a go at catching. Easiest and most comfortable would be to start with mackerel which can be found pretty much close to most beaches in the summer months when the weather is settled. Deeper water close to the beach is the most productive; piers, jetties are good but can get very crowded when the fish are in. This web site www.worldseafishing.com will give you up to date information.

Colin

Moniar



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 12 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

DawnMK wrote:
I would love to have a go at beach fishing were could I learn


Most seaside areas have a local sea angling club where you can get help and advice.

Alternatively, anyone booking into our Ceredigion B and B or self catering annex have the offer of free fishing advice and a free guide at weekends and evenings on Ceredigion's beautiful coastline - beaches or rock marks; and even the option of close in kayak fishing in a tandem sit on top kayak for the really adventurous!

DawnMK



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 12 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We are in S Wales next week it was booked ages ago if I had know about your place then I could have booked it , perhaps on our next visit we are hoping to plan plenty of visit over the coming year

Moniar



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 12 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

DawnMK wrote:
We are in S Wales next week it was booked ages ago if I had know about your place then I could have booked it , perhaps on our next visit we are hoping to plan plenty of visit over the coming year


Where abouts in S Wales are you visiting? If its near here (mid Ceredigion) I would be happy to meet up on a local beach with a couple of rods to demonstrate the basics - cannot guarantee fish though! - it is starting to pick up but the mackeral are not here in numbers yet unless you go out into deeper water on a boat or kayak. However there are some local piers and beaches that are easy safe places to try sea fishing.

DawnMK



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 12 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that would be brilliant oh how exciting will pm you and we can organise something

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 12 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hoping to get my first of the year by kayak this weekend, was going to try last week but a damned easterly ruined things.

celestialspore



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 12 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nature'sgrafter wrote:
Has any been spotted further north like past Scotland Orkney way (say's he with the rod ready in the barn)


A handful caught off Stonehaven today, they must be on their way up!

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